Live streaming using YouTube

Churches ‘Live Streaming’ their services is becoming increasingly popular as a way of reaching a wider audience.  Due to the decreasing cost of good quality cameras, and the availability of free streaming software, this technology is now available to churches of all sizes.

In this article we’ll show you how you can use YouTube and some free encoding software to add Live Streaming to your Church Edit website.

 

The first thing you will need to do is set up a YouTube account, if you don’t already have one.  This can be done by going to youtube.com and clicking ‘Sign Up’ at the top right of the screen.

Once your account is set up and you are logged in, you can set up your account for Live Streaming.

The first step is to set up a YouTube channel.  In the menu on the left hand side of the page click ‘My Channel’.

You will then be asked to add a name that you are going to use YouTube as.  The page that comes up will have the name that you signed up to YouTube with already added.  As we are setting the channel up to be used for church, rather than for our personal use, you will need to click the ‘Use a business or other name’ link at the bottom of the window.

On the next page you will need to choose a name for your channel and select a category.  There isn’t a category for churches so you’ll need to pick the one you think describes your channel the best.

Once the details have been completed, agree to the ‘Pages Terms’ and click ‘Done’.

This will take you back to your YouTube home page. You will need to click ‘My Channel’ in the left hand menu, again, and then click ‘Video Manager’ at the top of the screen.

Clicking ‘Video Manager’ will take you to the ‘Creator Studio’.  To set up the Live Streaming you will need to click ‘Live Streaming’ in the menu on the left hand side.

On the page that comes up, click the ‘Get Started’ button and you will then be asked to verify your account.  Select your preferred method of verification, either by text message or automated voice message, enter your phone number and click ‘Submit’.  

You should then receive a text message, or voice message, from Google with a 6 digit verification code.  Enter this in the text box on the verification screen and click ‘Submit’ and you should receive a message confirming that your account has been verified.

Click ‘Continue’.

Next you will need to download and set up the encoding software which will allow the video from your computer to be streamed to your YouTube channel.  To do this, click on ‘Set up encoding software’ on the right hand side of the screen.

In the information that is displayed, click the link to ‘Guide to Encoding’ which will take you to a Google help page that contains a list of verified encoders.  You are free to select any of these, but we will be covering how to set up the Live Streaming using ‘Open Broadcaster Software’ which you will find at the bottom of the list under ‘Other Encoders’.  Click the link to download the software, and on the OBS page select the correct version of the software for you computer under ‘Get OBS Studio’, then click download and download the software to your computer.

Once OBS is successfully downloaded and installed, you’ll need to open the application and click the ‘Settings’ button.

When the ‘Settings’ screen opens you will need to click ‘Stream’ in the left hand menu.  On this screen set the ‘Stream Type’ to ‘Streaming Services’, the ‘Service’ to ‘YouTube/YouTube Gaming’ and the ‘Server’ to ‘Primary YouTube Ingest server’.

Once you’ve set all the dropdown menus, you will need to add the ‘Stream Key’ which you will find on your YouTube, Creator Studio page.  Scroll to the bottom of the page where you will see the ‘Encoder Setup’ section which contains the ‘Stream Key’.

Click the ‘Reveal’ button, then highlight and copy the ‘Stream Key’.  Go back to OBS and paste the ‘Stream Key’ into the text box.  Once this is done, click ‘Apply’ in the bottom left corner and then ‘OK’ in the bottom right corner and you’ll be taken back to the main OBS screen.

You will also need to set up a ‘Source’ in OBS which tells it which camera to get the images from, so you will need to make sure your camera is connected to your computer before you do this.

In the ‘Sources’ section at the bottom of the OBS window, click the ‘+’ button and select ‘Video Capture Device’ from the dropdown menu.

In the pop up window, leave ‘Create New’ selected and leave ‘Make Source Visible’ ticked, you can change the name of the capture device if you want to, then click ‘OK’.  You should then be taken to the ‘Properties’ window.

Click the ‘Device’ dropdown menu and select your camera from the list, then click ‘OK’.  You will be taken back to the main OBS window and you should see pictures from your camera on the screen.  The software is now ready, to start your Live Stream, click the ‘Start Streaming’ button.  Once you’ve clicked start streaming, go back to your YouTube page and you should see a notification at the top of the page that the stream is starting.

There will be a delay between starting the stream in OBS and the stream starting in YouTube.  After a few more seconds the message will change again to tell you that you are now Live and you should see the stream appear in the video player on the page.

Your live stream can now be viewed on YouTube by people who go to your channel.  You can also embed the Live Stream on your Church Edit website.  To do this you will need to obtain the embed code from YouTube.

At the bottom of your YouTube ‘Creator Studio’ page you will find a section called ‘Share’ which gives you a number of options for sharing the link to your YouTube channel.  To get the embed code you will need to click on the ‘View on watch page’ link on the right hand side.

This will take you to the page where people viewing your Live Stream on YouTube will see the video.  Just below the video player you will see a section that has the name of your channel in it and, just below that, a ‘Share’ button. Click the ‘Share’ button and, in the section that opens up, click ‘Embed’.

Highlight the code and copy it and this can then be added to a page on your website.  To add it to your Church Edit site, in Global Office, go to the page that you want the Live Stream to appear on.  In the edit mode click on ‘Source’ (at the top left of the editor) and then paste the YouTube code here.


Click ‘Source’ again and you should see your video in the page.

Disclaimer: Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) is 3rd party software and has no connection with ChurchEdit, as such, we are not able to offer support for this software.  If you have problems installing or using OBS, they provide help files which you can find here.