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I've seen a couple of demos where people add a YouTube link to their newsfeed, and a Facebook style thumbnail with a video preview is displayed. The same thing happens on my Office 365 account.

For some reason, my on-premises install of SP2013 is not doing that. It is just displaying the link as text. Does this not work on premises at all, or am I missing a config somewhere?

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Can you check if thumbnails are appearing in search results when you perform a search –  Muhammad Raja Mar 9 '13 at 10:03
I get the preview of the conversation but I don't get any video thumbnail either. –  Jorge Carvalho Mar 11 '13 at 1:26
Muhammad, Even for videos hosted in SharePoint, I get the thumbnail on the newsfeed, but not on the search preview –  Jorge Carvalho Mar 11 '13 at 2:20
On my on-prem 2013 farm it simply shows up as a hyperlink - no thumbnail. –  user14690 Oct 11 '13 at 19:23
Having the same problem. It worked on O365, but isn't working on prem? –  user24414 Mar 14 at 17:45

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I think your talking about embedding videos?

If you type in a link to a youtube or video you have stored on your SharePoint site you get a very cool preview automatically generated for you:

embedding video


follow these steps:

You can embed videos from YouTube and similar services in a newsfeed post. The process for doing this is similar to the one described above for including links to Web pages. You paste a link to the video into the post and optionally replace it with display text. A video thumbnail appears in the post ready for you and others to run in a video player.

1.Go to the video in its service and copy its URL to the clipboard.

2.In your newsfeed, paste the video URL into a new post, and press Enter. You see a thumbnail for the video, and an option to format the video URL with display text.

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3.If you want, type in display text for the video URL, and click the check mark.

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4.Click Post to complete the newsfeed entry.

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Yes Ali, I'm talking about embedding videos. Like I said, it works on my office 365 account, but not on premises. Can you confirm that it works in your on-premises farm, and if you had to do any specific configuration? –  Jorge Carvalho Mar 11 '13 at 0:39

Do you have a proxy in your company? The app-pool-account needs internet access to generate the preview, check the proxy settings for that user.

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I had the same issue, along with error 8311 in the events related to certificate validation issue with *.google.com

The following worked for me:

  • Go to gmail.com, view the certificate (the lock in IE) and download the root certificate "Geo Trust Global CA"

  • Import the certificate in the computer certificate store under "Trusted Root Certification Authorities"

Now all the links from youtube display the thumbnail / preview

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