YouTube video players can be customized in many ways. When you embed a video from YouTube you can change the size, color and other features of the YouTube video player. Here's how:
Time Required: Five Minutes
- Find a Video to Embed
The first thing to do is find a YouTube video that you want to embed on another site. When you click the "Embed" button below the video, you'll be given a basic embed code, as well as varoius options for customizing the YouTube video player. The embed code will change as you adjust the video player settings.
- Related Videos in the YouTube Video Player
In its default setting, the YouTube video player will display related videos after your video finishes playing. I recommend turning this feature off so that only the original video will play in the embedded video player. If you keep related videos on, you could end up promoting videos that have content you don't agree with or are in direct competition to the one that you wanted to share.
- HD YouTube Video Player
If the video that you're embedding was uploaded in HD, you can share it that way in your YouTube video player by selecting the HD option. Viewers will still have be able to watch the video in lower resolution if they choose to do so.
- YouTube Video Player Color
The color of the YouTube video player can be changed. The embed tool offers various color combinations. the first color will be the YouTube video player border (see Step 6 for how to add a border), and the second color will be the video player status bar.
- YouTube Video Player Size
There's a default size for embedded YouTube video players, but you can change this if you want a bigger or smaller video player.
- Add Other Features to Your YouTube Video Player
The features described above are all easily accessible through the video embed tool on YouTube. But there are many other ways that you can customize your YouTube video player with just a little bit of tweaking. For example, you can add a border to the YouTube video player; make the video autoplay, loop or start in the middle; display or hide captions and annotations; and more. Check out this list of YouTube Embedded Player Parameters for details.