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Linking to a specific point in a video

Sometimes knowing little things can make a big difference. Here’s a competency some readers may not be familiar with– linking to a specific part of a video. Let’s say I want someone to go to an exciting part of a discussion, and skip the parts prior to that exciting part. Rather than telling them to start watching at the 2 minute 39 second mark, one can just link to that spot in the video. Linking to a specific place in a video on YouTube is easy. I am sure there are numerous ways to incorporate this hypertext skill into online discussions about videos.

Here’s it what you do:

  1. Select the minute and second in a video where you would like the browser tab to open.
  2. Copy that URL.
  3. Place this at the end f the URL: “#t=_m__s”
  4. In the space where you see underscores above, change that to the minute and second where you would like the browser to open
  5. Link will look something like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GE1iZ82suak#t=2m39s
  6. Insert like any other URL to make a link

For the time being, this is a nifty trick, but it won’t be long before readers expect someone to be able to do this. It can be annoying to use the scroll bar to get the place in a video where someone has asked you to pay attention. As we use more and more video, I expect skills like this to become more and more important. Nobody wants to mess with scanning for a specific point if they don’t have to.

Try it out here

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