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Embedding a Youtube video in a site is becoming very common these days. People like sharing videos on Social Networking sites like Facebook, Orkut etc and it's becoming trendy. Instead of just searching and sharing the video, here are some popular Youtube tricks that you should know.

Pls note: Most of the tricks mentioned below, require slight modification in the embed src="" code.

1. View high quality videos
Incase if the video is uploaded in low quality, Youtube gives you the option to switch to high quality 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. Jump to required Segment
Linking to a lengthy video where the required segment starts at 2 minutes 15 seconds, you could make your video start at 02:15. 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
If you wish to deactivate the search box that appears when you hover over an embedded video add ‘&showsearch=0? to the embed url. This is great if you wish to avoid direct video searches from your site/blog.

5. Embed only a part of Video
This is similar to #3 above. 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 but the video does not play untill you 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
Adding ‘&loop=1? to the embed src puts a loop function to the video. The video plays continuously

8. Disable Related Videos
Once your video stops playing, Youtube automatically gives a list of related videos. Don’t want people to see other people’s content that may be related but may pose competition to you? Just add ‘&rel=0? to the end of the url part of the embed code. Your related video suggestion will be turned off.

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 you are allowed or denied access to the video. Change the url from to

10. Download Video
You can refer my earlier post Here

If you know some more cool tips for Youtube. Let me know, I will add it to the list.

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