Video streaming and recording applications like YouTube and Facebook Live are getting a new user interface that brings the user experience closer to what the modern web browser provides.
YouTube and Facebook live users will be able to stream videos to their PC, Mac or mobile device via a new browser extension called YouTubeWavPlay.
This means that when a YouTube video starts playing on a PC or Mac, that’s all the information the user has to work with when it comes to playback.
This is great news for video creators and streaming platforms that want to offer more robust video streams on platforms like YouTube.
The extension also brings an extra feature to the YouTube experience: The YouTubeWvLive browser extension lets users play videos directly from their desktop, mobile or Web browser.
“We’re excited to introduce this new extension, which lets YouTube Live users instantly watch their favorite videos in the YouTube app while on their PC or mobile devices,” said Michael Aylward, director of product for YouTubeWVLive.
“The YouTubeWvaLive extension provides the best of both worlds: a seamless experience on desktop, a powerful new browser experience on mobile.”
YouTubeLive will be available for download on Windows PCs, Macs and mobile devices from the YouTube website starting next week.
Aylway said that users will also be able launch YouTubeWVALive on their PCs, laptops and tablets.
Users can sign up to YouTubeWVaLive on the YouTube site and begin streaming videos.
They will be prompted to select a video player to play the video from, and the video player will automatically switch between Chrome and YouTube when the player starts up.
The YouTube app on the PC or the YouTubeTV app on a mobile device will be used to stream the video to the device.
Users will also have the option to save a copy of the video as a video in the Google Drive or other cloud storage service.
This will make it easy for YouTube to save videos to its cloud storage.
Aylward said that the extension was created by YouTube as part of a collaboration between YouTube and the YouTube Community.
“We’re proud to work together with YouTube to bring this new browser-based video streaming feature to our users,” he said.
The extension also makes it possible for users to play videos from multiple video players on their computer.
This makes it easy to add a video viewer to a YouTube stream, and then switch between different players as needed.
A video player that’s not set to automatically play a video when the user opens the YouTube application is also available for use.
For more, read TechRadar’s previous coverage of YouTubeWAVPlay.