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How to link to a specific part of a Youtube video
travelin cat




msg:3863059
 12:06 am on Mar 5, 2009 (gmt 0)

Courtesy of Matt Cutts [mattcutts.com]:

If you want to link to a specific part of a video on YouTube, you can. For example,
[youtube.com...]

Notice the �#t=31m08s� on the end of the url? That link will take you 31 minutes and 8 seconds into that video.

This is a great tip for pointing out important parts of a video without making anyone wade through the whole clip.

Thank you Matt!

 

Robert Charlton




msg:3863647
 5:49 pm on Mar 5, 2009 (gmt 0)

A note re the above. Apparently the WebmasterWorld forum software is stripping off the time parameter when linking to YouTube, so the link to YouTube is taking you to the beginning of the video, not to the designated point within the video. Here's Matt's post if you want to try his link...

Link to a specific part of a YouTube video
[mattcutts.com...]

...and here's the relevant section in Matt's post with the live link disabled. You'll need to paste the url into the address bar of your browser....

If you want to link to a specific part of a video on YouTube, you can. For example,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjDw3azfZWI#t=31m08s

Notice the "#t=31m08s" on the end of the url? That link will take you 31 minutes and 8 seconds into that video. Linking to a particular minute and second can be really helpful for example, that link takes you straight to where someone asks Eric Schmidt a question about Twitter.

I feel that this is a big step forward for web video. I understand that Google Video had used the same system earlier. It's good to see it on YouTube.

travelin cat




msg:3863675
 6:11 pm on Mar 5, 2009 (gmt 0)

Interesting, the time parameter is working for me in Firefox and Opera on my Mac, but not in Safari.

Robert Charlton




msg:3863704
 6:35 pm on Mar 5, 2009 (gmt 0)

Seems to be browser dependent. On XP... IE is working fine with the link on Matt's blog, but WebmasterWorld is stripping the time parameter.

With FF2, both WebmasterWorld and Matt's blog behave the same... the parameter is not stripped, but the video tends to want to start at the beginning and displays a loading icon as if its trying to get to the designated spot but not quite getting there.

nealrodriguez




msg:3864628
 9:42 pm on Mar 6, 2009 (gmt 0)

now i know how to link people to my 2-year old waving and saying bye and chow - spanish and english - @ the end of friday clips;

i also just discovered after clicking through mc's blog that you could add captions that get crawled by the search engines: [webmasterworld.com...]

sick

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