YouTube has over 2 Billion users that stream over 500 million hours per day. About 10% of this video is streamed live. Videolinq is fully integrated with YouTube and you can send to YouTube video from Videolinq in one of these ways:

  • Login to YouTube using the Videolinq automated integration.

  • Connect manually and configure a live stream.

Login to YouTube

From the Videolinq channel select "New Destination" and add YouTube as a new destination.

When prompt, select the "Login" option and follow the prompts.

Give the destination a name you will remember. Add a title and description. Change default settings, and click "Save". Closed captioning insertion (CEA-608) is enabled by default when using this method.

Important: Due to YouTube integration restrictions, when using the YouTube "Login" option, you can only create 1 Videolinq destination to YouTube. The next destination must be set up in "Manual" mode.

Connect Manually

From the Videolinq channel select "Add Destination" and add YouTube as a new destination. When prompt, select the "Connect manually" option, and follow these steps...

Step 1:

Log in to YouTube and click on the "Go Live" icon (upper right side). This will open YouTube Studio.

Step 2:

Configure your stream name, select broadcast security, and indicate if the content if for children or not. Save settings.

Step 3:

In the next screen enable DVR (ability to rewind the broadcast when live), and if you are using Videolinq to add real-time closed captioning to the stream, select from the drop down the "Embedded 608-708" option.

Step 4:

Copy the RTMP path and stream key to the Videolinq YouTube manual connection window and save settings.

Step 5:

Activate the Videolinq channel. When you see video in the preview player push "Go Live". Start the YouTube destination. The Videolinq stream (with closed captioning when applicable) will be sent to the YouTube channel and go live there. When the broadcast ends, click on the "End Stream" icon to stop the video on the YouTube channel. Stop the Videolinq stream too.

Step 6:

(Optional) Trim the recorded clip on the YouTube Studio interface by removing unwanted footage from the beginning and the end of the clip. If you sent real-time closed captioning with the video from Videolinq to YouTube, captions will be visible on the recorded stream.

Important: After the broadcast ends, remember to create a new stream and copy again the RTMP path and stream key to Videolinq. Stream keys used by a YouTube broadcast expire after the event ends.

Tips & Tricks: When using the direct login method to configure live streams, not all social media platforms allow reconnecting a video source (Videolinq). Some platforms will issue a new stream key, meaning a new "page" (hyperlink) is created.

  • Twitter and Twitch support re-usable stream keys.

  • Facebook, YouTube, and LinkedIn generate a new stream key if the video source stops.

For best practice, when creating a social media link used to invite viewers, create the Videolinq destination in a manual mode, and not the direct login option. This adds the option to re-use the same stream key when the video source disconnects, for up to 90 seconds. This can be voided on Facebook that allow during manual setup to select a "persistent" stream key.

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