What input sources other than webcam exist for YouTube live streaming?

Drsunil V January 14, 2014
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Which can be the different video input sources for YouTube live streaming? Other than webcam.

  1. Bely B
    January 14, 2014 at 2:31 am

    you can for example use your mobile phone camera as a webcam by using some useful tools(apps) like:
    - IP Webcam : http://ip-webcam.appspot.com/
    -DroidCam : http://www.dev47apps.com/

    then you select cam source from flash player settings while recording ...

    • Drsunil V
      January 23, 2014 at 8:02 am

      Thanks. Please tell , does youtube mobile app has live streaming feature?

  2. Jan F
    January 14, 2014 at 1:41 am

    Any audio or video going through the system you are streaming from. It's just the setup that may be more complex or difficult to achieve depending on the sources you want to use.

    For example if you want to stream a digital audio source plus your microphone you could simply unmute the microphone in your audio cards mixer and then stream the full audio to YT. The downside of this simple setup is that you will hear yourself via your headphones or speakers.

    This can be very irritating so in most cases you want to keep the microphone muted and use a stereo mix as the source of the stream. If you are lucky your sound card supports that out of the box and you just have to enable it within Windows (see link). If not, you will have to find a software that creates a virtual stereo mix suited for your streaming (software).

    You could also hookup your Xbox or Playstation to a capture card on your streaming system, plus webcam, plus headset and then stream "the whole thing" to YouTube.

    Just some examples... Even big concerts or other events (with professional camera setup etc.) are occasionally streamed via YouTube so the "limit" is the effort and resources you want to put into it.

    • Drsunil V
      January 23, 2014 at 8:01 am

      Thanks for detailed answer. Please tell , what youtube live settings can enable any video ( say video streaming on another tab of Chrome browser ) as input video

    • Jan F
      January 23, 2014 at 5:50 pm

      There are no YouTube live settings.
      YouTube simply gives you two URLs to input your video stream, the primary/main server and a backup server.

      Everything else is done by your video stream encoder.
      You will have to consult your encoding softwares manual or support whether it is capable to stream a specific Chrome tab or just a specific area of your screen.