Start an embedded YouTube video at a specific timestamp

I thought I’d share something cool I discovered while doing an update for the partners/team/investors who got involved with my Crazy Software idea.

Below is a an update I added to the news feed inside the partners portal, in reference to a post I did about a specific feature/function we are going to add to the apps.

In the previous post I referenced a section of one of Trey’s launch videos which was on YouTube, and if you clicked the play button you would have noticed it started playing at the 7min 21 second mark… pretty cool, eh ?

Some of you probably already know how to ‘link to’ a YouTube video and make it start playing a specific time:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ol8yJ0C462U#t=7m21s

The “#t=7m21s” takes you straight to 7 minutes and 21 seconds in a video.

… but how do you do it on an embedded video ??

Well, we need to use the “start” parameter. Note that start takes seconds as a parameter, not minutes and seconds separately.

For example, to start this embedded video at 7 minutes and 21 seconds into a video, 7*60+21 = 441 seconds, so you would use this code:

<object width=”640″ height=”390″><param name=”movie” value=”http://www.youtube.com/v/ol8yJ0C462U&start=441“></param><param name=”allowFullScreen” value=”true”></param><param name=”allowscriptaccess” value=”always”></param><embed src=”http://www.youtube.com/v/ol8yJ0C462U&start=441” type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” allowscriptaccess=”always” allowfullscreen=”true” width=”640″ height=”390″></embed></object>

… and it will play like:

Kinda cool and very handy…

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