Streaming an IP camera to YouTube is one of the best ways to live stream events. It is efficient and secure. You can go live on the popular video platform and get as many people involved without giving them access to your security camera. Today you can use Microseven IP cameras to stream live on YouTube without any encoders [hardware and software].
How to set up an IP camera live streaming on YouTube? Can you stream directly to YouTube? Check out the step-by-step guide below and live stream the Microseven camera to YouTube within minutes.
Are you still searching for tutorials on streaming your IP camera to YouTube Go Live?
Now you’ve got one.
Follow the detailed guide below and prepare to go live in a breeze!
What You Need to Live Stream A Security Camera on YouTube
- A Microseven security camera
- A verified Microseven.com account
- A verified YouTube account
- Broadband Internet with fast upload speed
Below I will take an M7B77-WPSAA Microseven IP Security Camera as an example.
Step 1. Make sure your IP security cameras are connected to a stable network
To launch an IP security camera live stream on YouTube, you need to check if your IP cameras are connected to the stable network first, just as setting up security cameras for remote viewing.
Note that a stable network connection allows you to access your CCTV cameras via smartphones or PCs and watch video live feed smoothly.
If you have encountered network failures, check out this post to locate and solve the network issues.
Step 2. Verify your YouTube account and get the Stream name/key
You need a verified YouTube account before you can live to stream an IP camera to YouTube. If you don’t have an account, go to the homepage of YouTube and click Sign In. Suppose you have an unverified account, navigate to YouTube verify screen and get your account verified.
YouTube will notify you once the screen says it takes 24 hours for the video platform to activate your live-streaming account. Once activated, you can obtain the stream key and configure the streaming setup with the following steps:
#1. Go to the Creator Studio page and click Live Streaming -> Stream Now.
#2. Enter the title and description and change Privacy settings (private, unlisted, or public) in the Basic Info section.
#3. Scroll down and find the Stream Key in the Encoder Setup section. And the stream key is hidden in most cases. Click Reveal to see the key.
#4. Copy and paste the key to a notepad or any other safe location. You will use the Server URL and Stream name/key in the microseven.com portal account.
Editor’s Tip: Do not share it with someone you don’t know. Or else, others may take advantage of your account and live stream to your YouTube channel.
Step 3. Create an account at microseven.com and add a camera to your portal or add it to the app on the phone via CamID and PIN.
#1. Create an account in microseven.com
#2. Using Microseven camera CamID and PIN, set it up in microseven.com under your portal account.
Go to My Cameras -> My Camera Settings.
Before starting an IP camera live streaming on YouTube, you’d better test if the settings work. Are you thinking about how to improve the performance of your YouTube live stream? Find some of the possible tips & solutions in the next part.
Step 4. Add the YouTube Stream name/key to your microseven.com portal, and reboot the camera to start YouTube Go Live.
#1. Click on ‘YouTube Settings…’ in the previous step.
#2. Enter the same Server URL and Stream name/key from Youtube to microseven.com ‘YouTube Settings…’ form.
#3. You must reboot the camera by clicking on the ‘Reboot Camera’. Then the YouTube live-streaming setup will take effect.
Streaming An IP Camera to YouTube: 4 Essential Tips to Improve Viewing Experience
Another critical factor to smooth live streaming is the fast Internet upload speed. The recommended upload speed for HD live streaming on YouTube is 3 to 5 Mbps (megabits per second). Or else your YouTube live streaming may have poor image quality and jittery videos. Also, note that going live on YouTube takes up much of the IP camera bandwidth. So, when the network connection is unstable, you may be unable to watch the security camera live feed via Microseven CMS software and the App.
Add-On Tip: Ensure you are streaming live on YouTube via a reliable network. Otherwise, disruption of the connection may lead to streaming failures.
Tip 3. Record An IP Camera On-Site While Live Streaming
Can you save the precious moments captured by your IP security camera when they are on streaming? The answer is Yes! You can stream an IP security camera to YouTube while storing the captured images and videos simultaneously. Ensure you have the microSD cards in the IP security camera or connect them to an NVR.
Read More: Click here for more options to record the security camera 24/7. Even if you have forgotten to back up the recordings, you can still find it in the Video Manager since YouTube will automatically archive your live streaming for up to 12 hours when the stream is over.
Tip 4. Protect Your Privacy When Streaming IP Camera to YouTube Live
Aside from providing a smooth viewing experience to your viewer, it is vital to protect personal information during an IP camera live stream. Here is a YouTube live stream safety checklist for your reference:
• Never share the stream key with others
• Only share the admin access for your account with someone you trust
• Avoid showing your personal information during the live stream
• Limit access to your live streaming by setting the live stream to “private” or “unlisted.”