My Favorite YouTube Hacks

Gotta love YouTube hacks! A few years ago, my j-o-b  gave up the $1,000 month bill to a streaming video service and we switched strictly to the social media outlets for hosting our videos.  Since YouTube is the biggest and most well known, thought I’d share a few of the YouTube hacks that I’ve learned as video. Plus this way I have them all in one spot for reference.

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My Favorite YouTube Hacks

Embedding a YouTube Clip:

You can scrap most of the code when embedding. Here is the before and after.

Before:

<object width=”425″ height=”344″><param name=”movie” value=”http://www.youtube.com/v/rfqNXADl3kU&hl=en&fs=1″></param><param name=”allowFullScreen” value=”true”></param><param name=”allowscriptaccess” value=”always”></param><embed src=”http://www.youtube.com/v/rfqNXADl3kU&hl=en&fs=1″ type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” allowscriptaccess=”always” allowfullscreen=”true” width=”425″ height=”344″></embed></object>

After:

<embed src=”http://www.youtube.com/v/rfqNXADl3kU&hl=en&fs=1″ type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” allowscriptaccess=”always” allowfullscreen=”true” width=”425″ height=”344″></embed>

Autoplaying YouTube Videos:

Please use this for good – don’t be one of those sites that auto-plays just to auto-play!  Here is a YouTube hack for autoplaying your YouTube video. All you have to do is add &autoplay=1 to the end of the source file.

Before:

<embed src=”http://www.youtube.com/v/rfqNXADl3kU&hl=en&fs=1″ type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” allowscriptaccess=”always” allowfullscreen=”true” width=”425″ height=”344″></embed>

After:

<embed src=”http://www.youtube.com/v/rfqNXADl3kU&hl=en&fs=1&autoplay=1” type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” allowscriptaccess=”always” allowfullscreen=”true” width=”425″ height=”344″></embed>

Removing the Title and Rating Overlay on YouTube Videos:

Remove the title and rating overlay with this YouTube hack!
Add &showinfo=0 to the end of the source file

Before:

<embed src=”http://www.youtube.com/v/rfqNXADl3kU&hl=en&fs=1″ type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” allowscriptaccess=”always” allowfullscreen=”true” width=”425″ height=”344″></embed>

After:

<embed src=”http://www.youtube.com/v/rfqNXADl3kU&hl=en&fs=1&showinfo=0” type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” allowscriptaccess=”always” allowfullscreen=”true” width=”425″ height=”344″></embed>

How to Loop Play a YouTube Video

Here is how to play a loop with your YouTube video.
Add &loop=1 to the end of the source file

Before:

<embed src=”http://www.youtube.com/v/rfqNXADl3kU&hl=en&fs=1″ type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” allowscriptaccess=”always” allowfullscreen=”true” width=”425″ height=”344″></embed>

After:

<embed src=”http://www.youtube.com/v/rfqNXADl3kU&hl=en&fs=1&loop=1” type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” allowscriptaccess=”always” allowfullscreen=”true” width=”425″ height=”344″></embed>

Embed High Quality YouTube Videos:

Embed a high quality version of a YouTube video with this hack.
Add &fmt=18 to the end of the source file

Before:

<embed src=”http://www.youtube.com/v/rfqNXADl3kU&hl=en&fs=1″ type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” allowscriptaccess=”always” allowfullscreen=”true” width=”425″ height=”344″></embed>

After:

<embed src=”http://www.youtube.com/v/rfqNXADl3kU&hl=en&fs=1&fmt=18” type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” allowscriptaccess=”always” allowfullscreen=”true” width=”425″ height=”344″></embed>

Playing YouTube Videos in Word Press Self Hosted Blogs:

If you don’t want to use the YouTube embed code to put a YouTube video on a site, you can use one of many YouTube video plugins for WordPress. Personally, I use Smart YouTube. It’s easy to use, here is how:

Install the plugin. When you want to place a YouTube video on your page – just copy the URL of the YouTube video into your HTML and place a v in the http.

Playing YouTube Videos on a WordPress.com Blog

Just follow the link – wordpress.tv has a great, easy to follow video on how to embed your YouTube videos into a wordpress.com blog.

How To Download YouTube Videos:

Want to download a YouTube video? Here is how:

Find your favorite YouTube video
Visit: http://videodownloadx.com

Paste the video URL into their download box and hit download
You will see a screenshot of your video and  >>Download Covert Record Stream – left-click on the word download and save the flv file.

Enjoy! What are your favorite YouTube hacks?

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  • Jason

    I want to embed a YouTube Video on my site which I do a lot, but I want to overlay it with a PNG file so that it appears to have a custom border. I tried this with CSS, but can not get it set on top…any ideas?

    .videooverlay {
    width:575px;
    height:355px;
    position:absolute;
    z-index; 10001;
    background-image: url(../images/video-overlay.png);
    }

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