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YouTube Videos: HD Preview Images and a Logoless YouTube Player

Begining today, YouTube getting a few new features for both situations: HD preview images and the option to remove the logo from your player.

HD preview images
Until now, video preview images in today’s larger players (e.g. the image that appears before you click “Play”) haven’t kept up with your high-quality and larger videos.

“Any new video uploaded to the site in a resolution of 480p or higher will now have an HD preview image wherever the player is embedded. The difference is even more striking with larger embeds,” explained Google.

YouTube will also automatically give HD preview images to older videos in the next few weeks, as long as they’re 480p or larger.

Partners who’ve uploaded a custom preview image for video(s), will need to re-upload a new one in order to upgrade it to HD (1920 x 1080px, 2MB max).

Here’s an example:


And Now:

Logoless player
Wanted to have a YouTube player without a YouTube logo, now you can, “at the end of the video URL in your embed code, just add the code ?modestbranding=1” and the player will show without the YouTube logo in the control bar.

Note that a small “YouTube” text label will still show up in the upper-right corner of a paused video when you hover over the player. You can access the full list of the player’s possible parameters.

Here’s an example:

[Source: YouTube blog]

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