Is there an easy way to present multiple clips from YouTube videos?
January 25, 2012 12:50 PM   Subscribe

I am an instructor and sometimes would like to play segment 1:15-2:25 from one YouTube video, followed by another segment from the same or another video, etc. Is there a site, tool, or incantation that lets me easily set this up so I'm not jumping around and switching tabs and clicking links during class time? I know how to create a URL that jumps right to the starting point of a clip but want to go a step or two beyond that. I didn't create/upload the videos, so I can't use YouTube's Video Editor.
posted by espertus to Computers & Internet (10 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
The way I do this is to just download the video clip (using something like Keepvid) and slice it up how I like.

Sorry, but I don't know how to do this via streaming.
posted by Betelgeuse at 1:03 PM on January 25, 2012

I second downloading the video and cutting it yourself. If you download the .flv file you can play it easily with VLC and set your playlist up in advance.

Another thing I found out when showing videos was that the projector had a freeze button. This meant I could keep the projector displaying notes while I switched to a video on the computer. Hit freeze again and it goes back to what is on the computer.

Maybe not what you're looking for, just the solutions I've worked out myself.
posted by sarae at 1:24 PM on January 25, 2012

Response by poster: Is there any software you recommend for slicing up FLV? I have access to Windows and Mac machines.
posted by espertus at 1:39 PM on January 25, 2012

I think adapter will do cropping. I haven't used that function but it is listed on the website.
posted by sarae at 1:59 PM on January 25, 2012

YouTube has a JavaScript API for controlling embedded videos. Maybe speak with someone in the CS department and have a student work with you for extra credit/as an independent study or project?
posted by jsturgill at 2:00 PM on January 25, 2012 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: jsturgill, I am in the CS department. :-) Thanks for letting me know about the API.
posted by espertus at 2:26 PM on January 25, 2012

Hah! What a thing. My thought when I read your question was that you must be doing some sort of film studies class, and were planning on using YouTube clips to demonstrate visual storytelling techniques or somesuch.
posted by jsturgill at 4:28 PM on January 25, 2012

Compendium has a feature called MovieMap that will let you annotate videos and link back and forth in time.
posted by tel3path at 4:42 PM on January 25, 2012

nthing download the video. I use Downloadhelper, its an add-on for Firefox. From there its just playing them on something like VLC.
posted by anansi at 6:30 PM on January 25, 2012

As far as cutting the FLVs, I convert them with Handbrake and then I edit with iMovie.
posted by anansi at 6:33 PM on January 25, 2012

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