#Markdown - video youtube & vimeo # [![Little red ridning hood](http://i.imgur.com/7YTMFQp.png)](https://vimeo.com/3514904 "Little red riding hood - Click to Watch!") The Solution using Standard Markdown ( not iFrame! ) Using an iframe is not the "obvious" solution... especially if the Markdown parser (or publishing platform) you are using does not support inlining content from a different website ... Instead you can "fake it" by including a valid linked-image in your Markdown file, using this format: [![IMAGE ALT TEXT](http://img.youtube.com/vi/YOUTUBE_VIDEO_ID_HERE/0.jpg)](http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOUTUBE_VIDEO_ID_HERE "Video Title") Explanation of the Markdown If this markdown snippet looks complicated, break it down into two parts: an image ![image alt text](http//example.io/link-to-image) wrapped in a link [link text](http//example.io/my-link "link title") Example using Valid Markdown and YouTube Thumbnail: Everything Is AWESOME We are sourcing the thumbnail image directly from YouTube and linking to the actual video, so when the person clicks the image/thumbnail they will be taken to the video. Code: [![Everything Is AWESOME](https://img.youtube.com/vi/StTqXEQ2l-Y/0.jpg)](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StTqXEQ2l-Y "Everything Is AWESOME") OR If you want to give readers a visual cue that the image/thumbnail is actually a playable video, take your own screenshot of the video in YouTube and use that as the thumbnail instead. Example using Screenshot with Video Controls as Visual Cue: Everything Is AWESOME Code: [![Everything Is AWESOME](http://i.imgur.com/Ot5DWAW.png)](https://youtu.be/StTqXEQ2l-Y?t=35s "Everything Is AWESOME") Clear Advantages While this requires a couple of extra steps (a) taking the screenshot of the video and (b) uploading it so you can use the image as your thumbnail it does have 3 clear advantages: The person reading your markdown (or resulting html page) has a visual cue telling them they can watch the video (video controls encourage clicking) You can chose a specific frame in the video to use as the thumbnail (thus making your content more engaging) You can link to a specific time in the video from which play will start when the linked-image is clicked. (in our case from 35 seconds) Taking a screenshot takes Not Only C# And since this is 100% Standard markdown, it works everywhere (not just for the C# parser!) ... try it on GitHub, Redit or Ghost! Vimeo This approach also works with Vimeo videos Example Little red ridning hood Code [![Little red ridning hood](http://i.imgur.com/7YTMFQp.png)](https://vimeo.com/3514904 "Little red riding hood - Click to Watch!")