20 YouTube Tricks, Hacks& Features You’ll Want to Know About

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When people talk about today’s most popular social sharing websites, YouTube often gets left out of the conversation in favor of sites like Facebook and Twitter.

But don’t be fooled: YouTube has a lot going for it. Although Facebook might be the largest social networking site, YouTube has the second greatest reach after Facebook in terms of general utilization. It’s also the second biggest search engine behind its parent company, Google.

And there are a ton of cool things you can do with YouTube that you might not know about, whether “youre using” YouTube to watch videos, post them, or both. For instance, did you know that YouTube automatically makes a written transcript for your videos — and that polishing them can help you get your videos detected more easily in search? Or that you can use YouTube to easily create a photo slideshow, and even define it to music employing its royalty-free audio library?

Mind-blowing stuff, people. To help you stimulate the most out of the still quite popular platform, we’ve put together a list of 20 of the lesser-known hacks, tips, and features YouTube has to offer.

20 YouTube Tricks, Hacks& Features You’ll Want to Know About

1) You can create a link that starts a YouTube video at a certain time.

Ever wanted to send someone a YouTube video, but point them to a specific moment? Let’s tell, for example, that you’re trying to recruit your friends to learn the dance in Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” music video with you.

Instead of sending your friends the general YouTube link and instructing them to fast-forward to the 0:50 minute mark, you can actually send them a specific connect that starts the video at whatever hour you choose. Click here to watch what I entail. I’ll wait.

Back? Alright, here’s how to do it.

To create a link that starts a YouTube video at a certain time: Open up the video and click “Share” underneath the video title. Then, under the first tab( also labeled “Share” ), check the box next to “Start at: ” and type in the time( in hours: minutes: seconds) you want. Alternatively, you can pause the video at the time you want it to start and that field will autofill.

After a few moments, you’ll assure a tag add itself to the end of the generic YouTube link( in this case,? t= 50 s ). Simply copy that connect and paste it wherever you’d like.

It’s worth noting that you can’t embed a video so it beginning at a certain time; you can’t only link to it.

2) You can easily assure the written transcripts of people’s videos.

Did you know that YouTube automatically generates a written transcript for every single video uploaded onto its website? That’s right — and anyone has access to that transcript unless the user manually conceals it from viewers.

I can think of a number of different situations where video transcripts can come in handy. For instance, perhaps you want to write down a quote from a video, but the boredom of pausing-and-typing, pausing-and-typing would drive you up a wall. Or perhaps you need to find a specific section of a video, but don’t want to rewatch the whole thing to find it. With a transcript in hand, you can find information like this without doing it all by hand.

To assure a video’s transcript: Open the video in YouTube and press the “More” tab underneath the video title. Choose “Transcript” from the drop-down menu.

( If you aren’t seeing this option, it’s because the user chose to hide the transcript .)

The transcript will appear as a new module in the same window. In many cases, the user who uploaded the video will not have gone back and manually polished the transcript, so it won’t be perfect. But it’ll surely save you some time and pain.

3) You can help your video get found in search by editing or uploading a transcript.

Both YouTube and its parent company Google look at a number of factors when ranking videos in search to determine what your video is about, and your transcript is one of them.( An even bigger ranking factor is your video’s description, which is why Digital Marketing Consultant Ryan Stewart suggests that you actually paste your transcript right into the description box, too .)

To add a transcript to your video: Open the video on YouTube, and you’ll assure a row of icons just below the play button. Click the icon on the far right for “Subtitles/ CC.”( CC stands for “Closed Captions .)

Set your speech if you haven’t already. Then, you’ll then be inspired to choose among three different ways to add subtitles or closed captions to your video by …

Uploading a pre-written text transcript or a timed subtitles file.( Learn more about the file forms you can upload and more here .) Pasting in a full transcript of the video, wherein subtitle timings will be set automatically. Typing them in as you watch the video.

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