YouTube is your go-to for watching movies of all kinds, from music movies to how-to tutorials, product opinions and even films. On Monday, the video streaming service with over 2 billion customers introduced a number of new options designed to broaden the way you watch movies.
From including video chapters that can assist you discover your house to reorganizing buttons on the video display screen, YouTube’s new options deliver some welcome additions.
All of those options can be found for iPhone ($699 at Amazon) and Android customers within the YouTube app, and a few will even work in your desktop browser. Observe that a few of these options are nonetheless rolling out to customers, however YouTube says they are going to be accessible inside the subsequent couple of days.
Listed here are YouTube’s 5 latest methods for watching movies.
Video chapters to easily find sections
Instead of skipping through a video while trying to find the specific part you were looking for, you can now browse through chapters. YouTube’s new Video Chapters feature lets you navigate videos by letting you jump forward to a specific section of a video and rewatch a portion of a video. You can either select the video blocks on the video itself, or you can view the chapters as thumbnails. The chapters give a brief description of what the section is about.
Not all videos will have chapters, however. The video creator will need to manually opt-in to including them on their videos by listing timestamps in their description. See the video below for an example of what it looks like on your desktop or phone.
Easier access to the captions button
Previously, to turn on closed captions for videos, you’d have to maneuver through several video settings. Now, the option to turn on captions is located on the video. All you need to do is tap the CC icon in the top-right corner of the video screen to turn the captions on and off.
YouTube has also moved the autoplay button to the video screen so it’s easier to switch on and off. Currently, it’s only available on phones, but YouTube is testing it for desktop.
YouTube has new gestures for viewing videos
You’re used to tapping the full-screen icon in the lower-right corner of a video screen when you want to watch a video in full-screen mode. Now you can simply swipe up on the video to enter full-screen mode, and swipe down when you want to exit.
A note for iPhone users: When swiping down to exit full-screen mode, swipe from the middle of the full screen, rather than the top — otherwise, you’ll end up swiping down your iPhone’s home screen.
YouTube is rolling out suggested actions to enhance your video-viewing experience. The actions will prompt you to rotate your phone or play a video in VR for a better experience. For example, if the video you’re watching would look better in landscape mode, you’ll see an action below the video that says Rotate. You can also dismiss the actions by pressing the X button.
YouTube says it plans to introduce more suggested actions in the future.
You can get sucked into YouTube videos for hours without realizing it. Now you can prevent that with YouTube’s Bedtime Reminders feature. The new tool lets you set reminders for specific times to stop watching videos.
To set up a reminder, open the YouTube app on your phone and tap your account in the top-right corner — it’ll either be the first letter of your name or a picture. Then select Time watched and toggle the switch on for Remind me when it’s bedtime. You’ll then select a start and end time, as well as choosing whether you want YouTube to wait until you finish watching the video before sending the reminder. Under the same settings, you can also have YouTube remind you when it’s time to take a break.
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