👀 What is YouTube Live?
YouTube officially rolled out live video streaming capabilities to limited partners in 2011, and by the end of 2013, access to live streaming on YouTube was open to all users. More than 1.8 billion people with logins use YouTube every month — and who knows how many more use it without active accounts. YouTube lets anyone with their own channel go live from desktop or mobile, and starting a stream takes less than a minute.
Restream gives you two options for YouTube live streaming. The first is going live directly from your browser with Restream Studio, and the second is connecting Restream to a software encoder. With both methods, you can use Restream to multistream, so your broadcast will appear on YouTube plus multiple other live streaming platforms of your choosing.
🤩 Restream Studio
Restream Studio is our live streaming studio that you can launch from your web browser. Simply connect Restream to your YouTube channel, open our live studio, enable your webcam and mic, and you’re ready to go live! You can do more than just go live with Restream Studio, however. We have a range of features you can use to make your stream look more professional:
- Upload a custom logo to display on your stream
- Add your own branded background graphics
- Play copyright-free background music
- Stream with split-screen and screen-sharing options
- Invite guests to your stream by sending a link
- Respond to viewers in live chat directly from the Restream Studio dashboard
- Play local video files
- Stream in high-definition
- Add and customize graphics
- Access a recording of your streamed video or split-track audio
With Restream Studio, you can also select the record-only mode to do a test run of your stream before going live or to use all of our awesome features and make a polished, edited video.
Learn how to make the most of Restream Studio with our quick tutorial.
Restream lets you multistream, so you could be live on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitch all at the same time. Trying to handle the live chats for each platform separately is a pain, so Restream’s chat overlay feature makes it easier. You can see all the messages coming in from across all the platforms in one place and even reply to viewers from within Restream’s live studio. Your YouTube viewers can even see chat messages from other platforms displayed in their YouTube chat windows.
Take advantage of Restream Studio’s record-only feature to film your broadcast ahead of time. Edit it to perfection, then schedule it to go live using Restream Events. You can also create a shareable event for social media to promote an upcoming stream with our Events tool.
Every time you go live with Restream, we track your stream analytics, such as average viewers and watched minutes. If you’re live on more than one platform, we aggregate the data for you too.
🦑 Broadcasting software
You can still use Restream to multistream if you prefer live streaming software. Restream natively integrates with OBS Studio, for example, so you can create a broadcast in OBS and use Restream to send it to YouTube, Facebook, Twitch, Twitter, and more than thirty other platforms at once. Simply add the channels you want to go live on to your Restream dashboard, copy your Restream stream key, then paste the stream key into OBS.
We have a helpful tutorial guiding you through connecting Restream and OBS.
Our other tools work perfectly with OBS as well, including Restream Chat, Restream Events, and Restream Analytics. Restream Chat lets you manage all your live chats in one window, right on your OBS dashboard. Restream Events still works to promote upcoming live streams, even if you plan to go live from OBS. When you create the event in Restream, set your event destination to Encoder | RTMP, then paste your Restream stream key into OBS when you’re ready to go live. When you connect Restream to OBS, we’ll track your stream analytics for you too, which you can access from your Restream dashboard.
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