Making a stream on YouTube

YouTube streaming with your smartphone

The following YouTube tutorial explains step by step how to do live streaming with your mobile device. The important point to keep in mind is that if you choose “public” in your settings, everyone on YouTube can watch it.

If you want to address a specific person or group, then you should choose “unlisted” in the settings. In this way only the people who have the link can watch it. You can share the link directly with your audience on Facebook, via email, etc.

Youtube streaming on a computer

The procedure of streaming on a computer is more or less the same as above. The following link provides you with step by step instructions. 

Using external cameras for video streaming

It is possible to connect an external camera to your computer in order to achieve much better image quality. The benefits are: higher dynamic range, better contrast and higher resolution.

Also, the camera lens gives you more flexibility in terms of field of view (in case your camera has a zoom lens). In comparison to build in computer web-cams, external cameras have better performance in low light situations as well. Basically, any camera such as DSLR or camcorder which has HDMI port would work. 

To connect a camera to your computer you need a video-interface connected in between. This is called a capture card. Here are two examples: 
CAMLINK 4K is an affordable plug&play dongle & 
Blackmagic Webpresenter is a more professional option with more features such as microphone input. At the Conservatoire we use this device for streaming sessions.

The following links give you more information about such setups as well as some more suggestions for a video capture card. 

Keep in mind that you would also need the right HDMI cable to connect your camera to the capture card. 

Alternatively, you can also use good quality external web-cam. These can be directly connected to the computer. Here are some suggestions: