Tuesday, May 19, 2020

10 useful YouTube URL tricks and hacks you should know

YouTube... we all grew up with it, right? 

But did you know that besides searching and watching videos you can do a lot more with the URLs? 

Below are 10 useful URL tricks that are useful to know. From enabling higher quality to direct linking to a location in the video. From automatic playback of an embedded video to downloading YouTube videos.

1. Higher quality video

Nowadays you can switch from normal to high quality while playing your video. But you can also put this directly in the URL. Put behind the URL '& fmt = 18' (stereo, 480 x 270 resolution) or '& fmt = 22' (stereo, 1280 x 720 resolution) for even higher quality.

2. Higher quality video embedding
The first trick only works during playback, but if you also want to embed higher quality videos you need to add the following codes to the embed URL: '& ap =% 2526fmt% 3D18' and '& ap =% 2526fmt% 3D22'

3. Link directly to a location in the video
Don't feel like watching an intro? If the real action in the video only starts at 3 minutes and 22 seconds then you would rather start the video at that time. All you have to do is add '# t = 03m22s' at the end of the URL (# t = XXmYYs for XX minutes and YY seconds).

4. Hide the search engine
If you go over a video with your mouse you will see a search engine in the video nowadays. You can hide this by adding '& showsearch = 0' to the URL.

5. Embed only part of a video
Add '& start = 30' to the URL of the video to skip the first 30 seconds. You can adjust the 30 to the desired number of seconds.

6. Automatically play an embedded video
Normally when you put a video on your website you first have to press play to play it. You can also do this automatically by adding '& autoplay = 1' to the URL.

7. Repeat an embedded video endlessly
Do you want to have a video repeated? Then add '& loop = 1' at the end and this happens automatically.

8. Hide related videos
After playing a video, YouTube always shows related videos. The disadvantage is that YouTube can sometimes show unwanted videos or even videos from competitors. Would you rather turn off related videos? Then add '& rel = 0' to the URL in the embed code.

9. Prevent the regional YouTube filter
Some videos can only be viewed in certain countries. Your IP address is used to determine whether or not you are allowed to see a video. You can work around this by changing the URL as follows: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v= to http://www.youtube.com/v/ This will not work for the videos where embedding is disabled . But there is still a trick to think of. You can often download these videos to your computer with Kickyoutube.com (see point 10), but also with Zamzar.com !

10. Download YouTube video
This is not quite a YouTube trick, but very useful if you want to download a video from YouTube to your computer. You just need to change the YouTube URL to Kickyoutube. Then you will be directly redirected to the Kickyoutube.com website with all options to download the video you are watching.

Bonus tip:
If you want to learn how to make money with YouTube, there's a great 1-hour webinar that is FREE from guru Matt Par.  He show how to create videos without any technical experience, and more importantly, how to monetize a YouTube channel that pays you while you sleep.  And he shows how to make videos (that get views) without ever showing your face.  Sign up free here and get sent the link to your email address.


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