Sometime earlier this year, YouTube seems to have dropped support for the 480 horizontal width embed size. I’m hoping they’ll bring it back. Bigger isn’t always better.
Most of the sites I work with have editorial column widths of about 500 to 530 pixels. That means the main column at those sites is that wide. Any video or image I want to embed needs to fit within those dimensions.
YouTube used to offer all these dimensions:
In March, it told the world that by default, a larger size would not be selected. That’s fine with me. What’s not find is dropping the support for the smallest 480 width option. That was never blogged about, that I can see. It just quietly went away.
As a result, anyone like me with an editorial column width that is smaller than 560 pixels has to manually resize YouTube videos. That means picking a new width and making sure you’re using a 1.627 ratio, as described here. Fun!
What I really want is a tool that lets me enter a column width, any column width, and have YouTube create the correct embed code. Please?
While I’m begging, I’d also like a way to make an embedded video begin playing at a particular time within the video. YouTube does offer a way to link to a video to make it play from a particular time code. However, there’s no way that I can see to do the same with embedded videos.