On setting up Youtube Live with Gplus
So the latest and coolest thing I think people are /starting/ to realize, but don’t fully know, is that Youtube Live is now available for everyone (as far as I am aware). It used to be that you had to be a super high-falootin’ Youtube Partner in order to get the ability to use Youtube Live. And there used to be settings where you had to check that, yes, I want to be live!
Welp, now it’s all open! Using Google Plus, you can stream live to your Youtube account. When the live stream is done, the entire stream will upload as a video with any comments from Google Plus uploading as comments. But before everything starts, you have to make sure that the email account for your Google Plus is the same as the email account for the youtube account.
But once you make sure you have that, you can start a hang out, and when starting up a hangout, you’ll get an option to make it go live to Youtube: “Enable Hangout on air”. And then a window might pop up saying:
“Hangouts On Air will use your YouTube channel. This video will be broadcast both on your Google+ stream (Tymkrs) and on your YouTube channel (Tymkrs).”
And I haven’t used hangouts before today, but there’s this neat app that allows you to put lower thirds too! Also, the people who you hang out with have to be in a common circle (as far as I’m aware). Anyway, worth checking out for those who make their own videos and would like to use Youtube Live instead of Ustream!
We noticed that with our set up, the quality was less clear than Ustream, and the stream shows the Google Hangout white background/border as well as the little screen windows on the bottom. Even when we were streaming on our own or “hanging out” on our own, we couldn’t get rid of this. Worth knowing, just in case. And it also seems that when a viewer pauses it, when they start playing it again, it picks up from where they left off instead of the current location.