How to Stream Live Video with YouTube

Jan Ozer got early access to YouTube Live to stream a live webinar. Now he’s gone ahead and written a step-by-step guide:

As you may know, YouTube Live isn’t available to all comers; you need an account in good standing and (reportedly) a certain number of followers and video views. You can read about the requirements, though followers and video views aren’t mentioned. I didn’t meet the requirements, but Telestream, the developer of Wirecast for YouTube, petitioned the powers that be at YouTube, who enabled my account.

For the record, I produced the event on an ultra quiet HP Z400 workstation, with HDMI audio/video captured by a Viewcast 820e card from my Panasonic AG-1HMC150 camcorder. I used an Audio2000S wireless lavalier microphone to supply audio to the camcorder. The PowerPoint slides came from a MacBook Pro communicating to Wirecast via Telestream’s free Desktop Presenter module that links the two computers over Wi-Fi. It’s a pretty slick setup. Though you can’t produce it in the free Wirecast for YouTube version, I’m pretty sure that the $199 upgrade price gets you these capabilities. If not, the $495 retail version of Wirecast that I used obviously can.

Why should you use YouTube to stream your videos?

YouTube Live is technically advanced, one of the few live systems that includes on-the-fly transcoding of the input stream, with proven support for iOS and desktops (and probable support for Android, just not proven by me). The service is advertising supported, so you may not like the advertisements that appear on or near your video, though I saw no advertisements on the player embedded in my website. While YouTube branding appears on all players, that certainly that doesn’t carry the stigma that it used to, given the legions of top websites that use YouTube to deliver many of their on-demand streams.

While I shudder at the thought of trying to reach YouTube tech support in the event of a problem, the company has done an extremely good job at making its service useable, and other than the minor preview issues mentioned I had no problems at all. The biggest problem for most producers is that YouTube hasn’t opened the service for everyone, though in the long run it’s better to roll out the system slowly to ensure consistent performance.

Read the full article and step-by-step tutorial here.