Have you noticed anything different about the YouTube video embeds you’ve been seeing around the web the last few days? If so, you’re probably seeing a lot more black. The black YouTube player they started testing a month ago has just recently become the official skin for any embedded videos across the web. Never fear, though, you fans of the color grey… there are actually four different color scheme options publishers can now choose between when embedding a YouTube video.

With YouTube Embeds, Black Is The New… Black?

The black YouTube player, of which I am a big fan, is now the default option. That means that if you embed a video as you normally do, it’s now going to look like this:

Yes, it appears that YouTube likes the color black, much like their parent company, Google, who added a black bar at the top of the page earlier this year. All videos embedded will now look like the above. But if you feel like making a small addition to the embed code, which isn’t very complicated at all, then you can actually go back to a grey player bar.

How To Change The YouTube Player Color Scheme

You actually have two main options now, as YouTube calls them, “dark” and “light.” And within those two options, you can have the progress bar itself be either red or grey. That gives publishers a total of four player skin options for YouTube embeds.

To choose one of the non-default options, you simply need to add in some parameters for theme and color in the embed code. Here’s the example embed code YouTube provided:

<iframe width=”560″ height=”349″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/9h1swNWgP8Q?theme=light&color=red” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>

And here’s a chart showing how the different color schemes look and what the parameter settings are for each:

Back in June, YouTube rolled out the “modest branding” option for embedded videos, allowing publishers to display a “logo-less” player on their site. Using the “desaturated” color (“white”) on the progress bar will disable the modest branding option. So if you’re a big fan of that logo-less look, you’ll want to stick to a red progress bar on these new embed parameters.

There’s already a forum set up in case you have questions or technical difficulties with the new embeds.


So what’s the verdict? As I said, I’m already a big fan of the black player, so this official move to make it the default option comes as good news to me. But I’m sure there are some who prefer the old look of the video player. The question is… will they prefer it enough to manually edit all embeds to bring it back?

Feel free to share your thoughts on the black YouTube player becoming the default option for embeds.