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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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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,

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Review of Live Broadcasting Services

Review of Live Broadcasting Services

YouTube has recently entered the market of live streaming and online broadcasting, In addition to already being known as the most versatile online platform for streaming videos, YouTube is backed by its own infrastructure making it possible for them to offer all these services, completely free of charge, forcing other companies to think twice about their current price plans. In this article we are reviewing the top online live broadcasting services and the differences between these services. If your interested in using YouTube Live don't forget to check out our "Why YouTube LIve is BIG deal" post.

YouTube Live

Offering pretty much all the features which other services provide with no charges or obstructive advertisement is what YouTube does best. Where other companies would ask for money, YouTube has offered all of their services for completely free in an attempt to grow the Google network of services.

Let's simply take a look at the features that YouTube offers while comparing it to other services at the same time. However, before we begin, let's take a look at a common term in the market, "VH" or Viewer Hours, it's basically a number which denotes how many hours worth of bandwidth has been used and you'll see it used on nearly any premium streaming service.

Regardless of whether your viewers are watching your stream at HD or a lower quality, it counts towards the same number, 10 viewer hours can be anything from 10 viewers watching for an hour or 600 viewers watching for just a minute each.

LiveStream

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Why YouTube Live is a BIG deal!

Why YouTube Live is a BIG deal!

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Today we are going to review the latest YouTube Live details including how to get setup with a simple webcam broadcast all the way up to a professional RTMP stream. Streaming to YouTube Live is easier than ever. In this review we take you through the entire YouTube Live and Google Hangouts on Air process from start to finish. This review talks about the major solutions step by step so you can get a visual on how all this works. YouTube LIVE is going to change the broadcasting landscape. Once again Google is going to be giving professional tools to the masses for free. Google Hangouts was the first rendition of free video services but now YouTube Live is going provide a combination of Google Hanouts and YouTube with all new professional options!

Simple Hangouts on Air

Hangouts on Air are basically live broadcast's in the Google Hangout suite. So once you have your YouTube Live Event scheduled and ready to broadcast you have the choice of a "Quick Set Up" which will launch the Hangout's on Air suite. This set up assumes you are going to be using a USB webcam and microphone connected to your computer like you would for a regular video conference call. We really like this set up because you gain all the Google Hangout functionality such as Screen Share. You also get a function called "Live Control Room" where you can tweak some of the settings for what will be shown on the YouTube side. 

So in a nut shell Google has combined Google Hangouts with YouTube in the most straight forward way you could imagine. Google Hangouts on Air uses the simplistic WebRTC video conferencing which simply opens in the web browser your using (Preferably Google Chrome). I think this is a genius way to get more people into live broadcasting and opening up the possibilities for small schools who might want to broadcast a play, bars who want to share a video stream of a live performance or churches who want to share the service. 

In the next section we are going to talk about using a USB video mixer and even a RTMP stream. These are preferable technology solutions because they will allow technicians to include multiple cameras and microphones from existing broadcast set ups. But it is amazing that Google has simplified the process of video broadcasting down to a USB webcam and microphone for the masses. As you can see from slide 3 above users can even use "Hangouts on Air" to broadcast directly from your smart phone!

Using a USB Video Mixer

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