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 been created. To get started, select your stream and click Reuse settings.
Choose these settings when you create a stream or by clicking Edit from the stream settings page or when you schedule a stream.
Live Redirect page
After your stream ends, you can send your audience to a Premiere or another live stream. Here are some tips:
- Set up your Premiere before setting up your live stream.
- Remember to tell your audience that when the live stream ends, wait for approximately two seconds for their screens to reload to the Premiere.
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Add a trailer to your live stream
Get your audience excited about your scheduled live stream by showing a trailer. Your trailer will play for viewers on the watch page before the live stream starts.
Trailers can only be played on streams scheduled from the 'Manage' tab in the Live Control Room.
- Upload your trailer to your YouTube channel like you would with a regular upload.
- Go to YouTube Studio > Go live.
- Create a scheduled live stream or choose a scheduled stream from the 'Manage' tab.
- In the top-right corner, click Edit.
- Click Customise.
- Under 'Trailer', click Add.
- Choose your trailer video.
- Click Save.
This feature is available to creators that have more than 1,000 subscribers and no Community Guideline strikes.
- Video type: Use any YouTube supported video type.
- Video length: 15 seconds–3 minutes.
- Aspect ratio and resolution: We recommend using the same aspect ratio and resolution as the premiering video.
- Audio and video rights: Make sure that the trailer does not infringe on other content.
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.
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:
- Choose the highest supported resolution and bitrate that you can stream.
- A resolution of 2160p or 1440p is preferred for live 360.
- Choose 16:9 aspect ratio for the best video quality. Learn more about aspect ratios.
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.