YouTube: How to start playing in the middle of the video via link, WordPress, or embedding code

Sometime you want your friend to skip at the beginning of the YouTube video. This post shows you how to create a link or a embed code so that people can start watching a YouTube video from the specific point.

Link

Format

#t=XXmXXs 

Description

Add #t parameter after URL and declare the minutes and seconds of the video you would like to start playing back.

Sample

It starts playing back a YokosoNews video at 1 minute 8 seconds (= 01m08s)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yb5JdgNDw0Q#t=01m08s

WordPress

Description

If you’re using WordPress, you don’t have to use the following embed code. You can simply use the plain text of a URL above. (You should not add any style).

This function is available on WordPress 3.3.1 at least.

Media Settings

You must turn on “Auto-embeds” which you can turn on by visiting [Dashbaord] – [Settings] – [Media].

Sample

Screenshot

The YouTube video above is a simple copy-and-paste of a video URL. Moreover, it starts playing back in the middle of the video that you indicated in URL parameter!

iFrame embed

Format

#t=XXmXXs 

Description

Add #t parameter after URL and declare the minutes and seconds of the video you would like to start playing back.

Sample

It starts playing back a YokosoNews video at 1 minute 8 seconds

<iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”http://www.youtube.com/embed/yb5JdgNDw0Q#t=01m08s” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>

Object embed (old version)

Format

&amp;start=XXX

Description

Add a “&amp;start=” parameter and declar the point only in seconds.

Sample

It starts playing back a YokosoNews video at 1 minute 8 seconds (68th second)

<object width=”560″ height=”315″><param name=”movie” value=”http://www.youtube.com/v/yb5JdgNDw0Q?version=3&amp;hl=ja_JP&amp;start=68“></param><param name=”allowFullScreen” value=”true”><param name=”allowscriptaccess” value=”always”></param><embed src=”http://www.youtube.com/v/yb5JdgNDw0Q?version=3&amp;hl=ja_JP&amp;start=68” type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” width=”560″ height=”315″ allowscriptaccess=”always” allowfullscreen=”true”></embed></object>

Check out the official instruction of YouTube embed parameters and find out what else you can do.

YouTube Embedded Player Parameters
https://developers.google.com/youtube/player_parameters