YouTube Embed Tricks [and other tips]

Profile picture of the author TheContentAuthority by TheContentAuthority Posted: 04/16/2013
Its been a while since I have seen a good list of YouTube embed tricks so I thought I would organize some that I know still work and place them here. Hope you all find this useful.

Start a video at custom time or make custom length

You can start a video at any point in its timeline by adding a snippet of code to the end of the URL. Just add #t=XXmYYs and replace the XX’s with the minute you would like to start your video at and the YY’s with the seconds. So if you wanted to start the video at 30 seconds your code would look like this, #t=00m30s. Note that a user will still have to click play and the default thumbnail will still appear before play is pushed.

You can also make the video start at any point by using &start= and then the time interval. Using this method, the video will not have the preceding time available to view. By adding &end= and a second time interval further along than the first in the video timeline, you can effectively only show a viewer a portion of the video you have embedded. So for example if you have a 3 minute video but you only want to show viewers the first minute of it you can append &start=01&end=60 to your video URL.

Auto Play your video

This one is an oldie but always good to mention. In my opinion, the cases where you would use auto play are few and far between but it is a cool feature when used effectively. Simply append &autoplay=1 to the end of your YouTube URL and an embedded video will start playing when the page it is embedded on loads.

Loop a YouTube Video

By appending &loop=1 to the end of your YouTube URL, you can loop the video however this will not work by itself. You must also tweak the URL itself in order to get this to work. In your URL you should see a v after the youtube.com. It may look something like this www.youtube.com/v/uahdsfhasdhfaohdhf. Delete the v and write embed and your loop should work.

Remove Logo and Link to YouTube

Sometimes you just want to show one of your videos but not send traffic to YouTube. You can remove the little link that is the YouTube logo at the bottom of your embedded video. Append &modestbranding=1 to the end of your URL or after another parameter and the link will no longer appear.


Play Videos in High Definition by default

YouTube provides controls to change the resolution of a video however you can add a snippet of code to make it happen by default. Add &vq=hd720 or &vq=hd1080 to the end of your embedded video URL to make a video play in high definition.

Watch videos in your browser without leaving current page

There are a couple of extensions for both Chrome and Firefox that allow you to watch videos in the sidebar of the browser without having to navigate to Youtube. For chrome, you get a simple button on the browser tool bar that just has a search box. Search for any keywords and video suggestions pop up. Click a video you want to watch and the video starts playing in the sidebar popup. Its seamless and very handy.

You can download the Quick Search for chrome here, https://chrome.google.com/webstore/d...jdmgogmc?hl=en

You can download the firefox add on here, https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/fir...don/youplayer/

Upload Videos From email on a cell phone

A little known feature of YouTube is that you can upload your videos via email from a cell phone using a specialized URL provided by YouTube. Visit http://www.youtube.com/account#mobile and you will see the URL next to “mobile uploads”. Email your video to this address and Bam! You’re done.

There are lots of other third party software programs and plugins that you can take advantage of for YouTube. This link provides dozens and dozens of ideas to help make your videos more fun, more functional or just things you did’t know about YouTube.

YouTube Guide: Best YouTube Tips, Hacks and Resources

What tricks do you have for your YouTube Videos?
#embed #tips #tricks #youtube

  • Profile picture of the author vickybabe
    vickybabe
    Mmm, gotta admit that i knew nothing about this sort of thing. Will definitely be using some of them in the future
  • Profile picture of the author davehayes
    davehayes
    This is a well useful tip to know, thanks for the post, much appreciated.

    Applied Education is the difference
  • Profile picture of the author BlueFrogSEO
    BlueFrogSEO
    thanks for the info :-)
  • Profile picture of the author panic
    panic
    When you use the autoplay will it start with an ad and count as a payment if they watch to the end of it? ie. TrueView in-stream ad
  • Profile picture of the author TheContentAuthority
    TheContentAuthority
    Originally Posted by panic View Post

    When you use the autoplay will it start with an ad and count as a payment if they watch to the end of it? ie. TrueView in-stream ad
    Great question panic,

    To the best of my knowledge, Trueview users are only charged when the video being watched is served as part of the Trueview advertising function. So if you embed a video on your own website or some other property and a visitor finds it without it being delivered to them as an ad from Google (YouTube), then the advertiser isn't charged for it.

    And because you can't manipulate YouTube URL's in the scenarios where the video is shown as a Trueview ad (typically in search results of YouTube or at the beginning of another YouTube video), you could successfully loop an embedded video without getting charged through the nose (let alone at all).

    Here is some more info on Trueview policies,

    http://static.googleusercontent.com/...sheeter-en.pdf

    Hope that answers your quesiton

    Shawn
  • Profile picture of the author skeetd1
    skeetd1
    I have an embed code from LinkedTube. How can I take that embed code and add or upload that video to my Youtube channel? TIA
  • Profile picture of the author CyberAlien
    CyberAlien
    Very interesting, I didn't know about the trick to remove branding. Thanks!
  • Profile picture of the author Beatinest
    Beatinest
    I recently ran across a video DustonMcGroarty had embedded in his site without the player controls on it and was curious how he did it. Now I see it's most likely with something along the lines of your post. Great tips!!!
  • Profile picture of the author CBusiness
    CBusiness
    auto play video views, last I knew, do not count towards your total plays
  • Profile picture of the author harrydog
    harrydog
    Thanks Shawn

    but do you know how to stop youtube showing related videos at the end of a video in a Warrior post. I cant use the embed link but have to use the long share link. I have tried the &rel=0 at the end of the url but this doesn't seem to make any difference.

    I need to show one of my own Videos and then it not show related videos at the end as it brings up some competitor videos which for obvious reasons I don't want to show.

    Many thanks for your help in advance
    Mark

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