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On 12/21/2022 at 10:32 PM, Ryne said:

If you right click on the video in Youtube and click copy video URL, it will do so without the short format and then you can add to Squarespace.

This worked for me! To clarify: from your YouTube dashboard, click "View on YouTube" on your video, and then right-click the video to pull up the following options. Click "Copy video URL" and then paste the URL into the Video Block in Squarespace.

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Hey everyone

I still experience the same issue even though I follow your advice. Does anyone have an idea of what I can do?

As seen in the first screenshot, I get an "error" when I insert the YouTube link that I copy when pressing "share" -> "copy link" on my YouTube short video. Furthermore, the gallery page on Squarespace states "invalid video embed" as seen in the second screenshot.

However, as seen in the third screenshot, I have made sure that I have pressed "allow embedding" on the YouTube video. Furthermore, I have tried inserting the standard YouTube URL to the video and the "share" URL.

What to do?

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Hey again

Okay, it now works for me, and I want to share the solution in the hope that it will help someone else 🙂

I followed this advice:
A short video URL has the format: https://www.youtube.com/shorts/<Your VIDEO_ID>
But normal YouTube videos have the URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=<Your VIDEO_ID>
It seems Squarespace can't locate the video if the link has a /shorts/ in the URL. Maybe Squarespace is programmed to be compatible only with a "watch?=v" URL. Therefore, you do this:
1) copy the YouTube web address URL
Important: Do not right-click on the video to "copy URL" or copy URL through the "share" function. These two methods add a "?feature=share" and a "si=1O7hxUt1usAD_py2" to the URL respectively, which Squarespace can't use.
2) Paste the YouTube web address URL into a new browser and change the URL into:
I paste it into a new browser window because it is a little more convenient than changing the URL inside Squarespace's menu.
3) copy this modified URL into Squarespace, and it should work
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