Here's a little quick tip (of course I always say that just before writing 1000 words about it) that I discovered yesterday to show you how you can embed YouTube's newest version of their embeddable video player which more closely matches the newest player on YouTube. It is a much cleaner-looking player in my opinion and comes with one HUGE new feature - "watch later".

Here is an example of what the new player looks like when embedded outside YouTube:

Why Use YouTube's New Embeddable Player?

Aside from a refreshed look, if you ask me, there are a couple reasons why I like this player more and think you should consider using it.  BTW - I wont go into in this post but there are a lot more reasons for using this player if you are using the API as the player is based on AS3 vs AS2.  Anyway, here are some of the reasons I decided to use it on ReelSEO:

1) Watch Later Button

You'll notice that at the top right, there is a new button that says, "Watch Later." If a logged in YouTube user visits your page, they can add the video to their queue at YouTube such that they can watch the video at a later date and not have to remember how to find it. It will automatically be added to their playlist queue.  If a non-logged YouTube user visits your page, the watch button wont show.

That is pretty cool from a user perspective but here is another reason that I like this feature: It's a potential outside signal to YouTube that may one day be used to gauge interest, engagement, and popularity for the YouTube search algorithm. We already know that Google and Bing both using social signals in their search algorithms so it makes perfect sense to me that YouTube would do so as well.    In fact, some experts would say that YouTube is already looking outside for signals but what could be an easier way of doing that then tying a "watch now" feature directly into their player?

2) Right-Click Options

Though I doubt that too many people actually right click on the YouTube player, if they were to do so in the new player, they would see that new options exist to "copy video URL" (even at the specific time it's being watched - "copy video URL at current time") and "show video info." which were all non-existent in the older version.  Additionally, you'll notice that they moved these items along with "Copy embed html" higher up in the list for a better user experience.

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3) Click to Pause vs. Visit YouTube

Lastly, and one of my favorite for site owners is that clicking within a video that is already playing doesn't open a new YouTube window containing all sorts of information that you may not be interested in. Instead, the click event just pauses the video as is typical with most other flash video players on the web.  They have added a little YouTube logo button at the bottom right that can be clicked on to visit the video's landing page on YouTube.

4) And Some Other Stuff

There are a few other changes worth mentioning.  First - they have made the CC (closed captions) button much more visible as part of the player bar at the bottom which is great for those that may be hearing impared.   Lastly, the end screen of the videos is a slightly cleaner design matching

How to Embed The New YouTube Embeddable Player?

OK, so how do you do this? Easy, just add "version=3" to the player's URL parameters.  For example, if YouTube gives you the following embed code:

<object width="640" height="385">
<param name="movie" value=";hl=en_US&amp;rel=0"></param>
<param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param>
<embed src=";hl=en_US&amp;rel=0" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="640" height="385">

Just add "&amp;version=3" to the end of both the param movie value and the embed src.

<object width="640" height="385">
<param name="movie" value=";hl=en_US&amp;rel=0&amp;version=3"></param>
<param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param>
<embed src=";hl=en_US&amp;rel=0&amp;version=3" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="640" height="385">

And that's it for my "quick tip." I hope you enjoy and if you want to see all sorts of additional ways you can customize YouTube player embeds, read our post - How To Customize YouTube Player Embeds – Tips And Tricks.

  • Johnny Mars

    Hmmm....this article was posted 7 months ago - a millenium in Internet age. Any updates?

    • Mark Robertson

      not really ;(

  • Katerina

    Amazing how sometimes we don't see the simple things in front of us. The right click tip is great. Thanks for that. I just tried it and it worked great. That is a great short cut saving time.

  • WorldWebs G.Olli.

    For the "non automatic HD" and "non embed HD" issues mentioned, I am having success just adding the old "&fmt=18" to the url ... both in the url when used as a link, and in the embed code where YouTube places the URL inside the tag specs and the tag specs. Hope this helps someone.

  • Brian

    I'm finding this new player (and Youtube is giving it to me by default) isn't registering embed views. Anyone else have this issue?

    • Mark Robertson

      Oh, that is very interesting. Are you sure? That would be a BIG reason not
      to do it... Please let me know what you find out.

  • Flipvamp

    So I tried the code and it seemed to work, but it will not allow me to autoplay it in HD. Or default to HD as I usually do. Is anyone else having this problem?

    • Mark Robertson

      Yeah, I should have mentioned that - I found the same issue on my end.
      Thought - I do prefer the non-HD as a lot of viewers dont have the CPU
      power for it.

  • Dana Bincer

    Can I just say, wow! Awesome features. Thanks for pointing out why the new player rocks. I love it. I will definitely start incorporating it into my crafty blog.

  • Ronnie Bincer

    You say it came with a "huge new feature" which 1 is the 1 you think is huge... is it the click to pause? The click to watch later button?

    Which one is HUGE?

    • Mark Robertson

      Good point, I didnt make that clear - I think it's the watch later button,
      but no real proof that it will ever be used as a signal, just a thought.

  • Michael Locke

    This is great. Thanks for sharing.