Google+ Hangouts On Air Now Process Videos During Recording, Allowing For Live Rewind And Immediate Publishing

Posted: May 8, 2013 in Media, Social, Technology
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20130508-223605.jpg Google+ Hangouts allow for groups of friends or
colleagues have an intimate face-to-face
conversation, but the “On Air” feature of the service
allows you to broadcast to the masses. The President
Of The United States Of America has taken part in
these conversations, but anyone can set up their own. Today, the Hangouts team has introduced some
new functionality that make participating in a live On
Air a little bit easier. Up until now you haven’t been able to do anything
other than watch the live broadcast as it happens,
which is nice until you have to run to the kitchen to
grab a drink or pause to take a phone call. Today,
viewers can now rewind your broadcast no matter
where they are during the live filming process. Additionally, On Air videos will immediately be
published instead of carrying the normal waiting
period where you’ll get the infamous “processing…”
dialogue. The only negatives that I see to this is that it slows
down the ramp up time it takes to start your
broadcast, so you should buffer some time in to get
started before your actual scheduled “live” time: Other tweaks in this push include higher quality
versions of a Hangout On Air via your mobile device,
which is nice since these can be kind of grainy,
depending on your connection at the time.
Additionally, live broadcasts will now start without
having to refresh a page, which was a real pain in the ass. Now if you visit a page that has the embedded
On Air player, it will just automagically start playing. The Hangouts product has made its way into many of
Google’s services, including its mobile offerings on
Android and even Glass. The usecase for Hangouts
widely vary, but Google has been dogfooding it way
before its release. The “On Air” option has the
attention of both local and national broadcasters, giving them away to connect to audiences in a way
more intimate way.

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