How to Stream on YouTube Using OBS Studio

In This Post i Show you How to Stream on YouTube Using OBS Studio. Well, it’s very easy just follow the steps below. YouTube Gaming is just a fancy UI and App for the Stream now BETA. So if you want to stream to YouTube Gaming just use the Stream now BETA. Make sure you set the category to gaming. You might also want to set a game. YouTube Gaming doesn’t seem to list all live streams on the Live site. People that follow you on YouTube live should still be able to find you in the right sidebar and (maybe) in the listing of the game you set if the game doesn’t have too much live streams.

Requirements:

  • Google Account with YouTube Channel
  • Might be necessary that your account is in good standing

How to Stream on YouTube Using OBS Studio

  • First Enabling live streaming.
  • Open up https://www.youtube.com and click on your Avatar. You should find the “Creator Studio” there. Click it.
  • On the left side of your screen click on LIVE STREAMING.
  • On this page you will find a big blue button saying “Get started”. Click it
  • If your account isn’t already verified you will now have to verify it. Follow the steps on the page here.
  • When you got successfully through the validation process you should see this. Just click Continue here.
  • Your channel should now be enabled for live streaming.

Setting up basic info (Stuff that you might want to change every stream)

  • You should now get to the following page.
  • There is not that much to change here so let us go through it.
  • You can set the Stream title, Description and Category here.
  • If you have selected Gaming you can also define a game.

Other interesting stuff is in the stream options tab.

  • Enable DVR Viewers will be able to seek back up to 4 hours while you are streaming
  • Make archive unlisted when complete (makes the recorded Video unlisted so that nobody can find it by default)
  • Optimize for interaction (low latency) Interesting for chat interaction (still relatively high delay)
  • Optimize for less viewer buffering (even Higher Delay but in theory people should have less buffer issues. Also you can add up to 60 seconds delay if you need so.)

We also have the Advanced settings here (not gonna explain them in detail here).
The advanced settings offer basically the same options as the event based stuff.

I will only explain how to use the Simple Output Mode here.

Open up the OBS Settings and go to Stream.

  • Stream Type > Streaming Services
  • Service > YouTube
  • Server > Primary Youtube ingest server
  • Stream key > Copy the Stream name/key from the YouTube page into this field. Click the Reveal button for that where it says ENCODER SETUP.

Next up open the Output settings.

I’m only explaining the Simple Output Mode here.

YouTube recommends the following bitrate settings for the following resolutions:

https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/2853702?vid=1-635757599940599498-3384987664

For Audio I recommend using 160 Kbps.

Next up open the Video settings.

Set the FPS to 30 or alternatively to 60 (your base resolution / scaled resolution must be 1280×720 or 1920×1080 to have 60 FPS working)

You’re now done with settings up OBS. Click the Start Streaming Button in OBS and have some patience.

YouTube will inform you about the stream status on the top of the page. Click the Stop Streaming Button in OBS.

How to Stream to Facebook Obs Studio

Here i Show you How to Stream to Facebook Using Obs Studio Connect. It’s very simple just Follow the steps below. Facebook added Live Streams to their Facebook Pages. So if you own a page you can from now on start streaming on Facebook. It might not be unlocked for everyone right away. And you might need to have a certain number of likes. I could not find exact info about this.

There are a few limitations though (see here or read on) and as mentioned, you need a Facebook PAGE:

How to Stream to Facebook Using Obs Studio

Thee are some limitations  Follw these things.

  • Video Resolution: maximum 720p (1280 x 720) resolution, at 30 frames per second.
  • Key-Frame Interval of 1 every 2 seconds
  • Max bit rate 4000Kbps
  • 240 minute maximum length except for continuous streams

To start a stream you can click on “Live Video” up top on the Facebook page, or if you have a Page you want to Livestream on you can click on “Live” in the right sidebar:

The background will turn dark and a popup will appear that might try to use your webcam right away if you have one connected to your computer. If not you will see this picture:

Click on “Connect” as marked in red. Now we are presented with the information we need for our streaming software:

Copy the Streamkey and paste it into the Streamkey section in the settings of OBS:


Important: The Stream Key can only be used for a single Live preview/post connection. You must use the same URL and key to preview and post. That is, you cannot preview, stop the stream, and then resume at a later time. The URL and Key also expire 24 hours after creation.

Make sure all your settings (Audio especially) are ready. Scenes and sources configuration should be done before you start going live. If you accidentally stop your stream you will need to create a new live video and copy over the new stream key into the OBS settings. When ready, start streaming in OBS. The stream will only be visible to you on the Facebook Page until you click on “Go Live”.

After a few seconds you should see the following message:

You can enter a Post message, give the Video a title, add tags and even tag people before going live. And you can also start the Stream in your Software and it should appear in the Popup Window:

There are some more options available in the settings, like allow embedding, activate continuous video or automatic unpublishing after the video ended.

After you entered everything and if your stream is online, the “Go Live” button will be blue as you can see in this example, which means you are now ready to go live. Click on “Go Live” to do so or click on Schedule to setup a starting time. If you go Live the Page will change to a preview of your Livestream. (See the red timer in the top left). Make sure to mute the preview so there is no looping audio:

You can also see comments here and of course comment yourself. After you are done with your Stream you can click on “Finish” to stop being Live on Facebook. The video will be saved and should soon appear in your Video Library of your Facebook Page:

That’s about it. You can now stream your content to Facebook and publish it on your Facebook Page. Remember, the next time you start a Facebook stream you have to update your Stream Key.