Join Jason Osder for an in-depth discussion in this video Watching videos, part of YouTube Essential Training.
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YouTube is all about watching videos, specifically watching them on the web and watching them right inside a browser. This is where YouTube made its bones and it better be pretty intuitive or things would not have gone as well, and it is pretty intuitive. But I want to spend a second here just looking at the details of how we actually watch a video. I'm at the YouTube homepage and currently I'm signed in. We will look at making a login and signing in in a bit, but for right now we're just concerned about watching the videos, and even if your screen looks a little bit different than mine, this part is going to be the same.
You'll see several video thumbnails and each one of these is a link to video. You can see in the bottom right-hand corner that the length of the video is always displayed in the thumbnail and if I roll over you see that becomes a little clock, which is to save and watch later. Now go ahead and click the video, but not on the clock, just click in the thumbnail and what you'll see is the video page will launch and it will automatically start playing. (video playing) I am going to go ahead and pause so we can talk about the interface some.
But it is important to realize that when you click that thumbnail, you're not only going to the video page, but in fact it's going to play. So I paused right down here on the play pause button, and you can see if I click it to play it will become pause and vice versa. As I move to the right we have volume control. We also show how far into our video we are. So we're 11 seconds into our 7 minute 26 second video and here we have a lot of detailed information about how the video displays.
So closed caption for people that are hard of hearing. We have our Quality setting and different things will be available depending on your video. We'll talk about all of these from the point of view of someone creating the video and what all the numbers mean, but for the end-user you either want to be in Auto or you may want to click the highest quality that doesn't cause any playback problems. Sometimes on low bandwidth if you go all the way up to HD video, you'll see some staggering, in which case you'd want to switch back to Auto or one of the lower settings.
Next is my Watch later button. That's the same as the little icon that pops up over the thumbnail and different choices that can let me go to a Larger player or go totally to Full screen. Across here is what's called a scrubber bar and you can see that as I go across, I see a thumbnail image and also a timecode display. I can click anywhere on this bar and skip to that moment of the video. Before we leave this page I just want to point out that on the right-hand side we have the number of suggested videos that are based on being similar to this video.
As I scroll down I've a number of choices thet get us to interacting and sharing videos. I have a share choice. I can leave a comment, and things of that nature. We will get to all of that in a bit. Playing video is just the heart of YouTube. A large percentage of people also share videos there, but it's safe to say that every single user of YouTube at one point or another uses it just to watch video.
- Searching and viewing videos
- Creating an account and uploading videos
- Exporting and compressing
- Embedding content
- Creating a customized video channel
- Authoring a video blog
- Sharing content via Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks
- Tracking views, audience demographics, and viewer interest
- Replacing audio content with AudioSwap tracks
- Including closed captions and custom annotations
- Monetizing your videos