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QR Codes For Sharing Videos

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QR Codes For Video

Videos are effective tools to present information in very stunning way. People use videos to share experiences and information with millions of viewers across the globe. Teachers may present clips for the class lecture, businesses use them for product promotion, sales and support, and companies use them for training, marketing and many other aspects.

QR Stuff offers a quick way to share these videos by using video QR codes printed on promotional materials, print advertisements, product packaging, customer support information, pamphlets, brochures, etc. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how you can create a QR code for video content through YouTube, Dropbox, and Vimeo.

QR Codes For YouTube Videos

YouTube is a popular video sharing platform that offers a wide range of content including movie trailers, music videos, viral clips, tutorials, how-to’s, crash courses, and more. According to Tech Crunch, YouTube currently has 1.5 billion users logging into the site every month.

Uploading Videos

To upload a video on YouTube, click the Upload button at the top of the page. You will be directed to another page where you can start uploading videos from your laptop or mobile device.

You Tube Video QR Code

You can choose to set the video sharing to Public, Private, Unlisted or schedule the actual posting. You can also edit the video title, description, sharing settings, and add tags as necessary. Once the uploading is done, simply click “Publish” to post your video on YouTube.

There are settings that will let you add foreign language translations to your videos, and other advanced settings are also available to further customize the sharing.

Generating The QR Code

For this step you will need either the full URL of the YouTube video, or its video ID.

Youtube Video QR Code

  1. Go to www.qrstuff.com and select “YouTube Video” as data type from column 1.
  2. Type in or copy and paste the video ID or video URL into one of the input boxes in column 2.
  3. You can also make the code a bit fancy. QR Stuff offers various styling options available for customizing the code based on the colors and shapes. Click “Style Your Code” to change the way the code looks. Check the Preview section from time to time to see whether it adheres to your preferences.
  4. Once done, simply click on “Download QR Code” to save it to your computer or to your device.

YouTube Video QR Code

Note: If you are a QR Stuff paid subscriber you can also select the QR code image size, resolution, file type, and error correction level.

YouTube’s Time Stamp Feature

Some YouTube videos play for more than an hour or so, and if you want to share videos with a QR code, you might want to let users jump to an important section of the video rather than playing the whole thing from the start. YouTube has made it possible for you to do this via the Time Parameter option.

On the YouTube video page simply right click anywhere within the video screen and choose “Copy video URL at current time.”

QR Codes For YouTube Videos

  • Original video URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RI1fqzFoMKI
  • URL with Time Parameter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RI1fqzFoMKI#t=120s

Note: This time parameter can also be manually added to the video URL that you’ve copied from the YouTube website.

QR Codes For Videos On Drop Box

Dropbox is a cloud storage service with over 500 million users that allows users to upload, store and share documents, images and videos. By adding a Dropbox link to your QR code you will be able to share videos stored on Dropbox by adding a Dropbox QR code to any printed document, marketing brochure, sales or instruction manual, research paper or even to your product packaging.

Uploading Videos

To upload your video file to Dropbox, go to the Dropbox website and log into your Dropbox account. Click on “Upload Files” in the upper right corner of the page, choose the video to upload from your computer or device, and select “Upload”. Once the upload process finishes, the video will appear in your file list.

To create the shareable link that you will need to include in your QR code, click on the video file in your file list and the click “Share” in the upper right corner of the page. The shareable link will then be displayed and can be copied to your clipboard.

Dropbox Video QR Code

For more information about creating Dropbox QR codes please refer to our previous step-by-step guide.

Generating The QR Code

  1. Go to www.qrstuff.com and select “Dropbox” as the data type from column 1.
  2. Paste the shared link created on the DropBox website into the input box in column 2.
  3. Modify the specifications of the QR code image in column 3.
  4. Once done, simply click on “Download QR Code” to save it to your computer or to your device.

Dropbox Video QR Code

QR Codes For Vimeo Videos

Looking for a way to share high resolution videos? Vimeo is a great platform that supports videos with resolutions of 720p, 1080p, and above. With a community of over 70,000,000 creators, Vimeo has a collection of clips that you can also share through QR codes. Here’s how it works.

Vimeo Video QR Code

First, go to the Vimeo website and once you are on the page for the video you want to share (either one you’ve uploaded yourself or one that someone else has uploaded), click on the paper plane symbol on the right side of the screen to share it. The share link will then be displayed – just copy it to the clipboard.

  1. Go to www.qrstuff.com and select “Website URL” as the data type from column 1.
  2. Paste the copied Vimeo share link into the input box in column 2.
  3. Modify the specifications of the QR code image in column 3.
  4. Click “Download QR Code” to save your Vimeo video QR code.

Video Compatibility

It’s important to confirm beforehand that the video file format is compatible with the phone that will be scanning the QR code. For example, .FLV (Flash video files) won’t work on an iPhone and MOV files (an Apple format) won’t play natively on an Android device unless an app has been installed that offers specific support for this file format.

To avoid playback issues for those scanning your video QR code, MP4 format video files are recommended due to their compatibility with most (if not all) devices.

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