Hyperlink To The Middle Of A Movie With Google Videos

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?

There Are 2 Comments

  1. Hi Ryan,
    Our company, [veotag.com], has also thought about the problem of deep linking and tagging within a video (or audio).

    Would love your opinion of our solution. For a sample, go to [veotag.com] and click any program. The basic service is free.

    Regards,
    Howard

  2. Your solution is okay but it would seem kinda tedious to me to go through and tag the various sections of a video. Maybe if it was for a company or something.

    -Ryan

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