10 YouTube URL Tricks from MakeUseOf.com

E3 2010 is upon us and with it comes a bevy of new game trailers and videos to upload, watch and share. For the better part of three days, I have been working to find ways to better embed and clean up some of the videogame offerings on YouTube.

That was when I stumbled across this article on MakeUseOf.com that had several hints all in one place. Here are some of the tricks that can save you loads of time and make your video embeds more professional.

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.

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

Link to the interesting part of a video
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.

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

Embed only a part of Video
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.

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.

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

Disable Related Videos
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!

For more hints on how to get the most from YouTube, head on over to MakeUseOf.com for the complete list.

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