Make it easier to skip and browse videos.
YouTube is introducing a new feature to creators that will make it easier to browse videos by introducing Video Chapters. This feature, similar to the ones you find on DVDs and Blu-rays, will let you add chapter stops on your videos to make them easier to navigate, especially the long ones.
Previously, you can only add timestamps on the description to make it easier to navigate a video that’s playing. Adding chapter stops simply makes this process easier. Video Chapters are being rolled out to all creators, which will be an optional feature.
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 (@ytcreators) May 28, 2020
In a blog post, YouTube said, “Video Chapters is an optional feature. If you choose to add chapters, we’ll use the timestamp data listed in your video description. To enable the feature, make sure the first timestamp listed in your video description starts at 0:00, and that your video has at least 3 timestamps or chapters, with each chapter being 10 seconds or longer.”
Hopefully, this will make navigating those 10-minute vlogs faster.