Team YouTube just recently announced exciting improvements and updates for creators interested in live-streaming. The platform is rolling out new features that will allow vloggers and viewers to better make use of YouTube Live.
There’s essentially 3 enhancements taking place, which revolve around:
- Reduced latency for faster live streams
- Comment moderations
- Ability to live stream directly from your iPhone screen and apps
1) Improved Live Streaming Latency
Although it can seem instantaneous, there’s usually a delay on the content being recording from your camera before it’s shown to viewers watching your live-stream. This delay is known as latency. The less latency in your live-streams, the faster your content is displayed to viewers from the moment it’s captured.
For example, when you’re doing a Q&A vlog with viewers, it’s better to be as close to real-time as possible, meaning you should select the lowest latency option available in your settings. Well, YouTube has now added the ability to enable “Ultra-low-latency” in your stream option settings, which makes the live-streaming experience between yourself and your community even faster!
As a creator, you’re able to select from the following options:
- Normal latency
- Low latency
- Ultra-low latency
You might wonder why the other options exist. After all, wouldn’t everyone just prefer ultra-low latency all the time for a better real-time experience? It’s important to understand that lower latency can lead to an increased amount of buffer time for viewers watching your content. So, be sure to keep that balance in mind, and choose a latency setting accordingly with the type of content you’re streaming.
2) Better Comment Management for Live Streams
Comments and engagement play a very big role in live-streams, especially for vloggers. When live-streaming on YouTube, you’ll be able to better moderate your comments in your stream with the following options:
This feature will allow you to pause the chat feed by the holding alt/option button, and while doing so, you’ll be able to approve or remove any comments with a single click!
Letting YouTube Assist You With Moderation
For vloggers interested in having YouTube hold potentially inappropriate comments from being displayed on their chat feed, they can opt-in to have this feature enabled. “Chat messages identified by our system will be held from posting on your streams, then you decide whether to approve, hide, or report them (just like you can with comments)” said YouTube when describing the feature on their blog.
The third feature described was having lists of users you’ve blacklisted that can be shared between delegated moderators on your channel for both live-stream chat feeds and your normal video comments section. YouTube also mentioned future plans for automatic hides to take effect on both live-streams and video comments, regardless of where they are initially enabled.
3) Stream From Your iPhone Screen & Apps to YouTube
Lastly, YouTube will be adding functionality for creators with iPhone apps supported by Apple’s ReplayKit to live-stream commentary with their phone’s front facing camera and mic, via the YouTube app. ReplayKit has allowed gamers to stream directly from iOS games to the YouTube Gaming platform.
Whether you’re on your iPhone or iPad, this new feature will allow creators in any niche to share their screen and provide commentary while on their favourite apps straight onto the YouTube’s app for live-streams. This is definitely one of our favourite features released to date! Check out the example below:
Overall, it’s great to see the team at YouTube making these enhancements. YouTube Live has become an integral part of communication between vloggers and their communities.
It’s a great way to grow your YouTube channel’s audience by connecting with your viewers in real-time and engaging with them through Q&As, behind-the-scene updates, sharing exclusive content, and much more!
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