Sharing the Best Part of the Video

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Here’s how to cut to the chase and send your friends links to clips that start playback at a specific time.

J. D. Biersdorfer

Q. YouTube’s desktop website has this handy Share setting that lets you share a clip that starts playing later, at a certain part of the video. Is there something similar for clips on Vimeo that I don’t see?

A. Although the Vimeo site doesn’t have the same onscreen options that YouTube does, you can also share links to its videos that are set to start playing at a certain point. The first step is to figure out the specific spot, or timecode, where you want the clip to begin.

Once you have established the starting point — for example, two minutes and 13 seconds into the clip — you need to add this information to the end of the clip’s Vimeo URL.

Click or tap into the address bar, and at the very end of the URL, type “#t=” and then “2m13s” (without the quotation marks) to indicate that the starting time code is two minutes and 13 seconds from the beginning.

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To share a Vimeo video that starts playback at a specific point, add the minutes and seconds from the clip’s timecode to the URL and send it as a link.CreditThe New York Times

Do not use spaces between the original URL and the new timecode information you just added. The new URL (which now looks like https://vimeo.com/192298842#t=2m13s), is the version you share with friends.

You can also add a timecode notation to the end of URLs for YouTube clips this way, but for those who have not tried it yet, YouTube has a feature that can save you the typing. When you are watching a clip on the site and get to the place in the video that you’d like a friend to start watching, click the Share button under the video window.

At the bottom of the Share box, click the box next to “Start at:” in front of the displayed timecode. The URL shown right above has updated itself to add the new starting point, which you can then copy, post or share with friends.


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