YouTube Can Now Show the Most Popular Sections of Videos

Posted on May 19, 2022 by Laurent Giret in Music + Videos, YouTube with 1 Comment

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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One response to “YouTube Can Now Show the Most Popular Sections of Videos”

  1. dftf

    So YouTube is still not doing anything about all of the spam messages then, such as "Learn the real truth behind the Coronavirus. E V E R Y D A Y S . M L", or the ones where it's a 20-message-long chat between bots about a certain Bitcoin investor to contact, or the bots that reply to message saying "Congratulations, you are winner, for prize redeem, look at contact above" and in their profile-name is a Telegram account name.


    Now I wouldn't mind with smaller-companies in dealing with this, as I know it's difficult, but this is Alphabet we are talking-about. Not-only do they have the money to do-so, but they also own two systems already that they could easily add to YouTube to address this: reCaptcha, which would overnight solve most spam, if one had to be solved before a comment could be posted; and VirusTotal.com, which they could check any URLs in comments against before allowing the post.


    The fact they cannot be bothered to use their existing tools to help here speaks volumes. It's got to the point now where a number of Youtubers I follow are literally starting their videos with "By the way guys, if you see anyone in the comments saying you've won a prize, ignore them, it's not from me or anyone in our team".