There’s actually a lot more to YouTube than just cute kitten videos and bloopers. There are many features available on YouTube that most people don’t even know about, and the best part is that the YouTube tech guys are constantly adding even more new features. Here are just 7 of the awesome features of YouTube that many people don’t know about, that can actually help to make you a YouTube Master!
1. Edit your own videos.
YouTube allows you to do so much more than simply upload your home memories for the world to see. There is a built-in editor where you can add credits, add annotations, combine multiple clips, overlay music, and so much more. The program is really very simple and even the most novice of YouTubers can easily figure out the bells and whistles. You can even edit the brightness of your video, or use a variety of one click fixes, including stabilization, which automatically corrects a shaky video.
2. Use the TV interface.
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YouTube has an interface that turns your YouTube into something very similar to a TV, by making videos browseable in the same way that your guide channel on cable makes channels browseable. The interface also allows for one-click full-screen viewing so you don’t have to deal with all of those annoying ads on the sides and in the background of your video. And if you’re really computer savvy, there are even keyboard shortcuts, including “space” to start and stop playback, “home” to get you to the start of your video, “end” to get you to the end of your video, the number keys to navigate through the video by percentage, and the cursor keys to rewind and fast-forward.
3. Listen to full music albums.
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Everybody knows you can look up a certain song on YouTube. That’s easy. But did you know that you can also find full albums of music on YouTube? All you have to do is search for a specific artist and you’ll find a wide variety of covers, videos with lyrics, parodies, and of course, the artist’s official page. This page is where you’ll find the complete selection of songs and albums.
4. Use less cellular data.
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Do you ever find yourself waiting in line, or waiting in a waiting room, or even waiting in traffic - and you turn to your phone as a way to pass the time. I know I do. A lot of us spend a ton of “waiting” time playing on our phones or browsing videos on YouTube. It’s a great time killer. But what isn’t so great is the amount of data this uses up. YouTube wants its videos to be high-quality, so its standard definition is HD at the highest speed possible, which uses much more cellular data. What many people don’t realize, is that YouTube has an option to change the resolution of videos. Simply go into your settings on YouTube and enable the option to “limit data usage”. This will only allow your videos to stream in HD when you’re connected to wifi; not when you’re using cellular data. In addition, when you’re viewing most videos, you’ll have the option to watch in SD or HD.
Here's how to do it: Just click the three dots in the corner, select Settings, and then turn on Play HD on Wi-Fi only.
5. Create custom GIFs.
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One of the most recent additions to the wide variety of YouTube tools is the GIF maker, which allows you to turn some YouTube videos into GIFs. If a channel has this feature installed, you can share the video as a GIF (which is actually another data-saver on your smartphone). Just remember, since this feature is still relatively new, not all channels have installed it yet.
6. Save videos to watch later.
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Another great little feature that not too many people are aware of yet is the “Watch Later” feature. This service basically bookmarks your video to a list, so that you can come back later and easily find it again without having to do another search. There is a little plus icon underneath the video with the caption “Add-To.” Simply click that icon and add the video to the “Watch Later” folder for you to come back to later. It’s that easy!
7. Watch videos on loop.
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Do you really like a certain song and don’t want it to end? Or perhaps you’re going for a run and you have that one special song that keeps you going strong and feeling good? Well lucky for you, YouTube features a “loop” option that does just that - loops the video back around to the beginning as soon as it ends. Just right-click on the video while it’s playing, click “loop”, and your video will automatically begin playing again as soon as it ends.