(Hint: Click the video again to pause.)
Why Embed YouTube Video Without a YouTube Watermark?
Personally, I don’t mind the YouTube watermark. I think it adds a certain panache and an implied willingness to share content with your readers. But, on occasion, even I have to admit that there are times when I find the need to display videos that don’t have the YouTube branding. (e.g., Poor Man’s Wireless Microphone; Does Network Size Matter?; Strategic Partners. Why You Need Them.)
The thing is, it used to be that if you wanted to go that route, you’d have to find a way to host video yourself. And when you do that, you have to consider other things that affect the video’s ability to play efficiently — regardless of from where in the world it’s being accessed. For that, I tap into the services of a CDN. But, setting up a CDN can be a bit of a pain for some.
The beauty of YouTube is that it takes care of all the technical mumbo jumbo setup stuff. Clearly, it’s a crazy powerful platform. It’s very efficient at serving up video. Oh, and of course there’s that compelling price point. (Free is always a nice price point.) The only sticking point is that it’s branded for YouTube. Which, as I mentioned at the beginning of this post, isn’t really a huge sticking point. I love YouTube. Be that as it may, there may be times when you want a generic video posting.
Perhaps it’s a promo video. Or maybe it’s a launch campaign. Or perhaps maybe what you want is a clean video for specific learning content or even one that’s part of a video-based client proposal that would be better presented as an un-watermarked video so that you can place your business brand within the page where your video displays. The thing is, you will likely still also need to serve-up the video fast with none of that video-stutter that tends to compel your intended recipient to click-off.
Well, for you, my friend is this…
How to embed a generically-branded YouTube video on your website.
These days, when you want to share YouTube video on your blog or website, you lift the embed code for that video and then glue it into the html view of your website.
While the old style Object embed codes are still available, YouTube’s preferred method now is to present you with the iframe. That’s my preferred method, as well. Here’s what it looks like for one of the videos above:
<iframe title="YouTube video player" width="480" height="390" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Uo8HbblkMGc?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
Well, as it turns out, if you add a few parameters (see below), you can have the option of choosing whether or not to include a control bar (which includes the YT watermark), whether or not to display the title when the video is paused, play related videos at the end of the clip, or even to have it autoplay when the page loads. (Caution: autoplay can be annoying if used haphazardly. Rule of thumb: if you don’t have a good reason other than, “Because I thought it would be cool…”, then don’t.)
<iframe title="YouTube video player" width="480" height="390" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Uo8HbblkMGc?rel=0;showinfo=1; controls=0;autoplay=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
The highlighted text shows the additional parameters you want to add after the URL of your YouTube video AND before the closing quotes for that URL. (Pay attention to the quotes.)
Here’s what the parameters mean
- rel=0 <-This controls whether or not to allow YouTube to show other related YouTube videos after the completion of your clip. Zero (0) means No. One (1) means Yes.
- showinfo=0 <- This controls whether or not you want to show the Title of your video in the upper-left corner when the video is paused or stopped. Zero (0) means No. One (1) means Yes.
- controls=0 <- This affects whether or not you want to show the player control bar — with the YouTube watermark — at the bottom of your video. Zero (0) means… (I dont’ have to keep repeating that part, right?)
- autoplay=0 <- This controls whether or not you want to have the video automatically start playing as soon as the page that you embed it into loads up for your visitor. (Again, be judicious about this. Consider how annoyed you’d be at me if I set both videos above to autoplay as soon as you visited this post.)
Test It Out. Post your own non-branded YouTube video.
So, now you know. Test it out. If it helps, post a link below to one of your videos and let me know how it worked out. (Oh, gawd. I can see the can of worms that could potentially open up. Please don’t make me regret it. For if you do, you’ll suffer the wrath of my Delete key.) 😈