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YouTube is rolling out new design elements to its app. While this is not a complete aesthetic overhaul, it does provide tweaks to existing components and adds improvements. For example, the ability to pinch-to-zoom is now available for everyone.  

This is a handy feature because it means users can pinch on their screen to zoom in on any video just as you would with photos. If you have YouTube Premium, this feature has been available since August but is now graduating to be available to all YouTube users.

Another interesting new ability is precise seeking, which will help users fast forward and rewind to the exact location in the video they want. Anyone who moves through videos a lot will understand how helpful this tool could be.

It works by offering a frame-by-frame view of the video as you scroll through it (similar to Netflix and other streaming services), making it much easier to land exactly where you want.

Color Grading

Another new feature is YouTube finally adding color grading with the new ambient mode:

“After tinkering with several ideas, ambient mode came to life. And when the first design concept was met with overwhelmingly positive reactions from users during testing, we knew we were onto something.

Using dynamic color sampling, ambient mode introduces a subtle effect so the app background color adapts to match the video. We were inspired by the light that screens cast out in a darkened room and wanted to recreate the effect so viewers were drawn right into the content and the video takes an even greater focus on our watch page. This feature will be available on web and mobile in dark theme.”

YouTube has been making useful changes lately, including the recent debut of handles. These provide channels with unique URLs to help make them easier to find.

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