Starting a YouTube embed from a specific point in time

We’ve been adding videos of our open day talks to the Employability pages of our undergraduate course pages this week.

Screenshot of an embedded YouTube video starting from a specific timepoint

Screenshot of an embedded YouTube video starting from a specific timepoint

You can see an example on our BA English coursefinder entry here.

Open day talks for a subject invariably contain a short section covering careers and employability. In this English example, which is pretty typical of the format, the careers and employability information starts 30 minutes and 1 second into the 33 minute video. So, we want our embedded video to start after 30 minutes as well.

The standard YouTube embed for this video would be:

<iframe width="510" height="287" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/zi3sHxJcXuc?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

To start this embed from a specific point:

1. Work out your starting time in seconds – for our example 30*60+1=1801 seconds

2. Add this to src url in your embed in the following format:

<iframe width="510" height="287" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/zi3sHxJcXuc?rel=0&start=1801" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

This is slightly different from the format for linking to a YouTube video at a specific starting point, where the format for our example would be:

http://youtu.be/zi3sHxJcXuc?t=31m1s

Why not create a separate video?

We could have re-edited the original video to provide a standalone version with just the careers and employability section. But we rejected this option because:

  • it would take more time
  • the extra videos would clutter our YouTube account
  • we want to leave the option open for the viewer to look at the rest of the open day talk as well, not just the careers and employability section.
Billy

Billy

Web Manager for the College of Arts and Law at the University of Birmingham.

More Posts - Website

Follow Me:
TwitterFlickrYouTube