Add Chapters to Your Videos

Adding chapters to your long or short-form content is super easy with Wistia's chapter feature.

Make sure to let your viewers know what's coming up next with Chapters.

Chapter Video Example

This video has a bunch of chapters. Feel free to check them out!

Clicking the Chapters icon on the player allows your viewers to see a full index of chapters available to view. Clicking on any of the chapters from the index (or as indicated with the small dots on the play bar) will take them to that point in the video.

Adding Chapters

If you'd like to add Chapters to your Wistia video you'll first want to navigate to the video in your account. Once there, from the ▸ Video Actions menu, select Customize. This will open the Customize panel.

Adding chapters

From there you'll want to select the Chapters option. This will turn chapters on ◉ for your video.

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Add the chapters you'd like to your video, by clicking the + Add a chapter option. Adjust the timestamp (if you need to), and don't forget to name your chapters too! The title will appear in the chapter index on the video, as well as appear over the playbar when a viewer hovers over the dot indicator.

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Save your settings and you're good to go. 📚

Tip
The max character allowance for chapter titles is 50 characters. You might need to abbreviate your chapter titles, or simply reference the information below the video with text.

Chapters On Mobile and Tablets

As it stands, any Chapters added to your video won't appear on mobile devices, and many tablets.

This is because most mobile devices use the native player when playing video. Since the native player controls override Wistia controls, the Chaptersindicator will not be available in the native player controls.

You can read a bit more on the topic over on the Controls page.

If you expect that a lot of your users will be viewing your videos on mobile or tablet, we recommend using Embed Links instead.

Removing Chapters

To remove a chapter from you video you'll want to navigate to the video within your Wistia account. From the ▸ Video Actions menu, select Customize.

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Under the Chapters header you'll see all of the chapters on your video. To delete a chapter you'll want to click the X next to the chapter title.

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Save your settings, then you're all done!

Next up, let's add some Timeline Actions.