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A Gift to all YouTube Fanatics and Bloggers

I found this article on one of my favorite tech sites, This site Rocks!! If you are infamous for using YouTube then here are some helpful tips.

10 Hidden Tricks for YouTube You should know about

written by: Patrick Wong | category: Computer Tips |

YouTube became part of my life - I go there to watch all kinds of videos and I embedded some videos on my blog and websites. Instead of just watching and sending the YouTube links to others, you should know the following tricks:

1. High quality videos

YouTube gives you the option to switch to high quality videos for some videos, however you can check if a video is available in high quality format by appending at the end of the web address (URL) ‘&fmt=18‘ (stereo, 480 x 270 resolution) or ‘&fmt=22‘ (stereo, 1280 x 720 resolution)

2. Embed Higher Quality Videos

If you want to embed high quality videos you need to append ‘&ap=%2526fmt%3D18‘ or ‘&ap=%2526fmt%3D22‘ for 480 x 270 resolution and 1280 x 720 resolution respectively.

3. Cut the chase and link to the interesting part

Linking to a video where the real action starts at 2 minutes and 31 seconds, wonder if you can do that? Of course, you can! All you have to do is add #t=02m31s (#t=XXmYYs for XX mins and YY seconds) to the end of the URL.

4. 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 end of the URL.

5. Embed only a part of Video

Same concept as #3, if you want to start the video that skips the first 30 seconds, simply append ‘&start=30′ to skip first 30s of the video. You can skip the first 90 seconds if you want by ‘&start=90‘.

6. Autoplay an embedded video

Normally when you embed a Youtube video and load the page, the player is loaded and it is 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.

7. Loop an embedded video

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

8. Disable Related Videos

When the video finishes, it always display the related videos and have you wonder how to remove it? Just add ‘&rel=0‘ to the end of the URL part of the embed code and you just turned off the related video suggestions! Cool huh?!

9. Bypass Youtube Regional Filtering (Note: may not work in a few regions)

Some videos are only available in certain parts of the world. Your IP Address is used to determine your location and then allow or deny access to the video. Change the url from to

10. Download Video

There are tons of websites that helps you download the YouTube videos so you can permanently own it. My favourite one is KeepHD ( ). Also, if you are using Firefox, you can use addons - I tend to like the DownloadHelper.

Or if you do not want to use Firefox’s add-ons and third party websites, you can use the Real player’s “Web Download and Recording”. When you hover over the video, a tab will show you “Download this Video” and it downloads it in flv format and put it into the My Library folder.

You know more YouTube tricks? Feel free to post it in the comment! :)