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25 September 2008

How To Embed High Quality YouTube Video

Viewers can now choose to watch YouTube videos in High Quality mode. Technically speaking, the videos are being streamed at a much higher resolution, specifically 480x360 and encoded in MP4 format (H.264 with AAC audio).

On the other hand, users discovered that videos cannot be embedded in High Quality mode, neither do the video-host provide any help on that. So today, I am going to teach you a very simple hack that will work on all blogs/websites, followed by a side-by-side comparison:

1) As usual, copy the default embed code provided by YouTube

2) Find the 2 URL in "param" & "embed", replace the part in green with &ap=%2526fmt%3D18

You will find 2 such lines in the default embed code, the xxx is the unqiue video ID and the &hl=en&fs=1 being the default query string:

A hacked URL should look like this:

Normal Quality version:

High Quality version:


Anonymous said...

dude, this doesn't work

Outdoor Lighting said...

Nice post.

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