How to stream live on YouTube with OBS | Digital Trends Spanish

Live broadcasts on YouTube are an excellent resource for engaging with your audience and learning their reactions in real time, and Open Broadcast Software (OBS) is one of the most popular tools for doing so. To help you get started, we have created the following guide in which we will also give you some very useful tips and tricks. Want to learn how to stream live on YouTube with OBS? Let us begin!

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Step 1: To set up your new live streaming empire is to create a YouTube account. If you haven’t already, check out our step-by-step guide on how to do it. If you already have it and want to start preparing it for transmission, follow the steps below:

Step 2– You can only stream live on YouTube if you have a verified account that is linked to a mobile phone number. Go to the verification page, sign in and follow the instructions on the screen.

Step 3: go to the YouTube Studio control panel at this link. Then use the menu on the left to select Other features, followed by Live broadcast.

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Step 4: you will find a series of options that you will want to customize for your Steam, including name, description, category, privacy settings, and latency options. An advice? Please take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with these options and configure streaming to suit your preferences. It is true that you can edit them later, but it would be ideal if you knew them well before you start broadcasting.

If you need more specific help, YouTube has a Live Streaming Checklist on the right hand side which can provide you with some good pointers.

Step 4: When setup is complete, return to tab Basic information and, under the heading Encoder Settings, take note of your Transmission name / key (use the button To reveal or To show to see). You can leave the tab open and come back to it later, or type in the password. Whatever you do, keep it a secret. You’ll need it later, but we don’t want anyone else to have it, or they could stream on your account without your consent.

OBS link to YouTube

Step 1: download OBS from its official website and install it as you would any other program. Run it as administrator and go to the settings menu with the corresponding button at the bottom right of the main window.

Step 2: use the tabs Video and Departure to select the chosen frame rates, resolution and bit rate. They control the quality of the audio. To see what you should configure for YouTube, see this google support page.

Step 3: go to tab Steam with the menu on the left and select YouTube / YouTube Gaming in the drop-down menu Service.

Step 4: in the countryside Transmission key, type or paste your YouTube streaming key. That will link OBS to YouTube, so when you stream with OBS, that will go directly to your YouTube channel.

Step 5: click Audio in the menu on the left. Each device on that page represents a possible audio source for your live stream. If you want your viewers to listen to desktop or game audio, set Desktop Audio Device on the audio output of your system. If you want your viewers to hear you, select their microphone from the drop-down menu next to Auxiliary / Mixing Audio Device.

Step 6: exit the configuration menu by pressing Apply, followed by To accept.

Step 7: in the main window, below the header Sources, at the bottom, click the icon +. If you want to stream game footage, click Game capture on the list. You have a few different options for how you want that footage to be captured. Select the one that best suits your tastes and choose the type of frame rate or resolution to capture it. When you’re done, click To accept.

If you want to stream your images from an external camera, click the icon again + under Sources and select Video capture device. Select your camera from the list of options in the drop-down menu Device and decide on the quality and FPS. When you’re done, click To accept.

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Start broadcasting

With all the above settings in place and your YouTube channel set to accept your broadcast, there’s only one thing left to do: start the broadcast. If you want to get started immediately, click the button Start streaming in OBS (it’s in the lower right). You can confirm that your broadcast is live in the YouTube live broadcast panel. You will see your video and hear your audio appear there and on your public page, 10-20 seconds after you start, as there is a slight delay.

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When you’re done streaming, say goodbye to your entire loyal audience and click the button Stop streaming in OBS.

Transmission problems

If you have problems with your PC performance and streaming, you can upload and analyze the OBS log. Click on Help on the toolbar, then select Log files from the drop-down menu, followed by Load current log file or Load last log file in a secondary menu. A pop-up window appears with a URL to your uploaded record. Copy the URL to your clipboard and then press To accept to finish the process.

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Head to the OBS Log Analyzer and paste the URL into the text box. Click the button Analyze to see what is causing your performance and streaming issues. For example, your streaming may be choppy because your game’s FPS and / or resolution is set too high on the PC end, which overloads the GPU.

Here are some sources to help keep your broadcast flawless:

General encoding and performance issues
GPU overload issues
Stream buffering issues
General connection problems

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