How to Host Webinars and Broadcast Vlogs from YouTube Live

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Google Hangouts on Air has announced it is moving to YouTube Live.
So how do you broadcast with this new technology? Like anything else, it can seem complicated at first. But after your initial set-up and first broadcast, you’ll find it’s actually a breeze.

Here’s how…

1. Access YouTube Live from Your Dashboard
Sign into YouTube
Click on your channel’s profile picture (top right)
Click Creator Studio button
In the left sidebar menu, click Live Streaming

2. If this is your first time, you’ll see a Get Started screen
Verify your identity with a phone number
You’ll get a link so share for live streaming to audiences that looks like this: youtube.com/c/username/live

3. Learning the system…
Get to know the Dashboard
Review the live streaming checklist on the top right
Familiarize yourself with the chat window – this is where listeners engage with you when you’re live streaming
Notice at the bottom of the chat window you can send messages, emoticons and URL’s
You do have the option of turning chat off

4. Add event details
In the information box you can configure details about your YouTube live event
Start with the event title, a description, scheduling, category and privacy options

5. Click on Stream Options at the top
Enable DVR so viewers can see back in time, up to 4 hours
Choose stream optimizations and delay if applicable

6. Optional – Click on Monetization at the top to add Google AdSense

7. Optional – Add cards to your live event for a strong call to action

8. Set up your encoding software
YouTube recommends several different software options for broadcasting from your desktop, including Open Broadcast and open-source software for both Macs and Windows users
Click on Encoder Setup and enter the information
Then enter this information into your Open Broadcast software

9. You’re ready!
Simply start streaming from your software. Choose input sources such as your desktop, webcam or audio input.
You should see a preview of what your YouTube Live audience will see.
Click the Start Streaming button and you are LIVE!
While streaming you can view analytics to see how many people are watching.
And you can grab the live URL to share, too.

10. Once your YouTube Live event is over – your video will be added to your video uploads and optionally available to YouTube viewers.

11. When you click on your live event video – you’ll see the analytics button beneath the video. Click this and you’ll see the engagement of viewers during the live session.

12. Download your video to share elsewhere
You can repurpose your YouTube live videos by going to your Video Manager, clicking on the drop down arrow next to Edit, and downloading the MP4 file of your video.
Share your videos on Facebook, Slideshare and any place you can upload video.
Wired called YouTube the sleeping giant of livestreaming. It’s a great way to connect with your audience and make them feel a part of something new, exciting and fun.
And it’s a great way to build your YouTube video library as well.