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YouTube discontinued their video annotations editor on May 2, 2017. Videos that already have annotations will continue to work as before but you can no longer change those annotations or add them to new videos.

I missed the announcement and found out the hard way. This weekend I was updating the last of the Brotherhood flag videos to use annotations and got a rude awakening from YouTube's editor. So now half of our Brotherhood videos have annotations and the others have subtitles generated in my video editor.

In my opinion, The Hidden Blade has made good use of annotations over the years. From speech bubble jokes to highlight boxes around important elements, our annotations enhanced the videos rather than annoying viewers with pop-up links to other videos. When you're creating new videos remember to add all of these elements in editing.

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I was lucky enough to have seen the warning on the annotation page and got the Abul Bloopers video made right before the option was removed.

It's too bad because I used annotations to promote THB in my frontpaged videos.

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It's too bad because I used annotations to promote THB in my frontpaged videos.

They say you can now use "cards" to do promotions. I haven't looked into them.

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There's also end screens, where you can recommend videos. Websites too, although you have to approve the site. Will have to look into that.

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aurllcooljay wrote:
There's also end screens, where you can recommend videos. Websites too, although you have to approve the site. Will have to look into that.

I've been using these for my recent videos. Here's a video at the time of the end screen. They're pretty simple, but something that annoys me is that you're required to have a playlist/video card if you want to use them at all.

The card things look like they're only one time uses. At least, from videos I've seen that use them. Usually it's to promote merchandise or links to other videos or something. I haven't used these at all yet.

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And if all you want is text popping up momentarily and you don't mind where it is, I guess you could use YouTube's subtitles.

But yeah, a lot of annotation's functionality is going to be lost.


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gerund wrote:
And if all you want is text popping up momentarily and you don't mind where it is, I guess you could use YouTube's subtitles.

It's pretty easy to do this in any video editor (Premiere, Movie Maker, etc). I think it's just as useful as annotations used to be, anyways.

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