How to stream on YouTube
You have recently discovered streaming for yourself and now you dare yourself into the limelight? Or maybe you are a long time fan of different streams and think that you have something that is still missing in this area? If you belong to one of these categories and want to start your career as a streamer on Youtube, we have just the right guide for you. In a few simple steps we’ll explain what you need to keep in mind and how to participate in YouTube Gaming as soon as possible.
1. Create your account
As for any other YouTube service, you also need an account for the live stream. Take some time to find the perfect name for your channel. It should be concise and comprehensible as well as reflect you and your channel in the best possible way. With this account you can also upload videos to YouTube and publish them. You don’t need separate accounts for the video platform and streaming platform. This means that if you already have a Youtube channel or at least a Youtube account, you can use it directly for your stream.
2. Basic settings
All relevant settings and information for a Youtube stream can be done directly via the “Creator Studio”. Click on your Youtube avatar and then select “Creator Studio”. There you will find a sidebar menu on the left side of the screen, where you should select “Livestreaming”. Here are three setting pages, which we would like to give you an understanding of:
- Basic information: At first you can give your stream a title in the top line. Below, there is a larger window that provides space for more detailed information on your channel. Do you have a Twitter account, a website or a Facebook page? Then this is exactly the place to mention them. Otherwise, you can select your respective category here (in most cases probably “Gaming”), as well as the name of the game you are playing and any privacy preferences.
- Stream options: Here you can modify some settings to make the stream more interesting and of higher quality for your viewers. With the “DVR” functions your viewers can jump back up to 4 hours, even during the stream. You can also define what should happen to stream recordings. If you don’t want to have them listed for the moment and want to edit them first, tick the box here. Otherwise, you can choose from three basic latency settings, whereby you even will be able to stream in real time but with quality looses. Furthermore, you can also set a delay if you want to. In this way you can for example protect yourself from opponents in PvP games, who want to gain an advantage by knowing your position and tactics via your live stream.
- Info cards: You can also add info cards to your stream as with regular Youtube videos. In principle, these are small information windows that can appear in your stream at fixed times and contain for instance additional information, images or links.
3. Choose your software
Under “Encoder Setup” you will find the stream key you need to transfer your gameplay to Youtube with the software of your choice. We would recommend OBS for this, because it is an extremely reliable, free software, which has become the absolute number one among streamers in the last few years. For OBS you only need the stream key, as you can select the appropriate server directly in the OBS settings. Since other encoder software may require a server link, it is good to know that you can also find it under “Encoder Setup”.
If you are interested in OBS, but not yet familiar with it, have a look at our detailed OBS guide. If you are looking for encoders, except for OBS, to stream on Youtube, you can find a list of all supported providers here.