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Embedding YouTube “Clips”

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Hello All!

I am going to piggy back on Greg’s Kaminski’s post on Video resources and customizing the start/end time. Being able to choose start and end times for YouTube videos is extremely useful. I personally found this out when converting my EC 201 course to OER materials.

It starts with an idea

Back in 2013 when I recorded the lectures for my EC 201 course, I did them straight through. They ranged from 25 minutes to and hour.  While I did provide an active note-taking component for students, they were still long.

Image showing a partial list of Rondi's Lecture videos on youtube with times ranging from 28 minutes to 48 minutes circled.

Last summer, I decided to switch things up and go with an OER textbook.  I found one that mirrored the publisher text I used fairly closely. Well, as close as was possible. I felt really fortunate!  Then I got an idea…

How do people engage in written content these days. I started thinking of all the articles I read from various news sites, Facebook, etc.  There was a common thread. The written text was not only broken up with images, but video as well.

So, I thought…why don’t  I do that too? It’s worth a shot, right?

What that entailed was converting the OER textbook sections into HTML pages in Brightspace. This process is a blog for another day!  Since this blog is about embedding video clips, let’s get to it!

Inserting video clips

To embed a “clip” from a video on YouTube, you need to use the following embed code template:

<iframe src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/video id #?start=000&amp;end=000&amp;” allowfullscreen=”” width=”560″ height=”315″ frameborder=”0″>

In bold, I have highlighted the key elements that you need to change with your own information:

  • video id #: this is the unique id that YouTube gives each video. You can find it the address bar.   So, if your video id # is Gvh8w8UDIjI  (i.e., https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gvh8w8UDIjI), replace the phrase video id # with Gvh8w8UDIjI
  • Start=000: This the start time in seconds. For instance, if you want the video to start at 3 minutes 23 seconds,  that would be [(60 × 3) + 23] = 203 seconds for a Start=203.  If you want it to start at the beginning, just type start=0.
  • End=000: This also must be in seconds. If you want the video to play through the end, you can remove the section “end=000&amp;” entirely.

Let’s take my very first lecture video.  I want to pull out just the portion on budget lines. The final product (embed code) might look something like this:

<iframe src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/Gvh8w8UDIjI?start=362&amp;end=762&amp;” allowfullscreen=”” width=”560″ height=”315″ frameborder=”0″>

In the HTML page that you want to add the video clip:

  1. Click on Insert Stuff from the tool bar
  2. Select Embed Code
  3. Paste your embed code into the box
  4. Click Next
  5. Click Insert


The finished product looks like any other embedded YouTube video, but when you click play, the video starts and ends where you have chosen!

Image of an HTML page with an embedded video that has been "clipped."

About Rondi Schei

As the Course Development Program Manager for Online Learning, Rondi works with faculty to develop engaging instructional materials and design high quality online courses. more »

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x (Comment #31990) by Tom Wiseman 5 years ago (Comment #31990)


Thank you so much for sharing this information: I have been trying for several years to embed valuable YouTube videos into my PowerPoints for my Technical/Professional Writing classes.

Am I correct in inferring that your instructions would work for embedding videos into PowerPoints?


Tom Wiseman

x (Comment #31991) by Paul Wheatcraft 5 years ago (Comment #31991)

So is there anyway to bypass the commercials that are at the beginning of some YouTube videos?

x (Comment #31994) by Jimena Alvarado 5 years ago (Comment #31994)

love it! I’ve been playing with http://www.youtubestartend.com/

x (Comment #32003) by Rondi Schei 5 years ago (Comment #32003)

Hi Tom!

Unfortunately, this process does not work for PowerPoint. While inserting video in PowerPoint is handy for face-2-face presentations, I don’t recommend it in online courses for accessibility reasons. :)

x (Comment #32013) by Rondi Schei 5 years ago (Comment #32013)

Paul – If you link to the YouTube videos from a Content Module or embed the video into an HTML page in D2L Brightspace, commercials generally do not play.