How to Embed High Quality YouTube Videos

January 3, 2009

A lot of people don’t know that YouTube has high quality videos, as well as the generally poor-quality standard versions. The links to the better (not HD, but still pretty good) versions are easy to miss, but there are a few steps you can take to make sure you’re watching (and even embedding) the good stuff. Jason Kottke ran through a few of them recently on

First, make high-quality your default setting. You can do this in the Account menu, under “Playback Setup.” That takes care of playback, but what if you want to link to the high-quality version of a video? Just paste “&fmt=18” or “&fmt=22” at the end of the URL. 18 is the 480×360 version, and 22 is the 720p version. Some videos will have one, but not the other, so try both if you need to.

When it comes to embedding, you can make a quick change to the embed code to get better video quality. Just add “&ap=%2526fmt%3D18” to the end of the URLs in your embed code.

** If possible to play HD(should be a HD source), just add “&ap=%2526fmt%3D22”. 18 for high quality, and 22 for HD. – irony islet **

How to embed high quality YouTube videos – Download Squad


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