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This article was published on October 11, 2008

Nifty little trick: embed parts of a YouTube video

Nifty little trick: embed parts of a YouTube video
Ernst-Jan Pfauth
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Ernst-Jan Pfauth

Ernst-Jan Pfauth is the former Editor in Chief of Internet at NRC Handelsblad, as well as an acclaimed technology author and columnist. He a Ernst-Jan Pfauth is the former Editor in Chief of Internet at NRC Handelsblad, as well as an acclaimed technology author and columnist. He also served as The Next Web’s blog’s first blogger and Editor in Chief, back in 2008. At De Correspondent, Ernst-Jan serves as publisher, fostering the expansion of the platform.

You probably recognize the situation of wanting to embed a YouTube video that is interesting for ten seconds. If only it wouldn’t take five minutes before the video reaches that point. Alex Chitu from Google Operating System writes that 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. When you use this, you can, for instance, start the official Web 2.0 bubble burst video when the first girl is about to jump in the smashing pool.

There’s no permalink to a certain part of a video. The only way of getting there is clicking on a video that’s embedded with the right parameters. According to Philipp Lenssen, a generic wrapper site could be created for that purpose.