How To Make A YouTube Video Stop At A Certain Time [Illustrated Guide]


To make a YouTube video stop at a particular time when sharing it, you must modify the embed code and manually type in the end time by adding end=y (where y is the time you want the video to stop measured in seconds) after the question mark in the video URL.

Notice that you can set start and end points for most YouTube videos- even those not from your YouTube channel.

Check the illustrations below if you feel uneasy about modifying the embed code.

Also, check out How To Get Better Image Quality On Your YouTube Videos.

How to modify the embed code to make a YouTube video stop at a certain time

How to make a YouTube video stop at a certain time
Here, I’ve manually entered the start and end times to the embed code. So even though the play head in the YouTube player was at the beginning of the video (at 0:01), you can still manually define the exact start time you want in the embed code.
(Image credit: YouTube).

Modifying the embed code is simpler than it sounds. Here’s how to do it in a few simple steps:

  1. Click the “share” button under the video. A menu with various share options, such as URLs, pops up.
  2. Click Embed
  3. Locate the URL of the video clip. It should look like (where VideoID is your video’s string of letters and numbers).
  4. Check the “Start at” check box and type in the start time. YouTube will add ?start=x (where x is the start time) to the end of the YouTube video link.
  5. Now, you must manually type in the end time by adding &end=y (where y is the time you want the video to stop).
  6. Copy the embed code and post it to blog posts or a specific web page you choose.

You must calculate the exact number in seconds to set a video’s start point or endpoint over a minute.

Fx, if you want to make a video start at 15 seconds and stop 2 minutes and 30 seconds into the video content, you need to type in ?start=15&end=150 and add it to the URL.

How to make a YouTube video start and stop at a certain time
You need to work your mental arithmetic gears and calculate the exact number of seconds you want the video to start and end. As you can see, YouTube helps you with the start.
(Image credit: YouTube).

Also, you don’t have to define a starting point. You can add ?end=y (where y is the endpoint in seconds).

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Notice that you don’t type in & this time because you need to have the question mark directly after the URL.
(Image credit: YouTube).

If you add an endpoint and embed the video, it will show up on the YouTube player timeline like this:

How to make a YouTube video end at a particular time - end point
If you click the endpoint, you can remove it and watch the whole video instead.
(Image credit: YouTube).

Pro Tip: the easiest way to set the start point is to scroll to the point in the video you want to start, click the share button, and check the “Start at” checkbox.

That way, you don’t have to type in anything manually. YouTube will automatically add the right formatting to the embed code.

If you need to, you can also define the iframe width (the width of the YouTube player when embedded), if the video should be allowed to be viewed as fullscreen, enable privacy mode not to track users who scroll past your video, if it should play automatically (autoplay), and more.

Check out what 26 successful YouTubers wish they knew before starting a YouTube channel.

The embedding code is a powerful tool for ensuring that your video is utilized best when shared on your company’s website, email, or other places.

Setting the Start Time for YouTube Videos

How to set start time YouTube videos
When you check the “Start at” checkbox, you get the option to manually type in a start time for your YouTube video. YouTube will also automatically add the right number of seconds to the end of the URL.
(Image credit: YouTube)

Learning how to make YouTube videos start and stop at a specific time is pretty simple:

  1. Click the “share” button under the YouTube video player—a menu with various share options, such as the URL, pops up.
  2. Check the checkbox that says “Start at.” It will already display the current time of the video you’re watching. But by checking the checkbox, you can manually type in the start time you want.
  3. Copy the YouTube URL of your video and share it on social media and more.

Notice that a t=x (where x is the number of seconds in the video) is now added to the end of the URL after a question mark. See the illustration below:

It isn’t possible to change the stop time for the video using this method, though. To do this, you must get the embed code for the video. You can then modify the embed code to make the video start and stop at particular times.

Reasons why you sometimes can’t set the endpoint

Sometimes, a video can’t be embedded on other sites.

This happens when the content creator has disabled the embedding option – fx for copyright reasons or country restrictions.

It can also be that the creator wants you to see the video on his/her channel instead of a third-party website.

You can still share the entire video (copy the video URL and paste the share link to social media or your website), but the video will only be shown as a link.

See how to get more YouTube subscribers to your channel.

In Closing

You control when the YouTube videos you share start and stop. So long as you set things up properly, showing off specific parts of videos will be easy.

You can show friends, family, board members, or potential customers the good parts of YouTube videos without making them sit through the boring sections.

Setting up the start and stop times is simple enough that anyone can do it.

You must modify the video URL to complete this, but it’s not complicated.

Follow the instructions above, and you can share videos exactly how you want to in no time.

Be sure to let your friends and family know how to do this. They’ll find this little YouTube content hack to be very intriguing.


  • Jan Sørup

    Jan Sørup is a indie filmmaker, videographer and photographer from Denmark. He owns and the Danish company Apertura, which produces video content for big companies in Denmark and Scandinavia. Jan has a background in music, has drawn webcomics, and is a former lecturer at the University of Copenhagen.

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