YouTube Guidelines
When using YouTube streaming for your interactive experiences, there are certain rules you need to play by. We've gathered the limitations and best practices for you.

YouTube Limitations

If you use YouTube streaming in the Zentrick Platform, your experiences must comply with the YouTube Terms of Service. Some relevant points are:

General Restrictions on Use (5.1.E)

You agree not to use the Service (including the YouTube Player) for any of the following commercial uses unless you obtain YouTube's prior written approval:

  • The sale of access to the Service.
  • The sale of advertising, sponsorships or promotions placed on or within the Service, or Content.
  • The sale of advertising, sponsorships or promotions on any page of an ad-enabled blog or website containing Content delivered via the Service unless other material not obtained from YouTube appears on the same page and is of sufficient value to be the basis for such sales.

General Restrictions on Use (5.1.G)

If you use the YouTube Player on your website, you may not modify, build upon or block any portion or functionality of the YouTube Player including but not limited to links back to the Website.

Don't Cover or Block the YouTube Logo

Don't cover the YouTube logo in the right bottom corner of the video. To avoid this situation you can use the Zentrick player controls and uncheck the "Sticky Controls" option in the app settings or create your own custom player controls suiting this restriction.

Don't Cover or Block YouTube Video Ads

YouTube forbides its users to modify, build upon or block any portion or functionality of the YouTube Player, including YouTube video ads. If your interactive video contains apps that may cover an ad, please try to move them to a non-obstructive position like shown below:

Best Practices and Pitfalls

The following recommendations can be used as general guidelines when working with YouTube videos in the Zentrick Platform.

To guarantee an optimal experience for your users, we advise you to implement these functionalities in every video:

  • A volume slider or a mute button.
  • A play/pause button.

These functionalities are already provided in the standard Zentrick player controls app. Please do keep this in mind if you want to develop your own custom player controls.

In case your experience is shown in HTML5 mode, the video must be started by clicking the original red YouTube play button. This button cannot be removed and will always be used as the trigger of the video playback. The YouTube end screen with related videos can be removed, but it will cause the video to show the thumbnail image at the end, instead of freezing the last frame. You can toggle the end screen on or off in the Data page of the experience.

Due to HTML5 specificities, the performance of your experiences may decrease on mobile devices when using YouTube streaming instead of Zentrick streaming.

Finally, enabling the YouTube player controls instead of the default Zentrick ones will disable all interactivity in your experience when being watched in HTML5. Therefore we recommend you to always use the Zentrick player controls or your own custom controls.

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