Link YouTube videos to start at a specific time

YouTube now supports deep linking of videos. This means that you can specify where the video will start when a person clicks on the link. This is helpful if you want to show a specific scene from a long video to someone.

To specify a point, append a tag to the end of your video link with the following syntax: “#t=1m45s” (you can change the numbers before the ‘m’ and ’s’ to edit the minutes and seconds, respectively.

Here’s an example:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bibCui3lFM#t=1m45s

The video will start from the specified point and the viewer will not have to scroll through to get to the action.

Apparently, YouTube also automatically detects when someone mentions a time in a video comment and add a hyperlink to that point in the video.

Unfortunately, there isn’t any easy way to do this though the YouTube UI without manually adding the tag.

Another cool feature (in response to this xkcd comic) is that YouTube commentors are now presented with a button asking if they’d like to hear their comments read aloud before they are posted. This way, a commentor can find out if the comment sounds stupid.

[Via TechCrunch]

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