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Instatute Beta is Using YouTube Live so Teachers Can Host Live Classroom Events

To help teachers prepare, we have some information, tips and advice garnered from YouTube. In addition to the below advice, the Instatute team will be on call to make sure if teachers need support they get it.


Introduction to live streaming:

YouTube Live is an easy way to reach your audience in real time when teaching a class. Their tools will help you manage your stream and interact with viewers in real time.

There are a few ways you can live stream on YouTube. Here’s a quick overview:

  • Webcam: Live streaming via webcam is an easy way to go live without the need for an encoder. Start streaming from your laptop/desktop computer using your webcam. 
  • Customized: Ideal for more advanced live streams.
  • Encoder streaming: Encoders allow you to capture content, including your desktop, camera, microphone, and more, and send it to YouTube Live to be streamed to all your fans. 


How to enable live streaming:

Before you create a live stream, you’ll need to enable your channel for live streaming:

Confirm that your channel is verified and that you have no live stream restrictions in the last 90 days.

Note: to live stream on mobile, your channel will need to have at least 1,000 subscribers.

Enable live streaming:

Note: Enabling a live stream for the first time may take up to 24 hours. Once enabled, your stream can go live instantly.


Create a live stream with an encoder 

Streaming via an encoder lets you do more with your live stream. You can broadcast your gameplay, use external audio/video hardware, involve multiple cameras, and more. If you don’t want to use an encoder, you can go live with Webcam (no additional software required).

  1. Download and set up an encoder.
  2. Ensure that you’ve enabled your channel for Live streaming.
  3. Click the upload icon in the upper-righthand corner.
  4. Click Go live.
    • Clicking this will take you to the Live control room, where you can set up your streams and go live.
  1. At the top, select Stream.
  2. Enter a title and description and select a privacy setting. You can also add a custom thumbnail that represents your event, schedule your live stream for a later date, or enable monetization (if eligible). 
  3. Start your encoder. Go back to the live dashboard and wait for the preview to begin.
  4. Click Go live on the right-hand side.
  5. To end the stream, click End Stream and stop sending content from your encoder. All streams under 12 hours will be automatically archived. You can access previous, current, and upcoming streams in the Live Tab on your YouTube Studio dashboard. 

Create a live stream via webcam

A webcam is an easy way to go live using your computer, without the need for live streaming encoding software.

  1. Ensure that you’ve enabled your channel for live streaming. The webcam is compatible with Chrome 60+ and Firefox 53+.
  2. Click the upload icon in the upper-righthand corner.
  3. Click Go Live.
  4. At the top, select Webcam.
  5. Enter a title and description and select a privacy setting. You can also schedule your live stream for a later date.
  6. Click More options > Advanced Settings for more settings.
  7. Click Save. Your camera will then take a thumbnail.
  8. Click Go Live.
  9. When you’re done streaming, click End Stream at the bottom. All streams under 12 hours will be automatically archived. You can access previous, current, and upcoming streams in the Live Tab.

Note: To access and/or launch a scheduled live stream, go to the Live Control room and select Manage.


Streaming tips:

Network tips

  • The total bitrate you’re streaming cannot exceed the amount of upload bandwidth available. Leave a bit of room (20% recommended).
  • Your office may have a high-speed connection, but if 1000 people are sharing that network, your individual bandwidth may be limited.
  • Run a speed test. Inbound bandwidth (download speed) is often greater than outbound (upload). Make sure your outbound connection is enough to send your stream bitrate. Primary + Backup + 20% is recommended.
  • Make sure you are on a reliable network. A disruption on your connectivity = a broken stream.

Encoding tips

  • Configure encoder(s) for a live event at least 2 hours in advance.
  • Start encoder(s) at least 15 minutes before the event is scheduled to start.
  • Before clicking Start Streaming, check the preview in the Live Control Room.
  • Test encoder failover (if applicable). Stop the primary encoder (or unplug its ethernet cable) and make sure the player rolls over to the backup encoder.
  • Verify the integrity of all local archive files. Check that the file size of the local archive is growing.
  • Verify that the event is accessible via a channel and watch pages.
  • Verify that the event is accessible via mobile devices (if applicable).
  • Continuously monitor stream(s) for A/V quality, audio sync, and audio levels.
  • After your event has stopped on YouTube, stop the encoder.

Using a webcam

  • You can stream with a laptop and webcam. However, better equipment results in better live stream quality.
  • You can use a software encoding program like OBS, Wirecast or Flash Media Live Encoder (FMLE), or www.youtube.com/webcam
  • For higher production value events, we recommend professional-grade hardware encoders.
  • Make sure you thoroughly test your setup prior to your event.

Let us know if you have any questions. Looking forward to building some great content together.

Live Streaming computer screen Presentations on Youtube


As mentioned above, there are some software programs available which can also help you to live-stream your desktop screen. Using hangout on Air was quite easy and effective but it is no longer available.

Before you start setting up YouTube Live Control Room, set up the OBS for streaming first. 

  1. To get started you need to download and install OBS on your computer. OBS works on Windows, Mac, and Linux computers.

Once you open the OBS for the first time you will get an Auto-configuration wizard, just select Yes.

  1. In the next window select “Optimize for streaming, recording is secondary” since you are going to stream your desktop screen.
  2. The next step is to create a scene in OBS, click on + button and add a new scene, you can name this screen anything as per your convenience. After the scene is created click on it to highlight.
  3. Now click on + sign in the Sources option and select Display Capture.
  4. Inside the Create/Select Source window you can assign a name to this source, be sure that the “Make source visible” option is checked. Then hit OK.

Inside the audio mixer, there are options to select the computer audio as well as microphone audio. You have the choice to adjust the volume using a slider, up and down microphone volume, or mute them completely.

If you want to speak and make your tutorial or any other content more interactive for your students, you can enable the microphone to capture the audio or turn it off as well.

Now you would be able to see your computer screen live inside the OBS window. You will get an inception like effect since everything is showing live. Like windows inside the window.

It will automatically select the display and the resolution. If you want to show your mouse cursor as well then check the option “Capture cursor“. Then hit OK.

March 18, 2020

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