How to Add YouTube Annotations and Cards?

By Jul 26,2017 20:10 pm

YouTube Cards and Annotations are very useful if you want to encourage your viewrs to take an action, like Subscribe, go to another video or associated website, etc. Today, we're going to show you the differences between cards and annotations, and how to add them in YouTube videos.


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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 Cards:

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.

  • Click on the video manager tab
  • Click edit tab under the video screen shot you want to add the card on
  • Click on the Cards 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 playhead to appear which leads to the card slide
  • Apply changes and exit

The types of YouTube cards:

  • Video or playlist: links to other videos/the complete palylist on YouTube related or non-related to that specific videolinks to further purchase websites or specific product.
  • Channel: promote another YouTube channel, one of the most common methods to collaborate with other YouTubers
  • Poll: Encourage viewers to participate in a poll (vote)
  • Link: links to a website which compliments whatever content is in the video.

How to add YouTube annotations:

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).

  • Click on the video manager tab
  • Click edit tab under the video screen shot you want to add the annotation on
  • Click on the "End screen & Annotation" tab
  • On the right panel click on "+ Add Element" and select the kind of annotation you want to add
  • Adjust the position of Annotation, you can drag the rectangle to locate it at any position of the video, move the slide to set the start and end time of the annotation
  • Apply changes

The types of YouTube annotations:

  • Video or playlist: links to other videos/the complete palylist on YouTube related or non-related to that specific videolinks to further purchase websites or specific product.
  • Subscribe: Encorage viewers to subscribe to your channel
  • Channel: promote another channel
  • Link: link to associated website, merchandise, or crowdfunding site.

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