Say, you found an awesome video but you only want to show your friends a specific portion of the video. It can be done by chopping that video and creating a link to it so your friends can watch it online. This way, your friends won’t have to go through the agony of watching the whole video.
- Copy the URL of the youtube video from which you want to chop a portion of. Say, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vo0Cazxj_yc ./li>
- Then, go to http://www.tubechop.com/ .
- On the textbox to the left of the ‘search video’ button, paste the youtube video’s URL.
- Press the ‘search’ button.
- After the video is loaded in the page, fill up the time start and end boxes at the bottom of the video box
- Then click the ‘Update’ button below the boxes.
- The video above will update itself and will now contain only the chopped portion.
- Add some short message for your friends on the box just above the ‘chop it’ button.
- Click the ‘chop it’ button.
- The resulting page will now have the embed and chopped video link you can copy to embed or send to your friends.
Original Un-chopped Youtube video
Here’s the youtube video I tried to work on with tubechop.com:
Chopped Youtube Video
And here’s the resulting chopped portion of the video:
Of course, the above is for example purposes only. That portion is not exactly the coolest part of the video. Fact is, I think the whole video is awesome. In this case, I won’t chop it but instead show the whole video to my friends. But I’ve seen a lot of instances where friends would tell me to watch a video and say ‘go to 3:21’ or something. Now, you could just say simply ‘watch this!’.
Note: The resulting chopped video will now be accessed (and hosted I think) via tubechop.com, and not youtube.com. Please correct me if I’m wrong. 🙂
Alternative to Chopping Youtube Video
Automatically Start YouTube Video at Certain Time
If you find chopping videos a chore, you can opt to use another method where you add a time-start element to the video’s url like so:
If the above video automatically started at 20 seconds, it’s because I added “#t=0m20s” immediately after the video’s url. This however doesn’t always work as I want it to be. But it just might work for you. Check the procedures here for more information.