To monitor the playback time of a YouTube video in a web application, you can use the YouTube IFrame Player API provided by YouTube. The API allows you to embed a YouTube video using an iframe and provides event handlers that can be used to track the playback time.

Here's a step-by-step guide to monitoring the playback time of a YouTube video using JavaScript:

  1. Include the YouTube IFrame Player API script in your HTML file:
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<!DOCTYPE html> <html> <head> <script src="https://www.youtube.com/iframe_api"></script> </head> <body> <!-- Your video container --> <div id="player"></div> </body> </html>
  1. Create a JavaScript function to initialize the YouTube video player:
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// This function will be called when the YouTube API is ready function onYouTubeIframeAPIReady() { // Replace 'videoId' with the actual YouTube video ID you want to embed var player = new YT.Player('player', { videoId: 'YOUR_YOUTUBE_VIDEO_ID', events: { 'onReady': onPlayerReady, 'onStateChange': onPlayerStateChange } }); } // This function will be called when the video player is ready function onPlayerReady(event) { event.target.playVideo(); } // This function will be called when the player state changes (e.g., playing, paused, buffering) function onPlayerStateChange(event) { if (event.data == YT.PlayerState.PLAYING) { // Start monitoring the playback time monitorPlaybackTime(event.target); } } // This function will monitor the playback time of the video function monitorPlaybackTime(player) { setInterval(function() { // Get the current playback time in seconds var currentTime = player.getCurrentTime(); // Do something with the current playback time console.log('Current Playback Time:', currentTime); }, 1000); // Change the interval (in milliseconds) as needed }
  1. Replace 'YOUR_YOUTUBE_VIDEO_ID' in the onYouTubeIframeAPIReady function with the actual YouTube video ID of the video you want to monitor.

  2. The onPlayerReady function will be called when the video player is ready. In this example, we start playing the video immediately when it's ready, but you can modify this behavior based on your requirements.

  3. The onPlayerStateChange function will be called whenever the player state changes. We're using it to start monitoring the playback time when the video starts playing (YT.PlayerState.PLAYING).

  4. The monitorPlaybackTime function uses setInterval to continuously check the current playback time of the video every second (you can adjust the interval as needed). You can perform any actions based on the current playback time in this function.

By following these steps, you can successfully monitor the playback time of a YouTube video embedded in your web application.

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