(YouTube Articles) Google is known as one of the cleanest sites online, presenting a simple Google homepage that is clutter-free and easy to use. When it comes to Google-owned YouTube, however, it is a completely different story. For the past year or so Google has been cluttering up embedded YouTube videos, much to the disappointment of people that embed YouTube videos on their Website. The cluttered look makes a clean Website embedding the videos look cluttered. Here are ways YouTube is cluttering the look of embedded videos:
1) In white lettering, they added the title of the video onto the thumbnail of each clip.
2) In white coloring, they added the star ratings of the video onto the thumbnail of each clip.
3) If you use borders, when people press play, the URL of the videos profile page is displayed in the lower part of the frame.
Here is an example of a cluttered video:
You can see the white title and ratings in the video. Yet most people who post embedded videos have already posted the video title and there’s no need to display the rating since you’ve chosen to display the video on your site for a reaon.
Notice that when you press play in the above video, a URL pops up under the video too. These are the type of things we want to get rid of.
Here are steps you can take to declutter your embedded YouTube videos so that they just show the video thumbnail, player, and nothing else, making it easy to add to any site without ruining the site’s look.
Step 1: Find a video you want to embed on YouTube.
Step 2: On the right hand side you’ll see an option to Embed. To the right of the Embed code is a small button that looks like a gear piece. Select it. This will bring up options for your embedded video.
Step 3: Make sure that Show Border and Include Related Videos are unchecked.
Step 4: Grab the embed code and paste it into Notepad, Word, or another document where you can edit it.
When you paste the code into Notepad or Word or another word proccessing program, you’ll notice that there are two URLs listed. In the case of the video in this example, the URL is:
You’ll find the code listed twice in your embed code. At the end of each URL
Step 5: Simply ad &showinfo=0 to the end of both URLs.
Your URLs will now look like this:
Step 6: Now copy the entire code and paste it into your Website accordingly.
Now when you view the video it will be clutter free. Here it is:
Notice that the titles are gone, the ratings are gone, and when you get to the end of the video, it asks if you want to replay the video instead of linking to several other videos off site. You’ll also notice that when you press play, a URL no longer pops up under the video.
Congratulations, you’ve decluttered the video and your site will look better as a result.