YouTube’s latest experience brings you closer to videos

What do you want to know

  • YouTube has launched a new experience for the service.
  • The latest experience lets you pinch to zoom in on specific parts of a video.
  • It is currently only available to Premium subscribers for a limited time.

YouTube Premium subscribers are always the first group of users to check out the trial features the service plays with from time to time. The latest to hit YouTube’s lab is a new feature that lets you pinch to zoom in on a specific part of a video.

If you are subscribed to the Premium version of the service, you should see a new experience available among your benefits (opens in a new tab). First spotted by Android Police (opens in a new tab)the new feature allows you to zoom in and out on the video player by pinching it with two fingers.

Currently, pinching a video only stretches it to fill the entire screen of your Android phone or iPhone, and that’s all you can do. Assuming the latest experiment makes it to a public release, it will close one of the platform’s shortcomings when it comes to this kind of control.

We tried the feature on one of our devices, but we have no luck getting it to work yet. After pinching to zoom, you’ll probably be able to pan to any part of the video you want to see in a larger view.

(Image credit: YouTube)

Like all kinds of experiences, however, this one won’t last forever. YouTube will conclude the trial feature on September 1, after which the fate of pinch-to-zoom will depend on how many Premium subscribers have used it and how it was received by early testers.

Premium subscribers can try the feature today and submit their feedback to Google. Your feedback may spell the future of this capability, which honestly looks like a useful addition to the platform.

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