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Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Add Interactive Commentary To YouTube Videos

image YouTube today announced a new way to add interactive commentary to your videos - with Video Annotations. With this feature, you can add background information, create branching ("choose your own adventure" style) stories or add links to any YouTube video, channel, or search results page - at any point in your video.

Uploaders have control over creating and editing an unlimited number of annotations on their videos. To start annotating, first make sure you have videos uploaded into your account. Log in, then go to view one of your videos. On the Video page, click the blue "Edit Annotations" button to the right of the video.

As you play your video, you can insert commentary by adding speech bubbles, notes and highlight boxes anywhere you want. You can also use the menu on the left to save a draft, delete commentary, edit start/stop times or add links to your annotations. Once you save the final version, click "Publish" to reveal your annotated video to other users.

To remove all annotations from your video, simply delete them one by one from the editing view (click the "X" button on each annotation) and “Publish” your changes.


  • Your changes (additions, deletions, and edits) won’t be visible to other users until you publish them.
  • You can add annotations only to your own videos.
  • Video annotations, once published, are shown by default. You can turn them off while watching a video through the “Menu” button on the bottom right of the video player.

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