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We've been investing heavily in YouTube Studio and as part of the migration, some lower usage features are going away in early 2019. Sharing an early heads up so you can adapt your workflows and adjust in advance. Below we’ve outlined details, key dates, and recommendations for what to use instead.

  • Back in 2017, we removed Annotations Editor and the ability to create new annotations or edit existing ones. Soon, we’ll stop showing any remaining annotations on older videos and remove them from Creator Studio Classic. Note: over 70% of watch time comes from mobile and this number is growing– since annotations only work on desktop, they’re reaching less and less people. We plan to make this change on January 15, 2019.

  • What to use instead: Use tools like cards and end screens to make your videos more interactive. End screens are already available in YouTube Studio Beta and cards will be soon! You can also pin a comment to the top of the comment feed or use the video description to call out corrects or other information. Learn more.

Ad supported Shows and Movies:
  • Some creators had the option to create “shows” playlists to organize episodic content or movies with additional metadata in Creator Studio or via CSV templates. Soon, you won’t be able to upload new shows playlists or movies, or edit existing ones in Creator Studio. The corresponding Shows channel will also be deleted and existing shows playlists will revert to standard playlists hosted on the uploader’s channel with the default video category “Entertainment”. Movies will become standard videos with the video category “Film and animation” and the standard video thumbnail. You can edit video categories and thumbnails further in Video manager. We plan to make this change on January 15, 2019.

  • What to use instead: You can use standard or series playlists as well as the video title to organize your episodic content. You can also upload normal videos and use a custom thumbnail and the category “Film and animation” to highlight the movie character of a video. Learn more.

Video credits:
  • Video credits let you list out channels that appear below the video’s description. Soon, you’ll no longer be able to create these types of video credits and any existing ones will be removed. Note: This doesn’t change or remove Caption Contribution credits. A few other notes about why we’re removing this feature: credits display far down on the page below the video description requiring a viewer to select “Show more”, so they weren’t seen by many people. We plan to make this change on January 31, 2019.

  • What to use instead: You can include a collaborator’s channel URL in the description of your video. And if the Community tab is enabled on your channel, you can also @ mention specific people in Community Posts. We’re working on expanding where and how you can use @ mentions next year. Learn more.

Community Manager, TeamYouTube
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