Create a live stream in Creator Studio Classic

Our Classic live streaming tools are going away soon. Try the new Live Control Room, which combines our classic desktop streaming tools with new and improved features. Learn how to stream using an encoder with Live Control Room.

Creator Studio Classic still offers some live streaming features. If you're having trouble with these instructions, you may be in Live Control Room, the new way to stream on YouTube.

Stream now

Stream now is a simple way to stream. YouTube automatically detects the stream resolution and frame rate.

When you're live, we’ll transcode to lower resolutions. Lower resolutions let all of your fans enjoy your stream no matter the quality of their internet connection.

To go live instantly:

  1. Download and setup your encoder using the Stream Name/Key and Server URL. Learn more about encoders.
  2. Add a title and description in the BASIC INFO tab. You can also add a custom thumbnail that represents your event.
  3. Optional: Schedule your next stream time.
  4. If you select the Gaming Category, add a Game title to help people discover your stream.
  5. Set privacy settings to Public, Unlisted, or Private.
  6. In the STREAM OPTIONS tab, select between Ultra low latency or Normal latency. Ultra low latency is closer to real-time for users. Normal latency give your audience the smoothest viewing experience.
  7. If you only have rights to the live show, check the Mark archive unlisted when complete box. You can use this option to remove the archived live event from the search index. The link can still be shared and embedded. The setting will be applied as soon as the live event is complete.

When the stream is live:

Interact with the audience using live chat.

  • Share the link across social media platforms using our SHARE tool.
  • Keep an eye on the real-time Analytics section.
  • Monitor the stream:
    • In the player 
    • In the top status bar
    • In the Stream Health tab.

When the stream is over:

  • Stop sending content from your encoder and we’ll end your stream.
  • We’ll automatically archive the event up to 12 hours and make it available in the Video Manager. We recommend recording a local archive as a backup.
Events

Events give you more control of your stream. You can select privacy options, set a start time, turn on a backup stream for redundancy, create multiple live events, and stream them all simultaneously.

  1. From Creator Studio Classic, click LIVE STREAMING, then select Events.
  2. On the right, select New Live Event.
  3. Complete the Basic info tab.
    • Title, description and tags.
    • Enter Start and End times.
    • Privacy Settings: Only Public events will appear on your channel, and in search results and promotion. Choose Unlisted or Private to test events.
Note: 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, 3 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.

Advanced Settings

Select the Advanced Settings tab.

  • Live chat and responses: Moderate live chat. Viewers are limited to a maximum of 3 comments every 30 seconds and can't post special characters, URLs, or HTML tags. The comment module does not follow embedded players.
  • Distribution Options: Turn embedding and subscriber notifications on or off.
  • Recording: Archives beyond 8 hours may not be captured. We recommend recording a local archive as a backup.
  • DVR: Pause or rewind the event and return to live. The DVR will display the latest 4 hours at 30 fps, or 2 hours at 60 fps at low latency.
  • 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 15 seconds behind the live feed.
  • Promote your event to all of your fans using featured content.
Monetization & claimed content
Select the Monetization tab.
  • Claim this video: Apply Track, Block or Monetize policy.
  • Monetization: Turn on ads to serve pre-rolls and mid-roll ad cues when manually inserted.
  • Click the blue Create event button to load the Ingestion Settings tab.
Note: Currently mobile, Chromecast, and game console devices are live-capable.
Webcam
Webcam is an easy way to go live using your computer without the need for live streaming encoding software.

Requirements for YouTube Live

Confirm that your channel is verified and that you've had no live stream restrictions in the last 90 days. Webcam is compatible with Chrome 60+ and Firefox 53+.

Turn on YouTube Live for the first time

  1. Go to youtube.com/webcam.
  2. If asked, verify your channel.
  3. Grant Chrome or Firefox permissions for the YouTube app to access the camera and mic.
  4. [For Firefox users] Click “Remember this decision".
  5. Enter your metadata, and add a thumbnail.
  6. Click GO LIVE.

Create a webcam live stream

  1. Go to youtube.com/webcam.
  2. Create a title.
  3. Optional settings:
    1. Select a privacy setting.
    2. Add a description or select your camera and microphone.
    3. In advanced settings, you can turn on or turn off chat, and age restrict your live stream. You can also disclose paid promotion placement and endorsements.
  4. Press NEXT.
  5. Your camera will take a thumbnail. You can retake a thumbnail or upload a custom thumbnail. You can also share your live stream on social media.
  6. Click GO LIVE.

Live chat on webcam

Chat messages on webcam can be moderated the same way as regular chat messages. You can assign moderators, manage spam messages, block words proactively, and block users from chat or remove chat messages. Learn more about how to manage live chat.

Scheduling live streams on webcam

  1. Go to youtube.com/webcam.
  2. Enter a title.
  3. Select a privacy setting.
  4. Turn on Schedule for later.
  5. Select a date and time to go live.
  6. Click Next. Your camera will take a thumbnail.
  7. If you want, share your live stream on social media.
  8. Click Done.
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