Our goal is to push a live camera stream to Youtube. To do this will require:
an application called Blue Iris – This is not a free application but there is a trial version available.
a Youtube account – free
There are other ways of doing this such as using OBS to do the push to Youtube but because I already had Blue Iris it made the effort easier.
The setup in Blue Iris is quite easy and direct. The setup in Youtube is also quite easy and both will be covered here in this instructional.
Blue Iris Configuration
This is done on a per camera basis. Within Blue Iris right click on the camera you want to stream and left click on “Camera Properties”. It will bring up a page like the following:
On this page we are going to modify data in the following tabs: Audio and Webcast.
The following page is the Audio Tab. What! Your camera has no audio!! Well do this anyway. There is a bug that this seems to address/fix.
The following page is the Webcast page and the most important. It contains data for your Youtube account which enables you to do live streaming.
In the above image make sure that you have “checked/enabled” “Flash Media Live Encoding” and that the fields RTMP URL and Stream Key are filled out. You get this data/info from your Youtube account. A note about the “Stream Key“. If anyone has your stream key they can stream in your name so be sure to keep it secure.
There will not be any images for the Youtube side of this configuration. I might give too much away.
Here are the steps and I feel they will adequately cover the configuration for the Youtube side.
Login to Youtube
go to “Creator Studio”
on the left side of the Youtube page will be a title called “Creator Studio” with sub categories: Dashboard, Video Manager, Live Streaming, etc.
Select “Live Streaming“
Under “Live Streaming” will be two sub categories call “Stream Now” and “Events”.
Select “Stream Now”
Scroll the page down so that you can see “Basic Info”. Here you will see the Server URL and your Stream Key in asterisk format which you can reveal. Plug the Server URL and Stream Key into the Blue Iris webcast page above.
If everything is working correctly the top of this page should reveal your live stream and its “health” – green is good. By right clicking in the streaming image you can get the html code to embed in your web page.
As I said, in this tutorial, we're going to be using the free and open source software, OBS Studio:
So, head on down to the Open Broadcaster Software website and download OBS Studio:
IMPORTANT! Please download OBS Studio (for Windows, Mac or Linux) and not the old OBS Classic (Windows Only). OBS Studio has built-in support for Facebook Live while the classic version does not.
#2 Get your Stream Key
In order to start streaming to Facebook Live, you need a Stream Key and the ability to publish a live video via Facebook.
First of all, do you want to go live from your Facebook page or your profile?
There is a different method for each.
The first is for Facebook Pages only. The 2nd method is mainly for Facebook Profiles & Groups, but also Facebook Pages.
Method 1: Facebook Pages Only
The easiest way to go live on your Facebook Page via your computer is to use the button at the top of this page.
However, the traditional way to go live from your page is to use the "Publishing Tools" on your page.
Log on to your Facebook page and click on Publishing Tools in the top menu:
Then click on Videos on the left menu:
Then click on the +Live button on the top right:
Then copy the stream key in the modal window that appears:
Then click preview and fill in your update text and video information:
You can't go live yet, since you'll need to enter the stream key into OBS and start your stream so that Facebook can receive it.
Once Facebook receives your stream it will no longer display "OFFLINE" and will start to display your stream preview. Now skip to
Now skip to #3
Method 2: Facebook Profiles & Groups (and pages)
If you want to go live via your Facebook profile and share to your own timeline, a friend's timeline or a group you'll need to do things a little differently.
Facebook doesn't give you Publishing Options for profiles. They do, however, provide developers the Live Video API.
That's fine for developers, but not very helpful for everyone else! So, I've made it easier for you all by creating a button that connects to Facebook Live using the official Live Video API. All you need to do is click the button above!
So what are you waiting for?
Firstly, Click on the "Broadcast on Facebook Live" button above (at the top of this article). You should see a pop up window.
Then, choose whether you want to go live on your profile or group and click next:
Then first pop-up window should close and a second pop-up window should appear.
In the pop-up, enter your update text and video information:
You can't go live yet since you'll need to enter the stream key into OBS and start your stream so that Facebook can receive it.
Once Facebook receives your stream it will no longer display "OFFLINE" and display your stream preview.
#3 Start Streaming
Click settings in OBS Studio and then click stream in the left menu.
Select "Streaming Services" as the Stream Type and "Facebook Live" as the service.
Paste the stream key you obtained from the previous step into the "Stream Key" box:
You shouldn't need to enter the server URL because OBS uses the standard URL.
Click Apply and OK.
Make sure you have selected a video source (such as your webcam) and that you can see this in the preview section.
Then click the "Start Streaming" button:
Go back to the Facebook Live pop-up window in your browser.
After a few seconds, it should display "Fetching video stream". If it does not, check the troubleshooting section at the bottom of this article for possible causes.
And then after a few more seconds, display your stream in all its glory:
Please note, there will be a 5-7 second delay in the stream. This is normal.
IMPORTANT! If you are testing, it is a good idea to select "Only Me" for the "Who should see this?" option. That way no one else will see the live video while you are testing. You could then
view your live video on a secondary device such as your smartphone:
If you are happy to go live click the "Go Live" button in the browser window:
The pop-up window will then close. Don't worry, you have gone live!
In OBS Studio, go to settings and then stream. Change the stream type to Custom Streaming Server. Paste in the Stream URL and Stream Key. You should now be able to stream from OBS Studio. Could you test this out and let me know if it works for you?
Check your feed and you should see your live video has appeared. That's it. Enjoy!
To end your live stream, simply click the stop streaming button in OBS Studio.
The Real Time Streaming Protocol (RTSP) is a network control protocol designed for use in entertainment and communications systems to control streaming media servers. The protocol is used for establishing and controlling media sessions between end points.
RTSP is a standard video & audio output stream from network camera, use the RTSP stream you can easy install network camera to the third-party surveillance progeams. Or use VLC & QuickTime player to test real time video screen.
Usually IP products use 554 to be a default rtsp port.
The products listed above meet the YouTube Live Verified criteria. With the exception of Mobile Live and Mobile Capture, none of these products are made by Google. Make sure to evaluate the products and decide which option makes most sense for you or your business.