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The VRG forums allow embedding of YouTube videos. In order to embed a YouTube video in a post, from the YouTube page which hosts the video, click "Share this video". Select and copy the code that is created when you click on "Share this video". Next, to embed the video on this forum, type the following: [youtube]PASTE The Code here from the YouTube video[/youtube]
For some reason YouTube sometimes shortens the URL. If you go to the video and copy the link at the top of the page (browser location) with the fully qualified URL that looks like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZZ-gLgRDrw and embed it within the youtube tags, that will do it. No URL tag is needed.
So when I used the YouTube share feature it shortened it and when I used the URL from the browser location it lengthened it. I don't get no respect from YouTube. OK I will give it a try in my original post.
Just a note on this, I believe if you're logged into YouTube, links are prepended with https instead of http (because you're logged in and it's a secure link). The youtube link function doesn't like the "s" in https, so remove that and it should link just fine.