Update: YouTube now has this functionality built-in. Some of the below information is now rather moot, although the information on embedding in WordPress may still be useful.
Case in point:
Any student or teacher who plans to link to youtube videos in powerpoints, blog posts, wikis, emails, or other forms of new media, will probably encounter the need to link to only a specific portion of a video.
For example, let’s say I want to link to Cookie Monster singing about his love for the first letter of the word “cookie” but the youtube video I find actually starts a few seconds before the song. Or let’s say for dramatic effect, I want the video to start right when he starts singing the good part. Well, I can do that just by adding an extra string at the end of the YouTube link.
Here’s my original Cookie Monster link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BovQyphS8kA
I want the video to start playing at around 17 seconds, so I’ll add
&t=17s to the end of the link. Check it out!
Apparently, instead of an ampersand [&] you can also use a hash [#] to separate the time string from the original link.
So now when I want to link to the scene in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode “Q-Less” in which Commander Sisko punches Q in the face, I can skip the first 2 minutes of dialogue set-up and just get to the part I like.
The only problem with this is when I want to embed this video in a blog post here on WordPress. Apparently, adding the &t= language to embed code doesn’t work on WordPress. For it to work here, you need to use the
start function. The syntax here is different because you must calculate your timecode in total seconds, so to link to 2m16 into the video, I need to add this to the end of my link:
And that gets me this:
And for the lazy, just use youtubetime.com which will set the link for you without having to remember all the fuzzy URL stuff.
For a lot more tricks, check out this useful page at techairlines.