How To Embed YouTube Videos In High Quality

Jul 13th, 2008 | By | Category: General, How to Podcast, Streaming Video

YouTube, by default, creates embed code that displays videos in relatively low quality.

Here’s an example, Matt Harding’s Where the Hell is Matt? (2008):

It’s possible, though, to embed YouTube videos with higher quality.

Here’s the same video, embedded with YouTube’s high quality option:

Notice how images, and especially type, are sharper.

Unfortunately, this is implemented with a hack. In the embed code, you have to tack on &ap=%2526fmt%3D18 to the end of video clip’s URL, both places it appears.

Here’s an example URL with the extra code:

<embed src=”″

This is completely unintuitive to implement – so Twittervlog’s Rupert Howe created an Embed Code Generator that can create the code for you.

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  1. Steve Mullen says:

    GENIUS! Thank you so much for posting this. I’ve been irritated at the low quality default for some time, and wondered why it was that embeds on a lot of other people’s sites seemed to be so much sharper. Apparently they knew this trick!

  2. Allan says:

    Or just use this tool here to get more features

  3. Hoi says:

    But: With the ‘normal/standard’ quality it is possible to view full screen, with the the high quality video this full screen button is gone.

    Does somebody knowns how to look the high quality video full screen?

  4. Dan says:

    This fix/hack no longer works in IE

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