YouTube has been busy making changes to their embeddable video player. Last month they introduced a logoless player and now they’ve added a feature that allows YouTube users to add videos to one of their playlists to watch later, directly from the embedded player.
The new feature was pointed out on the Google Operating System blog yesterday. The post pointed out that when you click on the upward pointing arrow next to the “plus” button on the embedded player, a window pops up that allows you to add the video to one of your playlists, or a ‘Watch Later’ playlist. Below is a screenshot of the feature in action, using a video that was embedded on a post I wrote earlier today about the world’s first animated tattoo.
The Google Operating System blog points out that, “You can’t create new playlists from the player and you can only see the first 10-15 playlists, depending on the players height.” I imagine that, if this feature is going to be permanent, YouTube and Google will work through this issue and allow users to access all of their playlists from embedded video players. However, only time will tell.
Check out the new feature in action in the video below (one of my favorites!) and let us know what you think in the comments below. Do you think you’ll be using the new feature to save videos to watch later?
Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times. Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.