How to Play a Segment of an Embedded YouTube Video

By Mikal E. Belicove|For|March 10, 2010

On the web, you have about two seconds to engage any given visitor, so getting right to the point is crucial. One way to accomplish this is to skip the excess footage at the beginning of an embedded YouTube video to start with the most relevant “scene.” Here’s how it’s done:

  • Pull up the video in YouTube and pause it at the point where you want it to begin playing on your site.
  • Below the video, note the minutes and seconds the video has played so far.
  • Multiply the number of minutes by 60 seconds and add the number of seconds: (#minutes x 60) + #seconds = total number of seconds. For example: (1 minute x 60 seconds) + 40 seconds = 100 seconds
  • Copy the clip’s Embed code and paste it into your HTML or content management system as you normally do.
  • Add &start=[#seconds] to the end of each of the URLs in the Embed code, replacing [#seconds] with the number of seconds from Step 3. Here’s an example that starts playing a video 1 minute and 40 seconds (a total of 100 seconds) into the clip:

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