What is a youtube view?

What is a youtube view?
Suppose the video is 30 minutes.
Is a view watching 3 minutes? Of beginning? End of video?

One video I saw was 5 minutes of empty at the end but it still had views.
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Doug WaltonDatabase AdministratorCommented:
YouTube’s definition of a view is a viewer initiated intentional play of a video.

Check out this link for a more detailed explanation: https://www.bluefountainmedia.com/blog/how-does-youtube-count-views/

It looks like they only count intentional clicks to play the video as a view, and reloading the page over and over won't work past 300 views.  Google is always changing, so this could be a little out of date.  They'd likely get more strict with views if they were to make changes.
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rgb192Author Commented:
Thank you for link about youtube view count.
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