YouTube will soon support English automatic captions for live streams, creating a cheap and easy way to make broadcasts more accessible. The live chat replay will be placed next to the video, just like in the original stream.
Automatic captions for videos were launched back in 2009, with one billion videos being auto-captioned since. Don't expect these captions to be 100 percent ideal with no lag, but YouTube's live automatic speech recognition technology offers "error rates and latency approaching industry standards".
When professionally provided captions aren't available, YouTube's new live automatic captions will fill the void.
Watching live videos and interacting with creators and other fans is a popular phenomenon in this day and age.
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Google has been working on the issue for more than a decade, adding basic captioning in 2006 and rolling out automatic captions a few years later.
The company says that its live automatic speech recognition technology provides captions with error rates and latency "approaching industry standards". "Together, we've experienced the biggest music, sports, science, culture and gaming events unfold live on YouTube".
Creators can also now tag live videos with the location they're broadcasting from. This is going to be rolled in the coming weeks as the technology continues to improve. Users will be able to explore videos from a place by clicking on the new tag, with search now gaining a similar location filter. They can also connect to several other smart devices and get engaged with the real-time world with lights, a pet feeder, and confetti canons.
Next feature that will be airing on YouTube is Super Chat feature allows users to see their chats emphasized in a chat stream.