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How To Set Up Live Streaming on YouTube

With YouTube’s Live Streaming service, one can easily host and broadcast live events online. Setting up a live streaming session on your YouTube channel is a breeze, it can easily be done from a computer or mobile device.

How To Enable Live Streaming On YouTube

To enable live streaming on YouTube,Sign-in to your YouTube account, click on your account icon in the top-right corner, and scroll to Settings.

Then, choose Channel Status and Features and go to Live Streaming.

To enable live streaming, you will have to verify your account first. To do so, follow the steps below.

How to Verify a YouTube Account

Click on Enable in the Live Streaming panel and the system will start the account verification process automatically.

Select your country and type your telephone number in the indicated field.

When you receive a verification code, enter it, and press submit.

Once the verification process has successfully finished, you will receive a notification that your channel has been verified. However enabling your first stream might take up to 24 hours so be patient because once it’s enabled, you can go live immediately.

How To Start a Live Broadcast

Choose a Way to Stream

You can choose whether you want to go live with your mobile phone, webcam, or encoder. For live streaming using your phone, you will need to have at least 1000 subscribers whereas with a computer webcam you can broadcast with any number of subscribers. The encoder is mostly used to stream games, conferences, sports events, and concerts.

Using a Webcam

Click on the little camera icon in the top right corner and choose Go Live.

On the left menu select Webcam ,enter a title and a description of your stream, then select age restriction policy. Click on Next and let your camera take a thumbnail of your live stream to make a cover image for it.

In More Options you can choose which camera and microphone you would like to use. You can also adjust the Advanced Settings and choose whether you want to allow chat or if you have any paid content or promotions.

When you have finished your first live video, click on End Stream. All streams under 12 hours will be archived automatically, and you can find and manage them in your video list.

Using a Phone or Tablet

If you are using a phone or a tablet, open the YouTube app. Click on Capture > Go live in the top right and choose the suitable options. If it’s your first live, you have to grant access to the camera, microphone, and storage. If you want to do a screen share, click on the little phone icon in the top right corner.

Click Finish when you want to end the streaming session. The video will be saved to your channel and you can edit the privacy settings and age restrictions later.

Note: Don’t forget that you can go live with your phone on YouTube only if you have more than 1000 subscribers. Otherwise, you have to use your computer.

Using an Encoder

Encoders help you convert content to a more suitable digital format compatible with multiple devices. Often they are used to broadcast sports events, concerts, and conferences for better quality.

You can download one of the encoder software programs such as Streamlabs OBS or XSplit Gamecaster. The other option is to purchase a hardware encoder such as Air Server or an Epiphan Decoder.

Connect your webcam and microphone to the encoder, enter your YouTube Stream URL and stream key to the encoder, then follow the same instructions as if you’d go live with your webcam and start the stream.

How to Schedule a Live Broadcast

You can create and schedule your live broadcast sessions for a later time. To do so, click on the little camera icon on the top menu and choose Go Live. Write the event’s name, choose visibility settings, and enable the Schedule for later option. Now you can select the day and time you want to start your first live stream.

Finally, you can make or choose a thumbnail – a cover image for your upcoming live stream and press Save. You can share your event with your friends by clicking on Share, copying the link to it, and sending it to your potential viewers.

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