YouTube has made some changes to how viewers interact with and watch their live videos. YouTube is introducing new ways to watch live videos and interact with the community in real time and one of the changes is automatic captions. The new live automatic captions feature will allow creators to use a quick and inexpensive way to make their live streams accessible to more people. This is all thanks to YouTube’s live automatic speech recognition technology.
Today YouTube has enabled chat replay for live videos, so viewers can follow a live chat even after the video is over. Live chat replays will show up alongside the video in the same way as they appeared live.
YouTube actually added automatic captions in 2009 and it has auto-captioned over one billion videos since then. So it has been doing this for some time. The service has now added English automatic captions to live streams. This allows creators to make their live streams accessible to more people when professionally provided captions aren’t available.
The company says that the live automatic speech recognition technology provides captions with error rates and latency that are “approaching industry standards.” You can expect this feature to be rolled out widely in the coming weeks and the accuracy and latency will continue to be improved over time.
You can also add a location tag to your mobile live stream and video uploads to share your favorite spots with viewers. Other videos with the same location tag can also be explored by clicking on the location tag.
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