Friday, April 28, 2017

Starting and Stoping YouTube videos with custom web address

Sometimes videos are too long.  And, you just want to watch a small part.  I love TED Talks, but I do not think there is enough time to watch a whole TED Talk in a class.  

There are lots of ways you could edit a video... some not exactly respecting the wishes of the person that uploaded the content, and mostly time wasters.  But here is a way you can code the web address to give you a player window that just creates a snippet.

You can then use this as a link during a Keynote, Google Slides, or just sending to your students so they can focus on the important part of the video.

Here is a video walk through...

The process described here will create a new window, with a full screen player. It will have a start and end to the video.

First, Go to your video on YouTube… press share.

YouTube Share link window.
The Area shown in blue is the ID of the video.

Look at the code below.  Parts are changed in colors to correspond to what they do.

Black Section:  Loads in 'Full Screen Video'. (only way this works.)  
Blue section = (area between / and the ?) is the ID of the Video.
Time is measured in Seconds.  1:26 = 86 seconds.
Green Section = Start Time.

Red Section = Stop Time.

Here is an example video link below...

And that's it!  Fairly simple, and not too painful way to customize the length, and start and end time of a YouTube video.