Initializing the volume level in YouTube

Our standard YouTube - WordPress plugin » now allows you to easily set an initial volume level for the videos you embed. By default, YouTube remembers and applies the volume of past videos that your visitors have watched. With our feature, you can set a new default volume level. This feature was motivated by a significant number of users that had requested for the ability to automatically mute the videos they embed without requiring their visitors to do it themselves after a video had already started. The most common request was from users that regularly set their embeds to autoplay. They wanted to prevent the audio from starting at an alarming volume level. Another common request was from users that regularly embedded videos containing audio tracks with (annoying) music, noise, and/or speech. They did not want to “force” their visitors to listen to the unwanted audio while watching.

For flexibility, we implemented fine-grained settings. You not only get to choose to mute the YouTube video or use the visitor defaults. You can also set a range of volume percentages in which 0% is a mute setting and 100% is maximum volume. A max volume initialization is not really advised and might be too abrasive, unless (maybe) you’re embedding a heavy metal rock music video that will be appreciated by your visitors. ;-)