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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 been 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 or when you schedule a stream.

Details page

Privacy

For users aged 13–17 on YouTube, your default privacy setting is private. If you're 18 or over, your default privacy setting is public. All users can change this setting to make their live stream public, private or unlisted.

Type

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

Tags

Tags are descriptive keywords that 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

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

Monetisation 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 monetising your live stream.

Rights-management page

Manage rights on your live content, like where to monetise, 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.

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.

Comments and ratings

Choose if and how you want to show comments, such as holding comments for review and how to sort them.

Stream settings

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.

  1. Upload your trailer to your YouTube channel like you would with a regular upload.
  2. Go to YouTube Studio > Go live.
  3. Create a scheduled live stream or choose a scheduled stream from the 'Manage' tab.
  4. In the top-right corner, click Edit.
  5. Click Customise.
  6. Under 'Trailer', click Add.
  7. Choose your trailer video.
  8. Click Save.

Eligibility

This feature is available to creators that have more than 1,000 subscribers and no Community Guideline strikes

Requirements

  • 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.
Make sure that there's no content that will violate our Community Guidelines.

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 and 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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