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Unbrand your YouTube player

[UPDATE: This feature has been deprecated by YouTube]

One of the drawbacks of YouTube for business customers has always been the mandatory YouTube logo on the embedded player. Well, good news! You can now embed a YouTube player without a YouTube logo.

Using this unbranded player is still free, and you can use it with one simple addition to the video URL. 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. (A small “YouTube” text label will still show up in the upper-right corner of a paused video when you hover over the player, but its much more discrete than the full branding.) One note from the docs: This parameter is supported in the AS3 embedded player and in IFrame embeds that load the AS3 player. (IFrame embeds could also load the HTML5 player.) So in other words, Flash only. Sorry HTML5’ers.

Here is a full list of the player’s possible parameters, but here is an example:


For reference, this is what it looks like with the default branding in place:

Posted in: Code Examples, Prebuilt Players, The Basics, Web Video News

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  1. flpldev June 15, 2011

    Does this also work for the chromeless player that can be loaded into a Flash app?

    • Lisa June 15, 2011

      Its only working on the standard embedded player, not on the chromeless player. :/


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