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The best sequence for streaming to YouTube

Hello,

  Over the past several weeks my church has had mixed experiences with streaming to YouTube.  I was curious about what everyone else was doing with Youtube.  Do you schedule streams through YouTube and select it on Wirecast?  It seems like most people I've talked to just let Wirecast handle it all.  When we've done that, some of our members haven't seen the upcoming feed on our church's YouTube channel and have panicked thinking we're not going live. 

  What's the best practice for YouTube?

  Here's what we've done in the past.

  - About mid-week, we'd schedule--through our church media ministry YouTube account--the upcoming Sunday service for 8:50. Then Sunday morning open a saved Wirecast document, go into the Output menu, select YouTube, then select the service from the upcoming events.  This worked well for the first couple of weeks...at least with no complaints.  I don't believe we'd have to click "Go Live" on YouTube.

- Other weeks we've come in Sunday morning and from a new Wirecast document, built a service.  In those situations, we've just kept the YouTube output option as "go live" and not set up anything in advance.

- On one occasion, we built the scheduled service from within Wirecast from what I believe was a saved Wirecast document.

- The last two Sundays, we've scheduled the service within YouTube and reconnect through Wirecast to our YouTube account....selecting the newly scheduled event.  We've also had to click the "Go Live" button from YouTube to have the stream actually go live.

  Thanks for reading my ramblings.

Brian

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    • CraigSModerator
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    • CraigS
    • 2 yrs ago
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    Since YouTube seems to be going through changes in their Studio, I'd suggest scheduling through Wirecast. Run a test and check to see if the preview appears in YouTube's studio.

    YouTube's servers are on a much heavier load on Sunday's particularly because that's a peak streaming day. 

    Of course if you're having better outcomes by scheduling in YouTube first that's good but YouTube has been changing things a lot lately.

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    • Greg Kuhnert
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    • 2 yrs ago
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    CraigS said:
    ince YouTube seems to be going through changes in their Studio, I'd suggest scheduling through Wirecast. Run a test and check to see if the preview appears in YouTube's studio.

    I'd actually suggest the reverse. I gave up using the native event creation capability in Wirecast a long time ago. It's too un-reliable. For example, we've seen the recent issues with embedded videos that was reported years ago is still troubling some users.

    Even if it WAS visible in Wirecast, there are many missing capabilities that cause me to still use the native Youtube interface. You cant set if a video was made for children for example, which impacts monetisation. You cant set if you want to monetise a video. There's just too much missing in Wirecast to justify trying to do it there.

    The other really compelling reason. If youtube change things, it is more likely that their native interface will continue to work while other applications like Wirecast will cease to function until they catch up.

    The other important aspects of your question. How to "go live" You have a few options:

    1. Set your youtube event to automatically go-live when creating the event in your dashboard. This is what I do. Then, I just start sending data, and it works. It is important to NOT check the auto go-live in Wirecast for this methodology, but it is the most reliable method in my experience. If you start to see the broadcast go "red", you can stop and re-start without any issues. Note; You need to manually stop the event in the YouTube dashboard.

    2. Set your YouTube event to NOT automatically go-live, and do this with the wirecast checkbox for the event. This is NOT what I would recommend. If things go bad and you do a "stop / start" mid stream, that will close out the event and you're stuck.

    3. Set your YouTube event to NOT automatically go-live, and do the same in wirecast for the event. Manually click go-live in the dashboard. This is good if you want to preview the stream in youtube... but extra work. 

    I do #1 - and it works for me every time.

    Greg Kuhnert

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    • Larry E
    • Larry_E
    • 2 yrs ago
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    Do you have to create a new event each time or is there a way to set up recurring events in Wirecast?

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    • CraigS
    • 2 yrs ago
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    Larry E YouTube offers this.

    Stream Now had a reusable stream key but that seems to be going away.

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