Create a live stream via webcam

Webcam is an easy way to go live using your computer, without the need for live streaming encoding software.

  1. Ensure that you’ve enabled your channel for live streaming. Webcam is compatible with Chrome 60+ and Firefox 53+.
  2. Click the upload icon in the upper right hand corner .
  3. Click Go Live.
  4. At the top, select Webcam.
  5. Enter a title and description, and select a privacy setting. You can also schedule your live stream for a later date.
  6. Click More options > Advanced Settings for more settings.
  7. Click Save. Your camera will then take a thumbnail.
  8. Click Go Live.
  9. When you’re done streaming, click End Stream at the bottom. All streams under 12 hours will be automatically archived. You can access previous, current, and upcoming streams in the Live Tab.
Note: To access and/or launch a scheduled live stream, go to the Live Control room and select Manage.

Manage live streams

From the YouTube Studio dashboard, you can access current, upcoming, and past live streams. Here’s how:
  1. Go to YouTube Studio or
  2. Click Videos
  3. Click the Live tab.
    • Live Now: videos that are currently live streaming.
    • Upcoming: videos that have yet to stream, but are scheduled to be at a certain time.
    • Live Replay: videos that have already live streamed.

You can also access and launch scheduled live streams in the Live Control room.

  1. At the top, select Manage.
  2. Click on the scheduled live stream you’d like to launch.
  3. Click Live Dashboard > Go Live.
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