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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

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Everyone's Doing it, Even Your Favorite Celebrities

Google Hangout and YouTube Live have become our celebrities go to for broadcasting their breaking news and debuting their new lines.

Conan O'Brien, a beloved late night American TV host and proud member of Google Hangout, has utilized his Google Hangout account to its full potential.With over 210,000,000 views to his account, Conan is demonstrating just how effective a google account can be as well as how many people you can reach.With a Google Hangout account you can employ YouTube Live and stream live video to millions of followers at once, gaining publicity and awareness for your cause.In Conan's case, he successfully used his account to promote his new show time and to interact over video chat with his audience allowing them to get to know more about Conan and his show. You can watch his debut YouTube Live video here. 

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Integrating Skype for Business with Google Calendars

Integrating Skype for Business with Google Calendars

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So this has been a fun topic to work on because I searched and searched and there did not seem to be anyone who has gone over a solution for integrating Skype for Business with Google Calendars. That being said there is no great integration but we have found a work around. There is a company called CloudPipes who is calculating demand for a direct plug-in style integration between Google Calendars and Skype for Business which would make things so much easier for everyone! Until that day we have a work around which you can use in a couple different ways to schedule your Skype for Business meeting with Google Calendars.  

The Problem

The problem is that Skype for Business is built around Microsoft Exchange and anyone looking to schedule their video meetings using Google Calendars will find it difficult to do so. There is no direct integration with Skype for Business and Google Calendars available (as of July 2015) and this makes it almost impossible to schedule a Skype for Business meeting if you don't have Microsoft Exchange and Outlook. Most people who do have Microsoft Exchange and Outlook can simply schedule a Skype for Business meeting right in Outlook. But since there is no plugin for Google Hangouts users are going to have to use our "work around".

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Icron's Reliable USB 3.0 Extensions

Icron's Reliable USB 3.0 Extensions

When it comes to cable extensions, there's quite a few different manufacturers out there. But not all of them are capable of manufacturing high quality, cost efficient and reliable solutions for professional USB connectivity issues.

Icron Technologies has been providing USB cable extension solutions for quite a while now, providing reliability of the highest order with next to no losses in efficiency, making their cables a recommended choice for use in medical, scientific and industrial applications throughout the globe.

Let us simply compare two of their products, the USB 3.0 Spectra™ 3001-15 and the Spectra™ 3022.

Spectra™ 3001-15

It's a single port, 15 meter USB extension cable which capable of transmitting power of up to 900mA without the need of any additional power supply.

A common problem which consumers usually face when dealing with USB extension cables is the loss of power as cables are made relatively longer. Well, the Spectra™ 3001-15 comes with a secondary cable, capable of being connected to another port for any additional power which may be required for proper functioning of a USB device.

This doesn't only make sure that your current devices perform at their very best but also makes it possible to connect actual hardware, such as a portable hard drive which requires more power than simpler USB devices.

In terms of speed, there's virtually no loss of bandwidth while using Icar's extension cables. These cables are able to provide you with transmission speeds of up to 5 Gbps, taking away any possibility of your cables becoming a bottleneck for your accessories.

There's no need to worry about a brand new USB 3.0 accessory not being able to function at its peak capabilities, the Spectra™ 3001-15 extension cable is sure to provide the best possible infrastructure for the foreseeable future.

Spectra™ 3022

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How to record YouTube Live Streams

How to record YouTube Live Streams

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So this has been a popular question we wanted to answer with a couple of our favorite solutions. Like most audio visual related questions there is more than one answer to the question "How do I record my YouTube Live Stream?" Well, YouTube Live does have this feature built in which is super easy to use because it's automatic. But you may find yourself wanting to add additional functionality such as recording multiple audio sources which you can do with some hardware and software solutions available.  Were going to break this down into two main categories: Software and Hardware solutions.

Using YouTube Live Recording

One of the great things about YouTube Live is that your entire stream up to 8 hours will be recorded an placed into your YouTube Creator Studio. By default this video recording is set to public viewing rights. Since this is a live braodcast YouTube is assuming you also want to promote your video after your live stream and your YouTube Live page is then converted into a regular YouTube video which is available for replay. If you want the video to be set as private you can do that in your YouTube Account. When you are done with your Hangout on Air or YouTube Live stream you will see a message from YouTube Stating

A recording of the broadcast will now be uploaded to your YouTube channel and will automatically replace the live video players that were shared (that includes embedded videos). Please allow a few minutes for the upload and processing... You can view your recording in the your YouTube Video Manager,

YouTube Live
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