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Sponsor:

Description

This is for paid promotions, paid referrals and direct advertisements. This also includes the segues used to smoothly transition into and out of the sponsor segment.

This includes:

  • Giveaway of items, which are provided by a 3rd party and the announcement of the winner
  • Advertisement of affiliate links
  • Segues into a YouTube ad

Exceptions/ Edge Cases

Sponsor should take precedence over other categories such as Endcards/Credits. If possible, a clean cut should be made.

  1. If the whole video is about (or closely related to) the sponsor:
    1. Don't make segments covering the entire video
    2. If the whole video is a sponsor, submit a Full Video Label using the sponsor category.
    3. If the video isn't entirely about a sponsor but could show bias for the sponsor, don't include the sponsor disclosure and submit a Full Video Label using the sponsor category.
  2. If the product stands in no obvious relation to the YouTuber mark it Sponsor.
  3. If the product is advertised with YouTuber's branding, but is still clearly a product of the company

If the segment more closely matches the criteria for Unpaid/Self Promotion, it should be marked as such instead of Sponsor.

  • If they are closely linked with or the product bears their branding exclusively.
  • Free shout-outs for anything they like
    • Other Channels
    • Causes/ Charities
    • Websites
    • Products

Examples

Description Video Link
Positive Examples
The sponsor at the start and the end both include their respective segues. I tried Steam Deck early and it's AWESOME!
The complete segue is included. There is a joke about the video's subject in the segue, but it is encouraged to include it as well. Space Jam 2 - Terrible But Very Fun
The show is owned by HBO, but there is no obvious connection between the show and HBO. Housing Discrimination: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
Segue into a YouTube ad RICK AND MORTY Season 5 Finale Breakdown (Spoilers)
Outerminds makes Video Game collaborations for other YouTubers as well. Papers, Please!
Negative Examples
The disclosure at the start shouldn't be marked. We Might Need a Wi-Fi Upgrade - Juniper Networks Showcase
The disclosure at the start shouldn't be marked. Further mentions of the sponsor may be cut though, like the segment at the start or at 6:30. Jerk Chicken | Basics with Babish
At 1:06 he is promoting his own shop. This is considered Self Promotion. [1335] Honda Metropolitan II Multipurpose Lock Picked
This is all about his keycaps. It is similar to using a company that produces and sells custom merch. Make your keyboard thocc for $3


Sponsor

Unpaid/ Self Promotion

Description

This is for promotions, for which the YouTuber will not receive payment. This also includes the segues used to smoothly transition into and out of the segment. If this is an obvious brief reminder or information, it should be under Interaction Reminder (Subscribe) instead.

This includes:

  • Merchandise
  • Patreon, Channel Memberships, Twitch Subscriptions or any similar monetized platforms
  • Videos or playlists
  • Charities, products or websites they like
  • Information about whom they collaborated with
  • Shout-outs with no money exchanged
  • Giveaways with no involvement of a 3rd party and the announcement of the winner
    • No money exchanged
    • Content YouTuber should have full control
    • Products should be purchased by the YouTuber
  • Asking for paid/free services from their subscribers (fanmail, video clips)

Exceptions/ Edge Cases

The decision on whether it should be marked sponsor or unpaid promotion is influenced by several factors.

For example:

  1. Did they receive money as well as the product? If so, then it should be marked Sponsor.
  2. Are they obviously linked with the product they are promoting? If so, then it should be marked Unpaid/ Self Promotion.
  3. Does the product they are promoting have their branding, similar to merch? If so, then it should be marked Unpaid/ Self Promotion.

If it is impossible to cleanly cut or overlap the segments, Interaction Reminders can be included in Unpaid/ Self Promotion

Examples

Description Video Link
Positive Examples
Horsepower dashcam blurred the videos and received a shout-out. Eure Videos #159 - Eure Dashcamvideoeinsendungen #Dashcam @Horsepower Dashcam
The viewers created and gifted him parts for his machine and received a shout-out for it. Solving the 1000 Pieces Engineering Puzzle
He promotes his own shop. [1335] Honda Metropolitan II Multipurpose Lock Picked
This is all about his keycaps. It is similar to using a company that produces and sells custom merch. Make your keyboard thocc for $3
Long and specific interaction reminder about future video and doesn't add any context to the current one. The Birth of Photography: Drawing With Light (and silver iodide)
Specific interaction reminder about the future video The Most Powerful Computers You've Never Heard Of
Negative Examples
The show is owned by HBO, but there is no obvious connection between the show and HBO. Housing Discrimination: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
They received the product for free, but also money so it is a Sponsor. We Might Need a Wi-Fi Upgrade - Juniper Networks Showcase


Unpaid/Self_Promotion

Interaction Reminder (Subscribe)

Description

Use this, when there is an explicit reminder to like, subscribe or interact with them on any paid or free platform. If it is about something specific it should be under Unpaid/Self Promotion instead.

Motivation

Calls-To-Action never contain useful information. If it could be useful, use Unpaid/Self Promotion instead.

This includes:

  • Short reminders to Like, Subscribe, Follow, Interact, or watch to the end
    • This includes "Pay attention or you'll miss [x] Easter Eggs", playback speed, and repeat requests
  • Reacting to messages or donations
  • Request for opinions in comments (See Exceptions/ Edge Cases)

Exceptions/ Edge Cases

  1. Factual advice should not be included; Opinions or polls should be (See Examples)
    • How can I improve the machine I am building (Factual)
    • If anyone has worked with x before and has advice on proper practices, please comment below (Factual)
    • What should we call our new cat (Opinion)
    • If anyone has any suggestions for a name, comment below (Opinion)
Not included
  • On-screen interaction reminders that cannot be skipped without disrupting content. If you manage to make a segment which skips one of these without cutting out content and it doesn't have a bad transition, go ahead and submit it.
    • Subscribe button animations.
    • Like button animations.
    • Notification button animations.
  • Answering or reacting to comments
  • Talking about something specific:
    • an event
    • a specific post
    • a long-ish explanation

Examples

Description Video Link
Positive Examples
This asks you to subscribe because of future content. What a BEAST - Beast Canyon NUC
He asks to like and subscribe. [1338] The Gamma Key Affair: It Could Have Destroyed Mul-T-Lock
Content plays in the background during the audio-only interaction reminder. A mute segment works here. Don't mark the request for correction at the end. A real life Alien (minus the acid spit)
Reminder to keep watching to the end of the video. I made XCOM in 25 HOURS! (plus Special Announcement!)
Negative Examples
Don't submit on screen reminders with content in the background. Welcome to Achievement Island - Minecraft
Asking for ways how to improve lava lamps should not be marked. What exactly is the goop inside a lava lamp?
Interaction segment from 0:22 - 0:35 also contained an intro. Should not be grouped together as a single segment. How to Move Characters In Unity 3D


Interaction_Reminder_(Subscribe)

Intermission/Intro Animation

Description

Usually at the start of a video.

An interval without actual content. This should not be used for transitions containing information.

This includes:

  • Pauses
  • Static frames
  • Looping animations
  • Livestream pauses with no content:
    • Looping animations
    • Chat window
    • Long break with no talking or nothing seemingly happening
  • Copyright, Fair Use, Fiction and Legal disclaimers
  • Parts of the video that were blurred by the YouTuber after uploading
  • Topic themed intro animations and short cinematic openings
  • Random unrelated clips with music, similar to an intro of a TV Show

Exceptions/ Edge Cases

  1. As a rule of thumb, you can assume, that anything containing speech should not be submitted.
  2. A greeting containing speech may be marked as intro if and only if it is separated from the rest of the video with a clear visual AND audio cut.
  3. An intro segment which contains a warning that protects the viewer should have the warning left out or not be marked at all.

This category is not for:

  • Getting to the interesting part of a video. (Highlight or Non-Music)
  • Time-lapses
  • Slow motion clips
  • B-roll
  • Bloopers
  • Jokes
  • Disclaimers that are there to protect the viewer
    • Spoiler warnings
    • Content warnings
    • Photosensitive warnings
    • Anti-harassment disclaimers
    • Copyright, Fair Use and fiction/legal disclaimers can be marked as Intermission/ Intro Animation
  • Context relevant to parts immediately after the segment

Examples

Description Video Link
Positive Examples
The intro animation that is found in Linus Tech Tips' videos. I tried Steam Deck early and it's AWESOME!
The spoken intro on Daily Dose of Internet may be submitted because it is the same every time and no content is in the background. Normally any speaking would be considered content, but this is an exception. Bread That Hates Mustard
Themed intro cinematic over music OnePlus 9 Pro Review: A Huge Hasselblad Promise!
This cut is very seamless. The Mask of Tutankhamun
The intro consists of random unrelated clips with music that give no context for the video I need HELP with my new house...
Themed intros for The Studio that differ slightly between videos Blind Smartphone Guessing Game!
The MKBHD Desk Setup Tour 2021!
Themed intro. Your Hands Go INSIDE this Keyboard
Tv-series like intro Spec Ops REACT to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare - Night Missions Campaign | Experts React
Negative Examples
In this trailer the first 5 seconds should not be cut, because you can hear the wind blowing in the background. The wind in this case is content. KGF Chapter2 TEASER |Yash|Sanjay Dutt|Raveena Tandon|Srinidhi Shetty|Prashanth Neel|Vijay Kiragandur
The category shouldn't be used to get to the point of the video. A segment from 0:00 to 0:13 is not permitted. Kyudo - the sound of an arrow being released from bow
The cinematic at the very start should not be cut, because it is vital to the context. Removing it leads to a decreased viewer experience. It doesn't matter that the title references it. You wouldn’t DOWNLOAD a PC CASE?!
Intro segment doubles as a warning to protect the viewer and should not be marked. Handheld DNA eraser?!?


Intermission/Intro_Animation

Endcards/Credits

Description

This is for credits or when the YouTube endcards appear and not for conclusions with information. (Typically at the end of a video)

Exceptions/ Edge Cases
  1. YouTube's overlaid annotations do not influence category type decision as they are arbitrarily placed particularly when the segment category is controversial.
    1. If there is a clean cut to unrelated filler audio or video for YouTube's endcards, mark it as endcards.
  2. A goodbye doesn't necessarily justify an endcard. A clear audio AND visual cut should separate a goodbye before it should be included in an endcard.
    • This helps avoid jarring cuts to a goodbye followed by an outro segment. Just include the goodbye and with it, remove the cut.
    • See Daily Dose Of Internet Intros, just at the end of a video.
Category Edge Cases
  1. Bloopers and "goodbye" sequences should be Filler Tangent/Jokes
  2. Sponsor segments should always be cut separately
  3. Unpaid/Self Promotion / Interaction Reminder (Subscribe) should be cut separately if possible, but can be included ONLY if they cannot be separated
Examples
Description Video Link
Positive Examples
Self promotion during endcards should be marked endcards. What a BEAST - Beast Canyon NUC
Interaction reminder and self promotion are lumped together inside the end card. Can a Program BRICK Your PC?
The Patreons are given credit in the credit scroll next to the writers. Space Jam 2 - Terrible But Very Fun
Self promotion and endcards are easily separated. Why There's a Straight Line Through Scotland
The interaction reminder was separated from the endcards. My channel was deleted... HOW?
Endcards overlayed over a non-music segment. The interaction reminder is separated from the endcards, because it is easy to do so. Katy Perry - Hot N Cold (Lyrics)
Bloopers at the end are Filler Tangent/Jokes This Laptop is ALL SCREEN!
The audio at the end is not present in the first-party VOD Tevy Fonda - AH Animated
The clip at 0:19 is completely unrelated and filler for YouTube's endcards overlay Wenn dein Lehrer endlich mal die Wahrheit sagt
Negative Examples
Sponsor trumps endcards. It's SINFULLY light! - Roccat Syn Pro Air Wireless Gaming Headset
Segment which started at 3:02 caused an abrupt audio cut when a smoother transition was possible at 3:07. Hissing Cat Warms Up To His Foster Mom


Endcards/Credits

Preview/Recap

Preview

Description

For segments that show what is coming up in this or future videos of the same series, but do not provide additional information. If it includes clips that only appear here, this is very likely not the right category.

Examples

Description Video Link
Positive Examples
These are just clips coming up in the episode. VFX Artists React to Bad & Great CGi 49
These are just clips coming up in the episode. Top 10 Scary Mandela Effects
In the preview it says "In the next episode" at the bottom and a clip contained in it is played. TrilluXe REAGIERT auf REALER IRRSINN - UMWELT POLITIKERIN fährt dicken AUDI A8 😂 | TrilluXe Reaktion
Negative Examples
The clips at the start are partially custom and presented in such a way, that it does not fit preview anymore. I need HELP with my new house...
Teasing the content of the next video with voiceover is better as Unpaid/ Self Promotion The Birth of Photography: Drawing With Light (and silver iodide)

Recap

Description

For segments that show what happened in this or past videos of the same series, but do not provide additional information. If it includes clips that only appear here, this is not the right category. If the video that is recapped is not directly linked to the current video, but clips from the recapped video are shown, you shouldn't submit them either, because others have probably not watched the recapped video.

Examples

Description Video Link
Positive Examples
"This is a compilation/montage of clips from previous episodes. DIGGING A SECRET TUNNEL part 3
In the recap it says "In the prior episode" at the bottom and clips from the previous episode are played. TrilluXe REAGIERT auf REALER IRRSINN - Fahrradweg mit Hundwechsel? 😄 | TrilluXe Reaktion
Negative Examples


Preview/Recap

Music: Non-Music Section

Description

This is only for use in music videos and videos which feature music as the primary content. It should cover parts of the video not part of official mixes. In the end, the video should resemble the Spotify or any other mix version as closely as possible, or should reduce talking or other distractions.

Exceptions/ Edge Cases

  1. This category exists detached from other categories.
  2. Intros and endcards should still be overlayed in music videos. If all non-music segments are correctly placed and you submit an intro or endcard that is partially not covered by a non-music segment, your submissions is definitely wrong.
  3. Silent parts in the middle of original mixes should not be cut in the corresponding YouTube video.
  4. The cut should only be made after you cannot hear anything anymore. Boost your audio to make this type of cut accurately.
  5. Non-music may cover anything if needed, including visual indicators. [1]

Create better segments

To create extra accurate segments refer to this article.

Examples

Description Video Link
Positive Examples
The middle part cuts parts not part of the song. There is no endcard at the end, because it would cut the music video. MORGENSHTERN - NOMINALO (Official Video, 2021)
The start is exact. The endcards only starts once the music has faded out. BROWN MUNDE - AP DHILLON | GURINDER GILL | SHINDA KAHLON | GMINXR
Negative Examples
Segment at 0:43 - 0:58 skipped a voice over section. This is technically a valid submission, but the song is playing at the same time as the voice over so it skips part of the song. Madonna - Material Girl (Official Video) [HD]
The video is not a music video, no non-music segments should be added, Highlight should be used if skipping to the completed song Turning My Cat's Meow Into Dubstep
This video is not a music video, it is a short film that features the music. Taylor Swift - All Too Well: The Short Film
This video is not a music video, it is also a short film that features the music. 9/21/21


Music:_Non-Music_Section