Whether you want to check out some new music videos or find the latest tutorials on a subject, the first place that generally pops to mind is YouTube. However, there are some really cool YouTube tricks and features that most users don’t know about.
So, this post intends to highlight six basic YouTube features that’ll optimize your experience and make the platform even more enjoyable and effective for the users.
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1. Omit specific keywords in search
You can opt for specific keywords to be in the search or out of it. Let’s say you are searching for a tutorial about ‘register domain’; using the most conventional search form, you will find tons of videos about how to register a domain using Godaddy.
Now let’s think that you’re looking for some tutorials on domain registration, and you want to exclude the results that show videos from GoDaddy (because you’ve already watched them or for any other reasons); you can exclude the keyword from your search results i.e.,
keyword -excluded keyword
And in our case, you can type in this
Register domain -Godaddy
2. Share video starting at a specific point
If you want to share a YouTube video in a way that it starts from a certain point, you can do so in a couple of simple steps.
pause the video at the point from where you want the other user to start watching it and right-click on the video screen. A menu will appear from which you can choose Copy video URL at the current time. The copied link will open the video starting from that specific time.
3. Auto-replay videos
There are times when you get obsessed with a YouTube video, mostly a song you would want to listen to repeatedly. So instead of hitting replay every time the video ends, there is an option in YouTube that allows you to auto-replay any video.
All you have to do is to right-click on the video that you want to auto-replay and from the menu that appears, choose Loop. Now the video will keep replaying automatically till you go to the same option and click on it again to uncheck it.
4. Play videos in HD by default
For most YouTube videos, the quality has been set at the lowest definition by default so they can easily run even on a low internet speed. But if you’re confident about your internet’s efficiency, you can customize the system to always play videos in an HD format.
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For this, you need to grab the extension called Magic Actions for Youtube available only for Google Chrome and Firefox, enable the option Auto HD in the extension and select the suitable resolution for your YouTube videos. You can also set the mouse wheel to scroll up (and down) the volume of the video.
5. More accurate video search
There are millions of videos on Youtube. So trying to find that specific Youtube video you want to watch is an adventure in itself. In this quest, you might find yourself crawling through dozens of pages, hoping to find the video you actually want to watch.
If you don’t want to go through all this hassle, then add allintitle: before the keywords you are using to search for the video. This basically gives you only those videos that include the chosen keywords.
6. Check video playing speed
YouTube users know very well the race between the red and the grey bar that stems from the slow buffering of a video you’re watching. So to avoid the annoyance, you can always take a speed test to know if there’s a problem with the video or your own internet connection.
All you have to do is to right-click on the video and in the menu that appears choose "Stats for nerds" (really funny YouTube). An information box in one corner of the video screen will give you your internet connection speed, network activity, and buffer health.
Apart from the connection speed, this information box will show you many other stats regarding the video, i.e., Video ID, Frames, Optimal resolution, Codecs, etc.