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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.

How to Create a Webcam Live Stream on YouTube

  1. Ensure that you've enabled your channel for live streaming. Webcam is compatible with Chrome 60+ and Firefox 53+.
  2. In the upper right-hand corner, click Create .
  3. Click Go Live.
  4. From the left-hand menu, 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 Next. Your camera will then take a thumbnail.
  8. Make sure that you've chosen the correct webcam and microphone.
  9. Click Go Live.
  10. To manage your stream, like add tags, change monetisation and chat settings and more, click Edit. You can change these settings at any time, whether your stream is live or not.
  11. When you've finished 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. From the left-hand menu, select Content.
  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. From the left-hand menu, select Manage.
  2. Click on the scheduled live stream that you'd like to launch.
  3. Click Go Live.
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