In addition to exploring ways to swiftly move to areas you’d be more interested in, YouTube is unveiling a number of enhancements to its video player today.
A graph at the base of the player on YouTube now displays the video’s most-watched segments. The thumbnail will let you know when you’ve come across a popular moment as you preview:
If the graph is high, a lot of people have seen that particular section of the film. The graph can be used to rapidly locate and view those moments.
Google has been testing this functionality for a while, but as of today, desktop and mobile users will be able to see the graph more extensively.
Speaking of tests, YouTube is experimenting with a way to get right to the parts of videos you want to see. You may simply navigate through a graphic timeline by tapping or dragging the seek bar up. When it becomes available, premium members will be able to test at YouTube.com/new .
Today, YouTube also highlighted recently introduced features, such as support for video chapters on YouTube for smart TVs and gaming consoles. This was announced in December 2021 and is applicable to both manually added and automatically created chapters. Google claims that 20 million videos already had chapters added:
The results of our trial from May 2020 demonstrate that displaying chapters in the player lengthens viewers’ average viewing time for videos whose authors have provided chapter information.
It also emphasizes the new fullscreen landscape mode, which enables you to see and act upon video content rapidly (can like, dislike, comment, share, or add a video to a playlist). The business also mentioned that it is already possible to loop videos via the overflow menu.