YouTube wants to make it easier for everyone to stream live from mobile. To this end, the video-streaming site has added some performance-improvement features that everyone including iPhone users will love. Previously, Android users could stream from their mobile phones—and now, that feature has also been extended to iPhone users as well.
“Now we’re bringing the feature to the main YouTube app so you can live stream your painting from Procreate, your race from Asphalt 8, your MOBA gameplay from Vainglory and more from any app that supports ReplayKit. You’ll also be able to use your phone’s microphone and front-facing camera to add your own video and audio commentary to the stream,” Kurt Wilms, YouTube Live Product Lead said.
Recall that the subscriber counts to access the feature that lets you stream live from your mobile phone was reduced from 10,000 to 1,000 earlier in the year. YouTube, however, now allows users with more than 100 subscribers to go live via mobile and stream to people.
The change was quietly made in April with a lot of tech blogs missing out on the update. The update was added to the support page of YouTube, and the tech giant confirmed the latest change.
One of several updates just made by YouTube will enable you engage your viewers during live streams. This is being made possible by ultra-low latency that makes it possible to stream video content “with just a couple seconds of latency, so you’ll be able to answer fan questions and get viewer input during your “Let’s Plays” faster than ever before.”
New chat moderation tools have also been added to YouTube Live to encourage and improve engagement with your subscribers. These tools include:
Inline moderation: is a new tool that allows you to easily moderate your chat by simply pressing and holding the “alt/option” button on your keyboard to pause the chat feed. The tool also speeds up the process of moderating your chad feed. You will be able to hover over your messages to either remove or approve them with a single click once the feed is paused. Too busy to moderate chats? The new Inline moderation tool will also allow you to add a moderator that can be delegated to moderate chats on your behalf.
To further control chat messages, Google has added a new tool that will hold potentially inappropriate messages for review “By opting-in. Once chat messages are identified as inappropriate by the system put in place by YouTube, you will then have the option of either approving or hiding or reporting them. The system learns from your choice of likes and dislikes in terms of chat messages and comments, and improves overtime. Certain words and phrases that you consider inappropriate or offensive can also be added to your list.
Finally, your moderators can use the same hidden users list across comments and live chat. This is just for a start as Google plans to update the feature to enable hides work in both live chat and comments, regardless of where such action is taken.