YouTube Now Lets Users Preview Videos with Animated GIFs

When you see a video listing on YouTube, all you have to base your guess on what that video is actually about is simply the title and the thumbnail. But thanks to a new discovery we recently made, it looks like this method of hoping a video is what you expect it to be is about to get a lot simpler.



As you can see above, it appears that YouTube is currently rolling out a feature where if you hover your cursor over a video thumbnail, an animated GIF captured from a brief clip of the video begins playing, giving viewers a preview of what to expect. It’s a pretty small change, but it may in the end be a feature where you go, “How did I live without this before?!”

At this time, it’s unclear how many users are seeing the feature pop up for them, but at the MBEDDED office, both Mac and Windows computers are seeing the change. If you happen to spot the addition, hit us up in the comments or on Twitter @MBEDDEDMaximum. You can also email us at