YouTube’s Web video player just received a sleek transparent update

YouTube’s Web video player just received a sleek transparent update

If you’ve been watching cat videos on YouTube today, you may have noticed things are looking a bit different. Google appears to be rolling out a transparent video player on its Web interface today.

The new video player is a lot sleeker, featuring controls floating on the video itself instead of planted underneath. Besides just looking nicer, the redesign also saves a few vertical pixels of screen real estate.

The controls disappear after a second or two of inactivity, and reappear once you point your mouse to the bottom of the video again. Playlists still appear to the right of videos, however.

Oh, and the new look applies to embedded content as well:

The change appears to have taken effect globally, and the new design shows up across a variety of browsers; Chrome, Firefox and Edge all feature the revamped look, even on mobile.

Google first trialed the transparent video player back in April but it was only available to select few users (unless you performed a little hack).

We’ve contacted Google to confirm the rollout and will update this post if we hear back.

Update 3:52 PM

It’s official now:

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