- Computer with a microphone and a camera
- Open Broadcaster Software:
- Internet connection
- Open Broadcaster Software (OBS): https://obsproject.com/download
- Speedtest.net: https://www.speedtest.net/
- YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/
Before beginning, please make sure that you have OBS installed on your computer and that you have an active YouTube Live account. If you are streaming from a new location or have never streamed before perform a speed test though your internet browser. Note your upload speed, which we will be used later in this tutorial.
If you are familiar with OBS and streaming click here to skip to “Adding your Stream to a Pathable Meeting”
- Log in to YouTube and select the “+ camera” icon on the top of the page and click “Go Live”.
- On the left sidebar, click on the “Manage” icon to schedule your stream on YouTube. If you are not able to click on “Manage”, your YouTube account is not set up for streaming. Please refer to this YouTube article to enable live streaming: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/2474026#enable
- Click on the “Schedule Stream” button and fill in your stream name and other stream data on the “New Stream” popup window. Click on “Create Stream” when finished.
- You should now see a list of your scheduled streams. Click on the stream you just created.
- You should now see a window for your video feed and three tabs: Stream Settings, Analytics, and Stream Health.
- Under Stream Settings, copy your stream key for future use when setting up OBS and other streaming software.
- You have now scheduled your live stream on YouTube.
- Open Open Broadcaster Software (OBS).
- When opening OBS for the first time, the Auto-Configuration Wizard will display. If this does not display, click the “Tools” tab at the top and select “Auto-Configuration Wizard” to open the wizard.
- Select: “Optimize for streaming, recording is secondary”. Click next.
- Keep the default settings on this next screen. Click Next.
- Select “YouTube - RTMP” under Service field and paste the stream key we copied from YouTube earlier into this field. Keep all other options as default. Click Next.
- OBS will perform a bandwidth test to find the optimal settings.
- The next screen shows you the optimal settings for your connection.
- Once these steps are complete, you can click “Apply Settings”.
- Now at the OBS interface, click on “Settings” at the bottom right of the application.
- On the settings screen, click on the “Output” tab
- Using the upload bitrate that you tested earlier and change the "Video Bitrate" field to HALF of your tested upload speed and click "OK" to save your changes. ( I.e.: if you had an upload of 5Mbps, put 2500Kbps in the Video Bitrate field.)
- Now you are ready to add Sources to your Scene
OBS Canvas Setup
- OBS uses Scenes to group Sources together in a single video frame. Within a Scene there can be several Sources that can include cameras, audio, videos and screen captures.
- When OBS opens, it defaults to that last Scene used before the program was closed. I am going to start with a clean interface to walk you through adding new Scenes and how to add new and pre-existing Sources to a Scene.
- Your OBS project should now look something like this:
- Let’s get some content on screen. Click on the “+” icon under the Sources tab. There are several different types, but we will be starting with the “Image” Source first.
- Name the new image Source on the next screen for when you need to use it again on a different Scene. Click “OK”.
- Browse to the image that you would like to use and click “OK”.
- To save memory on your streaming machine, select “Unload image when not showing.” Click “OK” when done.
- You will now see the image you added on screen. If the Source runs off screen or is too small for your canvas, click and drag the square transform handles to resize the Source.
- Alternatively, you can right click on the Source layer and select the Transform tools to position or scale the Source layer.
- Now that you have your image Source layer positioned correctly, we can add another layer, a live video Source.
- Click the “+” under the Sources tab and select “Video Capture Device”.
- Name this new Source and click “OK”.
- Select your preferred camera or video input from the dropdown list and click “OK” when finished. Most modern USB cameras and built-in laptop webcams work with the default settings. If your camera is not showing in this menu or does not look correctly formatted, please consult your hardware manufacturer for support.
- You should now see your camera at the upper left corner of the OBS canvas. Use the square transform handles or the Transform menu to position and scale your video where you wish.
- The last Source we will configure in this tutorial, will be the default Mic/Aux audio.
- By default, OBS includes a Mic/Aux input that uses your defaults system microphone. To specify a different microphone device, like a USB headset, click on the settings “cog wheel” next to the speaker icon of Mic/Aux.
- Click on properties and select your preferred device from the drop-down menu and click “OK” when finished.
- All options have now been configured to stream to YouTube.
- Click on the “Start Streaming” button to send your stream to YouTube.
- This ends the basic tutorial to get you online and streaming to YouTube.
Adding your stream to a Pathable Meeting:
- On the Admin Dashboard in Pathable, browse to the meeting in which you would like to embed the stream.
- Click into the meeting item and select the “Virtual” tab.
- Enable the “pre-recorded webinar” option and click SAVE. As you can see this is also used for “embedded video links”.
- The button “+ ADD VIDEO” should now be highlighted. Click this to add your video.
- Select “External Link” from the drop down menu.
- Back on YouTube, click on “Manage” to see a list of your scheduled live streams.
- Near the stream type, click on the ellipses and select “Get Shareable Link”. This will copy the link to your live session to your clipboard.
- On Pathable, paste the link into the URL field and name your stream below. Click on Save when finished.
- You have now configured your agenda item to use YouTube for your live session.
Additional notes and tips:
- When you use this method, users will need to click the play button when they join the session to see the live streaming content.
- Enabling the DVR function on YouTube, you can create an on-demand video immediately after you are done streaming that will automatically replace the stream.
- Start your stream well in advance of your meeting time. This is a good way to ensure everything is working before everyone arrives.