Is it difficult to stream live on YouTube? If it were, YouTube would not be one of the most popular platforms to stream not only videos, “normal”, but in addition to games. Not for nothing, Open Broadcast Software (OBS) is one of the most popular tools for recording everything you need, from pictures to games to audio, with voice-overs.
However, starting to use YouTube Live, and OBS can be a bit intimidating, because, even in the case of tools and services designed and intended in the live broadcast, some of the configuration options can be complex.
But we are here to help you. We’ve compiled some helpful tips and tricks, as well as some instructions “step by step” to begin broadcasting live on YouTube with OBS.
Check your YouTube channel
The first step to set up your new empire of live streaming is to create a YouTube account. If you have not already done so, check out our guide step-by-step on how to do this. If you already have it and want to start to prepare it for transmission, follow the steps below:
Step 1: you can only stream live on YouTube if you have a verified account that is linked with a mobile phone number. Go to the verification page, log in and follow the instructions that appear on the screen.
Step 2: go to the control panel of YouTube Studio on this link. Then use the left menu to select “Other features”, followed by “live Streaming”.
Step 3: you will find a number of options that you will want to customize to your Steam, including name, description, category, privacy settings and options of latency. Do you have any advice? Spend a few minutes to familiarize yourself with these options, and to configure the transmission according to your preferences. It is true that you can edit them later, but it would be ideal to know them well before starting to transmit.
If you need more specific help, YouTube has a “check-List of live streaming” on the right side can give you some good indications.
Step 4: when the setup is complete, go back to the tab “basic Information” and under the heading “encoder Settings”, take note of your “Name / key transmission,” (use the button “Reveal” or “Show” to view the article). You can leave the tab open and come back to it later, or write the key. Whatever you do, keep it secret. What you will need later, but we don’t want anyone else to have, or could be transmitted to your account without your consent.
Step 5: download OBS from the official website and install it as you would with any other program. Run it as an administrator and go to the configuration menu with the corresponding button in the bottom right of the main window.
Step 6: use the tabs “Video” and “Output” to select the frame rates, resolution and bit rate chosen. They control the quality of the audio. To see what you should configure for YouTube, see this support page from Google.
Step 7: go to the tab “Steam” with the left menu and select “YouTube / YouTube Gaming” in the drop-down menu “Service“.
Step 8: in the field “transmit Key”, type or paste your key streaming YouTube. That link OBS with YouTube, so when you transmit with OBS, it will go directly to your YouTube channel.
Step 9: click on “Audio” in the left menu. Each device on that page represents a possible source of audio of your live stream. If you want your viewers to hear the audio from the desktop or the game, set “audio Device from desktop” in the audio output of your system. If you want that your viewers will listen, select your microphone in the drop down menu next to “audio Device merge / auxiliary”.
Step 10: exit the menu settings by pressing “Apply”, followed by “Ok”. In the main window, under the heading “Sources“, at the bottom, click on the icon “+”. If you want to transmit images from the game, click in “Capture of the game” in the list. You have a few different options for the way in which you want to capture that material. Select the one that best suits your tastes and then choose the type of frame rate or resolution in order to capture it. When you are finished, click “Ok”.
If you want to stream your images from an external camera, click again on the icon “+” under “Sources” and select “Device video capture”. Select your camera in the list of options in the drop-down menu “Device” and decide on the quality and FPS. When you are finished, click on “Agree tor”.
Begins to transmit
With all of the above configurations in place, and your YouTube channel is set up to accept your transmission, only one thing left to do: start the transmission. If you want to start right away, click on the button “Start streaming” in OBS (this can be found in the bottom right). You can confirm that your transmission is in the live panel, live streaming on YouTube. You’ll see your video and hear your audio appear there and on your public page, between 10 and 20 seconds after the start, as there is a slight delay.
When you have finished transmitting, say goodbye to all your faithful audience, and click the button “Stop streaming” in OBS.
*Updated by Daniel Matus on December 28, 2018.
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