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5 Ways to Stream to YouTube Live

5 Ways to Stream to YouTube Live

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YouTube is so cool! You probably have heard YouTube Live is a absolutely free service anyone can use to broadcast live video around the world to 100's of thousands of people. The set up is very similar to YouTube itself and they have made the entire process dummy proof. With that being said there are at least 5 different streaming standards you can use and 1000's of hardware set ups you can use to maximize your live broadcasting capabilities. Today we are going to outline 5 ways to stream YouTube Live with PTZOptics cameras. PTZOptics cameras are affordable Pan Tilt Zoom camera with professional features such as camera presets, IP Streaming, USB 3.0. HDMI and HD-SDi.

  1. ​Using Google Hangouts on Air
  2. Using Flash Media Live Encoder
  3. Using Wirecast
  4. Using RTSP
  5. Using RTMP

Using Google Hangouts on Air

Google Hangouts on Air is the easiest way to quickly set up a live broadcast with the least amount of equipment or set up. So if the other solution look daunting don't worry the "Quick Setup" option using Google Hangouts on Air is going to be a breeze. Google has really knocked this one out of the park by combining Google Hangouts, which uses WebRTC technology to simply launch the application in a web browser. So there is no need to download any software and the set up is super fast. For the best performance we suggest using the Google Chrome Browser. 

The Google Hangouts on Air interface has some really great features you won't find in traditional streaming solutions like Wirecast and Flash Media Live Encoders. For example you can share you screen, multiple screens or a single application window. This is a great way to do live presentations. You can also invite up to 10 friends to join the conversation for live interviews and conversational recordings. Hangouts also offer a wide variety of other features which you can dig into with a regular Google Hangout call. The only feature you will not find in a regular Google Hangout is the Live Control Room which allows you to adjust video and audio settings for your live broadcast. 

Using Flash Media Live Encoder

Flash has been around for every and it's a trusted streaming service that you can certainly rely on. With Flash Media Live Encoding you can create dynamic streams up to three at time. YouTube Live will only accept one but Adobe offers a DVR like feature for streaming on their servers. Adobe's Flash Media Live Encoders have some of the lowest latency. We haven't done any real testing but Adobe features a "Enhanced Auto Adjust" which is helpful for sub-optimal networks with low bandwidth. Adobe Flash Media Live Encoders also offer management for file dumping and management if you are using Flash to record outside of YouTube Live. This can be helpful if you need the raw files for post-production.

Using Wirecast

Wirecast by TeleStream is one of the most popular streaming protocols for professionals. Most professionals using Wirecast may even be using the solution to broadcast with professional equipment like a tricaster or using streaming solutions other than YouTube Live. Wirecast offers a free and paid version but the free version is really just a trial. The features you see with Wirecast include: 3D Titles, post-production tools, unlimited cameras inputs, adding delays to your stream, Virtual cameras and microphones, plus integration with popular hardware like BlackMagic Intensity.


RTSP and RTMP are streaming protocols that are using by a wide variety of IP and network devices. YouTube Live does not natively support RTSP streams so the official answer to using RTSP streams is sending them to a 3rd party that can transcode to RTMP such as Wowza Media Server. With RTMP however you can send the streams directly to YouTube over the internet using a device such as the Epiphan Pearl. The Epiphan Pearl can also be used with any of the PTZOptics cameras and Paul Richards reviews a easy to use set up from CRS above. RTMP streaming is great because the set up is also extremely easy because all the leg work is done by YouTube Live the device you are using with RTMP. The Epiphan Pearl is extremely powerful allowing you to record up to 4 HD cameras on a local 1 Terabyte hard drive and stream to YouTube at the same time. You can also take in multiple audio sources and produce the entire process on the touch screen or over a IP interface. 

CRS Broadcast Kit

The CRS Broadcast kit using RTMP to stream to YouTube Live but you can also stream up to 50 unicast users on your network. That means the Pearl can support up to 50 users connecting directly to the Pearl without the need for a streaming CDN "Content Delivery Network". You can also record locally and have the system set up to offload to a FTP Server, a USB stick or your computer on the network. When paired with multiple cameras, like the PTZOptics which Paul is showing above you can really get studio quality video production. 

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