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Screencast is a digital recording of your computer screen. It usually includes audio narration and is a different type of instructional video. With the Screencast Embed block, you can add Screencast videos on your posts/pages. You don’t need a Screencast account to embed a video, although it needs to be public. 

Steps to embed a Screencast video to your post or page:

  1. Create a Screencast video on any screencast software  and copy the URL of the video.
  1. Add a Screencast embed block to your post or page

Detailed instructions on adding blocks can be found here.

  1. Paste the link into the textbox. Press the “Embed” button.

If the link can be successfully embedded into the post/page, you will see the preview in your block editor.

If you use a URL that can’t be embedded, the block shows the message “Sorry, this content could not be embedded.” You will have two choices: Try again with a different URL or convert to link.

  1. Click on the Preview button on the top right corner of the page/post to see how it will look on the front-end

Block Toolbar

Besides the Mover and Drag & Drop Handle, the Block Toolbar for the  Screencast embed shows four buttons:

  • Transform to
  • Change alignment
  • Edit URL, and
  • More Options. 

Transform to:

You can transform a Screencast embed to a Group. This would give you the ability to change the background color around the Screencast embed.

Left: Editor view of an Screencast Embed as a group with Color Settings controls

Right: Screencast embed with a green background.

Change Alignment – use reusable Block 

  • Align left – Make the Screencast post left aligned
  • Align center – Make the Screencast post alignment centered
  • Align right – Make the  Screencast post align right
  • Wide width – Increase the width of the post beyond the content size
  • Full width – extend the Screencast post to cover the full width of the screen.

Note: “Wide width” and “Full width” alignment need to be enabled by the Theme of your site. 

Edit URL

Via the edit URL, you can change the Screencast Embed URL in the embed block. Overwrite the existing URL and click on the “Embed” Button.

More Options:

Hide Block Settings

The Hide Block Settings option hides (or shows) the Block Setting panel in the editor’s sidebar.


Copy can be used to copy a selected block and then you can paste it wherever you want in the editor.


Duplicate can be used to duplicate selected block.

Insert Before

Insert a new block before the selected block(s).

Insert After

Insert a new block after the selected block(s).

Move To

If you select Move To, you will get a blue line inside your content, you can then use the arrows to move that line up and down to where you want the selected content to be moved into, hitting return on your keyboard at that point moves the block to that position.

Edit as HTML

The Edit as HTML option allows you to modify the HTML code of the embed block.

Add to Reusable blocks

Using the Add to Reusable blocks option lets you add the selected block to a list of reusable blocks, so you can use them on other posts or pages as well.


Select the Group option if you want to create a group of blocks and treat them as a unit. You can for instance add a common background color or other blocks to the group.

Remove Block

With the Remove Block option, you can delete the selected block from your content.

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Block Settings


The advanced tab lets you add a CSS class to your block, allowing you to write custom CSS and style the block as you see fit.

The advanced section lets you add a CSS class to your block.

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  • Updated 2020-08-19
    • Replaced “More Options” – new screenshot
    • Added “Move To” and “Copy” section under More Options
  • Updated 2020-08-11
    • screenshots as per WordPress 5.5
  • Created 2020-07-24

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