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Manual live stream to YouTube


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This article explains how to stream live video content to YouTube using the Manual live stream tool in Pangea CMS.

For general information about Manual live stream, see the alternative article below:

Set up the stream in Pangea CMS

Go to Stream > Manual live stream to open the Manual live stream tool.

First, you need to complete the following required settings:

  • Stream name
  • Source
  • Max stream length

For detailed information, see our general Manual live stream guide:

To stream to YouTube, select YouTube under Social media.

After you select a social media platform, the following additional fields appear:

  • Name of channel: Enter the name of the social media page where you will send the stream. The name will only be visible in Pangea CMS.
  • Server URL: Paste the Server URL that needs to be retrieved from YouTube.
  • Stream key: Paste the Stream key that needs to be retrieved from YouTube.

NOTE: Your service can add a default channel name for all Manual live stream requests to YouTube. Contact Pangea Customer Care to add a default channel name.

Set up the stream in YouTube

To set up a new stream in YouTube:

  1. Go YouTube Studio and select Create > Go live in the top-right corner.
  2. Select Manage in the left panel.
  3. Select Schedule stream.
  4. Select Reuse settings to apply the settings from the last stream, or hit Create new.
  5. Review each section of the stream settings, then hit Done.

We recommend reviewing the recommended stream settings.

Recommended stream settings

You can optimize the stream settings via the Stream settings tab.

We recommend the following optimizations:

Stop YouTube from automatically starting the stream

YouTube might start the stream automatically as soon as it receives live input. To ensure you can manually start the stream at the correct moment, ensure the Enable auto-start slider is disabled.

Stop YouTube from automatically ending the stream

In very rare cases, a stream might briefly stop because of a short network outage. YouTube might automatically end your stream if there is no live input. Once the live input is restored, YouTube will not resume the show.

To prevent YouTube from prematurely ending your show, ensure the Enable auto-stop slider is disabled.

When this setting is disabled, YouTube will not end the show in the case of a network outage. The stream might briefly stop, but it will resume as soon as the live input is restored.

Enable normal latency

Latency represents the delay between real-time live events and what viewers actually see on their screens. The lower the latency, the smaller the delay.

Low-latency streaming requires a stable network connection on the side of your viewers. If the latency is too low, viewers might experience a low-quality stream with frequent buffering. Low latency is only required for streams that involve direct interaction with viewers (comments, Q&A, etc.).

To provide the optimal experience for viewers, we recommend selecting Normal latency under Stream latency.

Copy the Server URL and Stream key from YouTube

To copy the Server URL and Stream key from YouTube:

  • Select Copy next to Stream URL. In Pangea CMS, paste this value into the Server URL field.
  • Select Copy next to Stream key (post in encoder). In Pangea CMS, paste this value into the Stream key field.

You can now start the stream.

Start the stream

To start the stream:

  1. Go to Pangea CMS and hit Send stream. This action sends the stream to YouTube. However, the stream will not go live until you manually start it in YouTube.
  2. Go to YouTube. A preview of the stream might already be available. However, it might take up to one minute before the preview is displayed.
  3. When you are ready to start the stream, select Go live in YouTube.

The stream starts.

End the stream

IMPORTANT: It is important to end to stream both in YouTube and in Pangea CMS.

Follow these steps to end the stream:

  1. Select End stream in YouTube.
  2. In Pangea CMS, select Delete stream to stop the streaming event (including to other platforms). Alternatively, select Cancel streaming to only stop streaming to YouTube.

The stream ends.