As you know, many video content producers are utilizing free hosting platforms and video sharing websites like Youtube to power online video on their own websites.  There are clearly many benefits to utilizing these services, primarily the fact that video hosting is free and reliable.

Today, I was reading the Wellcomemat blog and found an interesting post from our friend Christian Sterner, Co-Founder of Wellcomemat, a powerful solution for online real estate video. Christian mentions Youtube's recent added video search functionality that appears within the default embeded YouTube player.

Youtube Embed Tip   Remove Embedded Player Search embed search player For those of you that are unaware, Youtube recently released a new feature that places a Youtube search box within the embedded player.  When a user rolls over the player, the search box will appear prominently in the header as shown to the right.  Additionally, it appears at the end of the video replay screen.

What is nice about the feature is that when a user finds a video in the search, it will be played inside the player, directly on the page.  However, for businesses leveraging video for purposes of marketing products and services on their own website, this can lead to some negative consequences with regard to control.

I agree completely with Christian about the importance of control for local video marketing content.  What's more is that there are plenty of other available services out there that are inexpensive to provide video content hosting for your website - Ooyala, Blip Pro, open-source players, and many more...  Youtube is not a bad solution either, if you spend the time to learn to use it the way you want.

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Here is the Good News

Rather than go into all the problems that the new Youtube feature may cause (users never watch your video, find competitor's videos, traffic metrics for length of visit become misleading, etc...) I thought it would be useful to post a small tip. So here it is:

You can remove the search bar from appearing in the your embedded video.  Yes you can.

Simply add &showsearch=0 to the end of each embed.

For example:

Regular Youtube Embed Code:

<object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value=""></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="344"></embed></object>

Modified Youtube Embed Code:

<object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value=" "></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src=" " type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="344"></embed></object>

Here is an example of the embedded player without Youtube search:

  • Jason Johnson

    this isn't working on your demo video....what gives?

  • East Africans

    It worked for a friend too.

  • Lavona Czaplicki

    I am unable to make this work. Here is my code for the embed which doesn't match what you have. . What can I do to make this work?

  • Prabhu Ram

    Thank you very much @ It worked.

  • Manoj Semwal

    Good code but problem is this some video are comes in gallery in below so how can we remove.

  • BogdanCirstea

    Can anyone tell me how can i do in such a way that when i click an embedded youtube player it doesnt open the location of the original video?

    • Mark Robertson

      Yea, you can use the chrome-less Youtube player like the example in the post
      with JWPlayer - as you see, when you click on it, it doesnt go to youtube.

    • warmonger

      I simply add this and it blocks most flash links


      There has never been a youtube vid that this didn't work on

      I also like to change it up a bit but I won't get into the reasons

      Example :

      I know this will help

      • BWilk

        thanks for this. i'm looking for a way to stop the embed, share, and link screen from appearing at the end of the playlist.

        • warmonger

          Cool ...let me know if it works : )

      • Herman

        Thank you. It;s very helpful..

    • Jon Gorrie

      add this code: allowNetworking="internal"

      Now, does anyone know how to implement this as a part of the wordpress shadowbox/youtube simple gallery plugin?

  • Tobi

    Just found out how to get the related videos to stop showing at the completion of my embedded video. In your youtube account, right next to the "embed" code for your video is a little blue "cog"...just click it and uncheck the "show related videos" box.

    Don't you just hate it when it's sooo simple? ;)

  • klica

    Do you know how to take the search box and suggested videos off of the Youtube video when using the insert function on Google apps for Education? Our school would like to use the feature, but some of the videos are inappropriate for children. You load them up via the Youtube URL and I don't see the same kind of code.


    • Mark Robertson

      Unfortunately, Im not familiar with the feature. I would post a question in the Google Apps forum. Would be interested in what you find out. if you hard-code the videos, Im sure you can do it, but not sure how you would change it using the insert function. Wish I could see an example...

      • klica

        I will check with the Apps Forum. I don't know what hard-code is, but I tried making a custom video out of the one I wanted in Youtube, but that only generates HTML code that you can't put in Google Apps Sites. You have to load a URL. Is there a way to do something with that HTML to generate a URL?

        • Mark Robertson

          I dont think so and I honestly am not sure as I dont have access to this inGoogleapps (only premium subscriptions or for education). However, I think that you definitely should post something in the forums because this seems like a very big oversight on the part of Google in my eyes. They need to fix it for you ASAP...

  • Kathy Toth

    OK, Navidad (Felice) I need full example of the code to add to youtube - where does this go? and what is the effect?
    just an Ann Arbor Realtor, trying to not be a geek. Warm regards from chilly Ann Abor, MI

  • Navidad

    Hey Matthew... just add the &rel=0 parameter, and that will do the trick... ;)

  • Matthew Loop

    I've been on the look-out for this code, Mark. Thanks for your help. Out of the blue on a few of my sales-pages, the search tool popped up and I was definitely surprised.

    Would you happen to know if there's a code that allows the video on YouTube not to show other videos after yours is finished playing? I've been using Viddler to host a great deal of sales-page content now because it only shows my video, no more.

    Thanks again :)