YouTube Introduces Video AnnotationsJun 4th, 2008 | By James Lewin | Category: General, Streaming Video, Video
YouTube has announced a new feature for videos on the site – annotations.
Video Annotations are a new way for you to add interactivity to your videos. You can use them to:
- Add background information about the video;
- Create stories with multiple possibilities (ala Choose Your Own Adventure); and
- Link to related YouTube videos, channels, or search results from within a video.
Annotations, once published, are shown by default. You can turn them off while watching a video through the player menu—just click the button on the bottom right of the video player.
Here’s an example of the sort of things you can do with annotations:
Here’s how you can create and edit video annotations:
How do I create or edit video annotations?
- Start playing your video, if it’s not already playing using the “Preview” button.
- At the moment you want to add an annotation, click on the appropriate “+” icon on the top left corner. You can add annotations that are Speech Bubbles, Notes, or Spotlights with text.
- Enter your text. You can edit your annotation on the video itself:
- Edit text as you type;
- Drag and drop annotations anywhere you want;
- To resize an annotation, roll over the edge until you see little dots. Click and drag the dots to resize. A speech bubble has an additional resizing dot on the pointer.
- You can see all your annotations listed on the left side. Here you have advanced editing options:
- You can add a URL link to your annotation. It could be a link to either a specific YouTube Video, or a user Channel, or a YouTube Search result page.
- You can change the time both start and finish, manually. An annotation’s default start time is when you click to add it (“+” icon). The default end time is 5 seconds later. To change this, just enter the start and finish times you want in [H:MM:SS.s] format. For instance, [0:01:05.2] means 1 minute, 5.2 seconds into the video.
- You can delete annotations from the list on the left. Click [x] on the upper right corner of the annotation you want to delete.
Note: Video annotations are currently a “beta” feature. Yahoo plans to add support for languages other than English, embeds, and full-screen playback.