YouTube now lets you go live from your computer—via webcam precisely
YouTube just released an update that makes it easier to go live directly from your computer. In other words, you can now set up a live stream from your computer with a little help from your webcam.
“First, if you’ve ever tried to set up a live stream from your computer using an encoder, you know there can be a few steps involved. Today, we’re making the process as easy as a couple of clicks,” YouTube said.
YouTube said the process of setting things up is so easy, you don’t need additional software to get going. To get started, go to youtube.com/webcam or click on “Go live” in the YouTube header, and you are all good to go.
The Google subsidiary said creators who tested the early version have been using it for a couple of things including tutorials, fan updates, and product reviews.
Currently, the feature is available only to Chrome users, but the video streaming website said plans are on to extend it to other browsers soon.
There is even more—very soon, streaming right from your phone will be made available from the camera app in select devices. Early birds include Asus, LG, Motorola, Nokia and Samsung.
Last February, YouTube announced more ways to watch live streams on its platform. Chief among updates announced by the video streaming site is the addition of automatic caption to live streams.
The update will benefit both creators and viewers, and will enhance their livestreaming experience. Automatic captions according to YouTube, were launched in 2009, and have experienced a boom totaling 1 billion videos.
Beginning from last month, YouTube creators started adding location tag to their mobile live streams and video uploads. Viewers will be able to explore other videos recorded at the same location when clicked. This is YouTube’s way of responding to competition especially from Periscope, Instagram and Facebook.
“When professionally provided captions aren’t available, our new live automatic captions provide creators a quick and inexpensive way to make live streams accessible to more people. With our live automatic speech recognition (LASR) technology, you’ll get captions with error rates and latency approaching industry standards. We’ll roll this out in the coming weeks, and will continue to improve accuracy and latency of automatic captions.”
In addition to those updates, YouTube also rolled out chat replay; a tool that allows you to follow the conversation even after a live stream is over. Live chat replays will show alongside the video, exactly as it appeared live.
To make it easier for everyone to stream live from mobile, the video-streaming site had last September 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.