If you have an MP4 video hosted on Screencast.com, you can direct people to a specific time in the video instead of sending them to the beginning. Referred to as deep linking, this capability is especially helpful when sharing longer videos without navigation aids such as a table of contents (made possible by Camtasia products). You might imagine how handy this could be if you wanted to direct a student to a particular part of a course lecture, or link to a “takeaway” moment in a recorded webinar.
Let’s imagine I’m trying to help others in one of my professional organizations. I have a feeling they might be interested in knowing how to include quizzes using Camtasia Studio 8. Their time is important to me and I want to make sure they at least see a certain part of the video.
Instead of sending them this link:
I might send them this link:
What’s the difference? Do you see the small addition at the end of the second URL? I added a time stamp to jump the viewer to a specific point.
How to create a deep link for Screencast.com:
- Obtain the link you would normally share with your viewers. Learn how.
- At the end of the link append ?t=XmYYs where X is a number in minutes and Y is the number in seconds. For example, http://www.screencast.com/t/I2FUpOL2o6V?t=35s will start the video at the 35 seconds point instead of at the beginning.
- This only works with MP4 video. WMVs, AVIs, MOVs don’t support this deep linking feature.
- Sometimes the link takes you close to what you specified, but not exactly. The reason for this is videos are produced with “key frames” that occur every so often. Key frames are special frames that contain additional information to video and audio content. In the event that your time specification doesn’t coincide with a key frame, the player will adjust to be as close as possible.