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YouTube adds chapters to make video navigation easier

You can now skip ahead and rewind without scrubbing.
Ann Smajstrla
May 28, 2020
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YouTube is making it easier to navigate longer videos with its new “chapters” feature, the video streaming site announced. After receiving positive feedback on chapters during a testing period, the feature will stay on YouTube permanently as of May 28th, YouTube told Engadget in a statement. Chapters are available on the web and in the Android and iOS YouTube apps.

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Viewers can click on chapters to jump to a specific part of a video and rewatch video clips --  a more convenient alternative to scrubbing. Chapters are visible at the bottom of the video player and show timestamps from the video description. Chapters are optional and will only appear if a video creator chooses to include them. Creators can only use chapters if the first chapter starts at 0:00, the video has at least three time stamps or chapters and if each chapter is at least 10 seconds.

The chapters feature is one in a series of new YouTube developments, such as its bedtime reminder feature.

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