How to Add YouTube Annotations and Cards?

By Feb 20,2017 11:24 am

What’re YouTube annotations and cards

YouTube Annotation is addition of a text layer, link or hotspots over your video. They add interactive boxes which link to other websites or videos (any link you want).

The types of YouTube annotations:

  • Speech bubble: are pop up speech bubbles that containing text.
  • Note: are pop up boxes that contain text which are used to add information which is linkable.
  • Title: are over laying text that as the title. These are non-linkable and help to add title if you haven’t added a title while uploading the video.
  • Spotlight: is a clickable box which shows the text inside it once the mouse hovers over the box. They are not linkable.
  • Label: are spotlight with a different look. Also, the text remains inside the defined box

You can learn YouTube annotation types from video below:

YouTube Cards are similar to annotations but more interactive. They allow the owner of the video to add images and other links. A small box appears, clicking on which will activate the cards.

The six types of YouTube cards:

  • Merchandise: links to further purchase websites or specific product.
  • Fundraising: links to fund raising pages and websites related to the video.
  • Video links: links to other videos on YouTube related or non-related to that specific video
  • Playlist links: links to the complete playlist of a specific user as defined.
  • Associated websites: links to a website which compliments whatever content is in the video.
  • Fan funding: allows the watcher to donate money for the video, website or the content cause.

You can learn all about cards on YouTube the following video:

The difference between YouTube annotations and cards

The main difference between annotation and cards is their outlook. Cards are more graphical whereas annotations are text based. The cards slide in once you click the small “i” button on the video where as the annotation is there based on the timings set by the user. Moreover the main differences between the two are:

1. Cards are available for mobile user also whereas annotations for desktop and PC users only. Independent images and pictures of websites can be added to cards whereas annotations are text based only.

2. Cards cannot be resized or placed on different location on the video like annotations can be.

How to add YouTube annotations:

  • Click on the video manager tab
  • Click edit tab under the video screen shot you want to add the annotation on
  • Click on the annotation tab
  • On the right panel click on “+ Add Annotation” and select the kind of annotation you want to add
  • Add requisite text or link in the text box
  • Select the font size of the text
  • Select the color of the box background
  • Select the timings of the pop up annotation from the timeline
  • Select the size of the box by dragging the corner of the box outline
  • Apply changes

How to add YouTube annotations:

  • Click on the video manager tab
  • Click edit tab under the video screen shot you want to add the card on
  • Click on the card tab
  • On the right panel click on “Add Card” drop down menu and select the type of card you want to add
  • Click on the create button which will open the corresponding video
  • Once you finish the subsequent information required click create card
  • Select the timeline for the “I” to appear which leads to the card slide
  • Apply changes and exit

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