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October 10, 2008

Embed a Part of a YouTube Video

If you want to embed a YouTube video that starts to become interesting somewhere in the middle, there's a simple way to skip the boring part. YouTube's embedded player has a parameter that lets you specify the number of seconds that should be skipped before starting to play the video. Here's how you should edit the code: append &start=[number of seconds from the start of the video] to both URLs.

<object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/abcdefghijk&hl=en&fs=1&start=15"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/abcdefghijk&hl=en&fs=1&start=15" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="344"></embed></object>

For example, the video below includes some excerpts from Google Chrome's launch, but I skipped to the last part, when Sergey Brin answers some interesting questions.


Unfortunately, YouTube doesn't provide an option to link to a part of the video, but you can still use the embedded player:
http://www.youtube.com/v/w8oPEJiCqi4&start=249&autoplay=1,
where the autoplay parameter is necessary to automatically start the video.

Since there's no end parameter, you can try Splicd, a site that uses YouTube's API to isolate a part of a video.

Related:
YouTube embedded player parameters

37 comments:

  1. Great tip, but there are also many ways to do this...for example Splicd can help one split a YouTube video too -

    http://kidtechguru.blogspot.com/2008/10/splicd-lets-you-split-and-share-any.html

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  2. Finally! I've been wanting to do this forever on YT since you can do it on Google Video, e.g. http://www.makeyougohmm.com/20060721/3605/ tells how to do it with Google Video.

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  3. Another great way to irritate surfers.

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  4. Is it possible to add a stop time after the start? I would like to play only a small part of the video.

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  5. This was exactly what I was looking for! Well explained and referenced. Kudos

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  6. Did it here: http://www.wayswithwordsonline.com/2009/02/nod-to-all-part-time-and-adjunct.html

    It worked great.

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  7. I think you've covered this in a later post but in any case maybe you could update this post, too.

    That is, to note that YouTube actually _does_ enable people to "deep link" directly to a specific spot in a video. Just add #t=XmYs where X is the number of minutes and Y the number of seconds you want to jump to. See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPQViNNOAkw#t=12m40s for an example (Clay Shirky explaining the beauty of The Long Tail).

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  8. Just make height= something smaller. I'm not sure the exact height for YouTube's controller. Experiment. It's probably around 30.

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  9. You can actually link to a specific moment of the video by adding this to the end of the URL
    #t=0m56s

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  10. i found somemagic tool if embeding disable on http://blogger-templates.blogspot.com/2009/02/youtube-embed-magic-tool.html, is thath true?

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  11. can anyone tell if i want to embed a youtube video directy by its url..... it is something like "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNGlf3hUyMY&feature=channel"............ now if i replace the src with this url, it dosnt work........ any one has idea?? plz help!!!

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  12. @Anonymous:

    Use http://www.youtube.com/v/BNGlf3hUyMY

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  13. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8oPEJiCqi4#t=4m09s

    Here's the link construction to take you to the same start point you've set using the embed code.

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  14. what I cannot find about youtube is how to embed search phrases with the youtube video so that google can pick up your video and your related keyphrases associated with the video?

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  15. YouTube actually _does_ enable people to "deep link" directly to a specific spot in a video. Just add #t=XmYs where X is the number of minutes and Y the number of seconds you want to jump to. See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPQViNNOAkw#t=12m40s for an example (Clay Shirky explaining the beauty of The Long Tail).

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  16. Is it possible to add a stop time after the start? I would like to play only a small part of the video.

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  17. Great news... Now I can remove unwanted stuff appear at the beginning of youtube videos....

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  18. That's all very well, but can anyone tell me why when I click start on a YouTube video in my blog(using Blogger), it will not stop, plays on and on until the end no matter what I do? Is this unique or a usual phenomenon, and could someone please supply and answer? I'm trying to put a couple of music videos into a blog post, and the above happens! Thanks to anyone who could give me some advice.

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  19. One would have thought that since Google included a "start" parameter, they would also have included a "stop" one. Instead, we have to go through the hassle of using a service like Splicd to achieve the desired result. (True, it's not THAT big of a hassle but still...)

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  20. Thanks, I was searching for something like this! You often find advice on how to start at a certain point of time but not how to stop it!

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  21. how do you start a youtbe video at certain time and stop at certain time in same embed

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  22. Is it possible to embed a song from a youtube video on a powerpoint?

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    1. But you can easily download the song through catchmp3.net

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  23. thats gonna be a bit tough. you need to grab the song first.

    however, an easier way to share a youtube video from a specific moment is videoblast.it - i sort of like it..

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  24. http://splicd.com/vCk6qMKdAXk/170/184

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  25. Is there any open source cms out there that I can embed youtube video and create a site?

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  26. Will it work for all possible browsers? IE, FF, Opera, Chrome at least?

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  27. Hi I'm trying to link to this clip on 25 min and 5 seconds using:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=860UkVLvEEE&start=1505&autoplay=1

    However it just starts at 00:00. Can you help out?

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    1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=860UkVLvEEE&t=25m5s

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  28. Thanks, used it tonight on my site - PostSecret
    -Frank

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  29. How come this doesn't work?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLFmkGseZ-8&start=0&end=54

    It will start at the designated seconds, but not end. This topic is from 2008, still no way to end a clip?

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  30. to those having problem with some browsers try to use wmode=opaque in you'er URL such as http://www.youtube.com/embed/lb3qp0HsZ1A?wmode=opaque&version=3&f=videos&app=youtube_gdata . let me know in www.facejar.com for any issue...

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