YouTube Player Updated With Cleaner Features

Sep 13, 2013 • 8:45 am | comments (25) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Other Google Topics
 

YouTubeKeane from the YouTube team announced in a YouTube Help thread that the team there has updated the YouTube player to make it cleaner while also adding features.

The changes include:

  • Captions, when available, can now be turned on/off using a toggle
  • To turn annotations on or off, click the gear icon
  • To change to the large or small sized player, click the gear icon
  • To go into fullscreen mode, click the icon in the bottom right of the player
  • Options for quality (144p, 240p, 480p, 720p, etc) are available in the gear icon, as before.

Here is a large picture of some of the changes:

YouTube Player

I am not sure if I like the new controls and how you access them. Now it takes two clicks to change the quality of the video playback.

Forum discussion at YouTube Help.

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Comments:

Pfff

09/13/2013 01:55 pm

Why do they change the freaking style so much? The old player was way more functional, one click to change resolution, toggle subtitles, player size. Useless upgrades (downgrades) to be honest.

ethalon

09/13/2013 03:40 pm

Let's really be honest: All cosmetic changes like this annoy people at first and then we all get used to them. If you use the platform a lot, you get used to a routine...the shake up breaks that until you gets used to it again. It has been a long time since I heard people complaining about Google putting search functions up top and behind a few clicks. I was pissy about it when it first changed, but then I got used to it and forget it was ever different.

John

09/13/2013 04:18 pm

Just wish they would fix the REMOVE FROM FEED and SHOW ONLY UPLOADS options on my feed. Items I remove from feed ALWAYS come back, and SHOW ONLY UPLOADS from the channels I subscribe to has never worked. I don't care about most of the garbage the feeds give me.

David Davidson

09/13/2013 08:59 pm

What you say is true, I'm sure people (and me) will get over this in a few weeks. But you can't deny that being able to change the resolution and all the rest with one click is obviously more functional than having to navigate flimsy drop-down menus within a flash player. This really is a downgrade. First the subscription page, now this. thank goodness for the community-at-large who develop browser modules that fix this stuff.

Rabblerouser

09/14/2013 02:58 am

Correction, it takes THREE clicks to change quality.

Ω GUNTZ

09/14/2013 05:56 am

oh crap

Kamran Mackey

09/14/2013 06:30 am

You mean extensions?

flobo

09/14/2013 10:16 am

Nope, when it takes 3 times the time it used to to perform a function, i won't get used to it.

Mamamia

09/14/2013 11:02 am

It's just horrible. Now we need much more clicks to adjust same simple things. They have millions of $ but can't figure out some simple simple things.

Xandercom

09/14/2013 04:33 pm

I use YouTube ALOT, have a popular channel and these changes are driving me up the f*#king wall. It's now FIVE clicks to change the video quality to 1080p. Gear>quality>1080p>gear again> click timebar back a nudge to reload the vid in 1080p. I never thought YouTube would make such a ridiculous backstep in efficiency. If that isn't bad enough, occasionally reloading a video into 1080p as above now just jams up a still frame but the audio continues on, meaning you then need to hit refresh, then the 5 clicks above. So it occasionally takes me 11 clicks to get into a 1080p video. Jesus H Christ YouTube, sort this mess out. Put toggle charm bar sliding in from the side or something that makes usability an enjoyable precise experience, rather than this, or leave it as it was. What the hell is wrong with you?

Xandercom

09/14/2013 04:33 pm

no no, I use YouTube ALOT, have a popular channel and these changes are driving me up the f*#king wall. It's now FIVE clicks to change the video quality to 1080p. Gear>quality>1080p>gear again> click timebar back a nudge to reload the vid in 1080p. I never thought YouTube would make such a ridiculous backstep in efficiency. If that isn't bad enough, occasionally reloading a video into 1080p as above now just jams up a still frame but the audio continues on, meaning you then need to hit refresh, then the 5 clicks above. So it occasionally takes me 11 clicks to get into a 1080p video. Jesus H Christ YouTube, sort this mess out. Put toggle charm bar sliding in from the side or something that makes usability an enjoyable precise experience, rather than this, or leave it as it was. What the hell is wrong with you?

Graciousstore

09/15/2013 04:20 am

What is their reason for changing the features in Youtube? Just for the fun of it or what?

Kamran Mackey

09/15/2013 04:40 am

They didn't change any features of YouTube. They just redesigned the player.

Morten Ulveseth

09/15/2013 06:39 pm

Youtube loads the higher resolution in the background while playing the lower resolution. Once it has buffered a bit it changes to the higher quality without stopping the video. Thats actually a great feature.

Graciousstore

09/15/2013 11:10 pm

That's good! Thanks

Kamran Mackey

09/16/2013 05:11 am

You're welcome.

Sage

09/17/2013 08:32 am

This sucks. It just forces me to waste more time & press an extra button. It doesn't sound like a big deal, but why make it harder than easier?

schaep

09/17/2013 09:50 pm

I've used this now a lot, and I'm aware that you'd always need to try something at least a dozen times to get used to it and stuff. I've now used dozens of times but I still don't like it. I'd really be happy if they'd made an option somewhere so people can choose which style they'd like. I definately prefer the less clicks method above this new tryout.

Guest

09/20/2013 03:25 am

Well, I feel stupid. I've been watching the small player for the past couple of weeks because I assumed they'd removed the large player option all together. This redesign doesn't make much sense to me. The player was not cluttered to begin with.

cobrazombie

09/25/2013 12:16 pm

Hate it. Hidden menus. More clicks. How is that better?

João Paulo Rochel

10/03/2013 09:31 pm

That's the point!

João Paulo Rochel

10/03/2013 09:31 pm

The new player is a bullshit

Jonno

10/08/2013 04:42 pm

Here's the only problem I have; I use Chrome and for the past week or so the new player's been crashing on me after being open for 40 seconds. The settings and annotations buttons work but play doesn't. The timer icon moves but the red bar stays where it is. Is anyone else having this problem?

Tom Harding

10/26/2013 05:22 pm

Fair enough, it's 2 clicks. But i HATE having to change it. Why can't they remember the user setting? It's once a day I have to change this f**king setting now. At least let users set a "Preferred player size". It's just stupid. Why do they even need the smaller player size anyway? Desktop computers/laptops have ample room to display a larger size and mobiles/tablets are handled by apps. It beggars belief. Vimeo manage this just fine (the resolution is even bigger actually!). It's just google being mind numbingly annoying again.

I_warned_ya

11/08/2013 09:39 pm

Boycott YouTube until they stop forcing you to use Google+ This is like being forced to join Facebook. I always figured that Google would charge someday for all the services they deliver, but this is far worse.

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