YouTube’s new “Camera Switch” feature is a homerun for content creators!

So I wanted to write a little “how to” article for our VLOG and our followers out there about the little known “Camera Switch” feature available in YouTube. Essentially the feature adds a little camera icon to the bottom of the YouTube player and allows the viewer to switch between two linked videos that were streamed simultaneously.

New Camera Switching Feature in YouTube

YouTube continues to change the way the world is thinking about on-demand and live video content. Over 2 million people are subscribed to YouTube’s “Live Channel” with 6,000+ plus new users subscribing every month! Not bad for a community providing free content!

(YouTube Subscribers for YouTube’s new “Live” Channel report here)

The feature was originally intended for live broadcasters who wanted to feature multiple live cameras in their stream. But I think the feature will be used for many different types of video creation. SpaceX has the best example of a dual-streamed live broadcast where they offer one hosted and one technical broadcast side by side. I would expect sports networks to use a similar approach to “internet streaming” allowing them to cater to various audiences with multiple live views in a single live event.

As you can see in the picture below, the camera icon opens up a tab with all of the available cameras.

Multiple Camera Switching in Youtube Tab

So let’s start with the basics:

  1. Why is this a big deal?

Video On Demand is an exploding industry expected to grow past $61 Billion by 2020 (Market Study Here). YouTube is poised to take full advantage allowing anyone to become a content creator and/or live broadcaster.

2. Why it could revolutionize live broadcast…

Like traditional newspaper distribution, traditional cable TV is in for some serious changes. From OTT content delivered online to live streaming with multiple viewer selected camera choices, more and more viewers will be turning to the internet for traditional television.

3. Simple and powerful feature

Google is a master of balancing powerful technology with ease of use. The new feature fits right into their video player user interface like it was always there!

4. YouTube Live vs Cable TV

Viewer selected video cameras is a feature reserved for NFL sky-boxes at the newest updated football stadiums. YouTube is making the technology free and easy to use…

5. How this is free

YouTube offers free live streaming because it generates ad revenue. Traditional television broadcasts depend on ad revenue and use contracts with premium network distributors to protect their content.

In the video we made below, I demonstrate how to use multiple cameras during a YouTube Live broadcast. When you do this you unlock an awesome new feature in YouTube which allows viewers to select which camera they would like to view instead of the other way around. Enjoy two live streaming cameras to choose from using YouTube’s new “Camera Select” feature with the camera icon in the YouTube Player.

Using multiple cameras in a Single YouTube Player!

You can use this feature by preparing two different videos ahead of time and streaming the pre-recorded content OR you can have two live cameras of a single event. Once you are streaming to YouTube your viewers will automatically get the option for switching between cameras. This feature will also be available for the on-demand content effectively linking both live streams (even though they will be recorded and available as separate videos).

NOTE: This feature does not currently work with mobile devices even using their repsective YouTube Apps!

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