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Thread: youtube.com/v/fo_acb123 -- How do they get this redirect to work?

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    youtube.com/v/fo_acb123 -- How do they get this redirect to work?

    Hey everyone,

    I'm trying to figure out a better way to provide my site's embeddable snippets. When I was researching YouTube's method, I noticed that they don't link to an actual .swf file and pass params in, but rather simply link to a directory. Here's an example:

    Code:
    <object width="425" height="355">
        <param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/fo_QVq2lGMs"></param>
        <param name="wmode" value="transparent"></param>
        <embed 
            src="http://www.youtube.com/v/fo_QVq2lGMs" 
            type="application/x-shockwave-flash" 
            wmode="transparent" width="425" height="355">
        </embed>
    </object>
    The key part is the http://www.youtube.com/v/fo_QVq2lGMs.

    I would be interested in some feedback as to how one would return this data. Is it just a redirect script going on (via the language of your choice)? So it does some sort of redirect to http://www.youtube.com/v/player.swf?config=QVq2lGMs ?

    If anyone has any experience, I'd love to hear how you tackled it! Thanks.

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    Its an .htaccess rewrite. It has been asked numerous times.

    Search .htaccess rewrite on google and you should find a lot of tutorials.

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    basically it's like having an index.swf in that folder which is the default file. So when it's irequested it just returns a .swf.

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