Embed videos

EmbedVideo_(fork) is available from BlueSpice 4.4. It replaces the extension EmbedVideo
By default, video and audio formats are not configured as allowed file formats.

An administrator must first add the appropriate file formats in the Config manager before users can upload these files.

Embedding external videos

Via Content droplet

Videos hosted on supported external services can be added via the Content Droplet Video.

After choosing the Video Content Droplet, you can provide the video name, for example of a YouTube video:

Video link to a YouTube video as a thumbnail image with a description.
Options of the "Video" Content Droplet

By default, placeholders are displayed for embedded videos until users provide their consent to load the video from the video service. This consent requirement can be disabled via server configuration.

Video placeholder

In source-editing mode

Note:These instructions are taken and adapted from the Mediawiki help page for EmbedVideo.


Individual videos are embedded with the #ev tag. The order of the parameters is fixed when the parameter itself is not explicitely provided. Example:


Placeholders for unused arguments between two arguments have to remain empty and cannot be removed. Example:


The shortest option to embed a video is by specifying the service name and the video ID. Example:


Example with video description. You can include a line break with the <br /> tag:

{{#ev:youtube|MLIE2642neg|||ISS - Life on the space station <br/> 1:04:27}}

It is simpler to provide the paramter itself. Then the order of the parameters is not relevant. Examplel:

{{#ev:youtube|id=MLIE2642neg|description=ISS - Leben auf der Weltraumstation}}

Displaying a preview image

If you embed the video in source editing mode, you can also display a preview image by using the cover parameter. Example:

{{#ev:youtube|id=MLIE2642neg|description=How to add tasks to a page|cover=Aufgaben.jpg}}

alt=Stift und Zettel mit einer fiktiven englischen "To-do"-Liste zum Tagesablauf|centre|thumbnail|300x300px|Video cover|link=https://de.wiki.bluespice.com/wiki/Datei:Handbuch:embedvideo_cover.png

Attributes for parser tag #ev

attribute required default description
service="(see supported services below)" yes The video service that is called when the player is created.
id="[id|url]" yes The video ID or full URL of the external video.
dimensions="[width|widthxheight|xwidth]" no 640 Dimensions in pixelsto size the container for the player. The default format is width x height. It is possible to omit one of the dimensions. The x always has to be included before the height.

Examples: 480, 480x320, x320. If the height is not specified, it is calculated using the width and the default ratio of the video service.

Some video services such as Gfycat don't have a standard height. Therefore, the height setting should be included for each video. With $wgEmbedVideoDefaultWidth the default width can be overwritten in the file LocalSettings.php on the server.

alignment="[left|center|right|inline]" no none The video can be placed left, center, right, or inline. Inline allows to add multiple videos in one row. In mobile view, the videos are automatically aligned vertically.
description="[wiki text]" no none Shows a description below the player container.
container="[frame]" no none Determines the container type for the player.

frame: Places the video player in a Mediawiki preview box.

urlargs="modestbranding=1&version=3" no none Allows adding additional URL-arguments to the embedded url. This is useful for settings that are only offered by an individual video service.
autoresize="false" no true Automatically adjusts the video size if the video would extend beyond the size of the container.
valignment="[top|middle|bottom|baseline]" no none Aligns the vertical placement of the video either to the top, middle, bottom, or baseline of the parent element. Using this parameter forces the alignment parameter to be inline.
width Width of the video (e.g. 300). The height is calculated automatically
height Height of the video (e.g. 200). The width is calculated automatically.
poster / cover Only considered if consent is required to load the video($wgEmbedVideoRequireConsent=true).
title Only considered if consent is required to load the video($wgEmbedVideoRequireConsent=true).

No longer supported parameters

If you have already integrated videos into your wiki using the previous extension EmbedVideo, it is possible that they are no longer displayed. Example of a previous integration:

 |description=Webinar: BlueSpice 4 (12:43)

The parser function #evt and the parameter name service are no longer supported. Replace the above syntax with the corresponding content droplet or change the syntax in the source code to the following:

 |description=Webinar: BlueSpice 4 (12:43)

Embedding local videos

Media dialog

Like images, videos can be inserted directly on a page via the media dialog. The wiki recognizes the file extension and automatically generates the necessary HTML player.

BlueSpicePlayer and EmbedVideo

Videos that have been uploaded to the Wiki can also be embedded in source editing mode. This can also be done using the extension BlueSpicePlayer. BlueSpicePlayer has no functions to embed external videos, however.

The two extensions have the following differences when embedding local video files:

Syntax/Parameter EmbedVideo BlueSpicePlayer
Syntax corresponds to the syntax of embedding image files:


Size Only the width can be defined. The video fills the entire width of the player container:

Width and height can be defined separately. If the width of the video is smaller than the video container, the canvas is filled in black. <bs:showtime width="600">..
BlueSpicePlayer with 600px width
BlueSpicePlayer with 600px width
Loop -
<bs:showtime repeat="yes"</code>
Autostart - <bs:showtime autostart="yes"</code>
Star/End [[File:samplename.mp4|start=2|end=6]]

Time can be added as: ss, mm:ss, hh:mm:ss

HTML-Output embedded as <video> tag embedded through nested <div> tags
Adjusts to mobile display yes no
Player controls
play button yes yes
progress bar yes yes
volume adjustment yes yes
fullscreen mode yes yes
picture-in-picture yes yes
download yes no
speed adjustment no yes

Supported video services

The following video services are supported. In parentheses, you find the service names that are used with the tag #ev:

Archive.org Videos (archiveorg), Bilibili (bilibli), KakaoTV (kakaotv), NaverTIV (navertv), Niconico (niconico), SoundCloud (soundcloud), Spotify Album (spotifyalbum), Spotify Artist (spotifyartist), Spotify Song (spotifytrack), Twitch (twitch), Vimeo (vimeo), YouTube (youtube), YouTube Playlist (youtubeplaylist), YouTube Video List (youtubevideolist).

New services can be requested viaGitHub from the developer.

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