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How to Get Started with YouTube Live

by Nick Mattingly
February 8, 2016

Never streamed before? You've come to the right place.

If you have never broadcast live video before it can be a little overwhelming. First you must identify how you will manage your production setup. Next you have to ensure your internet connection if fast enough to send video out from the location you are shooting. Finally you have to configure the streaming platform that you will be using to send video to your viewers. This article focuses on using YouTube to stream live video.

YouTube is a great platform to try if you are streaming for the first time. Their service is backed by Google and viewers are already familiar with it. In addition you can promote your live video stream on social channels like Facebook and Twitter with YouTube’s built in sharing tools, limit viewership to only people with a link, or set your content to private. You can even embed the video player for your event on your website to promote your other content and showcase your brand.


Setting up an account is free and easy.

If you have an email address through Google's Gmail service, then you are just a few steps away from starting your own YouTube channel and streaming live video.

If you don’t have a Gmail or YouTube account already you can create an account here:



Setting up for the first time - Enable Live Video:

  1. Login to your YouTube account: https://www.youtube.com/account

If you are logged in to your Gmail account you can access YouTube by clicking the small “Square” icon in the top right corner of the page. This icon gives you easy access to all of your Google tools, including YouTube. 

  1. To manage your YouTube account, click on your profile avatar next to the upload button and open the “Creator Studio”. From here you can upload new videos, create live video streams, view analytics and more.
  2. Next click on “Channel” in the sidebar navigation and scroll down the page to click the radio button and enable “Live Events”. To finish this step you will be asked to agree to YouTube’s terms of use by entering a phone number associated with your account and verifying your account. Note: You only have to do this step once.


What’s Next:

Now that your YouTube account is setup to do live video you can create your first event.

For detailed instructions on setting up YouTube live events and streaming to YouTube using an external video encoder like Switcher Studio, WireCast, TriCaster or Vmix, check out this article from our Knowledge Base: Streaming with a YouTube Account.


About the Author

Nick Mattingly

Nick is a livestreaming and social video expert and leads the Switcher Studio team as CEO and co-founder. Since 2014, he has led the company to partnerships with Facebook Live, LinkedIn, Microsoft Stream, and beyond and has garnered features in TechCrunch, USA Today, Inc. Magazine, and BBC. Nick is also a member of the highly competitive Endeavor Entrepreneur network.

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