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Both on YouTube1 and Google Drive2, it is possible to create a link which starts the video at some specific time.

On Microsoft Stream, when I write some timestamps into the description, after clicking on the timestamp the video moves to the given time. But I wasn't able to find an URL which would direct the browser to start the video at that time.

1Linking directly to a specific point in time of a YouTube video

2Google Drive Video Player Start Time

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  • What is the question? Also please be a bit more descriptive regarding your efforts to find the URL. P.S. Bear in mind that nowadays web apps have other methods to trigger actions than relaying on clickable old fashioned links (<a href="https://example.com">Example</a>)
    – Rubén
    Apr 26 at 17:42
  • Nice title. What about the bit more descriptive details about your efforts to find the URL? Have you tried to use Google Chrome / Firefox / Edge / Safari / Opera / Brave / etc. developer tools or you just relied on hovering the timestamp and look at the browser status bar? Did you look at the page source code or at the DOM? Have you reviewed the https requests sent to the server? Have you reviewed the events listeners?
    – Rubén
    Apr 26 at 18:34
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When you choose the option to share a video, you can choose an option "start at". You can enter the chosen time there.

start at

After you do so ?st=150 (or some other number corresponding to time in seconds) is appended to the URL.

It is also possible to use et parameter to add the end time, for example, ?st=150&et=180 should play the video from 2:30 to 3:00.

See also:

EDIT: Microsoft announced that they are now launching a new version of Microsoft Stream: Stream (built on SharePoint), the new version of Microsoft Stream. The description given in this answer is about the version available at the time of posting - which they now call Stream (Classic).

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