Create Your Own Interactive Videos

New tools in YouTube allow you to add user-interactivity to videos -- we show you how.

'How to build a PC' YouTube video.

'How to build a PC' YouTube video.

Interacting with YouTube? That's easy: Type a brief description of what you want to watch into the site's search box, pick from one of hundreds of selections, and sit back to enjoy yet another brief glimpse into the musical life of Tay Zonday--or whatever suits your online video fancy. But watching a YouTube video has always been just that, watching. Until now.

YouTube has bundled a new set of tools into its video authoring system that gives you the ability to hack a small degree of interactivity into your videos. The additions won't be interactive in the style of a traditional Flash game or application, which let you do whatever you'd like within a single content window, but they will give you the power to do more with YouTube than you ever thought possible. And in our case, it helped us create a choose-your-own-adventure guide for building a PC.

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