Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Google announces auto-captions and new chat features for YouTube Live

YouTube Live now supports IFTTT, geotagging, and more Youtube Live update: chat replay, automatic captions, location tags
| 02 March, 2018, 06:58

"Live chat plays a key role in creating connections between creators and their community". Other touch-ups include location tagging for live videos and improvements to the platform's live chat. The new live automatic captions feature will enable creators to use a quick and cheap way to make their live streams accessible to more people thanks to YouTube's live automatic speech recognition technology. Now, people watching a live stream after it concludes will see a replay of the chat scrolling on the right side of the video.

YouTube started offering programmed subtitling in 2009, and has since added inscriptions to a billion recordings, the organization says. Super Chats are paid comments you can make during a live stream to support your favorite creators and make sure your question/comment is seen above everyone else's, and with them now supporting IFTTT, creators can have them trigger various Internet-connected gadgets, such as lights, switches, and much more. While captions likely won't be ideal, they'll help the hearing impaired enjoy live events.


YouTube today announced a trio of new features for its YouTube Live streaming service. Don't expect these captions to be 100 percent flawless with no lag, but YouTube's live automatic speech recognition technology offers "error rates and latency approaching industry standards". This is going to be rolled in the coming weeks as the technology continues to improve.

Users can also explore other videos with the same location tag by simply clicking on it and can also use the location filter on the search results page to find other videos from a specific spot, YouTube said. Announced past year, Super Chats have been available on desktop and Android for some time.

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