YouTube launches animated previews for all users-YouTube launched a roll-out in volumes of newly animated previews on the service available through the web. The function is not yet activated on the mobile.
Since the end of June, YouTube began the roll-out volumes of live thumbnails in the video thumbnails. The animation in the GIF thumbnail is in style, and it shows in three seconds the main parts of the video of some of the channels on the service. The feature had been spotted in the front pages as early as February, but, according to today announced the company has recently launched a “growing percentage” of users and pages.
Since the end of June, the platform has granted more and more users see the new preview on the homepage, in search results, on the tab of your favorite channels and the trend in the video tab. The live thumbnails are displayed on some browsers: Chrome as of version 32 and higher, and Opera from version 19 onwards. At the time of writing the feature has not been added to the mobile client, where previews remain static.
To get an animated preview each video must have a duration of at least 30 seconds, but it is also important that the type of content is compatible with the demands of the service. If you do not get a new video previewing animated within two days of the publication it means it is not eligible to receive it, while no video broadcast live and then posted on YouTube benefit from the newly animated preview. At least at the present stage of development.
To take care of each animated preview will not be a technical team of the company, but an artificial intelligence algorithm. The animations will be generated right from the IA that will see the first 30 seconds of every video to capture the main elements in the animation and play. The algorithm will choose “the ones that you think are the most important frames to give the best idea of the video content” and will not require action on the part of the creators.
At the time of writing the creators do not have any say about what you have to show the preview, a move that seems a kind of “loss of control” since you can now arbitrarily choose what to show in the small thumbnail. The function is still part of an “experiment” and may be subject to changes based on the comments of users and creators now that is available to a larger number of users.