I am just starting up a site that will host a fair bit of YouTube videos. I would like to future proof it as much as possible. From what I understand the new code will try to use HTML5 and failover to flash if it needs to.

How can I start the video at a specific time using the new embedded code? I can use the old code and it works great. I am stumped with the new embedded code, and I can't seem to make it work. What is more troubling is I can't seem to find anything on Google dealing with the new embedded code. The closest I can find is the link from goole below, however it doesn't say specifically how to use it.

Google API page


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Easiest way to do this would be in an iframe as in the following:

<iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/JW5meKfy3fY?start=60&autoplay=1" width="100%" height="100%"></iframe>

or, if you do not want the autoplay

<iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/rPS1y81b1Bw?start=1995" width="683" height="384"></iframe>

Or the more advanced way using their YT.Player object:

function onYouTubePlayerAPIReady() {
  var player;
  player = new YT.Player('player', {
    videoId: 'JW5meKfy3fY',
    playerVars: { 'autoplay': 1, 'controls': 0, 'start': 60 },
    events: {
      'onReady': onPlayerReady,
      'onPlaybackQualityChange': onPlayerPlaybackQualityChange,
      'onStateChange': onPlayerStateChange,
      'onError': onPlayerError

I haven't tested that out, but it matches their example but I added the start parameter in there. Good luck!

  • I added the pattern I use all the time.
    – Val
    Jan 13, 2014 at 10:57

Since it seems that Youtube has dropped the start time for embedded videos, I use http://www.tubechop.com. You can use it also.

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