It’s time. The debate’s red hot, and you just heard an exchange you’re dying to share out on Twitter or your news site. So what do you do?

  • Visit our near real-time URL for the debate, where the Internet Archive is serving debate clips and transcripts up in near real-time. Each debate will have a unique URL, which we’ll post on our debates page. The link for the first debate is here.)
  • Figure out when they said it, either by noting how far it was into the debate that you heard something from a candidate or moderator you’d like to quote, or by process of elimination—click through 60-second increments and to play the video and scan for the golden moment. You can also search the entire debate for that moment by toggling on the “search inside this show” function. (Make sure to click the gray toggle button so it turns green.)


  • Keep pace by scrolling to the right—the newest clips appear all the way to the right-hand side of the screen in chronological order. Note that this is near real-time. It takes a few minutes for the clips to load up.
  • Decide what you’ll quote by:
  1. Clicking the curved arrow icon that says “Share embed or refine this clip” when you roll your mouse over the screenshot.
  2. A window will then open up to present (highlighted in orange) the closed captioning of the 60-second pre-defined segment — and the captioning of the 60 seconds before and after (not highlighted) for context.
  3.  Important: the captions come from real-time closed captioning, which means they are often incomplete, garbled and not precisely aligned. This is all still an experiment, remember. Be sure to watch your clip before you post to make sure you captured what you meant to.


  • Go get your quote:
    1. “Grab” the quote marks at the beginning and end of the highlighted segment and through bit of trial and error, find the right in and out points for the clip.
    2. Note that each time the quote marks move, the player starts to play and the URL changes to update the “start” and “end” points of the clip — named to reflect the number of seconds into the entire program.
    3. Remember: Watch your clip before you post.
    4. Pro tip: If you clip a quote that’s fewer than 10 seconds it might not play, so give it a bit of time to run.
  • You’re ready to share!
    1. Copy the URL and paste it elsewhere.
    2. Click one of the variety of share method icons on the bottom of the edit window (Twitter, FB, etc.)
    3. Pro tip: Your best bet for Twitter is to use this sharing tool. If you copy the URL and paste it, won’t play within Twitter. If you copy the URL and paste it into Twitter, won’t play within the tweet.
      If you just have to do it that way, change the single hash # to a slash /screenshot-2016-09-30-14-19-11
    4. The embed icon </> will offer two flavors of embed codes for the portion you have selected—one for an iFrame, the other for many WordPress sites.
  1. Fun, right? Now go share another. Time’s running out!