Embed YouTube High Resolution Video in your Blog

Are you tired of uploading video to YouTube that looks great on your screen but like CR@P when you embed it on your site? Want to change that? Here is how you do it. And it is simpler than you might think.

Add &ap=%2526fmt%3D18 to the end of the URL strings just inside the final Quote (“) for BOTH URL Strings in the embed code.

Low Res

Low Res

Hi Res

High Res

What’s the Difference

I noticed the other day when viewing one of my latest YouTube uploads there was a “veiw high quality” link I hadn’t seen before.   It has been awhile since I uploaded anything to YouTube.   When I did the mouse over going back and forth between high quality and normal I saw it went from the YouTube server to Google video server for the High Res version.

A little further investigation and I found the code to place inside your embed code to get the same high res version.

YouTube Tip if you add &fmt=18 to the end of any YouTube URL (While on YouTube) it will play a High Res version of the video.   You can add this to a link if you are just sending the YouTube link to a friend and it will show them a higher res version than clicking on High Res will.   Caveat:   If the original video was uploaded in the small 320 X 240 resolution it won’t look good.

Youtube video has been a bane to me. I love the service but I hate viewing YouTube videos which look like I shot the image through a mosaic filter. From now on they don’t have to.

Yes, you can put a caption around an embeded video.


  1. This is something I didn’t know and I find it very good information. Stumbled!

  2. Dave,

    Thanks for posting this. I was not aware that youtube.com offered the option of high res video.

  3. Christoph,

    You are welcome. I wasn’t either till the other day. Hope to see you at the AZREBN meeting on the 19th. It has been too long.

  4. Oh fantastic information to share! Putting your videos in high resolution can make all the difference in attracting a buyer-thank you!

  5. Dave – I saw this feature just this past week and was curious of the difference. One of the reasons YouTube as not been my favor. This certainly evens the score…will check the ones out that I have used. Thanks for the tip!

  6. Its been around for a while. I’m sure eventually it will be true high-res.

  7. Media is crucial in this “ooh! shiny object!” world we live in. Hooray for hi-res, but hell, any piece of compelling video will do.

  8. @Charles- may have been, but I wasn’t aware of it. (grin). and you are right, true high res will be great, but this helps.

    Thanks for a great little tip Dave. I was tired of the trashy looking stuff. BTW- I am STILL working on getting REIW where I want it. Too busy for words..

    Thanks again.

  9. Eric,

    I figured as much. Saw you were a keynoter at UnChained : )

    I love this option. This has been one big stumbling block to me using anything on YouTube.

  10. Agreed.

    Yeah…it was fun to meet everyone there and connect names with faces! I REALLY enjoyed that.

    Doing the REIW upgrade thingy this weekend and an Autism conference with my wife and kids this next week. Columbus OH will never be the same again!

  11. Dave;

    Another fun thing to add in embed code:

    &rel=0 after the url, adding this code removed the related videos so that they do not pop up when someone mouseovers the video on your blog.

    I am sure you have probably used it, but thought it might be worth a mention.


  12. Eric,

    I never have, but I will from now on : ) Thanks

  13. “Are you tired of uploading video to YouTube that looks great on your screen but like CR@P when you embed it on your site?” Oh yeah! Thanks a bunch for a great tip.

  14. Sam,


    I thought we all had fallen in love with grainy mosaic video clips. 🙂

  15. I hadn’t see the high res of youtube neither. I use youtube also in my posts, now I will use it. Interesting blog.
    Thanks for the tip and greetings from Spain,

  16. James Wheelock says

    Hey Eric,

    Thanks for the url piece to get ride of the related videos. I used it and it worked so now I do not have to loose traffic to competitors video. Nice share!

  17. @James- Glad you liked it! Happy to share.


  18. I love the high res feature! It’s remarkable the difference it makes. I always upload in high res now 🙂
    .-= Nichole´s last blog ..Youtube to Mp3 =-.

  19. Can anyone talk about embedding video from sources not on the WordPress white list of approved video sources? Such as http://realestate.msn.com? WordPress talks about “Adding Support For An oEmbed-Enabled Site,” but there’s no way I’m going to do that. That’s developer stuff. Is there an easy way to embed a video, assuming I have both the embed code and the URL of the video?

  20. Tom,

    If the source of the video wants it to be embedded it will provide easy embed code for you to use on your site. If they don’t provide it, then there is a good chance they don’t want it embedded on other sites. It could very well be a copyright violation to do so in that situation.



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