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YouTube New Corrections Feature: Creators can Fix more Comfortably

Everyone makes blunders, but if you mess up a fact or flub a line in a YouTube video, it can be challenging to correct the error. You can edit and re-upload the video instead of holding to re-upload a whole video, which implies losing all your comments and engagement metrics. 

You can add a message to the video’s description or pin a comment with the correction, but that might go overlooked by most viewers. That’s why YouTube is introducing a new feature named “corrections” that lets creators quickly add more apparent corrections.

After a video has been uploaded, creators can add corrections that will emerge as info cards in the top right-hand corner of a video at the appropriate timestamp.

Viewers can then click on the card to expand the correction notes in the video’s description. YouTube’s new corrections feature will let creators add corrections as info cards to their videos.

The feature feels a little ad-hoc but is still undoubtedly very useful. But, of course, YouTube shouldn’t force creators to choose between amending the record and allowing their videos to perform their best, so any tool that helps them do both is welcome.

YouTube cards are in-video messages that assist promote your brand and other videos on your channel. If you haven’t utilized this feature before, here’s how it functions for the viewer:

  • A teaser box emerges during a video in the upper-right corner of the frame.
  • The teaser box displays a message preview, which you can designate in the YouTube Studio.
  • When the teaser clicks, the box expands to show a ‘card.’ These can feature a playlist, channel, video, or outside link.
  • Finally, viewers tap on one of these components to view the content.

As a YouTube creator, this method for showcasing your work is invaluable. Informational cards can promote views on older videos and allow you cross-promote additional parts of your brand, such as a site that accommodates all your content. If that sounds good, let’s explore how this brand-boosting, cross-promotion magic occurs. There are two methods to add YouTube cards to your videos, and we’ll show you each technique step-by-step.

Adding YouTube Info Cards

Method No. 1

You’ll first get to add cards to your videos when you upload them. So, to kick off the process, go ahead and upload a video as you usually would. As you progress through the workflow, you’ll eventually get an uppermost menu in the upload panel. From the opportunities listed there, tap ‘Video Elements.’ A new page will open, and you’ll notice an ‘Add Cards’ section near the bottom of the screen. It is where you can add new cards that dispatch viewers to other videos and playlists you’ve created.

Method No. 2

You can add cards to videos you’ve uploaded to YouTube. Here are the steps:

  • Tap your profile photo in the top-right corner and go to the YouTube Studio.
  • Tap ‘Videos’ in the left navigation menu.
  • Hover your mouse over the video you require to add cards and tap the ‘Details’ button.
  • You’ll notice a ‘Cards’ section about halfway down this page and on the right. Tap the pencil icon to open the video-editing window.
  • Go to the video timeline to add a card. Move the horizontal bar, which commemorates where you are in the video, to where you desire to add the card. Next, you’ll head to the top left corner of the editing window to choose the card type you want to add: playlist, video, channel, or link.
  • Finally, make your selection by tapping the blue plus sign next to either option. You can accomplish the same thing by clicking the ‘i’ symbol in the bottom left corner of the editing window. It will display the same card alternatives mentioned above, and you can add one anywhere in the video timeline.

If you’re counting a video or playlist card, YouTube will display a search window where you can see and select the content of your choice. The viewer will notice it for about five seconds before it shrinks to a clickable “i” symbol when a card pops up.

YouTube Info Cards: How to Edit

If you want to modify a card’s display text, you can do so in the same video-editing window. First, find the “Teaser Text” box and type in the phrase you want viewers to see. It’s best to maintain your message short and sweet in this section, as you only have 30 characters to play with. Check out the earlier screenshot above this section to notice what teaser text looks like.

Let’s add a custom notification to your card. Although these are optional, you can add one if you want another message to appear when viewers tap your teaser. Here’s what examines custom messages look like in action:

To add one, navigate to the ‘Custom Message’ box and type in the text of your preference.

Keep in mind that the video-editing timeline compresses like a tightly-bound slinky toy for more extended videos. As a result, it is tough to see the blue markers revealing where your cards are positioned, which can lead to many errors. To work around this, utilize the zoom feature to expand the timeline and bring to the exact timestamp you require to edit.

Once you make that easy adjustment, everything gets easier. For example, you can fast drag and drop cards into new positions on the timeline with more occasional errors.

If you make a mistake, there are undo and redo controls on the left side of the timeline. If, in the end, you choose an info card that isn’t needed, delete it utilizing the bin icon at the corner of the edit window.

Necessary Things to Learn About YouTube Cards

While YouTube permits you to add playlists, channels, videos, and outside links to your cards, there are some extra attributes to be aware of. Here are the essential things to know:

  • You can put any public playlist to a card, even if you didn’t create the playlist.
  • You have to put both teaser and custom text on YouTube channel cards.
  • You must be part of the YouTube Partner Program to add website links to cards.
  • Only approved links can appear on cards. These include merchandising, crowdfunding, and brand-specific zones associated with your channel.
  • To benefit from that last part, navigate to the advanced tab of your channel settings. You can set the website of your choice in that window, a card title, a call to action message, and some teaser text. Further, you’ll need to upload a custom image.