Video chapters were rolled out by YouTube back in May, which help creators to create specific some special parts in the videos with the help of time stamps. Currently, YouTube is testing a new feature that will help the creators to automatically insert chapters in the selected videos. This will be done by the machine learning technique to identify segments with each clip.
We want to make it easier for people to navigate videos with video chapters, so we are experimenting with automatically adding video chapters (so creators don’t have to manually add timestamps). We’ll use machine learning to recognize text in order to auto generate video chapters. We’re testing this out with a small group of videos.
0:00 Get excited…
1:00 The Video Chapters feature is officially here!
1:30 When Chapters are enabled, viewers watch more of the video, and come back more often on average.
2:30 Test chapters on your own videos by adding a set of timestamps starting at 0:00 to the description. pic.twitter.com/FIFLbLImaj
— YouTube Creators (@YouTubeCreators) May 28, 2020
Viewers find it easy to directly move to the section they are interested in, with the help of Google extension it also enables YouTube, to identify very specific video elements in response to user queries.
We’re testing out an easier way to add a video timestamp tied to the exact moment you’re watching when commenting on a video. People in the experiment will see a new icon as they’re writing a comment that they can tap to automatically add the current time of the video (without having to manually enter it themselves!). This is only available to a small group of users for now.
YouTube announced that it is totally on the creators to opt-out of this experiment, however, it is only tested on a very small scale right now, but it is clear that a lot of segmentation is yet to be seen in the YouTube Videos.