Google Video has now received the ability to link to a specific time in a movie. I can hardly count how many times I have posted videos on this site and said “checkout the video at 1 minute and 36 seconds” for example. All you have to do now is add a simple string onto the URL of the video in the format of #1h12m32s and then the video will automatically jump to that point! Here are a few examples that the Google Video Blog give:
For example, Invisible Board is a 1 min 46 sec long video but I believe the coolest part is at 1 min 26 sec, so all I have to do is add #1m26s to the link I’m going to send to my friends! Just like this: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6396990712930217422#1m26s
Here’s another example. Music and the Mind is a really interesting lecture from UCTV, but I don’t want my friends to have to sit through the first half hour to get to the best part. So all I have to do is add #35m24s to the end of the URL and send them this: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-1267626298712917200#35m24s
Now that Google has put this feature into their videos I am sure it won’t be long until other companies like YouTube have it as well. They need to add some sort of feature to the video page that makes people aware that they can do this. Maybe they should include some sort of button that says “Link to this point in the video” or something to that effect?