YouTube Live is a great way to share what's happening right now, and it's easier than ever to start streaming.
Whether you're filming an event or just want to connect with your fans in real time, YouTube Live has everything you need. This guide will show you how to get started with live streaming on YouTube so that you can start sharing your life in the moment with others.
What is YouTube Live?
YouTube Live is a feature that allows creators to livestream and broadcast directly from the YouTube app, or via desktop. It’s different from streaming on other platforms like Twitch or Facebook, in that it supports up to 4K resolution at 60fps (frames per second). In addition, it lets you use your phone as an onscreen camera so you can see yourself while streaming. If you want to livestream from another platform like StreamYard, OBS Studio or others you can still do so through the YouTube app by sharing your stream URL with viewers.
How to start a live stream on YouTube
It's time to start streaming. We will walk you through how to live stream on youtube using StreamYard.
To get started, go open streamyard.com and log in. Click "create" and choose "new broadcast".
Choose a destination you want to stream to. i.e. Youtube, Facebook, LinkedIn.
It'll lead you through a series of steps: choose a title for your broadcast, add a description with information about what type of content you'll be showing off during the stream, time of the stream etc. When you are ready then click "Create Broadcast"! It will create broadcast placeholder on your chosen platforms.
A few minutes before it's time to broadcast go to the studio by choosing "enter studio"
You will go through camera and mic check. Once you are in the studio you will be able to customise your overlays, clips, banners and other elements of the brand. When you are ready to stream just click "go live" and you are good to go!
Promote your live stream
- Spread the word on social media. Promote your live stream on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using a call to action in the post. For example:
- "Join me tonight at 9pm ET for an exclusive sneak peek at my newest collection! Only on Facebook Live."
- "Calling all fashionistas! Follow along tonight at 9pm ET as I debut my new line of shoes."
- Include links to your YouTube channel and live stream in these posts so that your followers can easily access them. You can also share reminders about your upcoming scheduled events using push notifications — those are great ways to get new viewers interested in what you have planned for them!
Set up for success
- Choose a good time for your audience.
- Choose a good time for you.
- Choose a good place to broadcast from
- Choose a good platform to broadcast from (YouTube Live, Facebook Live, Periscope)
- Choose a good camera to broadcast from if you’re taking advantage of the mobile app on your phone or tablet device! It’s important not just for capturing great video but also audio quality too so make sure it has both back-facing cameras at least 5 megapixels and front-facing selfie cams with wide angle lens options are ideal depending on how far away those viewers might be before reaching out and touching their device screen sizes which could cause distortion when viewed at close range versus afar; this might not matter much if they're sitting in front of their computer monitor screens instead though...so check out some reviews online first before buying one!
Common mistakes to avoid
It's easy to be nervous when you're broadcasting live. But there are some things you can do to make sure your viewers will have a good time.
- Don't forget to promote your stream: You need to let people know when it's happening! Use social media and email lists (if you have them) to reach out with the date, time, and link for the stream. Try writing about it in advance on your blog so that people know what they're going in for before they start watching.
- Don't talk too fast: This is especially important if English isn't your first language—you'll want everyone who watches your stream to understand everything you say without having to rewind or pause the video.
Now's the perfect time to try streaming.
Now's the perfect time to try streaming.
First, you can stream from anywhere, even if you're traveling or have limited internet access. All you need is a phone or laptop with an internet connection and a webcam. Your viewers will see your video feed, but they can't actually interact with your computer screen (so don't worry about anyone hijacking your webcam).
Second: You can connect and engage with an audience in real time! Streaming is a great way to interact with viewers on social media, answer questions from those who tune in live, build community around shared interests and hobbies—and even test out content before posting on YouTube Gaming or another platform.
Third: Streamers often use multiple platforms like Twitter or Discord alongside their stream so that fans can join them wherever they go online (and streamers who don’t already have established audiences are free to start building one!).
Now you know everything you need to start streaming! It can be intimidating at first, but it’s really not that hard - just remember to do a few key things: find your niche, create a plan for how often and when you’re going to stream, and prepare yourself with good equipment. There are many different ways of doing this and we hope this article has helped guide your way through them all.