Live Streaming to YouTube - Tips & Tricks for Success
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Live Streaming to YouTube - Tips & Tricks for Success

Learn the basics for live streaming on YouTube - Including software required and optimization tips for professionals
4.3 (3 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
393 students enrolled
Created by Mr Paul Richards
Last updated 7/2017
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  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 3 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Learn how to live stream to YouTube
  • Understand the various software available for live streaming to Youtube
  • Understand how to optimize the various settings available for YouTube Live
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  • How to set up a YouTube Account
  • You should already be familiar with YouTube

This course is a straightforward lesson that will help students understand the various ways they can live stream with their YouTube account. We will review the pros and cons of each solution and provide real live demonstration videos. The various methods of live streaming content will include: Google Hangouts on Air, Wirecast Play (Free), Wirecast Pro and Flash Media Encoder. We will also review the CDN (Content Delivery Network) market so that users can compare and contrast the various options available.

We will then take a deep dive into the options that YouTube Live offers including the ability to live stream multiple cameras at the same time. This feature allows viewers to select between multiple cameras on YouTube. Finally we will review the detailed settings you can use in YouTube Live to optimize your live stream including Low Latency and Buffering options.  

Who is the target audience?
  • Take this course if you are interested in live streaming
  • Take this course if you have a YouTube account
  • DO NOT take this course if you do not have a webcam and/or microphone
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Curriculum For This Course
21 Lectures
Introduction to YouTube Live
1 Lecture 04:03

This video is an introduction to the course and to live streaming.  Paul gives you a list of all things you will need for this course as far as software and streaming skills you should have mastered before taking this course.  After watching this and preparing everything listed, you will have everything you need to watch the rest of this courses videos and learn how to stream with YouTube Live.

Preview 04:03
Course Files
1 Lecture 01:53

This video introduces the outro project as well as the files you will need to complete them in addition to a walk through of each file in their respective programs.

Preview 01:53
YouTube Outro Project
2 Lectures 07:20

This video is a outline of the Outro project, what yours should include, how you can make your own, and an example of what a finished outro should look like.  You will be using adobe after effects as well as photoshop to add in call to action buttons, and subscribe buttons.  

Preview 03:18

This video allows you to make your subscribe and call to action buttons clickable by using YouTube annotation.  Here you will learn to set up and adjust your own annotations to lay over your final outro video clip.

YouTube Live Outro Project - Part 2 - Annotations
Live Streaming Market Overview
3 Lectures 28:20

There are all kinds of CDN's or Content Delivery Networks to choose from in the live streaming world. In general, you can use software such as Wirecast, vMix or a NewTek TriCaster to send a RTMP stream to CDN's such as YouTube Live. There are so many CDN's available today and so far we have tested: ChurchStreaming.TV, DaCast, StreamSpot, SundayStreams, TikiLive, Twitch, USTREAM, Meridix, Wowza and YouTube Live. Each CDN has it's own benefits, strengths and weaknesses.

Preview 13:38

Part 2 is the ending of this live streaming episode where we chat about the CDN's of the market. This live show is a great case study to start understanding how a live stream should look and even though it's not perfect start to conceptualize how YouTube is being used for live streaming events. 

YouTube Live and the Live Streaming Market - Part 2

Starting off 2017 right, YouTube has just added an all new feature for their successful live streaming offering called “Super Chat”. In a recent blog post, Google describes the new feature as “a highlighted message in the chat stream that stands out from the crowd to get even more of your favorite creator’s attention.” (YouTube Blog) These messages will replace the “Fan Funding” feature helping content creators monetize their channels and live broadcasts. If successful, live streaming will become the dominant avenue for content creators to monetize their content through user donations.

While YouTube itself still isn’t profitable according to Google, YouTube and Google Play still only account for 15% of total revenue for the company. This number is expected to grow to 22% of all Google revenue by 2020 partially due to increased demand for live streaming (Business Insider).YouTube Live is already changing the way the world thinks about live streaming. One massive feature at a time Google has been quietly creating another game changing marketplace in the backend of YouTube. Video on Demand is a $25.30 Billion dollar market which is expected to grow to $61 Billion by 2020

New Feature in 2017 - Introducing Super Chat!
YouTube Live Streaming Details
2 Lectures 18:59

YouTube announces a low latency live streaming option to help improve live chat experience. YouTube Live has been in "Beta" for a while and early experience from users have reported in forums that the latency was an issue. Our tests here at PTZOptics measured the live streaming latency to fluctuate between 35 seconds to 2 minutes depending on the length of the live stream. With the optimize for "low latency" live streaming option users can choose whether they would like to optimize the live stream performance for latency or buffering. The trade off is the recording quality and live interaction experience. In this video Paul Richards from PTZOptics will discuss the pros and cons of these options depending on your live streaming requirements.

Low Latency vs Less Buffering on YouTube Live

YouTube now supports live streaming multiple user selectable cameras. This service allows up to 6 RTMP streams to be included in a single live streaming event. This is the ideal way to allow viewers to select between multiple camera views in a single live event.

YouTube Live has recently added a feature for “Add a Camera” allowing live streamers the ability to host events with 6 unique camera feeds. Essentially what this feature does is allow a live stream to include up to six RTMP video and audio feeds into a single YouTube Live event. These individual feeds are then available to be selected by live YouTube viewers.
This is a groundbreaking feature for live streaming CDN’s and allows broadcasters to display various camera views of a single live streaming event. In our example broadcast hosted by PTZOptics we display one main broadcast stream from our streaming laptop running vMix. We will send another stream from a laptop using WireCast and another stream via WireCast GO on a iPhone. This demonstrates three independent live stream camera views in YouTube Live.
This is an ideal for a number of live streaming events including: Sports, concerts, graduations and more. Here is a list of benefits to providing user switchable cameras during your next live stream.
Use is in control and will most likely spend more time on your live stream
You can add more viewing angles and provide more detail during important live streams
This reduces the need for production and camera operators
Here are some of the cons of live streaming multiple cameras
You cannot direct the users attention in the same way
Each additional RTMP steam requires additional bandwidth. If you were to combine the cameras into a single RTMP feed you would only need the bandwidth required for a single stream. Each additional RTMP stream will multiply your live streams bandwidth requirements
The live event above hosted by PTZOptics review the latest YouTube Live feature supporting multiple user selectable cameras during a single live event.

Live Streaming Multiple User Selectable Cameras
Live Streaming Software
4 Lectures 15:49

Andy Chatfield from PTZOptics show us how to stream to YouTube Live using Google Hangouts on Air. This is an easy way to host a online talk show and live stream to YouTube. 

Streaming with Google Hangouts on Air

In this Video Andy Chatfield will review how to use to YouTube Live streaming from the free version of Wirecast called "Wirecast Play". Check out how easy it is to stream to YouTube Live using PTZOptics cameras and the Wirecast encoder.

Streaming with Wirecast Play

Andy Chatfield showing how to use PTZOptics USB cameras with YouTube Live. YouTube Live has three main ways to stream your video. Flash Media Encoders, Wirecast and Hangouts on Air. This is an example of how to use Flash Media Encoder with a PTZOptics USB camera to stream to YouTube Live.

Live Streaming with Flash Media Encoder

Andy Chatfield, lead support technician, at PTZOptics reviews how to stream to YouTube Live from Wirecast Pro.

Streaming with Wirecast Pro
0 Lectures 00:00

Quiz on YouTube Live options and best practices. 

YouTube Live Quiz
5 questions
Troubleshooting on YouTube Live
3 Lectures 25:46
3 Common Errors in YouTube Live

YouTube Live Stream Key Error

YouTube Live Copyright Dispute Warning
YouTube Live API Integration
5 Lectures 35:30
Integrate YouTube API with OBS

Integrate YouTube API with Wirecast

Integrate YouTube API with vMix

The last video of this set is a summary of all the CDN'S on the market, Paul with the help of associate Jon Vineyard, weighs the pros and cons of each CDN and analyzes what they really have to offer.

A look at alternative CDN (Content Delivery Networks)
About the Instructor
Mr Paul Richards
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Chief Streaming Officer

I am a Live Streaming Expert and Chief Streaming Officer for PTZOptics. PTZOptics is an industry leader in affordable live streaming technology. We host a live show on YouTube Live every Friday and we hope to help the world better understand live streaming and technology it takes to produce amazing video content! 

I host a live show on YouTube Live called "PTZOptics Live" where we review the latest in the live streaming and video conferencing industry. This is the basis of our live streaming innovation where you can learn quite a lot of about the industry. 

I have been working in the audio visual industry for 10+ years employed at: Haverford Systems, Conference Room Systems and PTZOptics. Each of these companies have kept me involved in designing, building and operating live streaming and video conferencing systems. Throughout my career continue to help others in video communication projects.