YouTube, the largest video sharing platform on the planet, has come up with an exciting feature what they name YouTube Video Preview. Users can preview the content of video directly from the thumbnails within their home and search feeds.
The new feature is being rolled out for major web browsers on PC/laptop however users on mobile and other platforms will have to wait a little. The previews can only be viewed in Chrome (versions 32 and above) and Opera (versions 19 and above) browsers on the web. Support for mobile platforms will be added soon. However it hasn’t been announced yet.
As of now, if you roll your cursor over a video thumbnail it will be accompanied by 3-second preview, giving users an idea of the kind of content to expect when viewing it.
Here’s how YouTube Video Preview looks like in action:
YouTube – A Bit Late in Action!
YouTube has entered the ring a bit late as we have seen other video services like Daily Motion and Vimeo offering the same kind of feature for long ago. Previously, users had to click on the video to check its validity but now viewers can guess the content in a preview which is not more than three seconds.
The content for previews is selected randomly from within the videos for now, but the press release is unclear about whether content creators can expect it in the future. It is also worth mentioning here that the videos longer than 30 seconds in length are eligible for a preview in the thumbnail.
The feature has been reported by a few users in the wild on social media for past few weeks but it is likely being warmed up for prime time, now. You try at your own…