YouTube: A timely video

By J. Carlton Collins, CPA

Q. Is there a way to send someone a YouTube link that starts playing at a specific point in the video, say 50 seconds into the video?

A. Yes. Adding the phrase &t=50 to the end of a YouTube video link will cause the video to pop up and start playing 50 seconds into the video. For example, presented below are before-and-after links that will play a YouTube video (including a commercial) about creativity by Sir Ken Robinson, both from the beginning, and also starting 3 minutes and 44 seconds into the video, at which point Robinson tells a cute short story about a little girl:

An alternative way to create the same type of link is to pause any YouTube video at the point where you want the link to start playing, and then right-click on the video and, from the pop-up menu, select Get video URL at current time, as pictured below. Copy the resulting link, and paste it into your Word document, Excel workbook, email, webpage, or other destination.

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About the author

J. Carlton Collins (carlton@asaresearch.com) is a technology consultant, a CPE instructor, and a JofA contributing editor.

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