YouTube launches new features for live video streamers

YouTube launches new features for live video streamers

YouTube has launched more improvements to its live video-streaming features, as competition with platforms including Facebook and Twitch heats up.

Influencers broadcasting live on YouTube can now enable ‘ultra low-latency’ mode, which the company says will make for smoother interaction with fans, particularly during Let’s Play videos of games.

YouTube is also rolling out some new moderation tools for those interactions, including ‘inline moderation’, which will enable YouTubers (or their designated moderators) to pause the chat feed and quickly approve or remove messages.

That approval process will include “potentially inappropriate” messages being held for review, if a YouTube channel-owner opts in to this feature.

“As you review more messages the system will get better at identifying the types of messages you want to hold for review,” explained YouTube Live product lead Kurt Wilms in a blog post announcing the new features. “If you want to block certain words or phrases, you can do that too.”

Some big news for wannabe mobile-game streamers too: YouTube is now supporting Apple’s ReplayKit in its iOS app, shortly after Microsoft launched its Mixer Create app with the same capability.

“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,” wrote Wilms.

“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.”

While YouTube is still known more for recorded Let’s Plays than live game streams – Amazon’s Twitch continues to lead the latter market – the latest changes show YouTube’s determination to tempt more creators to broadcast live on its service.

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