Live streaming is the best strategy to engage your YouTube audience during real time. If you’re new to streaming, there are some technicalities that you should know. For example, going live on mobile requires you to have at least 1,000 subscribers. For a new channel, that may seem like a huge number. In that case, you may not be able to use the app. However, if you have less subscribers, you could always stream via webcam on your desktop/laptop, which would not need an encoder. Before you jump into going live, there are a few helpful tips that could make your life easier.
Streaming and Your Network
It is essential to have a reliable network when you stream. If the connectivity is not strong, then your stream will be interrupted or cut short. When you go live, you cannot exceed the amount of upload bandwidth available, according to Youtube. The social media platform recommends that creators leave approximately 20% of cushion so you don’t run out of space. In addition, keep in mind that the number of people who are sharing the same network will affect the individual bandwidth. Before you stream, try running a speed test to check that your outbound connection is strong enough to send your stream bitrate.
Encoding Tricks of the Trade
If you are going live, be sure to start encoders at least 15 minutes before you are scheduled to start. As YouTube suggests, check your preview in Live Control Room. This is a good time to test your encoder failover (if needed). By unplugging the ethernet cable, you can make sure that the player rolls over to its backup encoder. Then, you can check all the local archive files by checking that there is growth in the file size of the local archive. Next, verify that the event is accessible via channel, watch pages and mobile devices. Afterwards, you can stream. While streaming, continue to monitor it for audio levels, audio sync, etc. When the live is over, you can stop the encoder. For best results, configure encoders for your live at least 2 hours before you stream your event.
Safety on a Live Stream
Going live can lead to dangerous situations if the content creators are not being safe during their live stream. It is important that the creators protect their personal information during their live streams and live chats. Some tips include: never share admin access to the channel, flag inappropriate content in the comments, block repeat offenders and be conscious of who is tuning into your live stream.
If you have a child who has a channel, you can protect their privacy by setting up “private” or “unlisted” live streams so you can manage viewers. Additionally, remember to adhere to the community guidelines by never including dangerous, violent or sexually explicit content.
If you would like to live stream to multiple channels, include branding and have the ability to edit, consider using Contenflow for your next event.