Good Grants provides various options to support video on applications— each have considerations you should be aware of.
Embed Vimeo or YouTube video with a URL field
The URL field type accepts any correctly formatted URL. Additionally, if the URL is for a Vimeo or YouTube video, Good Grants embeds the target video within the applicant's application form and the judging view for all reviewing modes.
You might consider using this option if your applications are likely to have a video for their applications already hosted on Vimeo or YouTube, and in the public domain.
Embed Vimeo or YouTube video in a Content block
All content blocks accept markdown formatting which can be used to embed a video or image. Videos can be embedded using a variation of markdown image embedding syntax:
- The number in square brackets defines the width to display the video at.
Note: this width is fixed for the homepage content block.
- The video is embedded at 16:9 (wide-screen) aspect ratio. If the source video is a different aspect ratio, it will be letter-boxed / pillar-boxed in the player.
- Embedding is supported for Vimeo and YouTube URLs.
Embed Vimeo or YouTube video on an attachments tab
By default, the attachments tab includes a button to Add link or video. With that button, applicants can attach any correctly formatted URL. If the URL is for a Vimeo or YouTube video, Good Grants embeds the target video in the judging view for all reviewing modes.
A thumbnail of the video is automatically displayed in the attachments gallery on reviewing views. Clicking on the thumbnail displays the embedded Vimeo or YouTube video in the gallery overlay.
To remove the Add link or video button:
- Go to Settings > General > Tabs
- Click your attachments tab
- Deselect the Accept links and externally hosted videos as attachments checkbox
Hosted streaming video
In many cases, applicants may need to include a video with their application that is not already hosted on Vimeo or YouTube, or there may be rights limitations that prevent their video from being uploaded to a public service. In this case, with a Pro plan or higher, Award Force supports video upload and streaming playback. Access to videos in this case is controlled by your account reviewing configuration.
- Videos can be uploaded via a file upload field type
- Videos can be uploaded as attachments on the applicants attachment tab
In either case, once a video is uploaded, it is automatically transcoded to a format suitable for streaming playback, and is then embedded in the applicant's application form, and the reviewing view for all reviewing modes.
Online video handling is a complex subject— if you will be supporting video uploads, you're recommended to read about video upload and transcoding.