10 Youtube URL Tricks You Should Know About

youtube url tricks Youtube – You know that site with videos and all. Yeah! It turns out that its quite popular and you happen to visit and use it quite often. Instead of just searching and playing here are some top Youtube URL tricks that you should know about:

1. View high quality videos

Youtube gives you the option to switch to high quality videos for some of the videos, however you can check if a video is available in high quality format by appending ‘&fmt=18′(stereo, 480 x 270 resolution) or ‘&fmt=22′(stereo, 1280 x 720 resolution) for even higher quality.

2. Embed Higher Quality Videos

While the above trick works for playback, if however you want to embed hig quality videos you need to append “&ap=%2526fmt%3D18″ and “&ap=%2526fmt%3D22″ to the embed url.

3. Cut the chase and link to the interesting part

Linking to a video where the real action starts at 3 minutes 22 seconds, wondered if you could make it start at 03:22? You are in luck. All you have to do is add #t=03m22s (#t=XXmYYs for XX mins and YY seconds) to the end of the URL.

4. Hide the search box

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The search box appears when you hover over an embedded video. To hide the search box add ‘&showsearch=0′ to the embed url.

5. Embed only a part of Video

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Just append ‘&start=30′ to skip first 30s of the video. In general you can modify the value after start= to the number of seconds you want to skip the video for.

6. Autoplay an embedded video

Normally when you embed a Youtube video and load the page, the player is loaded and it sits there waiting for you to hit the play button. You can make the video play automatically by adding ‘&autoplay=1′ to the url part of the embed code.

7. Loop an embedded video

Append ‘&loop=1′ to make the video start again without user intervention after it reaches the end.

8. Disable Related Videos

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Publishing your content in the form of Youtube video? Don’t want people to see other people’s content that may be related but may as well be in competition to you? Just add ‘&rel=0′ to the end of the url part of the embed code and you just turned off the related video suggestions!

9. Bypass Youtube Regional Filtering

Some videos are only available in certain parts of the world. Your IP Address is used to determine your location and then allow or deny access to the video. Change the url from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=<somecode> to http://www.youtube.com/v/<somecode>

10. Download Video

Although not inherently a youtube trick but useful all the same for downloading videos. Just change youtube to kickyoutube in the url of the video and it will take you to kickyoutube.com with all the options for downloading the video you were watching.

Do you know of some similar Youtube URL tricks and hacks? Fire them in comments!

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Comments (168)
  • William Lowry

    I’m making a demo website about a faux craft brewery and I have a fullscreen video as background image. It works from my webserver with this video url:

    http://ia600803.us.archive.org/4/items/BirdsAndFeederroyaltyFreeStockVideo/BirdsAndFeeder.mp4

    but not the one I want to use, which I edited for the website:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?tv=vruVR6ve8QY

    I tried trick#9, but it did not work, I have also tried dropbox, vimeo, and flickr. I have asked this question on Stack Overflow, and Yahoo answers, but have not gotten a solution.

    The video clip I prefer, an mp4, works greats locally on VS and IIS.

    The website, in progress:

    http://79.170.44.219/grotto.com/JupiterBrewing/landingPage.html

    Someone please help me understand how to get MY videos to open from a webpage HTML using a “cloud” storage.

    Thank You

  • Praveen Nirmalkar

    Great, but all of them are not working.

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  • Jay

    For Me number 9 doesn’t work.

    It opens a still image in full screen however when you press play it once again says ‘The uploader hasn’t made this video available in your country’!

    Any tips or advice?

  • William

    Did youtube lock up the embed/url portion? I can’t seem to add &rel=0 to turn off related content, either before posting or after.

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