Friday, October 7, 2016

YouTube Tricks and Tools

It's been quite some time since I've posted a vlogbrothers video, but this one is just too useful. Here Hank tells viewers about ways to make your YouTube experience more interesting, useful, and satisfying. I knew about a few of these things, but there were a lot of them that I was unaware of. (If you have a problem viewing the embedded video below, here's the link).

If Hank was talking too fast for you, here's a link to an infographic that tells you some (not all) of what is in the video.

And if you're having trouble reading or saving that, here's an abbreviated list of shortcuts, not all of which are from this video:

YouTube Shortcuts

K – play/pause video
Left arrow – Go back 5 seconds
Control Left arrow – Go back 10 seconds
Right arrow – Skip forward 5 seconds
Control Right arrow – Skip forward 10 seconds
0 – Restart video
1, 2, 3 and so on – Move ahead 10%, 20%, 30% and so on
End – Skip to end of video
M – Mute/unmute
Up arrow – Raise volume 5%
Down arrow – Lower volume 5%
C – Toggle closed captioning
+ – Increase CC size
-  – will Decrease CC size
< – Lower speed
>  – Increase speed
hit pause (k), then the period or comma key to advance forward or back one frame at a time

You may already know all of these things, but if you don't, I hope you find them helpful. Also, as noted elsewhere, these may not work on all browsers. For example, I couldn't get the Control Left arrow or Control right arrow skip forward or back 10 seconds to work for me. 

Have a great day!



Laney4 said...

Thanks, Myrna. Duly noted. I got the L to advance 10 seconds on IE and the J to go back 10 seconds, but, alas, the left and right arrows didn't work for me either. I didn't notice a difference in my volume with the up and down arrows, but I'm thrilled with the K pause and the J and L movements, so, hey, you learn something new every day!
BTW, I noticed that if you click anywhere inside the video, it also pauses it. Works for me!

Myrna Mackenzie said...

I'm so glad you stopped by to give me some feedback, because I really wasn't sure how well some of this would work for others with different browsers/systems/locations. Also, thank you for the tip about clicking inside the video to pause it. I didn't know that! For as long as I've been using YouTube, I can't believe that I didn't know any of this. On the other hand, I'm always happy to learn new things, especially if they're useful. Enjoy the rest of the weekend!