Sunday, April 19, 2009

10 Youtube URL Tricks You Should Know About

Youtube - You know that site with videos and all. Yeah! It turns out that its quite popular and you happen to visit and use it quite often. Instead of just searching and playing here are some top Youtube URL tricks that you should know about:
1. 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.
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. Cut the chase and link to the interesting part

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.
4. Hide the search box

youtube url start time

The search box appears when you hover over an embedded video. To hide the search box add ‘&showsearch=0′ to the embed url.
5. Embed only a part of Video

youtube url to mp3

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 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.
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

youtube url downloader

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!
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 allow or deny access to the video. Change the url from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v= to http://www.youtube.com/v/
10. Download Video

Although not inherently a youtube trick but useful all the same for downloading videos. Just change youtube to kickyoutube in the url of the video and it will take you to kickyoutube.com with all the options for downloading the video you were watching.

Do you know of some similar Youtube URL tricks and hacks? Fire them in comments!

24 Comments Add Comment
2009-04-18 11:39:27
seobag

I also used keephd.com
Change the url from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=
to
http://www.KeepHD.com/watch?v=

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2009-04-18 23:39:39
Television Spy

Try out http://www.VidiMonkey.uni.cc to download videos - it makes it easier, batch downloading and no downloads.

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2009-04-18 11:40:23
Transcontinental

KeepHD ( http://www.keephd.com/ ) offers various download formats, in fact all those available:
Quote:
“KeepHD is a sweet tool that lets you download HD videos off Youtube! Not only can you download HD copies of your movies, you can also download the mobile 3GP version for your mobile devices plus the standard MP4 and FLV format. Just enter your Youtube video URL below, and KeepHD will automatically grab each version of the video you want to download.”

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2009-04-18 11:58:13
hsj

the bypass regional filtering doesn’t work. It still shows “Content not available in your country”

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2009-04-18 15:26:35
Varun Kashyap

it seems to be working fine here.

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2009-04-18 12:45:03
Aravind Jose T.


You can KISS youtube to download too.
If you aren’t good with kicking, that is :P

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2009-04-18 12:49:10
Sudarshan

I have found few… Check this blog
http://racinginfinity.blogspot.com/2009/01/download-youtube-videos-httpwwwdownload.html

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2009-04-18 14:00:06
vinay

installing the latest internet download manager also gives the download link of youtube videos.

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2009-04-18 18:03:17
Carl
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sry trick 9 doesnt work….

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2009-04-18 18:07:35
Kevin Montgomery
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Interesting info. Can you please show me an example of the “autoplay” used in a complete url? Before and after? I was just having trouble visualizing where to put the:
‘&autoplay=1′
Thank you! Kevin

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2009-04-18 18:35:34
Benji3104

Add &flip=1 to flip it all over. Not exactly useful but great for confusing people.

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2009-04-18 18:42:52
WWwwWW

yeah number 9 doesnt work for me also

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2009-04-18 19:02:24
MManson

Thx kewwwww

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2009-04-18 19:44:18
Edward de Leau
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Not really a trick but if you regularly post youtube vids to your weblog it would we worthwhile to cache the thumbs for performance reasons like e.g. here: http://vid.leau.net. there would no be any calls to youtube or google video.

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2009-04-18 20:38:58
mike

most of your tips make it less useful rather than more. Lower quality loads faster, autoplaying makes it annoying and not letting people explore ever videos just makes you lame.

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2009-04-18 20:59:36
audrey

I’ve always been watching and downloading videos on youtube. But there are many things on this list I didn’t know about. I’ll have to check them out.

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2009-04-18 21:17:25
NiMipAustralia

If you use Safari, the easiest way to download youtube videos is to do the following:

1. Go to the youtube video of your choice on youtube.com
2. Click on ‘Window’ in the menu, and select ‘Activity’
3. Under the youtube address, which will be recognisable by its name, double click on the address with the largest file listed (it should be the only one in the megabytes, but the size varies depending on length of video)
4. A new window should open and, after a few seconds, the video should begin to download to your computer

Note: You may need to use a program to convert the file into a watchable movie file. My computer used to not recognise the file at all until converted, but for some reason it’s recently started downloading them as flash video files (.flv).

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2009-04-18 22:19:58
Otafu

Greasemonkey script “YouSable” gives you download options as well, zoom and more features. A must if you find yourself “youtubbing” often.

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2009-04-18 22:54:59
Juan Carlos Llanos
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Excelent. One question
How embed Googlevideo in YouTube. I have some video of more than 10 minutes and I can’t upload in YouTube. Can you help me?
Thanks, from Peru.

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2009-04-18 23:09:51
JerryS
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I have used tubetv on Mac. It downloads the video and then automatically converts it to the format you set.

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2009-04-19 04:42:56
Christof

Also pwnyoutube.com works fine. Just add pwn infront of the video url.

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2009-04-19 04:50:16
ram
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Hi I am from UK. I tried viewing the new youtube shows and films categories (avail. only in US). There is no watch? part in these url? Any suggestions how to bypass this problem?

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2009-04-19 05:04:19
Manny

Thank you very much!
I will use this information for when I embed videos on my website Best Instrumentals.

-Manny

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2009-04-19 07:52:20
kcd

add ‘&flip=1′ to the end of a url to trick your friends.

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