04 August 2013

20 Things to Do Using YouTube's Embedded Player

Here are some things you can do from an embedded YouTube player:

1. like/unlike the video: use the thumbs up/down buttons from the top-right corner (you need to be logged in).

2. find the video's URL: right-click the video and click "copy video URL". You can also "copy video URL at current time".

3. find the embedding code: right-click the video and click "copy embed code".

4. share the video: use the share button from the top-right corner and click Facebook, Twitter or Google+.

5. read the video's description: click the "i" button from the top-right corner.

6. subscribe to the video's channel: click the "i" button from the top-right corner and then click the "subscribe" button.

7. find the number of views: click the "i" button from the top-right corner.

8. add the video to the "watch later" playlist: click the "clock" button next to the YouTube logo.

9. turn off annotations: click the conversation icon at the bottom.

10. enable captions: click the "CC" button. To disable them, click the same button and then "turn captions off".

11. move captions: use drag&drop to change their position.

12. change caption size: use + or - keyboard shortcuts. You can also change the caption's foreground/background colors and the font: click the "CC" button and pick "caption settings". Click "background" to enable the caption background (there's also a keyboard shortcut: b). Your settings are saved and YouTube will used them for other videos.

13. translate captions: click the "CC" button, then "translate captions" and pick a language.

14. open the video in full screen mode: click the "full screen" icon next to the YouTube logo.

15. change video quality: click the wheel icon and choose from auto, 144p, 240p, 360p, 480p, 720p, 1080p.

16. change the video's speed (only in the HTML5 player): click the wheel icon and choose from 0.25x, 0.5x, 1x, 1.5x, 2x.

17. check the stats: right-click the video and select "stats for nerds" to see the video's size, the number of frames per second, the number of dropped frames and other useful information.

18. open the video's YouTube page: click the title at the top of the player or the YouTube logo at the bottom.

19. use keyboard shortcuts (most shortcuts only work in the Flash player and they require that the video player has focus):

* k - pause/play the video

* m - mute/unmute the video

* f - full screen mode (Esc to exit)

* j or left arrow - seek backward 3 seconds

* l or right arrow - seek forward 3 seconds

* 0 - jump at the beginning of the video

* 1-9 - seek to the 10% to 90% of the video

* home/end - jump at the beginning/end of the video

* up/down arrows - increase/decrease volume by 5%

20. related videos: at the end of the video, you'll see a list of related videos and you can watch them in the embedded player. Mouse over the thumbnails to find more information about the videos.

Here's a video you can use to test these features:

YouTube Encourages Sharing Videos

When you watch a YouTube video until the end, YouTube thinks you might want to share it with other people and switches to the "share" tab automatically. The "share" tab has been recently redesigned and now shows more social services at a glance. You can also click "embed" and copy the embedding code.

If you'd like to link to a YouTube video and open the "share" tab by default, just add #action=share at the end of the URL. Here's an example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ep3iIDDDlaM#action=share.

The embedded YouTube player already includes a lot of features: from the like/unlike buttons, to the share button and the information button that shows the video's description, the number of views and lets you subscribe to the associated channel.

YouTube's Channel Card Experiment

There's a new YouTube experiment that shows a channel card when you mouse over the link to a YouTube channel. The card shows the channel's images and description, a link to the Google+ page, a subscribe button, the number of subscribers and sometimes the most recent video from that channel.

This works for search results, comments, suggested videos, homepage videos, recommended channels and more. You can find more about a YouTube channel without having to open a new page.

Sometimes YouTube also shows a list of people from your Google+ circles that subscribed to the channel:

The experiment also includes the "I'm feeling lucky" play button I've mentioned here. This time, it's placed next to the upload button. The play button creates a playlist with recommended videos.

Here's how you can enable the experiment. If you use Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari or Internet Explorer 8+:

1. open youtube.com in a new tab

2. load your browser's developer console:

* Chrome/Opera 15 - press Ctrl+Shift+J for Windows/Linux/ChromeOS or Command-Option-J for Mac

* Firefox - press Ctrl+Shift+K for Windows/Linux or Command-Option-K for Mac

* Opera 12 - press Ctrl+Shift+I for Windows/Linux or Command-Option-I for Mac, then click "Console"

* Safari - check this article

* Internet Explorer - press F12 and select the "Console" tab.

3. paste the following code which changes a YouTube cookie:

document.cookie="VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=0xJL6SMMUyE; path=/; domain=.youtube.com";window.location.reload();

4. press Enter and close the console.

To go back to the regular interface, use the same instructions, but replace the code from step 3 with this one:

document.cookie="VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=; path=/; domain=.youtube.com";window.location.reload();

{ Thanks, André Zlatin. }

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