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Youtube: force playback quality and speed

  • Dear WordPress fans,

    I have been searching for an answer to these questions, but unfortunately I could not find a solution that actually worked.
    (1) 1st question:
    How can you force a particular playback quality on a YouTube video embedded in a post? I tried the addition of “&vq=hd720” to the shortcode, but this does not work: the video just plays in 480p quality.
    (2) 2nd question:
    How can you force a particular playback speed on a YouTube video embedded in a post? For example: forcing playback at 2x the original speed.

    Many thanks for your help!

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  • Moderator Kathryn

    @zoonini

    How can you force a particular playback quality on a YouTube video embedded in a post? I tried the addition of “&vq=hd720” to the shortcode, but this does not work: the video just plays in 480p quality.

    I’m not totally sure, but I’d assume the embedded video would default to the highest-quality version. Are you sure the video you’re embedding actually provides an HD version? I think some videos only have an SD option, depending how they were originally uploaded to YouTube.

    You could also try:

    – adding height and width parameters to the video shortcode to force the video to display at certain dimensions. Ref.
    – a plugin like YouTube Embed Plus, which says it “Force[s] HD quality when available”

    I did a quick search and found a whole bunch of advanced YouTube plugins you might also want to look at. Here are just a couple – a search will bring up more:

    http://wordpress.org/plugins/embedplus-for-wordpress/
    http://wordpress.org/plugins/smart-youtube/

    How can you force a particular playback speed on a YouTube video embedded in a post? For example: forcing playback at 2x the original speed.

    I don’t think this is possible with plain embedding or the shortcode, but you might want to see if it’s an option in one of the advanced plugins.

    Good luck! I’m not a video expert so maybe others have better insight.

    Thanks for the tips, Kathryn! I will try them out.

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