Advice for submitting
This page compiles some tips on how to make your submissions better.
If you don't know what all the buttons do, you can find explanations in this article.
Activate all categories
A segment might have already been submitted as another category. Seeing this, is a reminder to make sure, you did indeed choose the correct category.
When there is a visible transition and a small margin of error, don’t try to get it right with play/pause. Use the "," and "." keys and move frame by frame. Pay attention if the video is 30 or 60 fps. Only if possible, make your segments start two frames early on 30 fps videos and four frames early on 60 fps videos, so there isn't an annoying bump. Also pressing "k" will pause the video if "space" does something else on the website.
To make sure the start of your segment starts as late as possible, use "Inspect" to see if you included things that do not need to be included. Ending a segment should be done on the first frame of what should come after. Use "Preview" to make sure you do not cut anything off. This is especially important for "non-music"-segments.
Boost your audio with a browser extension to cut fadeouts. The video can only be cut at the videos framerate, but music can be cut even more precisely, i.e. it has a higher "framerate" than the video. Set the video speed to 25 % and adjust the times that appear after pressing "Edit" in the popup, to achieve more precise cuts.
Overlap adjacent segments
Segments of different categories that are right next to each other should slightly overlap. The reason for this is that every segment should be correct and seamless on its own and make sense from a perspective of a user with only one category enabled. Segments that have the same end and start time still skip fine though, but one of the two segments might not be perfect this way.
For segments that fade to/from black, temporarily increasing your gamma helps you to see exactly when the segment starts/ends visually. If you have a Nvidia GPU, this can be easily done in Nvidia Control Panel (Display > Adjust desktop color settings). Another way if you're on Windows is to search for "calibrate" in the start menu and select the 'Calibrate display color' page.
Submissions on videos that are edited
If you submit a long intermission segment on a live-streamed video, take a look at it after some time. Very often large chunks of such videos are removed afterwards with YouTube trimming tool by the streamer, which messes up the submissions and makes it necessary to delete them. Segments are automatically deleted after the length of a video changes. This is triggered, when a new submission is made on the video. If you notice a video where this was the case, create a segment and delete it to trigger this process.
Use transcript to find sponsors
If you are looking for a sponsor, look for it in the description. After that open the Transcript and press Ctrl + F and search for the sponsor. You can find the transcript under the 3-dot menu depicted on the right. This also works for other keywords like "subscribe", "bell" or "like".
Don't submit each segment individually
It can help if you are creating multiple segments, to submit all segments at once after you have figured out all of the timings.
Working around wrong segments
If you come over a wrong segment and want to submit your own, you can either downvote it via the "i" Symbol in the video player, or via the popup that appears after skipping the segment. Only downvoting it via the popup will remove the segment from the search bar which makes it easier for you to submit your own.
Firefox skips later than the actual start time of a segment, that is why it is advised to start the segment a few frames earlier. Vanced always skips later than the actual start time of a segment for battery saving reasons.
Livestreams and Premieres
Don't create segments during a livestream or Premiere. The video's duration will change after it ends, causing segments to be shifted forward resulting in incorrect segments. Wait until it ends and refresh the page before creating.