YouTube Live Gains Several New Features
Amit ChowdhryMarch 2018
YouTube started streaming handpicked live events nearly ten ago through a service called YouTube Live. And in April 2011, YouTube Live rolled out to certain YouTube partners with accounts in good standing. When you are visiting YouTube Live, you can see events that are currently playing, recently aired and set reminders for upcoming live streams.
Today YouTube announced several new features that make live streaming a better experience for creators and viewers. The new features include live automatic captions, live chat replay and location tags. Here is a breakdown of how the features work:
Live Automatic Captions
Automatic captions were added to YouTube in 2009. And 1 billion videos have been automatically captioned since then. Now YouTube is adding English automatic captions to live streams.
For creators, they can offer new live automatic captions as a quick and inexpensive way to provide accessibility if professionally provided captions aren’t available. This makes live streams easier to follow along without sound.
This feature — which is based on YouTube’s live automatic speech recognition (LASR) technology — will have captions with error rates and latency approaching industry standards. Live automatic captions will be rolling out in the coming weeks as YouTube improves accuracy and latency of the automatic captions.
Live Chat Replay
Live chat is a feature that allows the YouTube community to connect with creators. Many video creators take questions and respond to the community directly from the chat window. Today YouTube is rolling out chat replay for YouTube Live so the community can follow the conversation even though the live stream is over. The live chat replay feature was designed so that the replays show up along the video just like how it appeared live.
YouTube Live creators can now add location tags in order to add context to their mobile live streams and video uploads. For example, YouTube creators can tag the location of a restaurant that they are live streaming from as they enjoy a meal or a national park as they go on a hiking adventure. YouTube users can explore other videos with the same location tag by clicking on it. Plus YouTube users can use the location filter on the search results page to find other videos created from a specific place:
Super Chats Update
Super Chats is a feature that enables creators to monetize their videos and live streams. YouTube users that are watching a live stream can purchase a Super Chat, which is a highlighted message that appears in the chat stream that sticks out from the other comments in order to get the attention of their favorite creators. Super Chats are pinned to the top of the chat for up to 5 hours, depending on the amount that is selected.
Creators can now set up Super Chats on their YouTube channels using IFTTT (If This, Then That). This means that more than 600 Internet-connected devices and services can be connected to Super Chat. Super Chat has been available on the desktop and Android and it is now rolling out to iOS devices starting today.
How To Live Stream On YouTube
If you are a YouTube creator with a verified channel and do not have a live stream restriction over the last 90 days, then you can set up a live stream. You can set up a live stream by going to the “Live Streaming” tab in the Creator Studio tools on the desktop version of YouTube or by visiting the support page on YouTube Help to see how to set it up on mobile devices.
Article Source: Forbes.com