How do I embed a video in a Substack post?

Head to your Home or Posts page and click "+New post". You can add or record a video on a desktop or mobile web.

Note: The video embed feature differs from the video posts feature where you can offer free previews of paid videos. If you'd like to create a video post, select "Video" instead of "Post".

Upload a video into a post

1. When you're ready to embed a video, select the video icon from the editor toolbar.

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2. Click "Upload" and select the video you want to add from your device. 

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Tip: The video types accepted are 3GP, AAC, AVI, FLV, MP4, MOV, and MPEG-2; the recommended maximum size is 20 GB.

3. The upload will automatically begin and will appear in the draft. If you'd like to change the placement of the video, you can just select and drag the video to the desired spot. 

4. Once you've finished your draft and are ready to publish, the post can be sent to everyone or paid subscribers.

Record a video in a post

1. Select "Record" and your webcam will appear on the page.

2. Click on the red circle to start recording and click on the red circle again to stop recording.

3. Your video recording will automatically begin uploading and appear in the draft. If you'd like to change the placement of the video, you can just select and drag the video to the desired spot. 

I have payments enabled– can I embed a video behind a paywall?

To embed a video behind a paywall, insert the paywall in the draft and embed the video file by following the steps above. By using the video embed feature, your videos will be hosted on Substack and for paid subscribers only.

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How does a video embed look like in an email to my readers?

If you send the post as an email to your readers, a thumbnail image of the video will appear in the email. Clicking the post's title will direct readers to the web version of the post or the Substack app if they have that installed.

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