Thanks to Jim Duran for sharing the link to “10 YouTube URL Tricks You Should Know About.”  This article contains tips for getting more control over the videos you embed in your blogs, wikis, webpages, etc.  I tried them all in my blog and the first thing I noticed, for all you CofC bloggers, is that you can’t use these controls if you embed your video the normal way (using the  icon).  The only way these controls will work is if you choose the HTML tab in your editor and actually paste the YouTube embed URL into your post.

Here’s an example:

<object width=”425″ height=”344″><param name=”movie” value=”http://www.youtube.com/v/Uo3VwTBGrY8&hl=en&fs=1″></param><param name=”allowFullScreen” value=”true”></param><param name=”allowscriptaccess” value=”always”></param><embed src=”http://www.youtube.com/v/Uo3VwTBGrY8&hl=en&fs=1″ type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” allowscriptaccess=”always” allowfullscreen=”true” width=”425″ height=”344″></embed></object>

Everything above is included in the Embed URL in YouTube.  If you want to add the commands from the article your link will look like this:

<object width=”425″ height=”344″><param name=”movie” value=”http://www.youtube.com/v/Uo3VwTBGrY8&hl=en&fs=1″></param><param name=”allowFullScreen” value=”true”></param><param name=”allowscriptaccess” value=”always”></param><embed src=”http://www.youtube.com/v/Uo3VwTBGrY8&hl=en&fs=1&start=150&autoplay=1&showsearch=0&rel=0” type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” allowscriptaccess=”always” allowfullscreen=”true” width=”425″ height=”344″></embed></object>

&start=150 tells the player to begin the video 150 seconds in.  &autoplay=1 tells the video to automatically start when the page loads.  &showsearch=0 tells the video not to display the search window when the video finishes playing and &rel=0 tells the video not to display related videos when the video finishes playing.  These are just a few of the tricks.  I’ll be honest, I couldn’t get the time command to work and didn’t try to bypass the regional filtering so I don’t know if that works.  Everything else seems to work really well.

The video below is the direct result of the embed text above, with the start, autoplay, search and related video commands added.

By the way if you haven’t checked out Zee Avi, the singer in the video, you really should. She rocks!