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The Ins and Outs of Streaming on YouTube Live

Johnathan Paul

Here’s everything you need to know about streaming your content on YouTube Live.

If you’ve been tasked with creating live content by a client (or it’s just something you’re just interested in), then YouTube Live is going to be a great platform for you. Let’s take a look at how to take your content from prerecorded to live in four simple steps.

1. Have a Concept

The Ins and Outs of Streaming on YouTube Live: Creating a New Concept

Obviously, you need to have a concept. This concept needs to be tweaked and developed before you ever start rolling —remember, you don’t have the luxury of filming multiple takes when you’re going live. Develop an outline for your content and script out as much as you can. Once you’ve locked down your on and off-screen talent, get into blocking and rehearsal.


2. Create a Channel

The Ins and Outs of Streaming on YouTube Live: Creating a YouTube Channel

If you’re going to create a YouTube Live stream, you’ll need to have a YouTube Channel. This is a simple process that can be completed in very little time.


3. Enable Live for Your Channel

The Ins and Outs of Streaming on YouTube Live: YouTube Live Getting Started

Next up, you’ll need to enable live streaming for your channel. This is a very quick and easy process that can be completed in YouTube’s Creator Studio. In the Creator Studio, look on the left-hand side of the panel to find the live streaming option. Once you click on the link, you’ll be presented with a Get Started button that will take you through the steps.


4. Instant or Scheduled Stream

The Ins and Outs of Streaming on YouTube Live: Schedule an Event

Once you activate live streaming, you can decide how you want to go live. If your cast and crew are in place and you’re ready to go, well, then just start streaming. If you’re still getting prepared and would rather schedule a stream, head back over to the Creator Studio panel, select Events, and schedule your live stream with ease.

Got any tips for people working toward their first live stream?  Share them in the comments below.