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Sometimes with Youtube, there's a specific part of a video you want people to see. Splicd generates a url to send people that clip. For instance: cooking a rat or an interesting part of a lecture. (On load, a small amount of each clip's beginning is played.)

The spliced video's url can be easily manipulated:


In Google Video, add #[number]m[number]s to the end of a url and jump to that time:

posted by Korou (21 comments total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
So now we can skip straight to Rick Astley?
posted by Serial Killer Slumber Party at 2:01 AM on September 30, 2008

Ah, being able to isolate the best parts of a video. I see great utility in this.
posted by Rhaomi at 2:42 AM on September 30, 2008 [4 favorites]

Let's see; Google Video has been doing this for two years. Google owns YouTube. Some third party is needed to do this for YouTube?

If I were Splicd I'd be looking for another business model ASAP.
posted by twoleftfeet at 2:44 AM on September 30, 2008

Nice. Now I can skip straight to the drum solo in "In The Air Tonight" by Phil Collins.
posted by clearly at 2:53 AM on September 30, 2008

I can't get the links people have posted to work -- for example, 'In The Air Tonight' started in playing the whole video, and even clicking on "play splice" did nothing. What am I doing wrong?
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 7:07 AM on September 30, 2008

Awesome I never knew this could be done. Very useful. Thanks!
posted by stbalbach at 7:35 AM on September 30, 2008

Playing only the best part didn't work so well in Brainstorm.
posted by Herodios at 7:43 AM on September 30, 2008 [1 favorite]

Oh man, I'm crazy about this Splicd hack. So much fun! And easy.

My fave so far, Nick Pitera going climactic on No One.

Tried changing the Google vid url, nothing happens. Picked a video at randon, tried to make it play at 0:40


Any ideas how to do that?
posted by nickyskye at 7:51 AM on September 30, 2008

Oh yeah, this is going to be seriously useful for those moments that I'm having a hard time trying to articulate exactly what I'm feeling.
posted by quin at 9:18 AM on September 30, 2008

This would be useful if you can easily download the spliced version. Youtube videos are easy to download but a bitch to edit.
posted by verisimilitude at 11:27 AM on September 30, 2008

Nickyskye, if it's an outside video indexed by google video it doesn't work. It has to be hosted on their servers. Your random example is a metacafe video. I'd also drop the &vt=lf&hl=en from the URL just in case.
posted by BrotherCaine at 3:06 PM on September 30, 2008

"Spliced" has an E in it.

Way to spell, Internet.
posted by Sys Rq at 3:57 PM on September 30, 2008

CC, pick up that guitar and talk to me.
posted by mrgrimm at 5:11 PM on September 30, 2008

Way to spell, Internet.

I'm sure spliced.com was already taken. I'm assuming that a trademark of a mispelling of a common word is more widely applicable than if not mispelled. I know I started to see deliberate mispellings of business names and brands before the Internet was big.
posted by BrotherCaine at 6:07 PM on September 30, 2008

It's not quirky misspellings in general that rub me the wrong way; those come with the territory. It's just that in this particular case, without that all-important E, the I shortens and the C goes hard: Spliced becomes Splicked. With either pronunciation, you'd have to spell it out in spoken conversation. Annoying.

"I'm sure spliced.com was already taken."

That's another thing. If spliced.com is already taken, maybe it's not such a good idea to call your upstart spliced.com, albeit wonkily spelled. "I went to spliced.com like you said, but it's just some weird email thing." "No, no, it's splicked.com." "Nothing there."
posted by Sys Rq at 9:33 AM on October 1, 2008 [1 favorite]

"spliced.com" without the "e"
posted by mrgrimm at 6:31 PM on October 1, 2008

Pretty much everything that makes sense is already taken, so you have to come up with some kind of abstract name and brand that. Which will also require spelling.
posted by BrotherCaine at 11:42 PM on October 1, 2008

Interesting, I just put together a similar page: 77Kg (selflink) with hackable URL's for YouTube and Google video but without the time splicing, at least not yet.

To publish videos like this on your own domain all you need is a redirect and some javascript this page is a good starting point.
posted by Lanark at 11:52 AM on October 2, 2008

Also I think you want the YouTube button that allows you to switch into full screen mode.
posted by Lanark at 12:03 PM on October 2, 2008

...and YouTube has already stolen Splicd's thunder: YouTube Enables Deep Linking Within Videos
posted by Rhaomi at 2:57 PM on October 26, 2008

YouTube has already stolen Splicd's thunder

Told ya so.

(he says, smiling smugly at the misfortunes of others.)
posted by twoleftfeet at 7:13 PM on October 26, 2008

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