YouTube has been part of daily entertainment source for many all across the globe. People are watching hundreds of millions of videos a day on YouTube and uploading hundreds of thousands of videos daily. In fact, every minute, 20 hours of video is uploaded to YouTube. There are a number of useful tips and tricks worth knowing.
- Link to a specific part of a YouTube video
If you want to link to a specific part of a video on YouTube, add #t=XXmYYs for XX mins and YY seconds) to the end of the URL. eg, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2simotRhO6M#t=1m02s ; The “#t=1m02s” at the end of the url, starts the video from 1min 2 sec. Also, can append ‘&start=30′ to skip first 30s of the video.
- Link to HD Quality Videos on YouTube
You can share share a link to a 720p HD video on YouTube from your web pages or email links by appending ‘&hd=1’ at the end of the url.
- Control Youtube Video Player Size with standalone window
You want more control over the size of the YouTube video player, here’s a simple hack – just replace the word "watch" in the URL of any YouTube video with "watch_popup" and the video will expand to fit your browser window. eg. youtube.com/watch?v=2simotRhO6M would become youtube.com/watch_popup?v=2simotRhO6M
Also, playback full screen by adding this prefix: http://www.youtube.com/swf/cps.swf?video_id=
- Disable related videos in YouTube’s embedded Player
Appending the string “rel=0” at the end of video lets you disable related videos in YouTube’s embedded player and helps retain the visitors from getting distracted.
- 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 embed url.
- Bypass Youtube Regional Filtering
YouTube have restrictions on some videos and are only available in some countries, determined from you IP IP Address. Change the url from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=<vid> to http://www.youtube.com/v/<vid> to overcome this.
- Bypass age verification and login
Just add NSFW in front of protected YouTube video url to see videos that may contain content that is inappropriate for some users without loggin in or having youtube account. eg. Change youtube.com/verify_age<videocode> to NSFWyoutube.com/verify_age<videocode>
- Download videos from YouTube
Change youtube to kickyoutube in the url of the video and it will take you to kickyoutube.com and can download the videos. Change youtube.com/<videocode> to kickass.com/<videocode>
Video DownloadHelper 4.4.1 helps you download videos very easily. Download from https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/3006
- Flip the videos all over
You can flip the videos all over by adding ‘&flip=1’ at the end of video url. This is quite funny and can confuse your friends.
- Disable the title and ratings
To embed without showing title ″ will remove the rating stars and title bar from an embed, append with &showinfo=0
- Autoplay a Video
You can make your embedded video to start playing automatically by appending the string “&autoplay=1” to the url and remove everything before and after the embed tag.
- Loop a Video
You can make the embedded video loop automatically by add the string “&loop=1” to the end of the url.
- Youtube for big TV
YouTube XL is YouTube designed for large TVs. It has some interesting options and lets you watch all the videos sequentially. head over to
- Youtube for Netbooks
YouTube Feather is YouTube that strips YouTube to the required essentials for your Netbook or slow internet connection. http://www.youtube.com/feather_beta
- Download YouTube App for Portable Device
Goto http://m.youtube.com/app from your portable device and you should be able to download a app for it.