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A video, specifically on YouTube, is a movie, show, short, clip, animation or a vlog made by different channels throughout the website. The most viewed video of all time (not including music videos) is "Masha and The Bear - Recipe for disaster (rus. Маша плюс Каша) (Episode 17)". The video has nearly than 4.4 billion views, which is over half the amount of people in the world.


Маша и Медведь (Masha and The Bear) - Маша плюс каша (17 Серия)

Masha and The Bear - Recipe for disaster (Episode 17), Most viewed non-music video


The first kind of videos were all free to be made, without any risks of copyright strikes, and more. There were only a few things YouTube prohibited, which were false thumbnails, false tags, false titles, nudity, and other inappropriate sources. The first video on YouTube was posted by Jawed Karim, one of the founders of YouTube on his channel "jawed," named "Me at the zoo". The longest video of all time was 23 days long, but unfortunately, it was removed by YouTube due to the 12-hour restriction[citation needed]. As time went on, YouTube has become a bit more business friendly, and YouTube restricted the right to put certain music in your videos.

Example of a Video


Quick Cheese Animation

The Quick Cheese Animation is an example of a video. You can click the screen to pause the video. Press the fullscreen button to watch it in fullscreen, press Esc to go back.


Main article: Thumbnail

Thumbnails were an important source of videos ever since YouTube became more professional. Every YouTuber, especially the popular ones, such as PewDiePie or Markiplier use professional thumbnails on their videos. Some channels do not use custom thumbnails, following for the reasons that they are lazy, or if they don't know how to. However, YouTubers who don't use thumbnails do not get as popular as professional YouTubers who use thumbnails.


Tags are supposed to be linked to a video that it is associated with. It is against the rules to use false tags.


Categories are things that describe your video of what it is associated with. An example of a category can be Music, Gaming, or People & Blogs. It is not against the rules to use false categories, as it is a common mistake. The category is set to "People & Blogs" by default. In the category "Gaming", the uploader has the ability to choose the title of the game played in the video. However, this is not necessary as YouTube can detect the game and insert the Game Title automatically, but only if the name of the game is clearly mentioned in the title or the video description. The game title along with the game poster is shown below the video description on playback.

Shortcuts For Videos

Main article: Keyboard Shortcuts


  • Pause
    • Click anywhere on the video play screen
    • Press K
    • Press Spacebar
  • Previous Video
    • Click on the previous video button on the play-screen
    • Press J
  • Next Video
    • Click on the next video button on the play-screen
    • Press L


  • Skip 5 seconds
    • Double-tap towards the right of the screen
  • Rewind 5 seconds
    • Double-tap to the left of the screen

Note: Every double-tap on the screen will skip or rewind the video by 5 seconds corresponding to the sides the viewer is tapping. A user can change the skip time by pressing their profile picture, then pressing Settings, then "Double-tap to seek" (or clicking General first, then pressing "Double-tap to seek") then afterward, the user can change the skip time by 5 seconds, 10 seconds, etc.

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