Great news! The YouTube team has rolled out an enhancement for the embeddable player, and it's an exciting one -- a revamped look and feel with the ability to customize the colors! I am excited to notify you that the jQuery Tubeplayer plugin has been updated to support themes and colors, as well as a few additional updates.
The jQuery TubePlayer plugin has been one of my most popular projects. The project has received 252 links from 92 different domains within the past year and over 5,000+ downloads via my site alone. YouTube continues to dominate with over 3+ billion views a day (that's crazy, isn't it?) and I hope that the TubePlayer has helped impact that number in some way.
This update allows developers to specify the theme of the player - "dark" or "light", and the color of the progress bar - "red" or "white". By default, the plugin adheres to the YouTube specification - which is a dark themed player with a red progress indicator. The players do indeed look much slicker and I feel that the embedded player will start appearing on more sites as a result of this change. I hope that the TubePlayer helps you -- whether it's to provide hooks for analytics, implementing your own UI to control the player, to power a custom playlist or the various other ways in which you can utilize video on your site, and encourage you to reach out to me @ntikku if you have any questions at all -- I'll do my best getting back to you asap.
Below are screenshots of the different themes. Enjoy!