YouTube’s New Feature Is Helpful For Viewers, But Not So Good For Creators

YouTube has released a new feature that allows viewers to see the most watched parts of any video, represented by a semi-translucent graphic that appears above the video’s progress bar.

Announced on the official YouTube community site, the feature is rolling out now on Android and iOS devices as well as computers. The automated graph, which is driven entirely by community engagement, is accompanied by a handful of other new features brought to YouTube, including a dedicated video loop function and automatically generated video chapters.

So how does this new graph work? When searching for a video via its progress bar, you’ll see the graph appear just above it, spanning the entire duration of the video’s view. Higher bumps on the graph indicate parts of the video that viewers watch the most. This, in theory, highlights the best or most interesting parts of any video.

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The feature can be a boon to regular viewers, especially those who may have less time than others. Examples of how this can be useful include the ability to identify and jump straight to a YouTuber’s initial reaction to a big announcement or even the best parts of a football highlights reel.

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