YouTube adding chapters, previews and web links to search results for easier video navigation

Google is putting chapter markers (determined by video timestamps) on YouTube’s search results page to make it easier for users to jump straight to a specific point in the video.


STORY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • YouTube is rolling out chapters in search results
  • Your search results now include foreign-language videos
  • Also in testing: Video previews in mobile search results

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YouTube chapters in search results

Google is overhauling YouTube’s search page in an effort to make search more visual.

As announced on the official YouTube blog, YouTube will show video chapters in your search results (chapters are based on timestamps in the video description). This should make it easier to jump to a specific point in the video that interests you without having to sit through the intro, sponsored messages and all that jazz.

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It’s also a great way for getting a better glimpse of what’s inside a video without diving into the actual content. But sometimes the topic you’re looking for isn’t available in your native language. Previously, search results simply showed you a thumbnail image of each video.

Showing foreign videos in search results

YouTube is also adding foreign-language videos to search results with automatically translated captions, titles and descriptions. “This means that someone in Thailand can learn about quantum physics from a professor at MIT or viewers in Brazil can explore the Grand Canyon from home, with captions in their local language,” the team noted.

Video previews in search results on mobile

Aside from chapters in search results, the mobile YouTube app for iOS and Android will let you see a short preview of a video in search results (available on desktop for some time now).

Google is also playing with injecting links from Google Search into your YouTube search results. It’s currently available on mobile in India and Indonesia, but YouTube will consider expanding this one to additional countries barring negative user feedback.