Damn it is hard to keep up with all the changes that Youtube has been launching. This is one that Im certain you will all be thrilled to hear about, because it means more HD.
In addition to the doubling of upload file size from 1GB to 2 GB, they have also implemented some new features which will make it easier for you to share HD videos. The changes will allow users to share links directly to the HD version of videos, as well as to embed the HD version with ease. Many of you may have known about how to do this previously, as it was possible. However, they have now publicly made these options clear and have integrated the HD embed code options into the
Here's How to Share HD Video Links
To share a link to the HD version of a video, simply append &hd=1 to the end of the URL string. This means the video will start playing in HD as soon as someone follows the link.
Here's How to Get the HD Embed Code
To embed the HD version of a video on a website or blog, click the 'customize' button to the right of the embed box on the video page. Inline with options that were previously there is a new option 'play in HD'. If you check this option The embed code that's generated will cause the video to start playing in HD as soon as a viewer clicks play.
Youtube recommends embedding HD videos at the largest size (853x505) for "maximum enjoyment," but clearly you dont have to.
Keep in mind of course, that this option will only be available on videos that have been uploaded for HD. If there is no HD version, this checkbox will not appear and you cant use the Youtube HD hacks that we previously mentioned.