Have you ever wanted to share a specific moment from a YouTube video? There are several ways to link to a specific part of a YouTube video. In this tutorial, we share three methods, including using a third-party service.
1. Copy Video URL
You can use YouTube’s built-in features to share a specific part of any YouTube video. Simply pause the video at the exact moment you want to share, and then either Ctrl + click or right-click anywhere on the video. You can then select “Copy video URL at current time.”
A URL containing this exact timestamp will now be copied to your clipboard, ready for you to share. Anyone who clicks the link will be immediately transported to this exact portion of the YouTube video.
2. Edit Video While Sharing
If you’re struggling to hit pause at the right moment, you can type the exact timestamp you want to share. To use this method, click the “Share” button below the video. In the subsequent pop-up, select the “Start At” checkbox.
By default, YouTube suggests the time where the video is currently paused. However, you can type any time into the accompanying text field.
Once you’re happy with the information you’ve entered, you can share this YouTube video as normal. For example, you could share it to Facebook or Twitter. Alternatively, you can copy the generated URL and paste it into any location of your choosing.
3. Take Full Control of Video Sharing with Vibby
The above methods are easy and quick, but they’re also pretty limited. If you want more control over the video-sharing experience, you may want to try out a third-party tool.
Vibby is a website that allows you to share specific parts of videos from other platforms, including Vimeo, Twitch and YouTube. This includes clipping multiple “highlights” from a single video, ready to share with others. The downside is that you will need to create an account with Vibby, although you can register using your existing Google, Facebook, Twitter, or Twitch credentials.
To get started, enter the URL of the YouTube video you want to share and then click “Start.”
You will be prompted to create your account. Once you’ve completed the signup process, your video will load in the Vibby editor. You can highlight sections of this video.
Using the video controls, navigate to the start of the section you want to share. When you’re ready, select “Start highlight.”
When you reach the end of the section, select “Stop highlight.” You can repeat this process to highlight multiple sections of the video, if required. All of your highlighted clips will appear in a list, toward the right side of the screen.
You can add a description to each section or use the icons to replay, adjust, or delete this highlight. When you’re happy with your highlights, click “Save Vib.”
On the next page, give your Vib a name and assign it a category. You can then either publish this clip to Vibby or make it private by selecting the “Make this Vib private” slider. Only people who have the direct link will be able to access a private Vib.
Vibby will create your Vib and generate a link that you can share with anyone who requires access. Anyone who clicks this link will be able to view all your highlights. They’ll also have the option to watch the full video. Note that people can view all your Vibs without having to create a Vibby account.
You can view all of your Vibs, and their associated links, in your Vibby dashboard. To access this dashboard, select your profile icon in the upper-right corner and select “My Profile.”
You can now view all of your clips in the “Vibs” tab.