Streaming a conference to YouTube

This guide explains how to stream a conference being held in a Pexip Virtual Meeting Room or Virtual Auditorium to YouTube.

For general information on streaming from Pexip Infinity, see Streaming and recording a conference.

YouTube prerequisites

Before you can obtain an RTMP streaming URL from YouTube, you must ensure that you have a verified YouTube account, and that the account is enabled for live events.

  1. From your YouTube account settings page, select View additional features (www.youtube.com/features).
  2. If your Account status is not verified, select Verify and follow the YouTube instructions.
  3. If Live streaming is not enabled, click Enable.

Setting up streaming

To stream a conference to YouTube, you must first obtain a live streaming URL via YouTube. You then initiate a call from the VMR to the YouTube URL, by adding the YouTube URL as a conference participant. There are two ways in which you can obtain an RTMP streaming URL from YouTube:

  • Use Pexip's own service at https://yt.pexip.com. This method simplifies the generation process and automatically uses the appropriate settings. However, it is only suitable if you want to set up a single stream with a single-use stream key.
  • Generate your URL directly from within your YouTube account at www.youtube.com/my_live_events. You must use this method if you want to use a reusable stream key or set up dual streams within the same broadcast (i.e. a "second camera" in YouTube terms).

    When generating a URL directly from within YouTube, the Privacy setting is Public by default, so we recommend that you change this to Unlisted.

Note that the live stream will have a 20-30 second delay. This is because YouTube buffers the stream so that it can tolerate brief connection losses and to ensure a good consistent experience. This is standard streaming behavior.

The appropriate procedures for obtaining your streaming URL, adding single or dual-streamed participants to your conference, and streaming at Full HD (1080p) are described below.