How to remove controls on your YouTube video

Stephanie Antonucci Leathe

Last Updated:
November 18, 2020

If you are connecting your feed from YouTube, you may want to get rid of the player controls on the video to discourage your participants from clicking around on the video. The good news, is it's easy to do!

Unfortunately, you won’t be able to completely rid embedded YouTube video players of YouTube branding. YouTube’s entire profit model is based on getting people to spend as much time as possible on the Youtube.com domain. It is not going to give away its video embedding service without trying to lure users onto its own website.

Users will still be able to pause and play the video by clicking on it, but they will not see the actual player controls at the bottom of the video anymore.

Before removing player controls

After removing player controls

Embed Code from Scheduled Live Video

Step 1: In your YouTube Studio, find the shareable link. Copy and paste the URL.

Step 2: Navigate to the scheduled video by pasting the URL of the scheduled video into your browser.

Step 3: Click the Share button to access the Embed Code. De-select Show Player Controls to remove the player controls from the embed code.

Step 4: Copy the Embed Code into the Custom Embed Code step.

Step 5: Publish your event. Your event will now have player controls removed.

Embed Code from Uploaded or Live Video

If you are connecting an exisiting video from YouTube or a video that has already gone live, follow these steps.

Step 1: Find the Share button on your YouTube video.

Step 2: Click the embed code option.

Step 3: Copy and paste the iframe embed code. De-select Show Player Controls to remove the player controls from the embed code.

Step 4: Enter the embed code into the Custom Embed Code stream step.

Step 5: Publish your event. Your event will now have player controls removed.

Manually adjusting the embed code

If you want to try manually adjusting the embed code yourself, you can add the desired parameters directly into the code.

Example embed code: <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/NxsQYa7PZrI" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>

You are going to be pasting the video embed code into your Altar Live event creator. We’re going to change small bits of that code and add new commands to it. That way, YouTube’s controls and logo will disappear from the embedded video.

controls=0

This removes the controls at the bottom of the video.

modestbranding

This removes the YouTube logo in the control bar. If you also use the “controls=0” parameter, users will still see “YouTube” in the bottom right corner where the controls usually are.

autoplay=1

This parameter makes the video start playing as soon as a visitor join the event.


After each parameter, you will use the semicolon to type in the next, new one.

Here is the same YouTube embedding code, but with the controls removed, modest branding enabled, and autoplay turned on:

?controls=0" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay=1; modestbranding; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen>


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