Back in May, YouTube teased some of the stuff they were working on to improve the experience for both users and creators. Just this week at Vidcon, they provided more details about new features they are working on, including a Vimeo-like Tip Jar that will allow fans to contribute $1-$500 to any channel. While it will be more beneficial to those uploading video game clips, the company also announced that they are introducing higher frame rates, including support for 48fps and 60fps.
First, here are a few sample videos showing some high-frame rate material:
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The high frame rates are definitely going to be more beneficial for video games, but if high frame rates ever take off for other kinds of entertainment, like movies or sports, YouTube is already prepared. The response hasn't been too positive for fiction content, but these things are not set in stone, and could certainly change in a big way down the line.
Here is a list of most of the changes, taken from their Creators Blog (slightly condensed):
- YouTube Creator Studio: To help you manage your videos on the go, the new YouTube Creator Studio app lets you see analytics, manage your videos and more. The app is available now on Android and launching on iOS in coming weeks and you’ll see some redesign of the Creator Studio on desktop too.
- Audio Library, now with sound effects: To make your lives easier and videos better, from today you now have thousands of royalty-free sound effects at your disposal. We’ve also added more tracks to the Audio Library.
- 60 (yeah, six-zero) frames per second: Your video game footage with crazy high frame rates will soon look as awesome on YouTube as it does when you’re playing, when we launch support for 48 and even 60 frames per second in the coming months. Take a look at some preview videos on the YT Creator Channel. Make sure you’re watching in HD!
- Fan Funding: Your fans aren’t just watching your videos, they’re also helping support your channel through services like KickStarter, IndieGogo,Patreon and more. We’ll be adding another option for you, where fans will be able to contribute money to support your channel at any time, for any reason. A handful of creators are testing this feature soon on desktop and Android, including Dulce Delight, Fitness Blender, The Healthcare Triage,The King of Random, Soul Pancake, Steve Spangler Science, The Young Turks, and Thug Notes. If you’re interested in trying it on your channel, sign up here.
- Creator Credits: Collaboration is a key to great videos on YouTube. You’re already giving your collaborators shout outs in your video descriptions. But what if those text-based shout outs were tags that let viewers click through to their channels, or let you search for a collaborator based on their work and location? That’s our vision for Creator Credits, stay tuned for more.
- Subtitles contributed from fans: In the coming months, your fans will be able to submit translations in any language based on the subtitles or captions you’ve created, helping you reach even more viewers. You can try this out now on Barely Political, Fine Art-Tips, Got Talent Global and Unicoos.
- Info Cards: In the near future, you’ll see our new interactive information cards with a clean look, which you’ll beable to program once to work across desktop, phones and tablets.
We'll see how effective the fan funding becomes (it's unclear how well it has worked out for Vimeo), but it's a welcome change for anyone who makes videos for YouTube. There are options to contribute $1, $5, or any amount up to $500 directly on the channel page:
If you want to be a beta tester for the fan funding option, there is a sign up form here:
YouTube will be rolling out these features for all users over the coming months, but to read more about the changes, check out the links below.