Free Software for YouTube Live stream

The Free software to stream IP camera to YouTube Live is, in fact, a powerful VMS (Video Management System) that is compatible with thousands of different IP cameras brands and model. This VMS also works with live streaming.

I bet you are reading this article and thinking, "OK, what is the software?"

So, here is your answer... The software name is Luxriot EVO a Free VMS with some professional features for CCTV surveillance system.

The Luxriot Evo free version supports up to 9 channels and has a podcast feature which allows you to send video to online platforms such as YouTube and Wonza

How the software works

Basically, the Luxriot Evo use the stream from your IP camera to transmit to the platforms that use the RTMP (Real Time Messaging Protocol).

Usually, an IP camera doesn't have the RTMP protocol, unless you are using a specific model such as the PTZOptics that is designed for live streaming.

So, let's learn how to setup the software and the live stream...

Download and install the Luxriot EVO

You can download the Luxriot EVO software for free, there's no need to pay for a license unless you need to add more cameras or extra features.

Click the link below to download the software

Luxriot EVO podcast configuration

To stream your IP camera to YouTube Live, you just need to use the Podcast feature available in the software. Open the Luxriot EVO Management Console.

Luxriot EVO Management Console

Click on "Live podcast" on the left side menu.

Luxriot Podcast Menu

Click the button "New live podcast"

Live Evo Configuration Live Podcast

On "Sharing type" choose YouTube and click the "Change..." button to pick the channel you want to use for the stream (I'm using a Samsung camera)

Luxriot Podcast Details

You can check the option "Use substream" if you prefer to use the other stream from your camera and "Enable audio" if it's available.

The last thing is to input the RTMP URL and click "OK" to start the stream.

 

How to get the RTMP URL

Go to your YouTube channel and open the "Creator Studio".

YouTube Creator Studio

Click on the "Stream now" link.

YouTube Live Stream Tab

Go to "Encoder Setup" and copy the "Server URL" and "Stream name key".

 

Start streaming live to YouTube...

The Server URL and the Stream Key are something like this...

Server URL: rtmp://a.rtmp.youtube.com/live2

Stream Key: bhot-543x-np57-92cd

Just copy and paste them into the Luxriot EVO Live podcast screen.

Luxriot Live Stream Server URL and Key

 

Hit the "OK" button and your camera is live on YouTube...

IP camera stream- to YouTube Live

How easy is that, huh ? Just a few steps and your camera is available to everybody that visit your YouTube channel. In fact, YouTube sends a notification to your subscribers to inform them there's a live transmission.

You can also let people know your IP camera is live on YouTube by just sending them the link to your channel. You can find this option in the bottom part of the screen.

 

How to stop streaming live to YouTube...

OK, you can't stream forever on YouTube, right ?

To stop your IP camera live stream just go to the Luxriot EVO Management Console > Live Podcast and click the "Disable" button.

Luxriot EVO Disable Live Stream
 

Setup recommendation

I recommend you to use a profile from your IP camera with at least 1080p resolution (1980x1080) and around 25 FPS.

The live stream uses around 3.5 to 5 Mbps depending on your camera setup.

Make sure you have enough bandwidth (upload) available and just in case you don't, just reduce the quality of your IP camera profile.

Unfortunately, you have to sacrifice the quality if you don't have the necessary resource.

You also need to use H.264 for the video compression (don't use H.265).