Adding videos to your story map map tours

Map Tour is a very popular story map template often used to tell stories using photos and other images placed on a map. With the September 2013 ArcGIS Online update Map Tour added the ability to use videos from a variety of sources. Here’s an overview of how you can add videos to your map tours.

Step 1: Open an existing map tour in builder mode

In this example we’ll add a video to an existing tour, a tour of the Esri Redlands campus. After opening the tour click Switch to builder mode found in the upper right of the application. Note that this is available only if you are the tour owner:

Step 2: Add the video as a new tour point

Once in builder mode, choose Add.

On the Media tab in the Add a new tour point options, choose Video:

In this example we’ll add an ArcGIS Overview video from YouTube. The required URL location will vary depending on where and how the image is stored. Hover over the tip (the question mark next to the video source) for help:

Once you have determined that you have the correct URL to the video source, copy and paste it into the source input. Then click the gear symbol to verify that you have provided the correct URL, and to generate a thumbnail:

You will see the check mark appear if the URL is correct:

Add a name and caption for the video in the Information tab, and place the tour point on the map in the Location tab. You can change the color if you like to highlight where videos are on the tour. When finished, click Add tour point:

Step 3: Make any additional changes and save your tour
You can change the location of the video on your tour, and make other changes as desired. Below we’ve clicked Organize and dragged and dropped the video to place it at the third stop on our tour:

When finished save your map tour.

Step 4: View your map tour

You’ve now successfully added a video to your map tour. You can open the tour and play the video when the newly added tour stop is reached. You can play the video in the panel, or click to view the video in fullscreen mode:

For more information

For more information see the Storytelling with Maps website, or view the help provided within the map tour builder.

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  1. anjiko says:

    Hi Bern – for some reason I am not seeing the option to toggle between adding a photo and adding an image in my web builder when I click on the ADD function. The Media tab simply shows a dotted box with “drop photo here” and says to check the Help guidelines for adding video. I’ve run through those instructions as well (to no avail) and am perplexed! Any guidance you can offer is much appreciated!

    • Bern Szukalski says:

      Is it possible you are using the on-premises version of ArcGIS Online – ArcGIS Portal? If so you’ll be a release or so behind with some of the application templates, including story map templates. When using the public cloud version updates happen immediately, but if you are using the installed Portal on your own infrastructure, updates happen incremental with new releases of Portal.

      • sedano says:

        Hi Bern, I am leading a class at USC using ArcGIS Online to make story maps. I have a group of students that have the same problem described in this question from January. The Add button in the Tour builder only lets them drag and drop an image. Also, their Import button is greyed out. No other students in the class are experiencing this. Do you have any suggestions? We are accessing ArcGIS online with an institutional account.

        Thanks so much,
        Lisa

        • Bern Szukalski says:

          Sorry to hear you are having some troubles… I just authored a new Story Map Tour, added photos from my Flickr account, then added a video. I saved, then went back and opened the Map Tour in builder mode. I was able to move any of the photos, and also the video location. I was also able to use Import to add more photos, and also added more videos. Send me an email so we can connect so we can connect so I can understand more about what you are experiencing, and why – bszukalski@esri.com.