Encrypt your stream using RTMPS

You can stream to YouTube Live with RTMPS, a secure extension to the popular RTMP streaming video protocol. It is RTMP over a Transport Layer Security (TLS/SSL) connection and provides encryption.

Before you start

Make sure that your encoder supports RTMPS and that you know the basics of live streaming on YouTube.

1 – Check for a YouTube RTMPS preset

Update your encoder to the newest version and check for a built-in setting for YouTube RTMPS. 

If you see a YouTube RTMPS preset, select it. You may need to enter your stream key from Live Control Room too. You're now ready to stream.

If your encoder doesn't have a YouTube RTMPS preset, go to 'Set the server URL'.

2 – Set the server URL

You can get the RTMPS URL from Live Control Room. Note that it will still show you the ordinary RTMP URL by default, so make sure that you get the RTMPS URL instead.

  1. Open YouTube Live Control Room.
  2. Click the Stream tab or schedule a new stream.
  3. Under 'Stream settings', in the Stream URL field click the lock icon to reveal the RTMPS URL.
  4. Copy the 'Stream URL'.
  5. Paste the URL into your encoder.
  6. Copy your YouTube stream key from Live Control Room and paste it into your encoder.

Troubleshooting

SSL errors

If you see an error like 'the RTMP server sent an invalid SSL certificate', try the following:

 

1 – Make sure that the server URL is correct

Follow the steps in 'Set the server URL' to make sure that the server URL is correct. Both the protocol and the server should be rtmps, not just rtmp.

 

2 – Specify the port number

If the URL looks correct but you still get an SSL error, try specifying the port 443 in the URL. Here's an example, but you'll need to update the server URL that you get from Live Control Room:

rtmps://exampleYouTubeServer.com:443/stream

 

Or, if your encoder lets you specify the port number in the configuration options, use 443 there.

Connection timed out

If you see an error like 'failed to connect to server – connection timed out', then try the following:

 

1 – Make sure that the server URL is correct

Follow the steps in 'Set the server URL' to make sure that the server URL is correct.

 

Both the protocol and the server should be rtmps, not just rtmp.

 

2 – See if your encoder supports RTMPS

If you're still having trouble, then your encoder may not support RTMPS. Double-check the documentation for your encoder.

 

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