To set up a live stream on a desktop you first need to start a stream on YouTube. Make sure to either sign up for YouTube or log in using an existing account.
Next, enable live streaming for the YouTube account by completing the following steps:
Click here to verify the YouTube account. This process is quite straight forward. Select your country, preferred verification code delivery method, preferred language of the message and your phone number.
Enter the 6-digit verification code you received on your phone.
The YouTube account should now be verified.
Enable live streaming via the Live Control Room.
Before you can start live streaming you need to download encoding software to set up the live stream. YouTube offers some options for encoding software, which can be found here. We recommend downloading Open Broadcaster Software. Useful information on how to use OBS in combination with YouTube can be found here.
You can now live stream through a web browser on YouTube as long as there aren't any live streaming restrictions for the YouTube account.
Once everything is set start the live stream on YouTube. How to start the stream through a web browser:
Log into YouTube. Click the button in the top-right corner to ''Create a video and more''.
If necessary, give YouTube permission to use a camera and/or microphone.
Give the live stream a title, select a privacy setting (public or unlisted) and select if you want to live stream now or schedule a stream at a later moment.
Choose whether you'd like to upload an image from your computer to use as a thumbnail.
Under 'Audience' select 'No, it's not Made for Kids'.
Click the blue 'CREATE STREAM' button.
A menu is displayed in the top-left corner where streams and webcam can be managed.
Connect the stream with the encoder. This article explains how to connect the live stream when using OBS.
Ensure the webcam is selected in the navigation menu at the top.
Hit the 'Go live' button in the top-right corner to start the stream.
Left of the 'Go live', click on 'Share' which has an arrow sign. It displays a link to the live stream, which is needed for the next part.
Head over to the admin panel to link the YouTube live stream to the Virtual Event.
In the admin panel click on 'Virtual Event' and select 'Settings'.
Select Youtube livestream and copy the streaming ID into the 'YouTube Lobby stream id' tab. The streaming ID is the last part of the URL of your YouTube stream, the part after the = sign.
Adjust the YouTube Lobby Volume. Attendees can also change the volume in the lobby by themselves.
Scroll down and click on 'Save changes'.
Your stream will be visible in the lobby.