YouTube gets another video makeover

YouTube - making video the star
YouTube - making video the star

YouTube has announced it has redesigned its video page to be easier on the eye and quicker to use.

The main problem with YouTube's interface is that it sometimes feels cluttered. Google knows this and that is why it has thought 'new year, new look'.

"We're excited to unveil the first major example of our efforts to simplify and streamline the video page to offer the best possible watching experience," said YouTube in a blog.

"To check out this new look all you have to do is opt-in. To revert back to the old video page, use the opt-out link at the top of the new video page.

"We'll be making the opt-in more easily accessible soon, but we wanted to give our most passionate users a chance to experiment with it early."

Feature list

Our pick of the best new features are:

Streamlined look and functionality YouTube has decided to make video the star by making the page look "more subdued, stripped down and simple" – perfect for viewing The Greatest Freakout Ever.

Cleaned up actions bar Actions have now been grouped, so there's not much on show to avert your eye when watching a cat stuck in a laundry basket.

Simplified binary ratings Instead of rating videos out of five you can now simply Like or Don't like a video. Great then for rating the Grange Hill 'Just Say No' song as a Like!

New player sizing and video quality controls You can now view the video on a larger size, and when you chose that size the optimal quality is chosen automatically for you. Perfect for seeing the Clash Of The Titans trailer in HD and in a bigger, non-full-screen size

Search results within the page The search bar of YouTube is now on every page, so there's no need to flit back and fourth. The best thing is the search results will come up and the video will keep playing is small form.

Superb then for searching for 'comedy fall' and finding a genius video of bicycle japes.

To see the new features in action, point your browser to

Or, watch the video below which is kitted out with all the new features.

Marc Chacksfield

Marc Chacksfield is the Editor In Chief, at DC Thomson. He started out life as a movie writer for numerous (now defunct) magazines and soon found himself online - editing a gaggle of gadget sites, including TechRadar, Digital Camera World and Tom's Guide UK. At Shortlist you'll find him mostly writing about movies and tech, so no change there then.