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We can do it with images but what if I want to illustrate something with a video. Can I place a video file in the body of my question somehow or only hyperlinking is the way?

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I want this feature! – Šime Vidas May 27 '12 at 20:56
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No, embedding videos is not supported (except for possibly animated GIFs). Linking is your only option.

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this is supported on a site by site basis. It's only enabled on gaming right now as far as I can remember. – Jeff Atwood May 5 '11 at 6:10
@Jeff Isn't that just for YouTube videos, not arbitrary anywhere videos, though? – waiwai933 May 5 '11 at 6:16
Jeff is referring to this feature request. – Pops Nov 8 '12 at 19:23

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