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Embed Code Customization for YouTube Video – Guide


Youtube is used to watch videos, upload videos and embed videos in webpages. The youtube player is hugely flexible to customize the video features according to your needs. You can take the youtube video embed code, modify a little bit by changing predefined parameters and make video behave according to your need. May be you want the video to autoplay onload, may be you want to play the video in HD, may be you want the video to hide related videos, may be you want the video to hide search box from it, may be you want the video to play from a certain point (skip time from video), may be you want the video to play a desired part and not the whole and much more. All this can be achieved easily. Below is a guide to master youtube embedding techniques to turn youtube video features on or off.

Always Watch Video In High Quality

If available, Youtube offers a way to switch quality of videos. Apply the following in front of video URL while embedding that video in web page to watch it in high quality.

For 480 x 270 resolution video apply &fmt=18
For 1280 x 720 resolution video quality apply &fmt=22

Hide Search Box in Embeded Video

In embeded video search box appears on mouse over the video. To hide the search box while embedding video in a web page add &showsearch=0 to the embed url.

Start Video at Desired Time

If you want to start a video after 2 minutes and 11 seconds then, add #t=02m11s (#t=XXmYYs for XX mins and YY seconds) to the end of the URL.

Embed Only Some Part of YouTube Video

Add &start=50 to skip first 50 seconds of the video. You can modify the value after start= to the number of seconds you want to skip the video for.

Embed Higher Quality YouTube Videos

Add &ap=%2526fmt%3D18 and &ap=%2526fmt%3D22 to the embed url to embed it in high quality anywhere.

Autoplay Youtube Embedded Video

Embedded Youtube videos offer a button to play and by default they are stopped onload. You can make the video play automatically. Add &autoplay=1 to the url of the embed code to play youtube video automatically.

Loop Youtube Embedded Video – Make Video Play Forever

Add &loop=1 to make the video start over and over again after it reaches the end.

Disable Related Videos in Youtube Embedded Video

Add &rel=0 to the end of the url of the embed code to turn off the related video feature of youtube.

Download Youtube Video

Youtube does not allow download option for videos. Although the owners can download their own videos from admin panel of youtube. If you still want to download a video then change youtube to kickyoutube or voobys in the url of the video and this will take you to the other website which will offer download option for that video. Installing the latest ‘internet download manager’ (IDM) also gives the download link of youtube videos.

Bypass Youtube Country Restriction

Have you encountered “video not available in your country” message at youtube? It can also appear for embedded videos. Some videos are only available in certain countries and restricted to the other countries. Your IP Address is used to determine your location and then allow or deny access to the video. Change the youtube url from to and you can watch the video anywhere.

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