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 Channel status and 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.

Note that enabling your first live stream may take up to 24 hours.

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 utility 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.