For the past few weeks, you may have seen or noticed something new on videos of some of your favorite YouTubers.
If you hover over the timing of some YouTuber’s videos, you’ll see that the timeline was divided into sections. If you hover over a section, a brief description of what was included in that time frame will be revealed. Pretty nifty if you were looking for a specific topic of discussion within a long video.
Today, YouTube announced that it is expanding the video chapter to desktop, Android, and iOS devices for creators.
The feature is completely optional and quite easy to enable. Creators simply need to list at least three timestamps that they want at least 10 seconds long in the specific chapter in their video description starting at 0:00. The video producer can then insert next to each timecode in the title chapter of the description they wish to display.
If a producer does not want to enable the video chapter, but still wants to mention specific time codes in their videos, they need to start at any time other than 0:00 in their description.
I think this only works on Android and Desktop right now, but Youtube just launched a cool feature for people who post podcasts or any other multi-topic videos.
Check it out. pic.twitter.com/YiJsrjrxms
— Philip DeFranco (@PhillyD) April 13, 2020
YouTube says that this feature has already received rave reviews from creators who were testing it. The video service provided some examples of how this could be helpful such as finding a specific part in a song or breaking a multi-topic video.
This is a very simple feature but it can really change how producers make videos and how viewers consume them. Splitting videos or podcasts of several topics into chapters if one is easy to jump into just the part in which they can easily participate.
At the same time, it simplifies parts of the video again. It also seems like a feature that is ripe for use cases that find more creative ways to use video chapters rather than segmenting parts of the video.
While many producers who were testing the feature seem to enjoy the video chapter, it remains to be seen how widespread its use will be.
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