Top 5 YouTube Hacks

By Partho, Gaea News Network
Tuesday, September 8, 2009

youtubehackVoila! If watching online videos is what you love most, here’s some whacky YouTube hacks to enrich your experience. No doubt YouTube has come to define the new era of online videos. It’s simply the richest source of entertainment with a massive resource of videos of varied taste. Well, I assume didn’t you missed out Judson Laipply’s Evolution of dance a really hilaious stuff. There are scores of add-ons, plug-ins and third party tools to turn YouTube into a real entertainment hub. So what are the ways you can get better video, download clips easily, and watch high-quality video at YouTube. Watch our list of top 5 YouTube hacks to make it out yourself.

1. How to escape the international video restrictions

YouTube offers some ridiculous restrictions around the world wide networks based on location and timings. There’s a simple work around to get rid of this.

Most of the links on YouTube look like this

Now you might find a string of character locating VIDEOID. Copy the string and paste it like this

Once you are done, you would get the copy of the video meant for embedding. This one is free from any restrictions of location.

2. How to watching high quality video in YouTube

YouTube has been offering high-quality versions of some of their videos for quite some time. There’s a watch high quality link underneath the player. Although by default all the YouTube videos are embedded at normal quality We would provide you the work around to set your default viewing to high, link to high quality video, embed HQ video and even save HQ videos for later viewing.

To set your default view to high-quality

Step 1: Log in to your YouTube account and got to Account> Playback Setup > Video Playback Quality
Step 2: Set the option to I have a fast connection. Always play higher-quality video when it’s available.

Link to YouTube videos in high quality

In order to link to a high quality video on your blog, add &fmt=18 on the end of the YouTube URL. For example

Embed high quality YouTube videos

In each of the URLs in the embeddable code you get from YouTube, add &ap=%2526fmt%3D18 to the end of URL.

Look at this example

<object width=”425″ height=”344″><param name=”movie” value=” &ap=%2526fmt%3D18″></param><param name=”allowFullScreen” value=”true”></param><param name=”allowscriptaccess” value=”always”></param><embed src=”″ type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” allowscriptaccess=”always” allowfullscreen=”true” width=”425″ height=”344″></embed></object>

Saving high quality YouTube videos

To save high quality video on YouTube you can use the KeepVid bookmarklet to download the mp4 file for later.  viewing.

3. How to downloading audio from YouTube video

Some great performances casted in YouTube could make mind blowing audio as well. Here’s an easy hack to get the jams in your playlist use web-based converter like VidToMP3 or follow one interpid LH reader’s guide to recording and converting videos into MP3.

4. How to download clips easily in YouTube

In case you wanna keep away a YouTube clip for editing or watching it without net you’ve got a cool option. There’s the YouTube File Hack for Internet Explorer that allows you to grab the FLV files. In case you stick to Firefox, use the Better YouTube Firefox extension to add a simple download this video link to any YouTube page. This is a All-in-one video bookmarklet is a nice cross-browser conversion tool. In case, you can’t access your own set up use to downloading clips. To watch the FLV files, you can use the cross-platform VLC player.

5. How to put togather YouTube Clips without an editor

You can use the ridiculously vast realm of YouTube videos to patch together funny  or clever videos. Free tools like Yahoo’s JumpCut can take in the FLV and other format video clips you downloaded using the other tools in this list. For more , patch together YouTube clip in style of BarackRoll.

September 9, 2009: 6:54 am

Wowww, I’m looking for some useful tricks on Youtube since that’s the only source I used in watching my favorite dramas, most esp. asian MV’s.

Thanks for sharing!

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