Although YouTube is a very popular platform among the video viewers but it somehow remains JUST a video platform. People are unaware of the other features YouTube possess.
We already know some of the YouTube hacks, but here are some hidden or say lesser known functions of YouTube which will tell you how to use YouTube in a better way.
You can share a video even with a playback starting set at a time. When you share, just look out for the 'Start at' box.
Enter a time in that. For, e.g., You can even add '?t=2m10s.' at the end of short URL for starting the playback at 2 minutes and 10 seconds.
YouTube even has a full-screen TV mode available in case you want to watch videos from a distance for about 8 to 10 feet away.
For this, you just have to type 'http:www.youtube.comtv' in the browser to open the TV mode. It can easily be controlled with the help of your keyboard. The TV mode also has a dark theme so that your eyes find it comfortable in a dim room.
To go back to the main view, just press the Escape key on the keyboard. You also have a handy keyboard icon guide available on the right side.
#1 Open the video in YouTube of which you want to make a gif from.
#2 Add words 'gif' in the address bar of the browser.
It should read as gif. on youtube.com. Then you will be redirected to another page where you will be able to select a clip up to 15 seconds, to convert it into a GIF.
Once you have selected, a new page will open providing you with the option to add stickers and text effects. When done, you will be able to download the GIF to your system.
If you want to watch videos with Karaoke support, in the search bar of YouTube, type a song name followed by Karaoke. You can even connect it to your laptop or phone to use it as a Karaoke machine.
If the lyrics are not right or are not present, you can get a browser extension called YouTube Lyrics which will show you the lyrics right next to the video.
However, the desktop version of YouTube does not provide you with an option of saving videos to be played offline, the YouTube app for Android and iOS does.
You simply have to tap on the button `Add to Offline' for viewing it in an offline mode, and the video will be downloaded. It will be saved to the section of My Videos.
Note: Some videos are not available for the downloading.
One of the richest features of the extensions of YouTube is Magic Actions. Once you add the extension, it will open a settings page where you will be able to enable a lot of handy features. The features include those of volume control using your mouse scroll, hide ads, bypass country restrictions, force HD.
#1 You can even use your right and left arrow keys to jump forward and backward by 5 seconds while watching the video.
#2 The key 'K' can be used to pause or play a video.
#3 The keys 'J' and 'L' can be used to rewind and forward the video by 10 seconds respectively.
#4 Key 'F' for the full screen.
#5 Key 'M' to mute.