YouTube to launch redesign today [Updated]

Youtube is set to roll out their new video page design for all videos sometime today. The Google-owned site claims that it will be one of the biggest redesigns in the history of their company.

The interface overhaul will replace star ratings with a familiar "like/dislike" system. Video pages have been streamlined and extra clutter removed by grouping actions together in menus and uniting other areas of the site together, like the description and statistics area. Users can also search without interrupting the current video that's playing and queue it right from the results. 

Here is the the full email acquired by TechCrunch that was sent out to Youtube partners about today's events:

Dear Partner,

We want to provide you with an update on YouTube’s new video page, which we’ve been hard at work on for the last several months.

You can read more about it here:

http://youtube-global.blogspot.com/2010/01/video-page-gets-makeover.html

http://youtube-global.blogspot.com/2010/02/latest-changes-to-video-page-new.html

On Wednesday, March 31st we’re happy to let you know that we’ll be transitioning all YouTube videos to this new video page.

This new video page makeover is one of the biggest redesigns in YouTube history — and we’re excited to make YouTube a better place for you and your content!

Update: After some initial hiccups, the new redesign should be live for most users. Youtube has updated their blog with more information on the new design and also posted a getting started guide to visually walk you through the new changes. 

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Take a look at the forums. EVERYONE is complaining about the new crap layout. I really, really hope they'll turn this into an option.

God I hope this is a huge april fool's joke. I'm all for the use of web 2.0 stuffs, but this just goes overboard... lame.

Youtube has a new mode- after 360p, 480p, 720p there is TEXTp mode, that shows you the video converted to ASCII, saving them 1$ on bandwith.
A bad bad April Fools joke...

Pretty....

Http/1.1 Service Unavailable


PS Everyone here waiting for HTML5 browsers and the next generation need to be kicking and poking the Firefox and Google Chrome team to get composer performance up to handle the dynamic and rich layers that HTML5 offers.

Sadly, the only browser that can handle some of even the basic HTML5 integration standards with good performance is the IE9 dev preview. If someone doesn't kick the other groups into gear IE9 will again dominate the web because of the rendering performance that presents complex HTML5 specifications even on low end hardware. Right now everyone tends to do well at script code performance and Chrome is good at processing a page and getting it on screen fast, but fails when it comes to handling dynamic content and more advanced features that are ESSENTIAL to HTML5.

If HTML5 performance in Chrome and Firefox can't match IE9's low level composer engine, then look for more Flash and Silverlight to lead the Rich Internet experience and HTML5 to have been a good idea that didn't happen.

I want HTML5 to happen, but I am scared that Safari, Chrome, and Firefox will stall in getting the performance and standards integration up to the IE9 levels, and if that happens we will once again see HTML5 sites coded for IE9 in strict standards with 'exception' code for the other browser to mitigate the performance issues. Ouch.

Ned said,
hmm...checked youtube it seems to be down...and not just for me.

Yeah, I'm loving the speed and layout of Http/1.1 Service Unavailable too!
Loads super fast in FF 3.7a nightly.

Funny thing, after clicking that url above (http://youtube.com/watch5?enable=1&next_url=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DjqxENMKaeCU) and seeing the "new version", I can't turn off the autoplay. On my channel, the featured video is playing automatically all the time, even if the option is UNCHECKED. What the hell is this?! How do I turn this off?!

Internal Server Error

The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request.

Please contact the server administrator, web@youtube.com and inform them of the time the error occurred, and anything you might have done that may have caused the error.

More information about this error may be available in the server error log.

Apache Server at http://www.youtube.com Port 80

lol, nice

Goddamnit!

I like the channel updates but this...THIS! I hate this new design, it favours visuals over usability, and is slow as hell on netbooks. Why don't they give us a choice on this sort of thing? I really don't like to be forced to opt into something like this.

Infact, back when they first rolled it out in beta, they automatically opted me in, and the button to change back did not appear for a full 3 days! I am furious with Google.

My big problem with the redesign is that (at least in my experience) when I use IE, if I don't keep my cursor in a specific spot, the video playback becomes very jerky. Chrome seems to render it better.

I don't like the new design.... Feels to much empty... I like simple design when its done right, but this isn't.... And I liked old the star rating much better.. :-/

NOOOOO. After finally getting back the old layout after they forced me into the beta a few weeks ago, they're going to make it official. Gah...... I guess they don't listen to any of the suggestions on the fourms.

Anyone know a good youtube alternative?

Kondrath said,
NOOOOO. After finally getting back the old layout after they forced me into the beta a few weeks ago, they're going to make it official. Gah...... I guess they don't listen to any of the suggestions on the fourms.

Anyone know a good youtube alternative?

Vimeo?

I can't find the link to playlists? And besides the confusing comments, I really don't like how the See All video scrolls. I prefer a normal horizontal scrollbar. It's just more intuitive for me as it scrolls faster and I find it easier remembering where a video is by the scroll position than the page number. Also I can't find a way to search within the see all videos. I dunno. It seems that alot of the changes are to reduce maintenance/costs for Google than really improving the UI.

I like their new style, but their ads are killing me. I could put up with ads on the side and whatnot, but now in the videos?! Good lord, it's becoming chaos between pre-video commercials, popup ads, and then you have the authors who insert those links in the video to their other videos, for you to subscribe, etc.

dead.cell said,
I like their new style, but their ads are killing me. I could put up with ads on the side and whatnot, but now in the videos?! Good lord, it's becoming chaos between pre-video commercials, popup ads, and then you have the authors who insert those links in the video to their other videos, for you to subscribe, etc.

+1. Google ruin everything they touch.

Soldiers33 said,

+1. Google ruin everything they touch.

Yeah, because search and mail from Google are so terrible. Free services need to be paid for and Google is one of the least obnoxious about it.

neodorian said,
Yeah, because search and mail from Google are so terrible. Free services need to be paid for and Google is one of the least obnoxious about it.

I agree. I like Google from Chrome to Gmail, but like I said, these ads are incredibly intrusive.

Now that I think about it though, I'm curious as to whether these ads are shown less to people that are signed in. Anyone have any information on the ads?

Mike Chipshop said,
I like it a lot more than the previous version BUT they need to do something about distinguishing the comments from one another.

I was just thinking about that as well. They're too crammed as of now.

DaveBG said,

Yep the comment section sucks big time

Yeah, they rolled this out to me yesterday, and I thought my brother put a crappy greasemonkey script on YouTube. Then I noticed greasemonkey wasn't installed on that particular computer.

It doesn't look bad to be honest.

Like/Dislike options are much easier and lighter on the database and hardware than ratings anyway. On a big website like YT, this small difference will accumulate to a lot.

and youtube its getting slower everyday, from loading the video to this new interface...

i remember before when youtube its very fast, and not bloated

eilegz said,
and youtube its getting slower everyday, from loading the video to this new interface...

i remember before when youtube its very fast, and not bloated

I agree, but that is why I use the HTML5 player, incredible speeds.

EgyptianDuck said,

I agree, but that is why I use the HTML5 player, incredible speeds.

I find the opposite to be true. Flash is hardware accelerated while HTML5 is not.

eilegz said,
and youtube its getting slower everyday, from loading the video to this new interface...

i remember before when youtube its very fast, and not bloated

The redesign is actually faster for me. This is actually on ie8.

neodorian said,

I find the opposite to be true. Flash is hardware accelerated while HTML5 is not.

It's just personal experience. Although the quality isn't the best

neodorian said,

I find the opposite to be true. Flash is hardware accelerated while HTML5 is not.


silverlight is hardware accelerated and so is Flash's beta builds. the standard flash is NOT hardware accelerated.

why would they remove the star ratings? they are helpful to decide on the quality of the video, a thumbs up or down just means good or bad, not a measure of how good or bad it is:(

torrentthief said,
why would they remove the star ratings? they are helpful to decide on the quality of the video, a thumbs up or down just means good or bad, not a measure of how good or bad it is:(
Because everyone justs rates it one star or five stars. It's an inherent issue with rating systems in "aggresive" markets - thumbs up/down does basically the same thing, but displays more sensibly.

Anyone else had this for about a month? Thought it was just giving me this design as I was using Chrome but now it's in FF too. Awesome!

I wonder (if ever) when we'll be able to fully customize the damn channels on YT, like embed widgets, custom html code & stuff...

TDT said,
I wonder (if ever) when we'll be able to fully customize the damn channels on YT, like embed widgets, custom html code & stuff...

I sure hope not! The channels will be horrid with nooby codes.

EgyptianDuck said,

I sure hope not! The channels will be horrid with nooby codes.


There's always a certain amount of noobs on every website, but we have to deal with it. Why must everyone give up on features just because others don't know how to use them properly? At least they can add different features for different types of channels. Now everything's the same, no matter if you're a musician, director, etc.

TDT said,

There's always a certain amount of noobs on every website, but we have to deal with it. Why must everyone give up on features just because others don't know how to use them properly? At least they can add different features for different types of channels. Now everything's the same, no matter if you're a musician, director, etc.

It would be nice if each channel had their own special features, like Shows for Directors and an ability to set Online Events for Musicians so they can have a Live Stream.

EgyptianDuck said,

It would be nice if each channel had their own special features, like Shows for Directors and an ability to set Online Events for Musicians so they can have a Live Stream.


Actually there is a feature on a musician's channel. You can link to album art and album store. ) Big f-ing deal.

TDT said,
There's always a certain amount of noobs on every website, but we have to deal with it. Why must everyone give up on features just because others don't know how to use them properly? At least they can add different features for different types of channels. Now everything's the same, no matter if you're a musician, director, etc.
You know what I would do if peoples profiles started becoming like the hell that is myspace? I would never EVER click on a persons profile. So, for me at least (and I'm sure lots of other people), it would make profiles completely useless.

Sometimes less is more.

Edited by Uhyve, Apr 1 2010, 2:35pm :

As long as it allows my HTML5 player i'm happy! When I was using this Design in beta it wouldn't let me The new design looks nice, the fading parts are awesome!

Fubar said,
they call that a big redisgn? i call it moving a few things about tbh

Sometimes moving things around are enough to warrant a redesign. They don't have to add anything new. Just make it look better.

shinji257 said,

Sometimes moving things around are enough to warrant a redesign. They don't have to add anything new. Just make it look better.


On the bright-side, a subtle redesign is good, especially when the previous design was good.

opensuse said,
My greasemonkey script stopped working

Something tells me the javascript link that I use to download the videos from the site will no longer work. Maybe I just need to tweak it like I did for my 1080p one.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. said,
thanks youtube for killing my experience.

the new design is slow as **** on ie.


While I don't use IE at home, I'm stuck with it at work. IE7 runs it fine though.

dead.cell said,

While I don't use IE at home, I'm stuck with it at work. IE7 runs it fine though.

That's still no excuse. I'm in the same situation at work but it doesn't stop me from putting Portable FireFox or Portable Chrome or Portable Opera. Then download the right version of Flash and have tech Support install it. Tech guys will think they are installing the ActiveX but they are really installing the plugin. From my experience Tech guys are stupid or just don't care.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. said,
thanks youtube for killing my experience.

the new design is slow as **** on ie.

Internet explorer is well known not to follow internet standards. Maybe that has more to do with it than any preference by google.

UndergroundWire said,
That's still no excuse. I'm in the same situation at work but it doesn't stop me from putting Portable FireFox or Portable Chrome or Portable Opera. Then download the right version of Flash and have tech Support install it. Tech guys will think they are installing the ActiveX but they are really installing the plugin. From my experience Tech guys are stupid or just don't care.

I said IE7 WORKS with YouTube. Yes, I'm typing this on Chrome portable, but why you'd suggest me to do that when I said it was working is beyond me...

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. said,
thanks youtube for killing my experience.

the new design is slow as **** on ie.


What version of IE are you using? I am running a video from their test link on IE* and its actually faster then their old videos on the old version of the site.

I think you have a problem on your machine somewhere

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. said,
thanks youtube for killing my experience.

the new design is slow as **** on ie.

While I don't think some of the other comments were justified I just hope that you are at least using IE7. IE6 is no longer supported by Microsoft.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. said,
thanks youtube for killing my experience.

the new design is slow as **** on ie.


Use a better browser?

I don't see any speed difference. Using IE8. Coe I5 CPU.

But it's true that unlike the average neowinnian i'm not using a Pentium MMX 200 with 16MB of RAM.

Seriously what kind of computers are you guys using ?