Embedding a video in your presentation? Excellent. Forgetting what minute and second you need to start it? Well, while you’re looking for the starting point, Cassidy’s highjacked your momentum to tell everyone that, although Niall’s teeth are totally the most perfect ever now that his braces are off, Harry definitely has the best hair.

Sound familiar? You don’t work with teenagers, I guess. Doesn’t matter: I’ve seen all ages lose their audience while fiddling to find the exact moment they need in a YouTube video.

But here’s the one direction you need to fix this.

One Direction

The easy way is to pause the YouTube video and then right-click. You’ll see an option to “Copy video URL at current time.

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They never get lost. There’s only… one direction.

That’s the link you use/embed in your presentation. No need to stay up all night figuring that out. However, zero percent of the whole three people I asked knew about it.

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Oddly, one of them thought “YouTube” was a tool to inseminate sheep.

Two Direction

Well, there’s also a longer way to manually edit the URL – but that helps you tweak your start point. Look at the link after choosing “Copy video URL at current time.”

URL (before copy): url with no time stamp

URL (after copy): url with time stamp

See the #t=201 at its end? That’s the timestamp. You adjust the number(s) to change the time it begins. You can do it with seconds (requires math, sorry) or minutes & seconds.

  • #t=201 will start a video at 201 seconds
  • #t=3m21s will start it at the 3:21 mark

Either method will launch your video right where you need it. That’s what makes it beautiful.

And to show you exactly how this works, watch “Payne Train” swap out of the ring at 2:32 so his stunt wrestler can take down Kurt Angle on 1D Day last week.

Gotcha, Liam. Your wrestling credibility just got counted out faster than a grown man writing about a boy band.

Thanks to Chuck Teed & Julia Wright for eyeballing this piece.

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Written by Peter Cullen

Peter Cullen loves to teach children. He specializes in literacy (elementary level) and has a lot of fun creating games and activities for class lessons. He also writes, manages social media accounts and announces roller derby games.

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