YouTube Stream Key

Generating a YouTube Stream Key

Stream codes are 16-character alphanumeric codes which you can send to the technicians streaming your event, allowing us to broadcast live from your YouTube account without ever having to log in. So you don’t have to share your password with the people streaming your event. The first time you stream, you should follow these steps at least 24 hours before the stream to assure your account will be enabled for streaming.

YouTube is changing up their interface so often, I feel the need to say that this is current as of July 2018, but could be outdated soon.


  • Log inand then choose Creator Studio after clicking your user icon on the top-right of the screen
  • (If you only see “YouTube Studio (beta)”, click that and then click Missing Features on the left pane, then Live Streaming, then continue below, skipping next step)
  • Click Live Stream option on the left pane
  • Click the Events option from the Live Stream breakout
  • If necessary, do verification process—more likely if you just created the account.
  • Click Create New Event
  • Specify a titlefor your stream, including optional description. Specify a time for your stream. Choose Custom under the Type drop-down
  • Click the Advanced Settingstab and review the advanced settings for allowing/disallowing comments and many other options
  • Click Create Event
  • Optionally, choose a thumbnail image for your event
  • Specify whether you want to generate a single-use or reusable stream key
  • Select Other Encoderfrom the Select your Encoder drop-down
  • Copy and paste your 16-character stream key (called Stream Name) into an email to ASC Tech staff.

How to set up Live stream From Start to Finish?

1.    Create a YouTube Studio.

First thing first, if you have not created a YouTube Studio, do so with the following these steps just at the upper right- hand corner of your YouTube screen.

After creating a new studio, your screen should prompt you to create a new event where you can set up the modalities of the event to begin the live stream process.

If you already have a studio set up just navigate to the live streaming beta button
(Under creator studio) to set up your event.

2.    Schedule the Date and time for the live stream

Next, you need to schedule the date and time for the live stream event.if you will be live streaming immediately there will be no need to schedule a future date, just title your event and you will be good to go.

3.    Title your Event

Give your event a benefiting tile of what you will be live streaming. That way your subscriber will be aware of what it’s all about. Don’t forget to add tags and make sure your title is relevant to the event.

4.       Next, Create the Event
Once you have set the date and title of the event, go straight to the top right-hand corner where an Icon says, “Create event”. Click on the icon to create the event. Once that is done, all your subscribers will be notified via their feeds of the upcoming or present events you have set up.

5. Set Up your Stream
After you get the event set up you will need to set up your stream. To do that, navigate to the left-hand corner and click on “steam now” just above the event link and a streaming screen will appear. It is from this area that you will customize the feel and control of your live stream when your event starts.

There is a live streaming checklist box just below the streaming video that tells you what you have to do.

6. Set Up your Encoding Software
First, you will have to set up your encoding software (Like OBS) that will help with the live stream. If you are using OBS, go to stream (in OBS) and navigate to settings. Then set the service to YouTube to collect your streaming key.

Once you have your streaming key go back to YouTube and paste it into the stream key box that is within the Encoder Setup box. Now make sure your streaming software is ready to go with your webcam and desktop also ready.

7. Finalize your Stream Settings on YouTube and “Go Live”
After you have set up your encoding software, add the information for your Stream using the basic information box, set up basic stream options or even monetize with Adsense via the monetization tap. There is also a chat box screen that helps you interact with your viewers.
After all is set and done, you can go live and view the analytics of your live streaming just below the YouTube streaming app.

Frequently asked Questions (FAQ)

Does YouTube Tv include YouTube Red?

Earlier this year, YouTube took another step into television streaming with the launch of YouTube, TV shortly after the introduction of YouTube Red, a slightly tweaked, ad-free YouTube experience. YouTube proper, of course, is the ad-filled, people’s video service, providing endless cat videos, fan commentaries, and increasingly, legit creative programming. YouTube TV is a new experience altogether, competing with the likes of Hulu and Netflix, while YouTube Red simply enhances the YouTube experience you’re used to. The two services are fundamentally different, but are either of them worth your money?

YouTube Red

Red is a $10 upgrade to YouTube that allows members to watch their favorite makeup tutorials, unboxing, and puppy videos without ads, download videos to their mobile devices for viewing later, listen to audio in the background with the YouTube Music app, and access exclusive YouTube Red content, YouTube Music,and Google Play Music.

The original content you get with YouTube Red is made mostly with YouTube personalities that have gained a following on their own, but the service has been rapidly adding scripted, reality, documentary, and feature programs. Shows from Ellen DeGeneres, Kevin Hart, and Katy Perry are in development, and at least 40 original programs and movies are planned for the coming year.

If you upgrade to YouTube Red, your new features will work with YouTube Kids and YouTube Gaming, and YouTube Red is accessible in many of the ways you access YouTube. Some features, such as offline playback and background play, are only available in the YouTube mobile apps.

There are a few kinks in the system, however. YouTube Red’s ad-free benefits and download capabilities won’t work on the content you pay for, such as a movie or TV episode rentals. And the download feature and background play are available only for YouTube, Android and iOS mobile apps on supported devices.

YouTube TV

At $35 per month, YouTube TV is a robust streaming service aiming to compete with the likes of Sling, Hulu Plus Live TV, and Playstation VUE. The service includes cable network streaming and live broadcast television from local affiliates, along with YouTube Red content. At the time of this writing, there isn’t any original content exclusive to YouTube TV.

The network availability is on par with other streaming services. You’ll get live programming from the four major broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox), plus popular sports, news, and entertainment networks, such as AMC, BBC America, BBC World News, Bravo, The Disney Channel, ESPN, FX, MSNBC, Telemundo, and others. Showtime and Fox Soccer Plus are available for additional charges. And most networks offer some on-demand content.

YouTube TV also boasts the ability to share the service with six users at once and unlimited cloud DVR functionality. You can view YouTube TV on your Android and IOS devices, Google Chromecast, and via Apple AirPlay. Unfortunately, right now, the service is only available in 15 television markets in the US. It launched to customers in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, and San Francisco. As of June, it was available in those markets, plus Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas-Fort Worth, Detroit, Houston, Miami-Fort Lauderdale, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C.

Can I Use YouTube Red and YouTube TV Together?

YouTube Red is a separate membership, and not bundled with YouTube TV. If you’re a YouTube Red and a YouTube TV member, you can watch your YouTube content ad-free, but broadcast and cable content will contain commercials. YouTube Red isn’t included in a membership to YouTube, TV, though you’ll still have access to YouTube Red content.

The two new YouTube paid services offer different features and are aimed at different users. Power YouTube users can easily justify $10 a month for YouTube Red to go ad-free and play content in the background of other apps. The service gives you original programming and Google Play Music, too, but it doesn’t offer access to network content, your favorite premium cable content, or broadcast and cable news. It certainly doesn’t compare with similarly priced streaming services, such as Hulu and Netflix, when it comes to the number and quality of original and ported content. (Both competitors’ plans start at $7.99 per month.)

YouTube TV compares more favorably than YouTube Red with competitors Netflix and Amazon, but its features are on a similar par as those from DirecTV Now, Hulu to Live TV, and Sony’s Playstation VUE, all priced between $30 and $40 per month. The Sling is priced starting at $20 per month, but add-ons can add up. At about 40 channels, YouTube TV has significantly fewer networks available than DirecTV Now, which offers 60 for $35, and Sling, which has plans that get you anywhere from about 20 channels for $20, all the way up to around 135 channels for $120 per month. At $39.99 and with similar offerings and limitations, Hulu With Live TV is perhaps YouTube TV’s most direct competitor. Neither service’s standard packages offer ad-free options (you have to upgrade), and neither is in every television market. The good news? All of these services have no-fee trial periods, starting from one week free. You can test out YouTube TV free for one month.

Which YouTube Is the Right YouTube for You?

So are they worth it? YouTube Red is still the YouTube you know. It doesn’t have the content volume of a Netflix or Hulu basic package, but at $10 per month, it’s a convenient, flexible option for those who want to nix ads on YouTube, listen to Google Play Music’s library, or access content while using other apps. Plus, if you’re already a fan of YouTube stars and eager to seek out new programming, you’ll have that, too.

If you’re in a market served by YouTube, TV use one of the supported devices, and have yet to try out a streaming service, it’s worth the free trial. If YouTube TV continues to add markets and networks, it will be worth keeping.

How do you connect YouTube to twitch?

Go to your twitch dashboard and find your stream key, when you click the tab it should have something like “ live” followed by a  bunch of members and stuff. Copy that and then, in your stream setting on OBS, paste the stream key in the stream key section. Pick a server that’s closest to you. If you  don’t know it you can either use the ping plugin to find the best server or find another twitch server ping program. After that it’s just up to setting  your encodes setting and all the other stuff and when you start stream it should go live.

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