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 streaming to a YouTube live event with Webcaster X2 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.
It's easy to use Webcaster X2 to live stream to an existing YouTube Live Event.
To stream to your YouTube Live Event you need:
- A YouTube channel that is verified and has no live stream restrictions
- Your HDMI camera to stream
- A Webcaster X2 paired with your YouTube channel, see Pair and unpair YouTube
An Internet connection with a minimum of 6 Mb/s uplink for 1080p, or 3 Mb/s for 720p . Each Webcaster X2 you connect to your network needs a constant uplink bandwidth of 3 Mb/s to 6 Mb/s by default. Any popular internet speed test can help you determine the peak bandwidth you have available. We recommend allowing for at least 1.5 times the amount of bandwidth you expect to need for your live stream because other devices, including personal computers and voice over IP phone systems, can use a significant portion of your available uplink.
- An HDMI display (that supports 1080p video)
- A mouse
- Optionally, a keyboard
- Connect everything and turn on Webcaster X2.
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.
- Connect your HDMI camera to the HDMI IN port.
- Connect your display to the HDMI OUT port.
- Connect your Ethernet cable to the Ethernet port. (Or configure Wi-Fi after boot up.)
- Connect amouse to one of the USB ports.
- (Optional) Connect a keyboard to another USB port.
- Turn on Webcaster X2 by plugging in the power cord; Webcaster X2 executes its boot-up sequence.
- Choose streaming to YouTube.
- 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.
- If you have not already created your YouTube Live Event, create it now on YouTube.
Show me how to create a Live Event on YouTube
- Open a browser window on your computer, tablet or mobile device.
- Go to the YouTube live events page www.youtube.com/my_live_events.
- Click Schedule a new event.
- Enter a date, time, name and description for your event.
- Select your event privacy and Click Create event.
- On the next page, select a bitrate (and resolution) that match the upload bandwidth you'll have when streaming your event. (Follow steps in this help topic to configure Webcaster X2 with the same settings.)
- No need to configure anything else! Your Live Event is ready.
- If your Webcaster X2 is not already paired with your YouTube (Google) account, you can do that now. See Pair and unpair YouTube. Also ensure that Start stream automatically after pairing is not selected in the Webcaster X2 Preferences; otherwise, you can't manually start your stream whenever you want.
- Click the Preferences icon at the lower right corner of the screen. The Preferences screen opens.
- Scroll to the bottom of the list and ensure Start stream automatically after pairing is not checked.
- In the Webcaster X2 Preferences, configure your live stream settings.
See viewer commentsWhat does show comments do?During your live stream, click the left mouse button of your mouse connected to Webcaster X2 to show or hide the Webcaster X2 overlay (including comments, if you have your device configured to show them).Configure stream resolutionWhat is stream resolution?Note: If you change the video resolution while streaming, the change only takes effect after the stream ends.
- Click the Preferences icon at the lower right corner of the screen; the preferences screen opens.
- 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.
- Select the Event you want to stream to.
- To Preview your stream on YouTube before your event starts, check the Use YouTube to Preview before going live checkbox. If this is unchecked, your stream will go live without a preview stage.
- (Optional) Configure aspects of your YouTube stream. (Note that unlike with YouTube's Stream Now feature, Webcaster X2 can't control your stream's Privacy and Video title when streaming to an Event. These are only configurable through your YouTube Live Event dashboard.)
- If not already on the Preferences page, click the Preferences icon at the lower right corner of the screen. The Preferences screen opens.
- Check or uncheck the Show comments checkbox in the YouTube Details section.
- When your stream starts, you will see a live viewer count and comments on the chosen side of the screen.
- Right click to exit the Preferences.
- (Optional) Configure your stream settings, being sure to match the bit rate and resolution you configured for your YouTube Live Event.
- The resolution is the size of each frame and is sometimes called frame size.
- Usually these values are expressed as a pair of values such as 1280×720. The first value describes how wide your picture is (in pixels) and the second how tall it is.
- Some resolutions also have short forms. For instance 720p or HD means 1280×720.
- The higher (larger) the resolution, the more data needed to accurately describe everything in your video.
- If you have limited uplink bandwidth, you may need to stream at a lower frame size.
- Facebook has specifications for the maximum resolution they accept. Currently this value is 1280×720 (720p).
- You can configure the resolution that Webcaster X2 sends to YouTube, Facebook, or Twitch.
- If not already on the Preferences page, click the Preferences icon at the lower right corner of the screen. The preferences screen opens.
- Click Encoding resolution in the Stream Details section.
- Use your connected USB mouse to select the resolution for your live stream. For example:
- Right click to exit the Preferences menu.
- The bit rate is a measure of how many bits of data are sent each second and is often referred to in Mega bits per second (Mbps) or kilobits per second (kbps).
- The higher the bitrate, the more data per frame, and therefore the more detail you'll see in your video.
- Higher bitrates send more data over your uplink, so sometimes having a low bit rate is necessary to avoid overloading your Internet connection.
- Facebook has specifications for the maximum frame rate they accept. Currently this value is 4 Mbps.
- You can configure the bit rate that Webcaster X2 sends to your streaming platform. By default, Webcaster X2 streams using 2Mbps.
- Click the Right mouse button to exit the Preferences and return to the main screen.
- Your streaming destination is listed in the top bar of the main screen.
YouTubeNote: When you first get your Webcaster X2, the default resolution is 1280×720. If you change the settings, Webcaster X2 remembers those changes the next time you use the encoder.Configure video bit rateWhat is video bit rate?Note: If you change the video bit rate while streaming, the change only takes effect after the current stream ends.
- Begin your broadcast!
Learn how to preview and start your live streamDuring 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).
- When you are ready to start streaming, click the Start icon , press the multi-function power button, or press Space on a connected keyboard.
- After a few moments (where Webcaster X2 is communicating with your YouTube account), your stream appears in the event's YouTube Live Control Room.
- IMPORTANT: If you checked the Use YouTube to Preview before going live checkbox in earlier configuration steps, the stream doesn't automatically go live until you take further action from your YouTube Live Control Room.
- Return to your YouTube browser window and go to the Live Control Room for your event (the link can be found from the YouTube My Live Events page).
- Notice the stream status is GOOD if YouTube is successfully receiving the video stream from your Webcaster X2. If it is not GOOD, verify your Webcaster X2's Internet connection.
- Click the Preview button; YouTube ingests the video sent from your Webcaster X2 and lets you preview it with the Live Control Room preview window.
- When you are ready, click Start streaming, YouTube starts your live event. At the same time, your Webcaster X2 updates the info bar to indicated you are now live.
- End your broadcast.
Now that your YouTube Live Event is complete, you can no longer stream to it. Webcaster X2 updates its publish destination to Stream Now.
- When your live broadcast is over, click the Stop Streaming button in your YouTube Live Control Room to complete the event. (You must stop your event from the Live Control room, otherwise the event continues and viewers see a YouTube spinner.)
- Webcaster X2 stops transmitting to YouTube.