YouTube is a website that has revolutionised the entertainment world. It has birthed worldwide sensations, made mega-celebrities of average citizens and likewise shaped an entire generation. Many will simply browse YouTube for hours on end, as opposed to watching television or going to the cinema. It provides instructional videos on everything from how to unblock your to toilet to how to change a light bulb. It has film reviews, video game reviews and make-up reviews. It fuels political debates, explores new cooking recipes and provides live news updates 24-hours a day.
It also just so happens to be one of the most controversial, scandal-ridden websites in the world. With dramas unfolding on an almost daily basis, causing rules and regulations to sway back and forth, and sponsorships to be thrown around, granted and withdrawn, with blinding unpredictability.
In short, YouTube is one of the biggest things to ever happen to the Internet. Which begs the question, why did it take so damn long for the website to finally adopt basic, long asked for functionality?
The Browsing Dilemma
YouTube, for the most part, is a very simple website. Despite the fact that it has millions upon millions of videos on offer, browsing these videos is still done via a relatively simple, straightforward interface. A selection of videos is presented upon navigating to the site, and these videos are based around user subscriptions and a few suggestions based on data algorithms. Any selection made will open the video centre stage, with further suggestions shown to the right.
This interface is all good and well, all for but one glaring flaw. When watching a video, you’re not able to browse for another video at the same time. This has proven to be quite a hassle, and scrolling while watching another video will result in the video disappearing off the top of the screen.
At least, this was the way of things, until YouTube finally decided to implement the mini-player feature.
If you can tear your eyes away from the new mini-player feature, be sure to head on over to All Jackpots Casino where there are slot machines galore, such as the awesome Tomb Raider online slot. Big winnings are waiting to be discovered.
All Praise The Mini-Player
The most baffling thing about this innovation to desktop-based YouTube is that the mini-player has been available on mobile apps for years already. Why it took so long for this much-desired feature to make the jump to the desktop version is simply baffling. However, it is here now, and already the cheers of celebration can be heard from the rooftops.
The mini-player, simply, offers the option of watching a video play, while still browsing the site. This means that playing videos disappearing out the top of the screen are over. Naturally, it is an enormous leap of convenience, allowing a much faster, more versatile browsing experience. Best of all, the means by which to use the feature are extremely simple.
Using The Mini-Player
In order to use the new feature, simply hover a mouse cursor over a playing video. At the bottom right of the video, a new icon will be visible. Simply click the icon and the playing video will be shrunk, and appear at the bottom right of the screen. The browser will simultaneously appear back at the home page. Now, be still your heart, you can continue browsing around while still watching the miniature version of the chosen video. In order to exit the mini-player at any time, simply close it by clicking the little white cross in the upper right of the video.
Naturally, the biggest drawback of this innovation is that a reasonably sized computer monitor will be required in order for a decent viewing experience. The mini-player cannot be resized, at least not yet, so its size is defaulted to one based on the browser being used. So sadly, those who have smaller monitors probably won’t be making much use of the new feature, unless it is to stream music. Hopefully an option will be introduced to resize the viewing window in the new feature, perhaps just by clicking and dragging the edges of the video. Though, given how long it took YouTube to finally introduce the feature at all, we won’t be holding our breaths that it will be any time this century!