Streaming tips

Network tips
  • The total bitrate that you're streaming cannot exceed the amount of upload bandwidth available. Leave a bit of room (20% recommended).
  • Your office may have a high-speed connection, but if 1000 people are sharing that network, your individual bandwidth may be limited.
  • Run a speed test. Inbound bandwidth (download speed) is often greater than outbound (upload). Make sure your outbound connection is enough to send your stream bitrate. Primary + backup + 20% is recommended.
  • Make sure that you are on a reliable network. A disruption in your connectivity = a broken stream.
Encoding tips
  • Configure encoder(s) for live event at least 2 hours in advance.
  • Start encoder(s) at least 15 minutes before event is scheduled to start.
  • Before clicking Start streaming, check the preview in Live Control Room.
  • Test encoder failover (if applicable). Stop the primary encoder (or unplug its Ethernet cable) and make sure that the player rolls over to backup encoder.
  • Verify the integrity of all local archive files. Check that file size of local archive is growing.
  • Verify that the event is accessible via channel and watch pages.
  • Verify that the event is accessible via mobile devices (if applicable).
  • Continuously monitor stream(s) for A/V quality, audio sync and audio levels.
  • After your event has stopped on YouTube, stop the encoder.
Using a webcam
  • You can stream with a laptop and webcam. However, better equipment results in a better live stream quality.
  • You can use a software encoding program like Wirecast, Flash Media Live Encoder (FMLE) or
  • For higher production value events, we recommend professional-grade hardware encoders.
  • Make sure that you thoroughly test your setup prior to your event.
Staying safe in live streams
  • Content: Know what type of content to stream. When filming videos of your friends, classmates and/or teens, remember that they should never be sexually suggestive, violent or dangerous. Note that this also applies to live chat. Learn more about our community guidelines.
  • Personal information: Be cautious about sharing any personal information during your live stream, as well as in Live Chat. Admin access for your channel should only be provided to those you trust. YouTube will not ask you for moderation privileges in the stream.
  • Control: Flag inappropriate content or block users from the chat that make you or others feel uncomfortable. Learn more about managing live chat.
  • Privacy: YouTube has features to help you limit who can see the live streams you post. Protect your privacy by setting personal live streams to 'private' or 'unlisted'. Use the Privacy and safety settings page to explore the tools available to help you manage your experience on the site.
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