4 Ways to Easily Embed Part of a YouTube Video

Ann Smarty 21-05-2011

embed part of youtube videoWe have shared quite a few useful YouTube-related tips so far. Here are 10 YouTube URL tricks 10 YouTube URL Tricks You Should Know About Love YouTube? You can make it even better with these cool YouTube URL tricks that let you download videos, make GIFs, and more. Read More to play with as well as some YouTube annoyances 4 Common YouTube Annoyances & How To Get Rid Of Them With Userscripts Read More and ways to get rid of them. You may also get inspired by this post listing 10 cool things to do with a YouTube video. 10 More Cool Things You Can Do With YouTube Videos While YouTube remains a staple for viewing video clips, there are a number of other things you can do with it. Here are 10 YouTube hacks that will make your viewing experience even more enjoyable... Read More This post shares another quick tip: embedding only part of a YouTube video.

While there’s really only one way to do that (the first one listed below), there are also a few well-used tools that can help you cut off a part of the video and embed it. This post is intended to shed some light on how these tools work and what they actually do.

1. Use the Embedded Player Parameter

The most straightforward way to embed a video while skipping the first XX seconds of it is to use the &start= parameter which works both for the “old-style” (“classic”) and iFrame player:

Old-style player:

<object width=”425″ height=”349″><param name=”movie” value=”;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0;&start=38“></param><param name=”allowFullScreen” value=”true”></param><param name=”allowscriptaccess” value=”always”></param><embed src=”;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0;&start=38” type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” width=”425″ height=”349″ allowscriptaccess=”always” allowfullscreen=”true”></embed></object>

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iFrame player:

<iframe width=”425″ height=”349″ src=”” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>

Likewise, there’s also the &end= parameter that makes the video stop playing at a specified time.

2. Chop With TubeChop

TubeChop (see our review here) offers a clean interface allowing you to easily cut any part of the video out. You just need to specify the time frame to chop either using the time controls or the pink slider. The tool also lets you add your own comments to embed with the video.

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As a result, you get a new code to embed. The major drawback of using the tool is that your new embed code is based on the domain which might be less reliable than using the youtube-run code (I tend to think that TubeChop’s servers are much more likely to go down than YouTube’s servers which may mean that your embedded videos will be frequently inaccessible):

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There is also no iFrame-based alternative for the embedded code (which is believed to be more mobile-friendly).

3. Slice With Splicd

Splicd (see our review here Splicd: Crop and Cut Parts from YouTube Videos Read More ) is another alternative online tool that lets you specify the time frame to play any YouTube video within. It also requires absolutely no extra effort (like registration or anything similar). All you need is to provide the direct link to your video page on YouTube.

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The resulting code is youtube-run and contains a link back to (the latter can be obviously easily removed if you want):

embed youtube videos in website

4. Snip With SnipSnip

SnipSnip is a web-based tool that cuts a part of any video out and lets you easily share it using the shortened link:

embed part of youtube video

The resulting code is YouTube-based and also contains a link back to the service.

To Sum Up

To avoid any confusion, let’s sum up what you can do with any of the above methods and how they are different:

Video sourced from A link back to the service Best part Drawback iFrame-based player option?
Manual method Youtube No The most reliable method Might be complex for non-tech-savvy people Yes
TubeChop TubeChop Yes Usable visual interface Relies on TubeChop (if the service is down, the video stops working) No
Splicd Youtube Yes Simplifies the manual method Offers no additional functionality to the built-in Youtube player option No
SnipSnip Youtube Yes Offers a short URL to share the sliced video Offers no additional functionality to the built-in Youtube player option No

Which of the above methods would you prefer and why?

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  1. Eliza
    August 29, 2017 at 4:44 am

    Can you include a snip of YouTube videos on your website? (That is, a picture from the video, like a music video?) Is this legal to put on your website?

    I saw on a newspaper website that snips were taken from a YouTube video. Underneath the photo, they wrote: 'Photograph: YouTube.'

    Am I allowed to do this on my website?

  2. J
    July 11, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    Not one of your links went to anything that did what you said.

  3. Marc
    March 31, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    You should really include here as they allow the users to specify which parts of the video to embed.

  4. hjhgjh
    March 30, 2016 at 11:06 pm
  5. Erica
    February 11, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    All I get when I click the links is spam and other junk

  6. Ext
    June 20, 2011 at 10:11 pm would be a good add to your list as you've posted on it before on this site:

  7. Mars3242
    May 22, 2011 at 6:21 am

    Both Splicd and SnipSnip don't know about URLs?! 

    • Ann Smarty
      May 22, 2011 at 6:52 pm

      And why do you really need the short URL? Or did I get your question wrong?

  8. Ankur
    May 22, 2011 at 5:54 am

     Thanks, Quite useful tips for me to implement some imp info at my site. Would help me to only show video of the desired feature .