Since the feature is starting to roll out this week, it might not be available for everyone just yet. It appears that the video-scrubbing thumbnails are currently only available for newer uploads, as I was unable to see them on older videos. Although users have had the option to rewind or fast forward long videos on TikTok for quite some time now, the addition of video scrubbing thumbnails makes this process more intuitive.
For example, say you’re following a TikTok recipe video and want to get to a specific part of the video. In the past you would have had to blindly scrub through the video. Now, you will be able to see where exactly you want to fast forward to via the new thumbnails.
It was a matter of time before TikTok added this feature, given that it’s slowly been inching into YouTube’s territory. YouTube has had scrubbing thumbnails for what feels like forever, so it makes sense for TikTok to offer them on its platform as well, especially as it continues to present itself as a viable option for longer-form video creators who normally post content on YouTube.
TikTok adds video-scrubbing thumbnails to make it easier to find specific parts of videos by Aisha Malik originally published on TechCrunch