YouTube has announced a plethora of awesome, upcoming features

YouTube announced several upcoming features for video makers during its VidCon conference today. Among the new features is support for high-framerate video, including popular options like 48 and 60fps, typically used in HFR live-action footage and video game captures, respectively. When viewed in HD, videos uploaded at these framerates will retain their full quality. Another new feature for content creators is the YouTube Creator Studio app for Android, which allows uploaders to manage their channels from their mobile devices. A new donations feature will allow viewers to directly contribute money to channels they enjoy. The feature is currently in beta, but anyone interested in testing it can sign up for a chance to do so through a form on YouTube’s website. These changes are accompanied by smaller changes, such as more visible playlists, viewer-submitted subtitles, a new annotation-like “info cards” function, and the ability to tag collaborators in video descriptions so viewers can easily find their work.

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki announced a series of new features for both fans and creators at Vidcon on Thursday, including a massive crowd-sourced translation effort, a virtual tip-jar that supports contributions up to $500, direct connections between videos and crowdfunding sites and a mobile app from which YouTubers can manage and monitor their videos. Other new goodies for YouTube creators: An option for up to 60 frames per second (which will make video-game vloggers very happy), a free music and sound-effects library and a system for tagging contributors. Speaking before hundreds of YouTube creators at the afternoon keynote — her first Vidcon since becoming CEO of YouTube more than five months ago — Wojcicki first announced “Fan Subtitles,” a crowd-sourced translation effort that encourages bi-lingual users to type in subtitles for their favorite videos.”Our goal is to make it that every video uploaded to YouTube will be available in every language,” she said of the opt-in feature. YouTube will also roll out interactive cards that directly link creators’ campaigns to Indiegogo and Kickstarter fundraising efforts. And in a conference whose first day was all about diversifying YouTubers’ business models, the company also announced that it will soon add its virtual tip-jar “Fan Funding,” with which fans can contribute cash to creators (who have to sign up for it) at any time. “To put it really simply,” Wojcicki said, “any viewer can show any creator their viewer their love by tipping them any amount between $1 and $500.”

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