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How to set one Youtube video to autoplay only once using cookie

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Hi,

I need to set cookies for youtube video that will autoplay only once per session.
(let say 12 hours or 24 hours)

- I have a youtube video in the footer of a site this is the one that need to autoplay only once per sessions.

- I have a youtube videos page with videos that are not autoplay, so the code should not interfere with those videos.

- The way the autoplay video is embeded is like this:
<iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/XXXXXXXXXXX?rel=0&autoplay=1" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Most of the javascript code I have found embed the url
I don't need this the urls are already in place I just need to set cookies for one video.

PS I have to do this for one PHP website and for one HTML website

Thanks
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The design here is similar to the design of a "splash" page, that is shown once and then suppressed thereafter.
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Web_Development/Web_Languages-Standards/PHP/A_3314-How-to-Show-an-Introductory-Web-Page-Once-Using-PHP.html

Suggest you take the HTML web site and make it a PHP web site.  You can make PHP parse HTML documents, and you will not have to change a think in the HTML documents.  But you will be able to add PHP scripts to them!  Here is my .htaccess from a site where I did that.
ErrorDocument 404 /404handler.php
AddType application/x-httpd-php5 .html .htm .php

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Best regards, ~Ray
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Hi,
The_Big_Daddy

I have seen this tutorial before but it's not exactly what I need
This example embeded a URL and I don't need this part.
If you know how to adapt it let me know
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Hi Ray,

Thanks for the tutorial
In my case the video is in the footer, I want the video to be available for a second play but I do not want the video autoplay on each page (because located in the footer).

Your solution will work well on a splash page, I really don't know how to adapt it to a youtube video. (it maybe overkill for my needs)
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Working with your current experience about YouTube videos, can you bring up the same video, once in autoplay and once not in autoplay?  If the answer to that is "yes" then you're more than halfway there.  

You can use PHP to generate the browser code that differentiates autoplay from static preview.  Your script can set a cookie that says, "I have already autoplayed this video."  When your server-side script is started, it can check for the cookie.  If the cookie is not there, set the cookie and generate the autoplay code.  If the cookie is there, set the cookie and generate the static preview code.
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I'm doing some tests and will get back to you soon
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I have not used these options but they are potential solutions.
Thanks
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