How to embed a private video on your blog

Whoops! You can't view a private video!

Embed videos that won’t be indexed by Google or viewable by the public.

You might want to create a video and put it on your website, but you don’t want the rest of the world to find it via search engines or YouTube.

You may have a blog, and you want to give a few people access to a video that no one else will be able to watch.

Here’s a protected video embedding solution:

  1. Upload your video to Viddler.com
  2. Click Edit Sharing Options
    Edit Sharing Options
  3. Give the video privacy setting “Just You.” This prevents anyone else from seeing your video.
  4. Click Enable next to Secret URL
    Secret URL
  5. Copy the Secret URL code
  6. Click Embed This
    Embed This
  7. Choose your player type and size options
    Video embed options
  8. Copy and paste the embed code from your video into your blog

    Here’s the vital part:

  9. Find the “secreturl” part of your Secret URL code from Step 5.
    http://www.viddler.com/explore/your-username/videos/1/?secreturl=123456789
  10. Edit your Embed This code from Step 8
    • You’re going to be adding “0/yoursecretcode” to the end of two parts of the embed code. The added parts are shown in bold below. This allows your private video to be embedded publicly. Be sure to update the code for  both the movie PARAM and the EMBED.
    • <object classid="clsid: D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" width="437" height="370" id="viddler_aaa2e747"><param name="movie" value="http://www.viddler.com/player/aaa1a232/0/123456789" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><embed src="http://www.viddler.com/player/aaa1a232/0/123456789" width="437" height="370" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowScriptAccess="always" allowFullScreen="true" name="viddler_aaa2e747" ></embed></object>
  11. That should be it! Save your post and you’re done.

Thanks goes to Colin Devroe from the Viddler.com staff for presenting his solution. I wanted to share this with the world, because it’s hard to find a protected video solution that works well. They say it doesn’t work anymore, but I have tried it, and it does. Hush, hush!

What’s your solution for private, embedded vidoes?

I wanted to use Vimeo or YouTube, but their solutions didn’t really work for me. Do you use or know of any other, better options?

Author: Zack Katz

Zack Katz is the President of Katz Web Services and the developer of WordPress plugins with over 700,000 downloads. He lives in Southwest Colorado with his wife and two cats.

33 thoughts on “How to embed a private video on your blog”

  1. I can’t get it to work, I’ve been trying for weeks to get embedded content to work that is set to private..I’ve been over it and over it, it just keeps telling me its a private video..

  2. I’ve just tried this and I can’t get the TML code to show in my post. I paste it in and when I publish/update post it just disappears so I can’t see the code, or the video on my blog. Any ideas what I might be doing wrong???

  3. This feature is great UNTIL somebody clicks on the video itself, then whoops! it trys to redirect me to viddler and i get a “this video it not viewable…”
    absolute shat

  4. do u know what is “yishar koach”?
    thanks! it is great!
    but i have 1 problem – maybe u can solve it?
    when i click “edit sharig option” then i topens under the video – hidden under and then i cannot do nothing! how can i view it above the frame of the video? thanks!

  5. This is a great article.  It solved a challenge I had with a client who had a video that they wanted on their site but not shared with the masses via social media. Hosting an FLV file directly on their webhost wasn’t working too well in terms of performance.  This solved it beautifully.
    Thank you!

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