Sunday, February 26, 2012

Loop A Youtube Video

I have recently seen videos around the web that loop over and over again and I thought that was a pretty cool feature. It is especially effective if you have a short punchy video that you want to autoplay when visitors arrive to your site and continue to play over an over without the user doing anything. At first I thought it would be incredibly easy to find the code to achieve this but I was mistaken. After scouring the web I finally found the answer I was looking for burried in comment threads on some obscure tech website.

So I thought I would spare others the aggravation and make it easy for them to find. A few simple pieces of code were added to the embedded video below to make it start when a visitor arrives on the page and continue to loop. You should note that if you have Google Adsense enabled on a video it is not wise to make this change. Google strictly monitors view counts and the code will either invalidate this data or prompt Google to stop displaying ads on the video all together. If you are tracking view counts for any other reason it is also unwise to make the change.

To start simply copy and paste the video embed code where you want it. Notice that after the there is the word "embed". Replace this with the letter "v". Then add the following code to make the video loop -- &loop=1. If you want to make the video autoplay simply add &autoplay=1 either before or after the loop command. These lines of code must remain inside the quotations of the entire link URL. The code snippet should look like this.

There are other options out there for looping a Youtube video. For example if you go to your channel on Youtube and select the video you want to play, you can add the word "repeat" to the URL as it is displayed in the browser. Add the word directly after "youtube" in the URL. This takes you to a site where the video is automatically converted for you. The drawback here is that when you go to embed the video, the entire site is embedded in an iframe and you get unsightly scroll bars on the sides of the video, not to mention you are promoting someone else's site.

If you know any other creative ways to loop a video, let me know!

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