Webcaster X1 for YouTube user guide

How to live stream to a YouTube Live Event

YouTube lets you create, manage and schedule a list of upcoming Live Events for your YouTube channel. When you streaming to a YouTube live event you can:

    • Setup all the details (title, description, keywords, etc) in advance, even if you'll be doing other live streams between now and the time of your event.
    • Share the event's unique URL with your subscribers across a number of channels, even days or weeks before the event.
    • Preview your live stream before you go live.
For a complete list of the differences between streaming to a Live event vs Stream now, see Set publish destination.

It's easy to use Webcaster X1 to live stream to an existing YouTube Live Event.

  1.  Connect everything and turn on Webcaster X1.
    1. Connect the supplied power cable to Webcaster X1.
    2. Connect your display to the HDMI OUT port.
    3. Connect your Ethernet cable to the Ethernet port.
    4. Connect your mouse to one of the USB ports.
    5. (OPTIONAL) Connect your keyboard to another USB port.
    6. Turn on Webcaster X1 using the toggle button at the back; Webcaster X1 executes its boot-up sequence.
  2. If not already logged in, authorize Webcaster X1 to stream to your YouTube channel.
    1. Click the Preferences icon at the lower right corner of the screen; the preferences screen opens.
    2. Scroll to the bottom of the list and ensure Automatic start streaming after user login is not checked.
    3. Click the Right mouse button to return to the main screen.
    4. Authorize Webcaster X1 for YouTube to your YouTube channel.
  3. (OPTIONAL) If you have not already, create your Live Event on YouTube.
  4. Configure your live stream settings.
    1. Click the Preferences icon at the lower right corner of the screen; the preferences screen opens.
    2. Click Publish destination in the YouTube details section; Webcaster X1 asks YouTube for a list of your events and displays these (along with Stream Now) in the Publish destinations settings box.

    3. Select the Event you want to stream to.
    4. Note: The information in brackets after your event name shows your event's state and privacy setting.
    5. To enable the Preview feature of your YouTube Live event, check the Use YouTube to Preview before going live checkbox. If this is unchecked, your stream will go live without a preview stage.
    6. (OPTIONAL) Configure aspects of your YouTube stream. (Note that when streaming to a Live Event, Privacy and Video title are only configurable through your YouTube Live Event dashboard.)
    7. (OPTIONAL) Configure your stream settings, being sure to match the bit rate and resolution you configured for your YouTube Live Event.
    8. Click the Right mouse button to return to the main screen.
  5. Begin your broadcast!
    1. When you are ready to start streaming, click the Start icon .
    2. After a few moments (where Webcaster X1 is communicating with your YouTube account), the info bar at the top of the screen updates to indicate it is live. If you checked the Use YouTube to Preview before going live checkbox in earlier configuration steps, the stream doesn't automatically go live, but instead stays in the ready state until you take further action from your YouTube Live Control Room.
    3. If you are using the optional preview functionality:
    During your broadcast, click the left mouse button to show or hide the Webcaster X1 overlay (including comments, if you have your device configured to show them).
  6. End your broadcast.
    1. When your live broadcast is over, click the Stop Streaming button in your YouTube Live Control Room to complete the event.
    2. Webcaster X1 stops transmitting to YouTube.
    3. Now that your YouTube Live Event is complete, you can no longer stream to it. Webcaster X1 updates its publish destination to Stream Now.
You can also use Webcaster X1 in pre-configured mode with manual or automatic start.