Create a live stream
Live streaming set up
There are two options to start live streaming on YouTube. Select the best one for your needs and we’ll help you get setup!
Start sending content - we’ll take care of all the hard stuff for you! YouTube will automatically detect the stream resolution and frame rate, then start your stream! When you are live, we’ll transcode to lower resolutions so all of your fans can enjoy your stream - no matter where & how they are viewing it.
Want to engage with your fans in real-time? This option supports low latency!
To go live instantly:
Download and setup your encoder using the Stream Name/Key and Server URL.
Add metadata in the Basic Info tab. You can also add a custom thumbnail that represents your event.
Add an optional Fan Funding card to earn money for your stream.
For those selecting the Gaming Category, add a Game title to aid discovery.
In the Stream Options tab, select between Low Latency or Highest Quality. Low Latency is closer to real-time. Highest Quality provides the smoothest viewing experience for your audience. (Tip: If you only have rights to the live show, check the “Mark archive private when complete” box.)
When the stream is live:
- Interact with the audience using live chat.
- Share the link across social media platforms using our easy tool.
- Keep an eye on the real-time Analytics section.
- Monitor the stream in the player, top status bar and in the Stream Health tab
When the stream is over:
- Stop sending content and we’ll end your stream.
- We’ll automatically archive the event every 8 hours and generate a new Video ID. Each Video ID will display live and ondemand metrics in YouTube Analytics 72 hours after the stream ends.
You’ll be able to select privacy options, set a start time, enable a backup stream for redundancy, create multiple live events and stream them all simultaneously!
From Video Manager, click on Events
Click New Live Event on the right.
Complete Basic Info tab.
- Title, description and tags
- Enter Start and End times
- Privacy Settings
Only public events will appear on your channel, search results and promotion. Choose unlisted or private for test events.
Select Quick to launch a Hangouts on Air.
Select Custom to use custom encoders and controls.
* The Info and settings tab is not currently available on mobile or tablet.
** YouTube Live supports multiple simultaneous live streams. For every live stream you create, you must proportionally increase your encoding and network resources. For example, three simultaneous live streams would require you to triple your encoders and bandwidth. Remember, each live stream will also need to be individually started and stopped.
- Live chat and responses
Moderate live chat. Viewers are limited to a maximum of 3 comments every 30 seconds and cannot post special characters, URLs or HTML tags. The comment module does not follow embedded players.
- Distribution Options
Enable or disable embedding and subscriber notifications.
Archives beyond 8 hours may not be captured. We recommend recording a local archive as a backup. Keep in mind YouTube Video Editor only allows editing of videos 2 hours or less.
Pause or rewind the event and return to live. The DVR will display the most recent 4 hours of video.
- Broadcast Delay
Introduce a 30s or 60s broadcast delay to the public stream. Even with no delay, you should expect the preview player to be up to 30 seconds behind the live feed.
- Promote your event to all of your fans using featured content