YouTube: Coming Soon: The Dark Player for Embeds

You may have noticed that we’ve changed the look of the player on YouTube. You may even have noticed that we’ve been experimenting with changing the look of embedded players too. Coming up on August 10, all embeds will automatically be updated to the new “dark player”:

Although we’re very excited about this change, which comes after months of design, research, and experimentation, we realize that some embedders would prefer a lighter color to match a lighter webpage, so we’re also announcing a few other themes that we’ll be making available. We also realize that some embedders would prefer something more mild than our use of red, so we’re happy to introduce a “desaturated” color option without any bright colors at all. (Note: Using the desaturated color disables the modestbranding option.)

To pick an alternate theme, pass in values for the “theme” and “color” player parameters. For instance, if you’d like to keep the traditional colors, you can pass parameters such as:

Here are all the new themes, including the new default:

If you have any questions about this change, you can ask them on our forum.

—Shannon -jj Behrens, YouTube API Team

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