How To Link To a Specific Timecode In YouTube Videos

format for youtube timecodeI posted this little bit of info over a year-and-a-half ago on BusinessCasualBlog about linking to a specific point in YouTube videos.  Surprisingly, even after more than a year-and-a-half, it's still one of the most popular searches on that site.  So, considering that that's probably a clue of a bit of demand for that info, I figured it's worth sharing with you, as well.  Certainly it's relevant to the kind of topics you and I discuss here.

The URL Format You Want To Use

The picture above is the syntax (format) you want to add to the tail-end of a YouTube URL if you want to send someone to a specific timecode in a YouTube video.  The explanation of variables goes like this:

  • #t (This defines the line between the "regular" YouTube URL and the timecode you want to define as the landing point.)
  • h (This signifies hours.)
  • m (Signifies minutes.)
  • s (Signifies seconds.)

As a practical example, let's say that I wanted to direct you to the exact spot where my friend Scott Schang mentions the book Cluetrain Manifesto in the video of a panel discussion we participated in recently.  Well, I could tell you to click the link below and then scrub to the point at about 5 minutes and 35 seconds (5m:35s) into the video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRuEgmrabrU

Or, I could just as well say, click the link below:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRuEgmrabrU#t=0h5m35s

Notice the difference in URLs? The second has the added syntax.

Go ahead, give it a try.

Your Turn

Do you have a similarly helpful tip?  Please share it in the comments below.

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5 Responses to How To Link To a Specific Timecode In YouTube Videos

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  2. Girlshaveglue says:

    Hap

  3. Girlshaveglue says:

    py New Year…. nice article and was wondering if you knew how someone could strem a Youtube video and embed a timecode to the video? The premise would be to use that timecoded Youtube video and add features like pitch adjsutements

    • Mel Aclaro says:

      Hi @c9b018875d464a3e465742f9c887f5e3:disqus Thanks for commenting. :)  I’m not sure about the second part of your question (‘need a little more clarity on pitch adjustments?) but if I understand the first part of your question correctly, I think what you’re asking is if it’s possible to embed a YT video on a site with a specific timecode included within the embed code.  If so, then yes.  Here’s a post about it I wrote last year:  https://www.melaclaro.com/2012/01/26/how-to-skip-to-a-timecode-in-embedded-youtube-video/

      Also, (taking a stab at that second part of your question again) it might be worth mentioning that via YouTube’s partner program, it is now possible to include annotation links at specific timecode places within the YouTube video such that when your viewers click on it, it goes to your offsite webpage where you might have a sales page or ecommerce.   There’s more info about the YouTube partner program here:  http://www.youtube.com/yt/partners/

      ‘Hope that helps!

  4. leo says:

    Worked perfectly!!! Many many thanks

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