Manage live stream settings

Choosing the correct stream settings can help you reach the right audience and get the best quality stream.

Note: This article is only for streams using an encoder, not webcam or mobile streams.

Reuse stream settings

You can easily create a new stream using the same settings as a previous stream. The new stream will copy all of the previous stream’s metadata, settings, and the stream key. You’ll have a chance to change the stream after it’s created. To get started, select your stream and click Reuse settings.

Edit metadata

Choose these settings when you create a stream or by clicking Edit from the stream settings page.

Details page


Choose between these options:

  • Public: Anyone can search for and view.
  • Unlisted: Anyone with the link can view.
  • Private: Only you can view.


To reach the correct audience, choose your type of stream, like Gaming or People & Blogs.


Tags are descriptive keywords you can add to your video to help viewers find your content. Tags can be useful if the content of your video is commonly misspelled. Otherwise, tags play a minimal role in your video's discovery.

Schedule for later

When you schedule your stream for later, it may show up in your subscribers feed as upcoming. Viewers can click “Set reminder” to get a notification when the stream is about to begin.

Monetization page

You can earn revenue on live streams by enabling ads and using Super Chat. Some channels have access to channel memberships. Learn more about monetizing your live stream.

Rights Management page

Manage rights on your live content, like where to monetize, turn on/off Content ID, and set ownership. Turn on/off Content ID and choose a rights policy. For example, you could choose a policy that shows advertisements to viewers in the United States but only tracks viewers in the rest of the world. Learn more about rights management.

Stream settings

Stream key

Stream keys are like your YouTube stream’s password and address. They tell your encoder where to send your feed and let YouTube accept it. You’ll create a stream key in YouTube, and then enter it into your encoder.

To reuse the same stream key, create a custom stream key.  Under “Select stream key,” click Create new stream key. Enter your preferred settings and click Create. Your stream key will show up in the stream key list.

Stream URL

Enter this URL into your encoder to tell it where to send your stream feed.

Stream latency

Stream latency is the delay between your encoder or camera capturing an event and the event being shown on your stream. Lower latency may mean more playback buffering. If you don’t interact with your audience, a lower latency isn’t as important. Learn more about stream latency.

Enable DVR

Enabling DVR lets viewers pause, rewind, and continue during your stream. Once a viewer resumes playing, the event will continue where they paused. Learn more about DVR on live streams.

360 video

You can stream in 360 degrees using Live Events. 360 degree videos help you provide an immersive viewing experience. YouTube only supports equirectangular projection for 360 videos at this time. Here are some tips:

YouTube supports live streaming ingestion and playback of 360 degree videos on computers in Chrome, Firefox, MS Edge, and Opera browsers. 360 degree playback is also supported in the YouTube and YouTube Gaming apps.

Auto-start & auto-stop

When these settings are on, you can start or stop streaming from your encoder. Copying a stream by selecting “Reuse settings” will also copy your auto-start and auto-stop selections.

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