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Bug in Dropbox video embedding

By Christian Scheuer @chrscheuer2020-08-06 10:15:30.164Z

See the post here:

The user has posted a Dropbox link, which gets turned into a video element that is unplayable.
In that case, having just the raw link would make it easier to see the video.

  • 10 replies
  1. KajMagnus @KajMagnus2020-08-06 11:41:35.213Z

    This should get fixed at the end of next week, when I merge an external-links-preview branch. Thereafter, there'll be both the widget (e.g. video) and this text & clickable link below the widget:

    View at

    B.t.w. I noticed that Dropbox, if one clicks the link, shows a page with a static image: <div ... style="background-image: url(&quot;

    And any actual video, won't appear until one has clicked the link, and the video is at a different address & domain: blob:

    However now I found out that if Talkyard changes ?dl=0 to ?raw=1, then the video will appear & play properly, I can try to fix that

    "Rich", Super User II, says:

    You'll need to create a share link to the video, then modify the link by changing the ?dl=0 at the end to ?raw=1. That results in a direct link to the file which you can use to embed it on most sites.

    ... you could easily use up all of alotted bandwidth for your [Dropbox] account ...


    1. CChristian Scheuer @chrscheuer2020-08-07 12:07:32.404Z

      Nice.. I don't think TY should change to dl=1, because of the issue "Rich" mentions.
      It's fine if users have to click twice IMO :)

    2. In reply tochrscheuer:
      KajMagnus @KajMagnus2020-08-23 13:28:16.334Z

      Now Dropbox video links work, sort of — although they won't play, there's a clickable link:

      Here's how ok links look though:

      This not yet deployed to Prod, only to here at Ty .io.

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        In reply tochrscheuer:
        nevinleiby @nevin2020-09-11 17:56:39.201Z
        1. KajMagnus @KajMagnus2020-09-11 22:22:07.520Z

          The link currently needs to be on a line of its own, blank line before:

          so youtube links work natively

          more text

          Going to change this, so the blank lines before and after won't be needed. Probably just a line break before:

          Text text text line break

        2. Progress
          with handling this problem
        3. @KajMagnus marked this topic as Started 2020-08-06 11:42:48.600Z.
        4. KajMagnus @KajMagnus2020-09-02 16:11:49.979Z

          This fix now available at your site.

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            Christian Scheuer @chrscheuer2020-09-04 18:16:21.960Zreplies toKajMagnus:


            1. @KajMagnus marked this topic as Done 2020-09-05 06:13:45.141Z.
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              Christian Scheuer @chrscheuer2020-09-15 10:17:23.536Zreplies tochrscheuer:

              Oh wow. Didn't know where to put this feedback. But the embedding of snippets from other threads on the forum. WOW!
              Extremely nice and well designed. THANK YOU!