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Google Search can now point users to specific parts of videos

Google Search can now point you to the most helpful parts of a video.

The new feature launched this week and it works by using timestamp information - provided by the content creators themselves - from a YouTube clip's description.

In a blog post, the tech giant explained: "When you search for things like how-to videos that have multiple steps, or long videos like speeches or a documentary, Search will provide links to key moments within the video, based on timestamps provided by content creators.

"You'll be able to easily scan to see whether a video has what you're looking for, and find the relevant section of the content. For people who use screen readers, this change also makes video content more accessible.

"These links to key moments will appear in Search in English for YouTube videos where creators have provided timestamp information in the video description. We're also introducing a way for more content creators across the web to mark up their videos so they can be more easily searchable."

Google added that the likes of CBS Sports will be adding "markup" to their own clips to make it easier to search.

The post continued: "Soon you'll be able to find these key moments from video publishers around the world, such as CBS Sports and NDTV, as they add markup to their videos, and we look forward to more creators adopting this helpful new feature."

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