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How to Add “Time Tags” to Youtube Vids (so Viewers can Jump to Tagged Sections)



It's Super Easy to Create These Simple ‘Bookmarks' so Viewers Can Pop to Different Section of Your Video

After finishing and posting the first Flipped Educator Spotlight video, someone suggested that I add “bookmarks” to make it easy for viewers to consume the content, jumping to sections with topics they are interested in. Loved the idea, especially since the video is a bit long at about half an hour, but I had no idea how to do it.

I googled “creating bookmarks in youtube videos” and similar phrases, but really find what I was looking for (I later came up with the phrase “time tags” in my head, and found that searching on this finds useful resources). Anyway, I threw this idea out there while discussing new Spotlight videos with Kate Baker and Crystal Kirch, who will be fellow interviewers for this series, and Crystal explained that she thought you just put minute and second references (i.e. “1:34”) in the description text and these automatically become clickable links. She was absolutely right … it was just that easy (thanks Crystal)!

I explain and briefly illustrate this in this newest “3 Minute TOOL-torial”:

What a simple but excellent little technique. While we all know videos should be kept pretty short for flipped and blended learning, and this technique can still be useful with those, but if you do have to create a long video this is even more useful!

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  1. Actually, I had no idea how to add “bookmarks” to YouTube vids in order to jump to sections with topics you’re interested in. I think it’s great especially since the video is a bit long at about half an hour. It really allows save significant amount of time.

  2. That’s really great – I have a related question which may actually be a bit more problematic.

    I want to be able to play a YT video from point A to point B e.g. 1:34 to 2:56.

    I want it to start at 1:34 and stop automatically at 2:56

    I also want to prevent the user from accessing the video BEFORE 1:34 and AFTER 2:56. I know of course that I could cut up the video into smaller clips but I want to avoid that.

    Any clues??? That would be just great.
    Andrew Lian


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