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images*Be Warned: This may increase your time spent on youtube*

Developers often hide little Easter eggs or keep “under development” features hidden within the site. Here is a particularly cool one which is pretty hard to explain. It puts your video in a bubble and if you move your mouse over the bubble you can play the video or it will expand the related videos. I’m not sure how else to explain it so why not try it yourself?

“Normal” URL
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yu_moia-oVI
“Warped” URL
http://www.youtube.com/warp.swf?v=Yu_moia-oVI

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Ever find a really funny segment in a video, however you find yourself telling your friend to just skip halfway through it to watch it? Well if you add “#t=XXmYYs”, to the end of the youtube URL; putting the minutes where X is and seconds where Y is, it will start at that exact time!

Check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oT58Di51wDk#t=01m10s

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Ever want to download a youtube file? Well you could use the KICKyoutube service previously mentioned or you could just download it yourself!  Youtube has a “secret script” since its recent push to HD Videos that will allow users to pull back the mp4 version of the video.  The URL looks like: http://www.youtube.com/get_video?video_id=<ID HERE>&t=<SIGNATURE HERE>&fmt=18(22 if HD)

Editing the link by hand is a very messy procedure so do yourself a favor and just drag and drop this link – – to your firefox (or Safari) link bar right below the URL.  Or if you are using Opera/IE book mark it by right clicking and adding it to your favorites.  Once bookmarked whenever you are on a youtube page you may just click the bookmark and a download will automatically start!

The magic behind this is javascript the actual code is:

javascript:if(document.location.href.match(/http://[a-zA-Z.]*youtube.com/watch/)){document.location.href=’http://www.youtube.com/get_video?fmt=’+(isHDAvailable?’22′:’18′)+’&video_id=’+swfArgs['video_id']+’&t=’+swfArgs['t']}

What this is doing is first checking if the page it a youtube video page.  That part is in blue.  The real magic begins with the second part (in red) this is pulling variables(green) from the youtube page.  If you go to the youtube video page and View the “Page Source”, you will see that isHDAvailable is defined as a variable, aswell as swfArgs['video_id'], and swfArgs['t'].

What’s even cooler is that YouTube is starting to show TV Shows and this works on full length tv shows aswell!  So if you hate torrents and YouTube has what your looking for, you got a high speed decent quality download!

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Ever want to download a youtube video? But all the hassling of converting it made it not worth it? Well there is a way to download youtube videos in a playable format!

  1. Go to the youtube video you wish to download.
  2. In the URL add the word Kick before youtube and hit enter. (ex url: http://www.KICKyoutube.com/watch?v=FGPjB4qzUy8)
  3. This new page will have a bar above the video on the right side it will have a green button that says “Go” click that
  4. That button will down blue and say “down”, right click it
  5. Choose “Save link as” and once it is done saving you will have your video in mp4 format!

Example Video

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