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Live Streaming to YouTube from a Chromebook

While this method still works, there is a new way to stream that is far more streamlined.
Click here to see my post about that.

Being able to stream to a live audience can be a very rewarding experience. To be able to communicate in near real-time creates a direct connection that can't be matched easily. The reality of live-streaming is that it can be difficult and potentially expensive to set up, but it doesn't have to be. Especially if you are using a Chromebook. So, let's take a look at how simple it can be to get a live stream up and running.

So head over to YouTube.com and click on your profile button(1). Then click Creator Studio(2) (it may look a bit different if you are using the old YouTube interface)
Open Creator Studio.
Then click on Live Streaming(1) on the left side of the page, Events(2) just below that, and the + New live event(3) button at the top right corner of the page.
Create an event.
From here you will fill in the details of your stream, like the name, a description, and when it will be starting or ending. For our purposes we will just need a name, visibility(1) set to Private, and the type(2) set to Quick. The last one is what will make doing this so simple. Instead of having some software installed to do the live stream, we will use what Google has made to get it done on our Chromebook. The last thing you need to do is click Go Live now(3).
Getting it all ready.
We will be given one last verification before having Hangout On Air window opened.
OK, let's go!
Once the Hangouts On Air window is opened and you can click on Start Broadcast to start streaming.
Start streaming!
From here there are a lot of options for being able to share you screen invite others to the live stream and moderate comments. I'll cover more on that in a future post.

The last thing to know here is how to see if your live stream is actually working. To do this open the YouTube tab you were on previously and where you live stream is listed click the Edit button(1).
Let's check the 'health' of the stream.
Then click on the Live Control Room tab(1) and you will be able to see the status of your stream.
Looks good.
And if you want to see the real-time view to get a feel of image quality and stream delay, further down the page is the Public View. You can click play on that to see the stream as others are seeing it.
Real-time view.
And that's it for getting up-and-running on a YouTube live stream. I hope you are able to put this to good use. Reach out, share and interact with others. It is amazing to see technology like this available to us for little to no cost, and implemented in such a simple way.

Happy streaming!