How do I put a video into my email?

The best way to put  a video into an email, is to make it look like the video is embedded by linking an image of the video to the video itself.  Embedding a video into an email like you would in a web page isn’t a good idea because many email programs will reject the email or not allow it to show in an email (ie. Gmail).

To do this you will want to take a screen shot of the video with the video player and pop that into the email and make the image link to the video. That way when a subscriber clicks on the video it will  open a browser  with the video and play it.

​These are the steps to follow:

1. View the video in a web browser and print screen/take a screenshot.  To do this follow these steps for Mac and PC below:

MAC… Use ‘Command+Shift+4’ to bring up a selection box so you can specify an area to take a screenshot of, then save it as a file to the desktop.

PC …Click the ‘Print Screen’ button on your keyboard. Once you have clicked the print screen button open up image editing software and crop just the part of it that you want.

2. Once you have your screen shot image, add it to your email the same way you would any image and make the image link to the video. (Click here for instructions.)  Please note: You may need to make the video image smaller to fit your e-newsletter template. If you don’t have image editing software – like photoshop, you may want to use Pixlr or Phixr.

Additional Tips
​ – You may want to also consider including a link to the video just in case your viewers have their images turned off.

– If you want to get a bit fancier, include a play button on your video. Click here to download a “Play” image you can put on top of your video image.


Related Articles