Reviewing YouTube's Experimental UI Design and New Video Upload Features [Reel Web #64]

Reviewing YouTubes Experimental UI Design and New Video Upload Features [Reel Web #64]

YouTube is at it once again with multiple updates and changes in recent weeks. On this week's Reel Web weekly video news episode, we review several major changes that YouTube has made to the video upload process in the past week or so that you should be aware of.  Additionally, we review and give our thoughts on what we like and what we dislike with some of the major new user interface design changes that YouTube is currently testing.

YouTube Testing Complete Site User Interface (UI) Redesign

There are new design changes that are happening on YouTube, and most of them people seem to like.  If you are not seeing the new design changes, Google Chrome has a hack to enable the preview.

One of the major things you may find you don’t like is figuring out how you can show uploads only from the people that you’re subscribed to.  Right now, it's showing comments they have left, things they've liked, and you actually have to go manually type in the URL, YouTube.com/mysubscriptions in order to get to the old-school way you’re used to.  You have to do this if you like viewing only uploads, only on a list that you can just skim through them really quickly

Another change is the new guide on the sidebar is easily collapsible.  It makes the site feel much cleaner if it's collapsed.  If you want to get to your subscriptions and check out other content and see what else is going on you just click ‘guide’ and the whole thing expands with a menu of items you might want access to.

Commenting is now more organized.  It makes it feel like this place is much easier to have an interaction, dialog, and kind of keep track of the conversations.  Before, everything was just like one big, long list.  Now it's threaded a little bit, and it's a lot easier to follow.

3 New YouTube Features for the Upload Process

YouTube recently made some major changes to features when uploading video content on the site.

New Subscription Notification Choices

First, there is an option that allows you to select whether or not you want to notify subscribers of your new content.  Before now, there was no way do this.  If you had a video that was set to private and you decided you wanted it to be public, it would be announced automatically to your subscribers.  With this new change if you have, for example, a backlog of old content you want to make public but don’t want to email your subscribers about it, you have that option.

Instant Custom Thumbnail Uploading

The second recent change is you can now upload your custom thumbnail while your video is uploading.  You used to have to wait for your video to not only finish uploading but also finish processing, then you could upload your custom thumbnail.  This is probably not a feature that is important to everyone, but there are plenty of creators out there who didn’t like having to wait to upload the thumbnail while the video was loading, and now they won’t have to.

Changes to Tagging

The final significant change has to do with entering your tags.  If you wanted a phrase or two words together as a tag previously you needed to put them in quotes.  Now YouTube has made it easier, and hopefully less confusing, by requiring a hard return between each of your tags.  Type your phrase or your tag, hit enter and it will get a block around the word or words you just typed.  If you don’t hit enter until after you type all your tags you will end up with one big long tag, so be sure to remember to hit enter after every single one.

QUESTION: What's your experience been like so far with the new YouTube design?

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On this week's look at The Reel Web, we'll talk about three major changes that YouTube has made to how we upload video content here to the site. Also some of the new design changes that are coming for some, already come for others. We'll look at some of that and a whole bunch more this week on The Reel Web.

Hey, guys, my name is Tim Schmoyer and welcome to another week of The Reel Web where every week we just highlight for you guys some of the online video news from the week before just to help you guys with your careers and video marketers. Hopefully it's helpful for you. This week, let's start by talking about some of the new uploading features that YouTube has implemented. If you've uploaded any video content over the past week, the chances are that you've already noticed some of these changes but just in case you haven't, there's now an option that lets you select whether or not you want to notify subscribers of your new content. Previously there was no way to do this because it used to be that if your video was set to private, after you set it to public, it would still go to your subscribers. The only way to really do it was to, like, make it unlisted for, like, a long time and then actually make it public later. So this corrects that, makes this much easier. If you have some content, maybe like a whole backlog of old content that you want to upload but you don't want to spam everyone's subscription feed, now you can do that pretty easily.

And now you can also upload your custom thumbnail while your video is uploading. It used to be you'd have to wait for your video to not only finish uploading but also finish processing. Then you could upload your custom thumbnail. I know a lot of people have been asking for this feature and even complaining that it wasn't there. I personally don't know why. Like, it didn't really bother me to wait an extra couple minutes just to upload my thumbnail, but now for those of us who are, like, extremely impatient and just need to get on with our day, now you can just upload your thumbnail while your video's uploading

And the third change, and this is the one that threw me off the most, is now you have to hit enter after hitting all of your tags. I know this actually will make things less confusing and easier because before it was all space-separated tags and if you wanted, like, a phrase or two words together as a tag, you had to put them in quotes, but now you just type your phrase or your tag, hit enter, and it just kind of turns into a block there for you making it pretty easy. At first, I was kind of confused 'cause I actually had just, like, one really long tag 'cause I did it the normal way. I'd do it and I'd hit enter, but now I just got to remember I got to hit enter after every single one, so you might need to know how to do that, too.

Last week, I mentioned some of the new design changes that are happening here on YouTube and how I'm pretty favorable of most of them. The more I'm using it, the more things I'm finding that I don't like, which I'll talk about in a second, but I know a lot of you guys are saying hey, I don't have the new design changes. How do I get them? Well, if you're using Google Chrome, there's a little hack you can do to get to it. I'll put a link in the description below this video. Go click it, check it out, that'll give you just a step-by-step instruction for how you can enable the new design features on your Google account just to kind of check them out and get a feel for it.

One of the major things that I don't personally like is that I haven't figured out how I can show uploads only from the people that I'm subscribed to. Right now, it's showing comments they have left, things they've liked, and I actually have to go manually type in the URL, YouTube.com/my_subscriptions in order to get to the way, like the old-school way of how I actually liked viewing it, just kind of only uploads, only on a list that I can just skim through them, like, really quickly. I don't really like the new way it is, but I'd love to hear from you guys. What do you think about these new design changes? Has your experience with it so far been positive or maybe not?

One thing I do like about it is that the new guide on the sidebar is easily collapsible It makes the site feel much more cleaner if it's collapsed but if you want to get to your subscriptions and check out other content and see what else is going on, it's easily – you can just click guide there and the whole thing just kind of expands for you, just kind of gives you a whole menu of all the stuff you might want to have, like, quick access to. I also like how commenting is more organized. It makes it feel like this place is much easier to have an interaction, dialog, and kind of keep track of the conversations. Before, everything was just like one big, long list but now it's kind of like threaded a little bit and it's a lot easier for me to follow, so I do like that.

A resource that some of you guys might find helpful, it's a webinar that was hosted by HootSuite in partnership with the content head at YouTube, the guy who made the YouTube Creator Playbook, and they talk about how to build powerful communities on YouTube. It's about a half-hour long, you got to part with your email and name and a little bit of contact info to gain access to it but once you gain access to it, it is free. I will just tell you that if you've been around ReelSEO and these videos here for a little while, probably a lot of this is going to sound a little familiar, stuff we've already talked about, but if you're just getting into the YouTube thing and maybe you're starting to just discover us and this whole YouTube community and you're trying to figure out how to build an audience, you're just now diving in, a lot of it's really good principles, lot of solid foundational stuff that could really help you, so the link to that is below. Go check that out if that sounds like something that's interesting to you.

For our Creator's Tips video next Thursday, I’ll be interviewing a copyright lawyer about how to copyright our video content for the web. Now I'd also like to ask him a lot of questions. I know there's a lot of mystery, a lot of misunderstanding things surrounding copyright and copyrighting our own content and using other copyrighted content and everything here on the web, so email me your questions and I'll select a few of them and ask them to him, as well. If you're question like I'm using copyrighted music or giving proper attribution or whatever your question may be, email it to me; tim@realseo.com, and like I said, I'll pick some of those and ask him your questions for that Creator's Tips video coming up in two weeks.

For our Creator's Tips video this week, I'm going to be showing you guys how I do the outsource slides at the end of these videos kind of like when you see around me right now, how you can annotate all those, how to use pause annotations and how you can make your videos engaging so when it gets to the end, people just don't leave and go to someone else's video content but that you can keep them engaged in your own content like we looked at last week that actually really helps boost your videos' rankings in search when you are leading people to watch other videos and you're contributing to their overall viewing time session here on YouTube. So that's the kind of stuff becoming more important. I'll walk you guys through exactly how I do all this step-by-step. That's coming up Thursday so if you’re not subscribed, make sure you click that – down here now, the new – keep getting that wrong. In the new design, it's below us. If you’re still looking at the old layout, it's below us, but make sure you subscribe and join us. Make sure you check us out at RealSEO.com for all the awesome stuff that we're posting for you guys all throughout the week, and I will see you guys on Tues – Thursday for our Creator's Tips video. Bye.

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Tim Schmoyer is the host of ReelSEO's Creator's Tip. You can see some of his personal videos on his Family Vlog Channel. View All Posts By -

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