How to get live stream on YouTube with OBS

Whether people are interested in trying to sit at home, stream your favorite games, or even share your best jokes with live listeners, there is a lot of love about creating content on YouTube.

When you want to communicate directly with your audience in real time, you can always set up a livestream and the Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) tool is usually the best way to do this.

Get your YouTube Stream key

Step 1: If you don’t already have one, create a YouTube account. See our step-by-step guide (listed above) on how to do this.

Step 2: You will not be able to livestream on YouTube until you verify the account with the linked mobile number. Go to the verification page, log in to your account and follow the on-screen instructions.

Step 3: Once verified, go to the YouTube Studio Dashboard. Then click on the red camera icon in the top right corner. Then, click Live in the small drop-down menu as shown above.


Step 4: In the following screen, select the Stream tab from the left side of the screen. When a form enters the name of the stream and sets its privacy mode, description and category, be sure to select an age range (if any) and then click Create Stream to continue.

Step 5: As soon as your stream is created, a control panel will provide preview windows and tabs for stream settings, analysis, and stream health.

The Stream Settings tab is open by default. Look directly below the label to search for the stream key you need for your OBS. Click Copy to send a 16-character string to the clipboard. You can click the Reveal Eyeball button to open the string for 10 seconds and enter the OBS manually.

No matter what you do, keep this number secret. You don’t want anyone else to have streams on your account without your permission.

Link OBS to YouTube

Step 1: Download OBS from the official website and install it like any other program. Run it as an administrator and go to the settings panel using the relevant button at the bottom right.

Step 2: In the following pop-up screen, use the Video and Output tabs to select your selected frame rate, resolution, and bit rate – they control your audio quality. To see the standard settings for YouTube, check out Google’s Contextual Help page.

Step 3: Go to the Stream tab using the left-hand menu and select YouTube / YouTube Gaming from the Services drop-down menu.

Step 4: In the Stream key case, type or paste your YouTube stream key. It links OBS to YouTube so the software flows directly to your channel.

Step 5: Click Audio in the left-hand menu. Each device on this page presents a potential audio source for your live stream. If you want viewers to listen to in-game or desktop audio, set a desktop audio setting to your system’s audio output. If you want your audience to hear what you want, select your microphone from the drop-down next to Mix / Auxiliary Audio.

Step :: Exit the settings panel by clicking Apply> OK.

Step 7: In the main window, click the plus icon under Source so that the source is at the bottom. If you want to stream game footage, click the game capture listed in the pop-up menu.

You have several different options for capturing your footage. You can capture any full-screen application, a specific window or a nozzle window. You can capture third party overlays and more to emphasize scaling. Click OK to complete.

Want to attach your headshot using an external camera? Click Plus The icon is under Source again, but this time, select the video capture device. Select your camera from the list of options under Device Drop-Down and decide on its quality and FPS. When finished, click OK.

Start streaming

All of the above settings are in place and your YouTube channel is configured to accept your stream, all you need to do is one thing: start streaming! If you want to get started now, click the Streaming Starting button at the bottom right.

Click the Live button directly in the top left corner of your YouTube Stream dashboard. Once YouTube receives OBS broadcasts, video and audio appear in the preview pane of the dashboard. You’ll have to wait about 20 seconds for your feed to reach the public page where people can easily find you.

Once you have finished your stream and said goodbye to your viewers, click “Stop streaming” on OBS to finish the feed.

Stream problems

If you have problems with your PC’s performance and consequent stream, you can upload and analyze the OBS log. Click Help in the toolbar, then select the log files in the drop-down menu, then upload the current log file, or upload the last log file in the second menu. A pop-up window will appear on your uploaded log. Copy the URL to your clipboard and then hit OK to finish the process

Next, go to OBS Log Analyzer and paste the URL in the text box. Click the Analyze button to see what’s happening due to your performance and streaming issues. For example, your stream may be choppy because the FPS and / or resolution of your game is set too high on the PC edge, overloading the GPU.

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