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Can Bridge curate web links from services like YouTube or Vimeo?

New Here ,
Mar 24, 2023 Mar 24, 2023

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We're looking for a way to curate inspirational content for our creative group. As part of that, many videos on YouTube or Vimeo are items we'd like to save for reference alongside photos or fonts.

 

Can Bridge curate these video links like it can for other types of content?

 

AKA: We're looking for a way to make Bridge act like Eagle (https://en.eagle.cool/).

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Community Expert , Mar 25, 2023 Mar 25, 2023

Echoing what Gary said - Bridge cannot do what you want. Bridge is a file browser and the thumbnails are representations of files on a drive. What you need is the ability to embed a playable video thumbnail, they way you can in html. The best you could do in Bridge it to create a jpeg thumbnail of the video and add the YouTube link in the description metadata. You could also use the last part of the URL as the filename, e.g., XSWkF8heIrE  No, that's not an easy process and probably not workable.

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Mar 24, 2023 Mar 24, 2023

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I believe that if you try to download and use files from YouTube, you're going to be getting into various "rights" issues. Perhaps if you contact the creators of these videos and tell them what you're trying to do, they may be able to supply you with the videos. They may also ask you to sign releases on how you'll be allowed to use these videos. So, be prepared to explain to them how you'll plan on compiling these videos and how they'll be decimated. BTW, they have a right to see the entire product you'll be creating. If, for example, you have their video showing puppy dogs and another video showing how to serve puppy dog soup, they may not wish to participate in your project. 

 

FWIW, I have done this with mostly good results.

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Mar 24, 2023 Mar 24, 2023

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I'm not sure I'm explaining this quite right. What you're describing is the idea of "using" their videos. That's not what I'm trying to accomplish and therefore don't need any permissions. I'm also not trying to "download" any videos.

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Mar 24, 2023 Mar 24, 2023

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@IMG_Graphics 04 Are you imagining placing YouTube links in Bridge then having Bridge display a grid of thumbnails for each link which you could click to watch the video (either in Bridge or in a web browser window)? 

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Mar 25, 2023 Mar 25, 2023

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That's correct. Does Bridge have this capability?

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Mar 25, 2023 Mar 25, 2023

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Ok, sorry about my confusion with rights issues. I used to be very involved with those things.

 

I know of no capability for Bridge to do that, however, there may be some issues: if you put a url in an email, it may or may not get chopped up into separate lines which breaks the url. 

I make the newsletter for my woodworking club and we have a section of good woodworking urls that members can go to. What I do both to help prevent broken links as well as save a LOT of space is to use the website tinyurl.com. There you can paste any length url and it will shorten it to a very short one. 

I work in InDesign and I copy this url and past it into ID.  I also have a short summery that proceeds that. By alternating "about" "url" back and forth I can use style first, then next style" to compose everything in a few clicks. 

but, as you can see, Bridge is nowhere near any of this. 

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Echoing what Gary said - Bridge cannot do what you want. Bridge is a file browser and the thumbnails are representations of files on a drive. What you need is the ability to embed a playable video thumbnail, they way you can in html. The best you could do in Bridge it to create a jpeg thumbnail of the video and add the YouTube link in the description metadata. You could also use the last part of the URL as the filename, e.g., XSWkF8heIrE  No, that's not an easy process and probably not workable.

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