YouTube has been tinkering a bit lately with the design and interface of their video player. In fact, they seem to change things up pretty frequently, as far as redesigns go. But the embeddable playlist player has remained relatively unchanged for quite some time. That all changes today, as YouTube has released a brand new playlist player that much more closely resembles the latest version of the standard single-video player.

Playlists are a fantastic tool for anyone that needs to share multiple videos at once all in the same embedded player. You simply create the playlist in your YouTube account--you can even create playlists including videos beyond just those that you've made yourself--and then generate the embed code.

It's a great way to incorporate multiple pieces of video content, centered around a theme or topic, without the viewer having to do anything more than click the original "Play" button one time. Tons of people use playlists, so this new updated player ought to be a very welcome surprise.

Here... have a look (this is just an image, not a clickable video):

YouTube Gives Embedded Video Playlist Player A Facelift playlist player

Notice the red toggle at the bottom of the player, which allows the user to have the rest of the playlist clips pop up with thumbnails.

The new player is available immediately to publishers who wish to use it. And it's retroactive too, if you want. All you need to do to turn on the new playlist video player is change the tail end of the URL string from "fs=1" to "version=3".

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For now, YouTube is encouraging publishers and developers to test the new player. Should you find anything with it to be buggy or problematic, they're asking for your feedback over at the YouTube API Google Group. However, if you don't feel like being one of the guinea pigs, and would rather not edit a bunch of URLs... then just hold tight a few days. The new playlist player goes live on July 20 for everyone.

  • Daniel Rockman

    how can you pre enable shuffle on your embedded youtube playlist for your website? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

  • Mark Janz Armstrong

    Keeps getting better & better all the time..

  • butch

    Where do I have to go to get an embedded YouTube player. The url that I always used comes up with this (We're sorry, the page you requested cannot be found.) when I use it for the last month or more. My Youtube page or channel does not seem to have a link like it did a few years ago for embedded players.


  • VideoLeadsOnline

    Note... Your article seems to say to replace the fs=1 with some new code, but on the YouTube blog it looks like you are encouraged (for now) to NOT replace the fs=1 with the new code but ADD on to the end the new code, so it would look like this:

    • Mark R Robertson

      Thanks for catching that Ronnie. It will work either way. The fs=1 just allows for full screen.

  • VideoLeadsOnline

    Very cool re. the new Playlist Player look... kinda hard to keep up with all the changes lately on YouTube, eh?