YouTube’s New ‘Video Chapters’ Helps You Navigate Easily When You Skip or Playback Videos


Skipping and playback of movies on YouTube just got easier. The popular video streaming platform has introduced a new feature called ‘Video Chapters’ that makes it easier for you to navigate long videos.

The feature uses timestamps that creators apply to their videos, to segregate videos into specific chapters which you can easily jump forward or backwards to.

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So, if you have ever been in a situation where you had to scrub through a whole movie or tutorial just to find a scene you liked or the point where you stopped, the Video Chapter feature now makes it so much easier.

The feature is now available for all users across iOS, Android and desktop after a successful test in April.

How to Create Video Chapters

Video creators on YouTube can easily enable the Video Chapter feature by including chapter information to their video description. Once enabled, the feature will automatically show video as a line of timestamps and titles.

The first timestamp has to be marked as 0:00, followed by the chapter’s title with a space between them. The second timestamp will follow a similar pattern with the time the chapter starts and the chapter’s title on the next line.

YouTube Video Chapters Helps You Navigate Videos Easily

The same method will be used to add all the chapters that you want to add. Once you have finished adding the chapters and save, the title of the video chapters will be listed as you scroll through the video.

A video has to have at least three timestamps with each more than 10 seconds in length to use the Video Chapters feature

This feature will be very beneficial to tutorial creators as it allows them to subtitle each aspect of their lecture without necessarily uploading multiple videos.

Also, the feature will be a good resource for long videos that are usually very strenuous to navigate. Added to that, it could increase user retention and engagement of videos as it removes the frustration of blind scrolling.

Using Video Chapters

For viewers, YouTube has built-in haptic feedback on mobile, so that you will feel a slight ‘thump’ that tells you that you have crossed into a new chapter.

However, for platforms that do not have the haptic feedback, YouTube has said that it added a “snapping” behaviour that will snap you to the start of the next chapter.

Also, the platform allows you to slide your finger up and down while scrubbing, without releasing to reveal the title of the chapter you are on in the scrubber bar. This is for mobile and tablets users.

For now, the Video Chapters may not be in all YouTubes videos because the feature requires the creator to input the timestamps. However, if you really need the feature you can message the video creator to enable it.

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