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New Media Tip: Linking and Embedding specific sections of a YouTube video

When sharing YouTube videos, we often just link to the entire video and let people decide what they want to watch. While this is fine for short videos, sometimes we would rather refer people to just a specific portion of a much longer video. Perhaps we are highlighting a quote, tip or idea.

YouTube provides some basic tools for specifying a start time when linking or embedding a video, but with the addition of a few parameters to the video URL, you can direct viewers to a very specific segment.

For example, if you are linking or embedding a video, you will see these options on the YouTube page:

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If you check the checkbox, you can either enter in a time, or the time will be taken from the point where you are currently viewing in the video.

This results in a URL in the form of: http://youtu.be/E-GekEZOwLQ?t=11m54s . The video will start playing at this point and continue unit the end.

If you want want to specify both a start and end time, then you will need to add a few different parameters to the YouTube URL.

http://www.youtube.com/v/%5Bvideo_id%5D&start=%5Bstart_at_second%5D&end=%5Bend_at_second%5D&version=3)

In this example, you would need to replace the bracketed sections above with the appropriate settings.

http://www.youtube.com/v/E-GekEZOwLQ&start=714&end=760&version=3

This could link people to the appropriate video, launch it full screen and start playing at the appropriate spot when they click Play.

To embed a video in your blog or web page which does the same thing, you can include the start and end parameters in the standard YouTube iframe embed code.

First, copy the standard embed code from the YouTube video page:

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Then add the start and end parameters, so that the code looks like this:

..and here is the resulting YouTube video…

While making these embeds of specific video section does require adding a little information to the standard embed, it should be straightforward enough for anyone to accomplish.

Do you have further questions about YouTube linking and embedding? Add your questions and comments below and I will add additional information.

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[Tip] Beginning Voiceover artists should/must create their own shows and opportunities…

[Tip] Beginning Voiceover artists should/must create their own shows and opportunities to showcase their talents.

For example, take my yearly reading of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol which I do with various friends. (Listen to past shows here)

Beginning voiceover artists could easily do this alone or in combination with their peers and create a showpiece and “reel” material for everyone involved.

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Elsewhere: Storytelling the Pixar way

Has your New Media project hit a snag? Maybe you can find some useful help in these trips from Pixar. One thing I appreciate about every Pixar movie is the fact that they concentrate on story from the very beginning. They have learned that no matter what the whiz bang technology looks like, if you don’t have a great story, you won’t have a great movie.

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Storytelling the Pixar way from Boing Boing

From the Twitter feed of Pixar story artist Emma Coats, a series of “Pixar story rules.” Some of these strike me as specific to the Pixar business and/or filmmaking, but others are perfect storytelling…

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New Media Tips – Recent Items

Here is a collection of New Media Tips recently published on the @newmediatips Twitter feed.

  • [Tip] Take every opportunity to prune people you follow. Follow those who bring value into your life in some way. Unfollow the rest.
  • [Tip] For best video results, record separate close-up audio and sync in post production. Greatly improves overall production
  • [Tip] What are you an expert in? Everyone with one more piece of knowledge or one more experience than others IS an expert. Use it!
  • Want to know what’s “new” about New Media. It’s you! You control media and not vice versa. We have been given power. Time to use it!
  • [Tip] Sometimes the best “show” is simply talking with someone who has something important or interesting to say. Need not be big, just cool
  • [Tip] The longer pictures or video stay in your camera, the less likely you are to ever doing something with them. Share it or lose it!
  • Booklet: Social Media Self Preservation by Douglas E. Welch – – Kindle format for any Win/Mac/Android/iPhone/iPad
  • [Tip] Short videos, long videos, whatever. Shows and segments find their own length. Don’t lock in to 15/30/60 limits. Think 3/6/22 or diff
  • [Tip] Lots to think about when shooting video – light, sound, camera, words, noise – Take them one by one before you start to do well.
  • [Tip] Looking for great topics to blog/video blog about. Propogate Google Reader, check out Pinterest.com, gather input from from all over
  • [Tip] Great content comes from great conversations. Cultivate them. Seek them out. Capture them. Write them down. Record them.
  • [Tip] Every person you follow on social media sites needs to provide value in the form of entertainment, information or enlightenment.
  • [Tip] Placing your new media show on mainstream media might not be the best goal for you or your show. Maintain control and direct income.
  • [Tip] Make a show you would be interested in watching and the audience will find you. Chasing a “market” is riskier and less rewarding
  • [Tip] Zoom H1 is an affordable, yet highly effective New Media recording tool. Use built-in or external mics. – 
  • [Tip] Shooting video of yourself, by yourself? Make sure video camera has reversible screen to monitor framing and angle.
  • [Tip] Turn a camera on the world so that others cannot deny the reality that exists. A mirror reflects, but a camera delves.
  • [Tip] Smartphones are excellent New Media “studios”. Carry yours always…and use it a lot. You never know what you might capture.
  • [TIp] Lavaliere mics – wired or wireless – can improve your audio recording dramatically – Examples from Amazon –
  • [Tip] I probably wouldn’t solely use YouTube’s new editing features, but they are certainly worth checking out. Try out on your videos
  • [Tip] Tonight (Halloween) is a great night for experimenting with your New Media tools. Don’t need an excuse be take photos or shoot video
  • [Tip] Timelapse photography can illustrate projects and events in a fun and interesting way. Use it in your next project.
  • [Tip] Cultivate a spouse or friend to help you shoot by being the “camera operator.” It makes a world of difference.
  • [Tip] Look at something really closely — now closer — what does it reveal to you that you don’t see further away? – No record that feeling
  • [Tip] Video compression can have trouble dealing with complex backgrounds i.e moving leaves. Try a simpler background for better results.

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New Media Tip 20100519 – Don’t leave live streaming as an afterthought

Don’t leave live streaming of your event as an afterthought. It takes time to get familiar with the various services and choices you need to make.

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Upgrade WordPress to 2.9.2

Keeping your self-hosted WordPress blogs up to very important to prevent technical issues and to close security holes that have been discovered. WordPress.com users don’t need to concern themselves with these upgrades as WordPress.com handles that internally for all its users.

I just completed the upgrade on 4 of my WordPress sites with no problems. I use the automatic upgrade feature built into WordPress which basically consists of pushing a button.

Log into you WordPress sites today and keep them upgraded for trouble free operation.

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Video: Podcast Double End Recording with MP2 Transfer for Multitrack Editing

NMI Member and longtime fellow podcaster, George Starcher has posted several great technical videos to the New Media Interchange Community Site and I will be highlighting them here in the blog, too.

This first one deals with recording a podcast “double ender” — a remote interview where each person records there end of the conversation and then it is assembled in an audio editor to create a high quality interview.

George is a fellow member of the the Friends in Tech podcasting group, too.

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New Media Chat Transcript – November 24, 2009

douglaswelch: Welcome to New Media Chat sponsored by New Media Interchange at http://newmediainterchange.com.
douglaswelch: The conversation continues 24/7 on the New Media Interchange Community site at http://community.newmediainterchange.com. Post your questions and comments there in the days between these chats.
douglaswelch: With that said, the chat room is open for your questions, and comments. How is everyone tonight?
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junglejenny: excellent!
guest-13678 changed nickname to meganenloe
rockwanderer: thumbs up
douglaswelch: Things seem to be settling down/getting crazy as the holiday approaches
meganenloe: A little?
douglaswelch: If you didn’t get a chance to watch/participate in Fabulous Find Fridays this week, I invite you to check things out on the NMI Community site
michaelcuetta: is this show still happening?
douglaswelch: Start collecting your favorite finds for this coming Friday
douglaswelch: This is just a text chat tonight Michael
junglejenny: I have a question, who uses worpress?
douglaswelch: Ooo Ooo ME Me…but you already knew that
meganenloe: I do but I’m always lost on it.
junglejenny: Doug, your a god, thanks for helping me the other night.
rockwanderer: is there a benifit to using wordpress over blogger?
douglaswelch: Glad to help. I got a great post for Careers in New Media from your quandry
michaelcuetta: is there a top blogs link for wordpress?
junglejenny: I’m using wordpress as my website actually.
douglaswelch: @michael Somrthing that shows the top links on the given blog?
michaelcuetta: of the wordpress blogs, the most read
douglaswelch: @rockwanderer these days I lean towards WordPress for a couple of reasons but I still have 3 blogs on Blogger which were created years ago
junglejenny: not sure.
douglaswelch: @michael I think that the WordPress.com home page http://wordpress.com has a list of the top blogs hosted there, since they can see all the stats from these hosted blogs
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douglaswelch: @rockwanderer I like that WordPress blogs can start on wordpress.com and then migrate up to a self-hosted WordPress blog pretty easily
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douglaswelch: Also, you can only get all the features of blogger now if you host on Blogspot. My Blogger blogs are actually hosted on my web site using the old fto method
douglaswelch: Hey Tracy!
tracypattin: hey doug!
tracypattin: been busy dealing with my FTP site and thinking up Qs for the chat
douglaswelch: WordPress is powerful and with that power comes a complexity which can be intimidating
douglaswelch: @Tracy Cool
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douglaswelch: The plugin interface of WordPress also allows you to easily add features with little fuss

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Elsewhere: Sharing your Google Reader Shared Items via Twitter

NMI Founder, Douglas E. Welch, recently posted this item about sharing  your Google Shared Items via Twitter and more.

Ah, this is one of my trade secrets! Bwaahahha. Actually it is one of my experiments with linking things together online. It’s not all posts, by the way, just items I share from Google Reader.

First, I use Google Reader to monitor several hundred feeds. Clicking “Share” in Google Reader automatically creates a web page of my shared items (http://www.google.com/reader/shared/douglas.welch) It also creates an RSS feed of those same items.

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Open up your company, store, and life to the world

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I posted this tip today on the NewMediaTips Twitter feed today, but I wanted to expand on it here.

“Stores have viewing windows and open kitchens for a reason. New media opens your viewing window to the world, not just those nearby”

Nearly everyone likes to see behind the scenes. Cake stores have viewing windows into the decorating area and more and more restaurants are designed with open kitchens where diners can take in the entire process of preparing their meal. Krispy Kreme Donuts exposed their entire production line, making it a show unto itself. Factory tours are everywhere and their are entire television shows dedicated to showing “How it’s made”

Considering the public’s love for behind the scenes information, why not use new media tools to expose your business, your work, your life, to those who might be interested. New Media is like opening your viewing window, your backstage, to the world instead of just the few people who happen to walk by your storefront. Increasingly, the Internet is your storefront and you should be using New Media to give people a look, a taste, of what is happening.

You can do this by putting photos on your web site, recording audio interview with your staff, or taking video of a particular process. All of these types of media can be easily captured and shared using inexpensive equipment and cheap or free Internet services.

What’s stopping you? Leave our questions and comments on this post and I will give your some great ideas for getting started today.

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New Media Tip 20090319 – Audio

Improving your audio recording can be a great way to boost the overall quality of your new media productions.

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Video: New Media Tip 20081229 – Up your nose


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New Media Tip 20081229 – Up your nose

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New Media Tip 20081028 – Finding podcasts

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New Media Tip 20082007 – Fancy equipment not required (Video)

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New Media Tip 20081007 – Fancy equipment not required (Audio)

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New Media Tip 20081004 – Distributing your media (Video)

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New Media Tip 20081004 – Distributing your media (Audio)

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New Media Tip 20081002 – Show your favorite places

This tip was produced entirely on-site at my favorite coffee place, M Street Coffee in Studio City, California. It was shot on my Kodak Digital Still Camera and edited using EyeSpot, an online video editor. Please forgive the rough nature of the tip, but I wanted to see how much I could do while out and about.

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New Media Tip 20080930 – Capture your content

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