I watch YouTube videos in two different ways: if it̵

7;s a song that I like or like, I watch the whole thing. However, when I’m looking for a tutorial or more information on a topic, I usually just skip ahead or skip it to get to the important parts. Google is now preparing a cool improvement to help in this second situation: video chapters.

Some channels display chapters for some YouTube viewers. They are generated based on the timestamps that creators include in the description of their video. There, for example, they state that you will find an intro at 0:00 a.m., a review at 1:32 a.m. and a pros and cons list at 6 a.m .: 54 and a conclusion at 9:10 a.m. Unfortunately, not all developers are concerned with timestamps, and unless they are included in the description, YouTube will not (at least for the time being) attempt to guess or insert chapter markers themselves.

For us users, the user interface in the video player looks a little different. The scrubbing timeline is divided into sections for each chapter. If you move the mouse over a section, the title of the chapter (also taken from the description) and your progress in this particular section are displayed. I couldn’t get them to appear in a video on a phone or desktop, so I may not be part of the first rollout, but @ Podcastage I noticed them earlier today and they seem to be working on one of his videos with timestamps. Try this out and see that it works for you.


picture:: @ Podcastage