Oct 14, 2008
SY Wong

YouTube Allows You to Start Playing Embed Video at Specific Start Time

Previously we mentioned about Splicd that is able to split YouTube video to any specific timeframe as preferred. However, Splicd doesn’t provide the embed code that allow you to play the video as embed video in blog or website. Now, you can have the embed video posted to your blog or website at desired start time by using the feature provided by YouTube embedded player.

YouTube embedded player has a parameter that allows you to specify the start time (in sec) of where the video should start playing. To append this parameter, you need to retrieve the embed URL from YouTube for the video you would like to share, doesn’t matter whether the video is created by you or somebody. Look for the box directly on the right of the video, there is a word marked as Embed. Click on the textbox beside it to highlight the entire URL and CTRL C to copy the embed URL. Append the &start=[number of seconds where video should start playing] parameter in 2 places in the embed URL as shown at below example:

<object width=”425″ height=”344″><param name=”movie” value=”http://www.youtube.com/v/Z_zxRAfAWug&hl=en&fs=1&start=20“></param><param name=”allowFullScreen” value=”true”></param><embed src=”http://www.youtube.com/v/Z_zxRAfAWug&hl=en&fs=1&start=20” type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” allowfullscreen=”true” width=”425″ height=”344″></embed></object>

After adding the start parameter, you can now copy and paste this embed URL in blog or website and post it as embed video to start at pre-defined start time. YouTube embedded player also provide auto play feature to auto play the video when it is launched. You can achieve this by adding the &autoplay = [how many times you want the video to auto play] parameter in the embed URL as shown at below:

<object width=”425″ height=”344″><param name=”movie” value=”http://www.youtube.com/v/Z_zxRAfAWug&hl=en&fs=1&start=20&autoplay=1“></param><param name=”allowFullScreen” value=”true”></param><embed src=”http://www.youtube.com/v/Z_zxRAfAWug&hl=en&fs=1&start=20&autoplay=1” type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” allowfullscreen=”true” width=”425″ height=”344″></embed></object>

If you want to share the video through the link in email or instant messenger instead of posting them as embed video, you are allowed to do so. Just copy the embed video source as indicated in embed URL, exp: http://www.youtube.com/v/Z_zxRAfAWug&hl=en&fs=1&start=20&autoplay=1 and share this link to your friends.