If you prefer skipping through your videos, then YouTube is testing a small feature that you’ll adore. The popular video-sharing site, which is prepping itself for a major update soon, is testing an updated player that lets users view thumbnails of any part of the video by simply hovering the pointer over the progress bar. Not only does this update save valuable time, it also lets users jump quickly to the part they love. The feature hasn’t been rolled out for many users yet, but I was lucky enough to spot it today while browsing the site. It appeared for a while and then it went away. Here’s a quick screenshot and a little information about the feature.
Earlier, hovering over the progress bar only showed the video’s position, but now, you’ll be able to see the thumbnail along with the video’s position. The thumbnail is a bit too small; however, it does blend in quite nicely with the YouTube player.
Here’s a screenshot of the feature in action.
It’s not yet clear whether the update is a small one or a part of the big YouTube update which is expected soon. Nonetheless, it’s a much-needed feature that will help users save a lot of time.
Note: The feature appeared momentarily and it disappeared. I’ll be updating this post with more screenshots if I see it again. Do let me know (comments, Google Plus) if you spot it at your end. Also note that I took the screenshot on Windows (yep, I use it for gaming sometimes), and the pointer didn’t show up in the screenshot. I used Print Screen> Open Paint and Ctrl+V, then cropped it and pasted it here. I’m back on KDE now but I’ll very much appreciate it if someone could recommend me a good screenshot tool on Windows that captures the screen with the pointer. Probably something like Shutter on Ubuntu?