YouTube annotations let you add interactive notes and comments to your videos. While the annotations tool itself is simple, it has been used to create complex video series, subtitles, even full-blown, interactive websites.
There are endless ways to use YouTube annotations. Let these examples inspire you to use the annotations tool to make your videos more interactive.
1. Create Subtitles With YouTube Annotations
Subtitles are a classic way to use YouTube annotations. You can use subtitles to share your video in another language, clarify mumbly speech, or help hearing-impaired viewers.
2. Add Background Information With YouTube Annotations
YouTube annotations are a great way to include background information about your video, its location or its subject.
3. Link to Other Videos With YouTube Annotations
YouTube annotations can include links as well as static text. Some producers have done incredible things - creating interactive magic tricks, choose-your-own-ending videos, and full-blown websites - by using YouTube annotations to link several videos together.
4. Highlight People and Places With YouTube Annotations
You can use YouTube annotations to highlight specific areas of your video. Mousing over the highlighted area can reveal textual infomation, and clicking on the area will direct viewers to a specified link.
YouTube annotations can only link to addresses within YouTube, such as videos, search results, channels or playlists.
5. Add Speech Bubbles With YouTube Annotations
I used to love adding speech bubble stickers to my snapshots. YouTube annotations let me do the same thing - I can add speech bubbles and make the people in my videos say whatever silly things I want.