How to skip to a part of an embedded YouTube video

Tired of wading through 45 seconds of fluff to get to the start of an embedded YouTube video? Need to skip to a specific part of an embedded YouTube video? Here’s how to easily hack the YouTube embed code, to add video-skip functionality on WordPress.com blogs. Even though the WordPress software strips out the code and a YouTube embed ends up looking like this…

Just add…



…to the end of the line, and before the final “]”. Or just after the “fs=1” bit, if you spot WordPress moving it somewhere else in the line.

It works. 15 = the number of seconds to skip. You can change this to any number.

If you host your own blog, just add… &start=15 … to the full copy-and-paste YouTube code, direct after the bits which reads “fs=1”. You’ll need to do this twice, at different points in the code.

Photoshop CS5′s Puppet Warp

Interesting demo of a new feature in Photoshop, which places a pseudo-mesh and an on-the-fly bone rig over a 2D figure cut-out. The second part of the demo shows that you can also set it to read depth. I’m thinking someone might piggyback on this by making a very simple plugin to hand-hold Photoshop users through the process of animating cut-out figures against depth-aware parallax-scrolling scenery, and save as an animated GIF or Flash. Adobe could thus provide a reason for some users not to go to Toon Boom Animate, or have to wrestle with Flash, in order to make small amounts of 2D animation…

CS5 is probably coming in early July 2010. Hopefully they’ll have fixed the OpenGL issues that caused users like me to skip CS4.