I have quite a nifty new feature to announce today. (It’s extra special, too, because it’s Oren’s first project at HubPages. Go Oren!) YouTube videos that you embed in your Hubs can now include a timestamp! For people who are less tech-savvy like me, this means that when you add videos to your Hub, you can make the video start playing at a particular time. This feature is extra useful in situations where you want to show the reader a specific part of a really long video. By including the timestamp, the video will automatically start playing right where you want it to.

Here’s how it works. When you want to share a specific part of a video with your readers, follow these steps:

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  1. Pause the YouTube video at the spot where you want it to start playing in your Hub.
  2. Click the “Share” tab below the video. Sharing options should appear right underneath the tab.
  3. Click the check box beside the “Start at:” option.
  4. Copy the link from the box into your Hub.
  5. The video in your Hub should now start wherever you paused it on YouTube.


To learn more about embedding your video with a timestamp, check out the HubPages FAQ entry. Happy Hubbing!

Posted by:christykirwan

9 replies on “Videos Can Now Include an Embedded Timestamp!

  1. This is great. I’ve skipped several videos that would have been perfect if only the viewer didn’t have to sit through 5 minutes of uninteresting, irrelevant footage. This will come in very handy, Oren.

  2. As a person with 294 videos (so far) on Youtube, I try to keep the majority to a period of 3-5 mins. This helps to keep a tighter, more to the point video. It is also better for film making training. Some are longer but that’s because of the subject where it ALL needs to be seen. I originally wrote articles about them on Hub Pages and linked through to Youtube but for some reason, the ads did not appear even though there are Google adsense ads on Hub pages. No good if you can’t earn income from your material while somebody else earns from your hard worked material. But that’s another story.

  3. Definitely a useful feature – thank you :). I too have found videos in the past that were decent, but the full thing was not relevant, so this is helpful indeed to staying on topic.

  4. Great feature! I’ve been wondering how to do this! Thanks for the facts, and keep up the great work!

  5. Sounds like a really useful feature. It’ll be really useful to be able to skip to the most relevant part of a video and will hopefully help to keep viewers on your page longer overall.

  6. This is great to have time stamp features for embedding videos. This is going to be very helpful in case of putting attention to some particular section of a video.
    This is a good tip for video marketers to make their video more valuable. Thanks for the tip.

  7. I have a HUGE concern for my own, original content. What happens if I want to submit my hub to a publication? If someone else comes in and adds material to it, it will no longer be mine…I hope I am confused, but this seems like it will hinder our creativity. And as for fact checking, then we might as well write what we want and let the editors do the fact checking for us lol. I do my research and take pride in my work and accuracy. I don’t want to see someone come in and mess with my hard work

    “HubPages Editors will:

    Proofread for spelling and grammar mistakes
    Update the information in Hubs
    Improve layout and structure
    Add supplementary capsules
    Obtain high-quality media assets (illustrations)
    Remove unrelated links and products
    Fact check
    Communicate with Hubbers about the changes made to their Hubs
    Provide a document with the before and after changes highlighted”

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