Manage ad breaks in long videos

You can enable advertisements at the beginning of videos that you upload to your channel. When you upload longform videos (videos that are 10 minutes or longer), you can also enable ads during the middle of the video ("mid-roll"), not just at the beginning.

Use the ad breaks tool to create, preview, and edit automatically-generated or manually-set mid-roll ad breaks.

Using Mid-roll Ads in Long Videos

The ad experience for viewers may be slightly different depending on the type of device they're using.

  • On desktop: Viewers will get a countdown 5 seconds before a mid-roll advertisement appears.
  • On other platforms: Viewers will see yellow markers in the video progress bar to indicate when an ad may show up.

Manage ad breaks in YouTube Studio

Midroll ad placement can affect the viewing experience and the likelihood of ad serving. If midroll ad breaks are placed at disruptive points in your video, our ad system may serve fewer ads.

There are 2 ways to place midroll ads: 
  • Automated ad breaks: You can turn on automatically placed midroll ads, which means we’ll do the work of finding the best placements. This means a better experience for viewers. We recommend this option.
  • Manual ad breaks: If you choose to manually place ad breaks, try to place at natural breaks for best results. Avoid placing midroll breaks at disruptive points, such as mid-sentence or mid-action. If you’ve created your content to build in natural ad breaks, you may turn on manual ad break placement to ensure the ads show the way you want them to.

Auto-generated placement

You can automatically set mid-roll breaks for one video.​

  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio.
  2. From the left menu, select Videos.
  3. Choose a video, then select Monetization.
  4. If you haven’t already, enable monetization for the video.
  5. Beneath “Location of video ads”, check the box next to “During video”.

Manual placement

  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio.
  2. From the left menu, select Videos.
  3. Choose a video, then select Monetization.
  4. If you haven’t already, enable monetization for the video.
  5. Beneath “Location of video ads”, check the box next to “During video”.
  6. Select PLACE MANUALLY.
    • Add an ad break: Click + ADD BREAK. Enter the start time of the ad, or drag the vertical bar to the desired time.
    • Delete an ad break: Click Delete  next to the ad break .
  7. In the top-right, click Continue and then Save.

Place ad breaks when uploading a new video

  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio.
  2. Upload a video that’s 10 minutes or longer.
  3. On the “Monetization” tab, turn on monetization.
  4. Beneath “Ad settings”, check the box next to “Manually select”.
  5. Beneath “Location of video ads”, check the box next to “During video”.
  6. Select PLACE MANUALLY.
    • Add an ad break: Click + ADD BREAK. Enter the start time of the ad, or drag the vertical bar to the desired time.
    • Delete an ad break: Click Delete  next to the ad break .
  7. In the top-right, click Continue.
  8. Complete the upload flow.

Preview & adjust ad placement

You can preview the placement of your ad breaks in the Studio editor: 

  1. Open your video in YouTube Studio.
  2. From the left menu, select Editor.
  3. Select Play  on the video player.
  4. Drag the cursor to reach a specific part of the video.

Manage ad breaks in Creator Studio Classic

Manual placement

Manually place mid-roll ads

You can manually place mid-roll ads in long-form videos.

  1. Go to your Videos page.
  2. For the video you want to place an ad in, click Edit.
  3. At the top, click the Info and Settings tab.
  4. Open the Monetization tab.
  5. Scroll to the Ad breaks section.
  6. To set manual mid-roll ad breaks in bulk, click Insert ad breaks in bulk or Edit ad breaks in bulk, depending on if the video already has mid-roll ad-breaks.
  7. Enter in the desired time. For example, "2:30, 10:45" means the first ad break mid-roll will appear 2 minutes and 30 seconds into the video, and the second one at 10 minutes and 45 seconds.
  8. To save changes, click Edit ads.
  9. You can make edits by clicking on the timeline and dragging the ad to where you want it.
  10. You can insert additional ads by clicking Insert ad and continuing to drag the ads to where you want them.

Auto-generated placement

You can enable automatically-generated mid-roll ad breaks at both the video and channel levels, as well as for multiple videos.

Set mid-roll breaks for one video
  1. Go to your Videos page.
  2. For the video you want to place an ad in, click Edit.
  3. At the top, click the Info and Settings tab.
  4. Open the Monetization tab.
  5. Scroll to the Ad breaks section.
  6. To accept automatically generated mid-roll ad breaks, click Suggest placements. You can make edits by clicking on the timeline and dragging the ad to where you want it.
  7. You can insert additional ads by clicking Insert ad and dragging the ads to where you want them.
Set mid-roll breaks for user-uploaded content (Content Managers)
  1. Go to your Content Manager.
  2. Select the Settings tab.
  3. Click Overview.
  4. Scroll to the "Ad formats for user-uploaded content" section. 
  5. Click the edit icon .
  6. Check the box next to Automatic mid-roll ads.
  7. Click Save.
Set mid-roll breaks for multiple videos
  1. Go to your Videos page.
  2. Select the videos using the checkbox at the left of the video thumbnail.
  3. In the drop-down menu, select Actions > More actions > Ad breaks.
  4. Check the box next to Automatic mid-roll ads.
  5. Click Submit.
Set mid-roll breaks as default for your channel

You can set mid-roll breaks for your channel so that all new content you upload will have auto-generated mid-roll breaks enabled by default.

  1. Go to Channels.
  2. Under the channel settings, click Upload Defaults.
  3. Scroll down to "Ad breaks" and check the box for Automatic mid-roll ads.
Note: If you choose to use automatically generated mid-roll breaks, the placement of the ads may change after you set it to improve the number or quality of breaks.
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