Are you looking to set YouTube start time and end time? Well, you probably have a website or a blog, and you want to include a relevant YouTube video on a page or a post or embed YouTube videos in a PowerPoint presentation. Embedding YouTube videos in your website or a PowerPoint Document or sharing a YouTube video to social media is relatively easy. You get the embed/share link from YouTube and then embed or share it. But what if you wanted to share only a relevant portion of the video and not the complete video – maybe starting a YouTube Video at a specific time or ending at a specific time or both? There is a solution to this.
How to Set YouTube Start Time and End Time
You can use YouTube parameters to set a specific YouTube start time and end time, and in the following steps, we will demonstrate how to set start and end time for YouTube video and get the required embed code.
Total Time: 3 minutes
Select the YouTube Video
Go to the YouTube video that you want to embed or share.
Select the Share option for the YouTube Video
Click on the “Share” link below the video. A pop-up will open with share options and the YouTube URL link on the screen.
Get the Embed Code
Click on “embed” to get the embed code for the video, as shown in the image above. Copy only the embed link from the code. The embed link looks like this: https://www.youtube.com/embed/MqNd1xD46VY
Identify the Start and End time for your YouTube Video
Now you need to identify the start and end times of the YouTube video you want to set. Watch the video and identify the specific start and end times in seconds. Let’s say you want the YouTube start time to be 10 seconds and the Youtube end time to be 30 seconds. To achieve this, you need to include the following parameters into the embed URL: start=10 and end=30
Append the Start and End Time to the YouTube Embed Code
Edit the link copied and append the parameters like this https://www.youtube.com/embed/MqNd1xD46VY?start=10&end=30. This will give you an embedded YouTube video starting at 10 seconds and ending at 30 seconds with a total run time of 20 seconds, as seen in our example video below.
The YouTube Embed Code Format
If you are comfortable with coding, then the embed code format is fairly straightforward. Replace the parameters mentioned below, and the embed link with the start and end time is ready!
where the VideoID is the alphanumeric code that is unique to every YouTube video
and x is the start time in seconds
and y is the end time in seconds
For more parameters that you can use for YouTube videos, you can read our post on How To Use YouTube Parameters To Embed Videos.
In the way outlined above, you can set different YouTube start and end times than the original video. You can also choose only to have a start time or end at a certain time by using only the start or end parameter in the URL, as shown below:
As you can see, setting the YouTube start time and end time is fairly easy, and this feature can be extremely useful in various scenarios. For example, if you are a teacher or a professor, you want to show your students a specific part of a YouTube video, not the full video. You can use these steps to set your YouTube Video and embed it into your PowerPoint document for use during your presentation in class.
YouTube has also launched a new feature called YouTube Clips for creating clips between 5-60 seconds long. If the video you want to share is under 60 seconds, I highly recommend using the YouTube Clip Feature instead. It is easier to use and made for sharing.
- Remember, the parameters should be set in seconds. So an end time of 5 minutes should be set to 300 seconds.
- The Start Time and End Time feature works best when you embed the video in a website or open it in a browser.
- If the link opens in the YouTube App or is played within a PowerPoint presentation, only the start time appears to work correctly.
- You can use this feature with any video, but the uploader of the video must have enabled the embed feature for the video (usually enabled as default, but some channels disable it)