How To See Inside Any Private Video On YouTube



Hi! Everyone, wish you all happy New Year.
Today in this post I will tell you how you can see inside any private YouTube video. When someone upload a video on YouTube and mark that video as private, then that video can only be seen by that person’s account who have uploaded that video. And it can also be shared with up to 50 YouTube users but before they can watch that video they have to sign in to their YouTube account.

This video is private.

For example I have uploaded a video on YouTube which I have marked as private and when you visit this link you will see a massage which says This video is private (It’s an ad of T.O.I. Lead India Tree).

Now here how you can view the few frames from any private YouTube video

  1. Get the ID of the private YouTube video which you want to see
    In this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmZyrynlk2w ID is OmZyrynlk2w
  2. Now use the below links to see inside the frame
    http://i.ytimg.com/vi/VIDEO_ID/0.jpg
    http://i.ytimg.com/vi/VIDEO_ID/1.jpg
    http://i.ytimg.com/vi/VIDEO_ID/2.jpg
    http://i.ytimg.com/vi/VIDEO_ID/3.jpg
  3. Replace VIDEO_ID with your YouTube video ID.
    For e.g.: http://i.ytimg.com/vi/OmZyrynlk2w/0.jpg

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YouTube create four thumbnail links for every video uploaded on YouTube and those images are in public even if it is marked as private video. The first image link (0.jpg) is size of 480×360 pixels and the rest three images are the size of 120×90 pixels. First image (0.jpg) is the default image which appears before the video start playing and the rest of the images are taken from the starting to the end of the video.


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  1. gr8 post saket! thanx for sharing this! i found many private videos on youtube but never got to see'em…now i can atleast get a sneak peek at 'em through this tutorial! :)

  2. Man I really wish there was a way to *watch* the private videos, there's one on YouTube that I've been trying to get into since '06… lol

  3. WHERE DO YOU FIND THE ID NUMBER FROM THE VIDEO ONCE YOU SEE THE PRIVATE VIDEO SCREEN….THATS THE PART I DONT SEE….ITS GREAT TO SEE IT BUT IF YOU CANT GET THE ID NUMBER THEN WHATS THE TRICK……ALSO HOW DO YOU SEE THE VIDEOS THE PERSON TOOK DOWN AND DELETED IT

  4. Saket, I tried to follow your instructions but I am either making a mistake or it does not work?

    This is the video that I would like to see the jpg.

    ….and I used the video i.d. like you instructed which looks like this
    http://i.ytimg.com/vi/ JV9C9tE1qw/0.jpg
    but I put that in the browser and nothing comes up…

    can you help with this?

    Thank you