"One of the really handy things about Youtube is the ability to share bookmarks that “deep link” to a particular point within a video (e.g here’s Google having a dig at Microsoft; the URL? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5aJAaGZIvk#t=29m10s, which should start the video playing 29 minutes 10 seconds in. That is, just add something like #t=29m10s to the end of the Youtube video page URL to start the video playing that far in).Neat.
A similar service is offered on podcast material published through the wonderful IT Conversations, that lets you deep link in to a particular part of an audio file, which is great for sharing audio quotes and, err, messing around with: IT Conversations samples trigger pad;-)
Anyway, anyway, yesterday I saw this:
which means you can now deep link in to iPlayer content :-)
As with the Youtube deep linking, if you know the URL pattern, you can can create your own deep links on the fly (just add, ?t=21m45s, for example, on to the end of the URL to start the programme playing 21 minutes 45 seconds in.)
Something else I thought was interesting – the shared link is actually a BBC short link. So for an example, this is the sort of link you are given to share:
which then resolves to something like this:
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Deep link to iPlayer content
Tony has outlined the trick of deep linking into iPlayer content.