A little while back some YouTube users began reporting that the YouTube desktop video player had received a visual overhaul. There was indeed a new version of the YouTube desktop video player rolling out, but it turns out that it was just an experiment. Because of this the new player only rolled out to a handful of users. Those who did not receive the new video player were pretty upset due to the new video player looking much nicer and having extra functionality compared to the current one. Well, the folks over at YouTube decided to change that today.
The YouTube TestTube website is a place for the YouTube team to discuss all of the cutting edge projects that they are currently working on. Today you will notice the newest addition to this website is YouTube’s “redesigned YouTube player.” This is the first time that Google has officially acknowledged the existence of the redesigned player, they gave it the following description. “Our new player design has a bit more polish, gets out of the way of your video playback, and scales to any screen or embed size. Give it a spin while we continue to add features and refine the look and feel.”
On the TestTube website, where it mentions the new video player users can also opt-in to use the “experimental” player. All users have to do is simply visit the TestTube website while logged into their Google account, find the post pertaining to the new video player and then click on the “Get the player” button. A much simpler solution to the one users had before, which included downloading a third-party extension. Also, if you decide to try out the new video player and decide that you aren’t too fond of it, all you have to do is go back to the same button on the TestTube site that will now say “Restore original player” and click it. The new video player has a much more clean look to it and also provides a much smoother experience. On top of that it has a little more functionality than the current player with things like the ability to scale to any screen or embed size. So, if you want to try it out for yourself, just follow the steps in the paragraph above.