Configure automatic streaming

Webcaster X2 can be set up to automatically broadcast to your YouTube channel or to a YouTube Live Event. By automatically, we mean as soon as you connect your Ethernet cable and turn on your Webcaster X2 (you will want to also connect your HDMI source!), it connects automatically to your YouTube (Google) account and starts streaming with your pre-configured settings.


These instructions walk you through configuring your system for automatic streaming. Once configured, it will automatically broadcast the next time you use it (and for Stream Now, any subsequent times until you change the settings or de-authorize Webcaster X2 from your YouTube account).

  1.  Connect everything and turn on Webcaster X2.
    1. Connect your HDMI camera to the HDMI IN port.
    2. Connect your display to the HDMI OUT port.
    3. Connect your Ethernet cable to the Ethernet port. (Or configure Wi-Fi after boot up.)
    4. Connect your mouse to one of the USB ports.
    5. (Optional) Connect your keyboard to another USB port.
    6. Turn on Webcaster X2 by plugging in the power cord; Webcaster X2 executes its boot-up sequence.
    Webcaster X2 supports HDMI input signals of 720p (1280×720) and 1080p (1920×1080), progressive signals only. Interlaced signals (e.g. 720i and 1080i) are not supported. If your camera isn’t supported (or is experiencing another signal issue), the front screen and attached display show a message that says HDMI IN No Signal. Audio is supported over HDMI at 44.1 kHz and 48 kHz. Or using the (beta) USB camera feature, you can use the audio from a connected USB webcam or a plug-and-play USB microphone that is a UAC device.
  2. Choose streaming to YouTube.
    1. If the YouTube logo isn't visible on Webcaster X2's front display, double-press the multi-function power button. See Choose the platform app you want.
  3. (Optional) If you want to stream to a Live Event and have not already created it, create your Live Event on YouTube.
  4. Ensure automatic streaming is not configured (otherwise you won't be able to configure other settings).
    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 Start stream automatically after pairing is not checked.
    3. Click the Right mouse button to return to the main screen.
  5. If Webcaster X2 is not already paired with your YouTube (Google) account, pair it.
    1. Look at the front screen display for your YouTube device pairing code or click the Pair icon if you're using an attached HDMI display.
    2. If your Webcaster X2 is paired with your Google account from a previous session, your account name displays instead of a new pairing code. If no code appears, check that you still have an Internet connection or whether you are still logged in to a captive WiFi network, see Use a captive WiFi network that's password protected .
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    3. Using a web browser on your computer or mobile device, go to and login to your Google account.
    4. If you manage more than one YouTube channel, pick the channel you want to stream to. It's important that you pick a channel that's verified and able to stream to YouTube. Check your channel's access to live streaming using this YouTube link.
    5. On the Google device pairing page, enter the pairing code from your Webcaster X2 in the device code field, then click Next and Allow to authorize Webcaster X2 to live stream to your YouTube channe.
    6. The front screen on Webcaster X2 updates to indicate that it's paired with your YouTube account.
    7. To unpair the encoder, click the YouTube Unpair icon from the bottom of the screen.
  6. 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 X2 asks YouTube for a list of your events and displays these (along with Stream Now) in the Publish destinations settings box.

    3. Select Stream Now or the Event you want to stream to.
    4. Note: The information in brackets after event names shows the event's state and privacy setting.
    5. (OPTIONAL) If you selected an event you can choose to enable the Preview feature of your YouTube Live event. Check the Use YouTube to Preview before going live checkbox. When you use this feature, Webcaster X2 will start streaming to YouTube when you next turn it on, but YouTube will be in a preview-only mode. You'll start the actual broadcast by clicking Start from the YouTube Live Control Room.
    6. (Optional) Configure aspects of your YouTube stream. (Note that when streaming to a YouTube 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. Scroll to the bottom of the list and check the checkbox for Start stream automatically after pairing.
    9. If not checked, check the checkbox for Pair automatically after reboot.
    10. Click the Right mouse button to return to the main screen.
  7. Turn off Webcaster X2
    1. Press and hold the multi-function power button to turn off the device.
    2. (Optional) Disconnect the cables and move Webcaster X2 to your broadcast location.
  8. When you are ready, begin your broadcast!
    1. (Optional) Connect an HDMI display and USB mouse to Webcaster X2.
    2. When you are ready to start streaming, turn on Webcaster X2 by connecting the power cable or pressing the multi-function power button; Webcaster X2 executes its boot-up sequence.
    3. After boot-up, Webcaster X2 starts streaming with your saved settings and the front display shows the elapsed streaming time.
    4. (Optional) If streaming to a Live Event with previewing enabled, use the YouTube Live Control Room for your event (can be found from the YouTube My Live Events page) to view the preview of your stream and to start the stream when you are ready.
    5. If an HDMI display is attached, it updates to let you know how long you have been streaming.

      During your broadcast, click the left mouse button to show or hide the Webcaster X2 overlay (including comments, if you have your device configured to show them).

  9. End your broadcast .
    1. If you are streaming to Stream Now, do any one of these things:
      1. Click the Stop icon , then confirm that you wish to stop streaming.
      2. Press the multi-function power button once.
      3. Click Unpair to log out of your YouTube (Google) account (you will need to re-pair before using Webcaster X2 again.)
      4. Click the Webcaster X2 Exit icon to leave the YouTube streaming application.
      5. Turn off Webcaster X2 by pressing and holding the multi-function power button for 7 seconds.
    2. If you are streaming to a Live Event:
      • When your live broadcast is over, click the Stop Streaming button in your YouTube Live Control Room to complete the event.
      • Webcaster X2 stops transmitting to YouTube.
      • Now that your YouTube Live Event is complete, you can no longer stream to it. Webcaster X2 updates its publish destination to Stream Now.
    By default, if you turn off the device without unpairing, your Webcaster X2 is still paired with your YouTube (Google) account next time you turn it on. You can change this behavior by following the steps here: Stay paired with Facebook.