YouTube is updating its video player to add a ‘Most Replayed’ feature that highlights the most popular sections of a video. This new feature was previously available as an experiment for YouTube Premium subscribers, but it will now roll out to all YouTube users across desktop and mobile.
“While seeking, you’ll see a graph showing you the most frequently replayed parts of the video. If the graph is high, then that part of the video has been replayed often. You can use the graph to quickly find and watch those moments,” the YouTube team explained.
This new feature will complement the video chapters that creators can manually add to their videos, though YouTube is now also capable of generating video chapters automatically. YouTube says that its own data showed that adding chapters to videos can increase the watch time, and maybe surfacing the most replayed parts of a video could also provide another boost to content creators.
“Soon we’ll be testing a new and easier way for you to seek the exact moment in a video that you want to watch,” the YouTube team also teased yesterday. Google didn’t share more details about this upcoming experimental feature, but YouTube Premium members will have to opt in for it on YouTube.com/new.
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