My First YouTube Live Stream Mobile
My First YouTube Live Stream on my mobile phone was incredibly easy to do straight from the YouTube app. YouTube’s mobile live streaming feature finally became available to me. So I headed out to the streets of London to test it out for the first time. Check out my first live broadcast to the world here –
Live streaming via YouTube has been possible for some time, since 2011 in fact. However, it was not a feature available to everyone. Live mobile broadcasting straight from the app has been tested by some big YouTube channels. Mainly only YouTubes VIP’s got to test out live broadcasting to begin with.
But this year YouTube live streaming is rolling out to many more creators. It will compete with Instagram live and Facebook live. Initially to be eligible to use YouTube live on mobile, your channel must have had more than 10,000 subscribers. However eventually many more creators now can go live including myself.
So now I can reach my audience live by taking advantage of live streaming on YouTube. Streaming straight from the main YouTube app on my phone with no other software or hardware required. Before you go live the app gives you the opportunity to change your streams settings. You can add a title and description and take a thumbnail picture.
After a mobile live stream ends, an archive of the stream is saved to your channel and you have the option to edit the privacy setting or delete the archive. You can also edit the video in the same way you can edit any other processed video on YouTube.
The comments on live video are now real time chat so viewers can ask questions. It is perfect for events and Q & A style videos. The quality is only as good as your phone or device can muster. In my case an iPhone 5s, so the footage is a bit shaky and the sound is far from perfect. However as phones improve and I get them so will the quality of my live broadcasts.