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April 21, 2015

Tableau Tip Tuesday: Star Wars - The Force Awakens (Embedding Audio & Video in a Dashboard)

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OMG I can’t wait! December can’t get here soon enough! The folks over at Star Wars announced Tuesday that there were over 88M views of the second trailer in the first 24 hours.
Just announced at Star Wars Celebration: The Force Awakens Teaser was watched over 88M times in its first 24 hours globally! Thanks to all the fans for a record breaking and truly historic response!
Posted by Star Wars on Sunday, April 19, 2015
What better way to celebrate than with a viz? Picture Star Wars as a country, located precisely where Null Island is today. And assume trailer views = population. The Force Awaken would be the 15th largest country in the World!

Today’s tip is about embedding YouTube videos and Soundcloud audio into a Tableau dashboard. It’s pretty simple. Scroll down below the viz for the instructions. May the Force be with you!

First, let’s get the YouTube video embedded.
  1. Drag a Web Page object onto the dashboard.
  2. When prompted for the URL, you want to grab the embed code:
  3. Copy the string after the “src=“ and add "?rel=0&showinfo=0” onto the end of it. The URL should look like:

The process for embedding audio is much the same.
  1. Go to the track on Soundcloud.
  2. Click on the Share button.
  3. When the share window appears, click on Embed at the top.
  4. Scroll to the bottom and click on More Options.
  5. Choose the size and check the Automatic play box.
  6. Copy the embed code.
  7. Select the text after the “src=“ and copy it
  8. Add a Web Page object onto the dashboard.
  9. Paste the copied text in the URL box.

That’s it!

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