We get a lot of questions about live streaming events on digital signage.  With Arreya and YouTube you can start streaming on your digital signage in minutes.  In this article we take a brief look at using YouTube live streams with Arreya.

Producing live streaming content has never been easier – grab a camera open an app, and go.  Share your event with as many people as you want and archive it for later. All of this is free and easy to do with devices you likely already have – phones, tablets, webcams.  If you’re looking for something even easier, and are willing to spend a little money, there are hardware devices that make streaming as easy as hitting the record button. Which method is best depends on  your specific needs and budget – Do you need to stream multiple cameras or locations? Switch between different cameras during the stream? Do you want an interface to view live chat during the event? What about 360 or VR? Do you primarily use Mac or PC?

Getting Started

Figuring out the hardware and software

The easiest way to get started is to sign up for a YouTube account, and begin streaming using your webcam, right from the YouTube website.  The built in controls give you a basic interface for broadcasting your live stream. If you want to have multiple people in different locations participate in the live stream, like a webinar, you can add additional participants and enable desktop sharing.   If you’re mobile you can use the YouTube app on a phone or tablet to record your live stream.

Instructions on enabling your channel and starting to stream can be found here – https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/2474026

What else do I need?

Below are some recommendations for software and hardware live streaming solutions.  Keep in mind that the live streaming hardware and software are only part of the puzzle.  You will likely need several other things –

  • Stable internet connection
  • Lighting
  • Microphone(s)
  • Camera(s) – USB webcams, consumer and professional video cameras with HDMI output, or even the output from a professional studio switcher.
  • Graphic assets – Make your broadcasts more professional with intro & exit images or animations, lower third bars, etc.

Our top picks for YouTube live streaming hardware and software

  • Webcam Capture via YouTube.com
  • Mobile Live via YouTube App
  • Open Broadcaster Software Studio – Free and open source software to produce professional broadcasts.  Includes audio mixing, filters, scenes, transitions and more.
  • Epiphan Webcaster (Hardware) –  Simple hardware streaming device with an easy interface.  Connect USB, HDMI, or audio sources. Hook up a monitor to see a live interface with comments and reactions in real time.  Supports Ethernet or Wi-Fi. Can be portable with a Wi-Fi hotspot and battery back.
  • Sling Studio (Hardware) – Connect your professional video cameras or existing video system to easily broadcast and switch between multiple cameras.  Feature rich software and the ability to add additional devices later.

This is only a few of the options available.  Here is a link with the most up to date information on YouTube Live Verified Devices & Software – https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/2907883?hl=en

Setting up Arreya for YouTube Live

Once you have a link to your live stream, you can easily insert it in to an existing or new presentation.  Don’t have a link or want to stream an existing YouTube Live event? No problem, a list of live events can be found here on YouTube.  Just copy and paste the link to the live stream in to the Arreya YouTube Widget.  Knowledge Base Article

  1. Log into the Arreya Dashboard
  2. Click [Content] Then [Presentation]
  3. Next to your Presentation click [Edit]
  4. Once in the editor, go to the widget drop down menu and click [YouTube]
  5. Now open a new tab, go to Youtube.com and find the Livestream you wish to add.  Copy the URL at the top.
  6. Go back into the Arreya editor and paste the URL in the YouTube widget dialog box.
  7. Controls will give access to pause, play and skip around to the user.
  8. Autoplay will make the video play when the page is loaded.
  9. Loop will loop the video to play continuously.
  10. Click Create
  11. You should now see a YouTube widget on the screen that you can move and style as needed.