Insert Video and Live Spaces… [updated]

Update: Version has been released. Please see below for further details and download links.

My video plugin has always worked well with blogging services that allow you to embed videos into your blog feed, but sadly, it’s never worked for services that don’t allow you to, like Windows Live Spaces. That is, until now….  Ok, so you still can’t physically embed videos into Live Spaces still, but you can do the next best thing with my plugin. What it will do is this: you give it the link, it then goes and looks at the video, takes a screenshot of the video and puts that into your blog and links to the video. Your site’s viewer will still need to go to the video site as though it had been just a normal text link, but at least you are showing them a preview.

Now, I hear the people whos blogging service did allow for video embedding asking "what about us, we can have video embedding, I don’t want an image and a link." Well, you won’t if your site supports video embedding, the plugin will automatically realise this and put the relevant code in instead of the image and link. Thus giving a good all round user experience.


Version 2.0 of this plugin is still being tested by me and a few private testers, I will be releasing it within the next day or so, so make sure you keep your eyes peeled on this blog


  • Version 2.0 has been tested and I am happy with its performance as are my testers. Just a couple of things to note, please remember when using this plugin for a service like Live Spaces that it does not embed the video, but puts a screenshot, this is the best that you can get with services that do not allow video embedding.
  • Also, for those of you who are linking to my original version ( here, please note that this link will remain at that version. Version 2.0 will see a new filename and a new download link, so if you wish for your links to point to the new version, you will need to update them.
  • Any issues you find with the plugin, please leave a comment here or email me at wlm[at] and please include any errors (screenshots or the error itself), the link of the video, the method you used to embed the video, and your blogging service.
  • If moving from a previous version of this plugin, you will need to remove the insertSoapbox.dll file from the plugins folder.

Download: here.


Whilst writing this, I was listening to Bon JoviLay Your Hands On Me.
  1. #1 by L on October 26, 2006 - 3:40 pm

    Scott, I love this plugin!!! A real screenshot instead of a tiny thumbnail. THANK YOU !!!

  2. #2 by Rob on October 28, 2006 - 7:30 pm

    Good job, better than having to use the Snipit tool in Vista to create a picture, then link it manually in LiveWriter. Hopefully one day soon Live will loosen their strict control and stop stripping out the HTML code for embedded videos!

  3. #3 by edward on November 3, 2006 - 8:23 pm

    I love you plug-in ius a nice piece of art , but I have a few bugs with the last version and the last version of WLwriter, when I use ctrl+V paste for any text it work like if I am trying to post a video, and also when I post a link of a the last video i want. it changes all the videos I posted with your plugin to the last video., so I have to delete the last one or re-post the old ones.

  4. #4 by Scott on November 3, 2006 - 10:25 pm

    The plugin was designed so that if you have a youtube/google/etc video link and you pasted the link into the blog entry the plugin would pick that up and do its thing. With regard to the multiple videos bug, are you saying that you are trying to put multiple videos into the one blog entry and whatever the last one is, it changes all preceding videos in that entry to the last video?

  5. #5 by edward on November 6, 2006 - 7:06 pm

    Thanks Scott for the reply, and yes puting multiple videos in an entry, it doesn\’t changes all precending videos of that entry but it change the last video of the last entry to this one, what i mean is not this entry I am talking about the last month entry or video post with the new last video.

  6. #7 by edward on November 8, 2006 - 7:43 pm

    yes the same issue and it happen to me twice today Hope someone find the fix of this bug. Thanks again.

  7. #8 by Scott on November 8, 2006 - 9:54 pm

    This has been fixed in the latest release of my plugin (although it\’s not really a bug with my plugin ;))

  8. #9 by jose ramon on February 1, 2007 - 5:50 pm

    amazing , thanks for your time and sharing

  9. #10 by Markus on February 21, 2007 - 12:32 pm

    Hey , can you please tell me how to install? 😦

  10. #11 by Scott on February 22, 2007 - 9:31 am

    If it makes it easier, go here and download the installer.

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