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YouTube Introduces New Thumbnail Storyboard Feature

The world’s largest video sharing community YouTube is launching a new version of its video player that will add a new cool feature, which allows you hover your mouse on any point of the video’s timeline and also enables you see thumbnail images of specific frames, without the playhead actually skipping to that point in the video.

Stoyboard Feature

According to Digital Inspiration, the new feature which seems quite similar to the feature already used on other video players like Netflix. The new feature will let you have an overview of the content of a clip without interfering with the actual playback.


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Conventionally, YouTube offers three thumbnail images to represent a video, captured using the frames at the quarter, half and three-quarter points in a video clip. The newly released feature, on the other hand, gives one hundred thumbnails for the whole video, while these thumbnails images will be arranged in a 10×10 storyboard grid.

When you hover your mouse across different points of a video, the new player will show the thumbnails from the storyboard and assists you skip to key parts within a video.

We have embedded a video below that will give you a better idea of how the storyboard feature works in real. However, the company has started rolling out the new feature to its users as I have already experienced it.

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