YouTube will start allowing viewers to find the most viewed parts of any video. This feature is already available on Android and iOS devices, as well as desktop computers. Obviously, it will be driven by a community of viewers and should show the true participation of the content. YouTube also offers other new features such as a dedicated video repeat feature and automatically generated video chapters.
All YouTube videos will gradually have a translucent graph that appears above the progress bar. When moving the progress bar, users will see the graph appear directly above it, stretching across the length of the video and the display window. Higher bulges or peaks on the graph will indicate the parts of the video that viewers watch the most.
For viewers, especially new ones, the schedule can be very helpful. Because high-engagement segments are easily visible, viewers will jump to them without having to watch the entire video.
Viewer retention has always been an important performance metric. Therefore, the longer a person watches a video, the higher the ranking of YouTube algorithms. With the newly introduced graph, engagement rates can be a huge hit as viewers will jump straight to the most viewed segment.
By the way, YouTube will have to rely heavily on viewers who watch videos multiple times to create a reliable graph of the most active segments. This feature can also help videos that don’t have “chapters” to clearly label different segments.
Speaking of chapters, YouTube is also rolling out auto-generated video chapters. As the name suggests, this feature will attempt to mark the beginning and end of the topics discussed in the video. The chapters have proven to be very helpful for both content creators and viewers.
In addition to the above features, YouTube is also implementing a dedicated video replay feature. The company previously provided the ability to loop videos, but it was limited to a few types of videos and devices. It looks like this feature will now be available for almost all video categories and platforms.