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Mac Console: Broadcasting live video with YouTube

Here's how to use SlingStudio Console for Mac to broadcast (wirecast) live to YouTube, step-by-step

What you'll need:

  • A SlingStudio unit
  • An network connection for the SlingStudio, either via Wi-Fi or Ethernet cable, that can access the Internet
  • One or more video sources
  • Mac with the latest SlingStudio Console software installed
  • Sign-on credentials for YouTube/Gmail

To enable a Gmail account for live broadcasting (one-time task):

These steps are only needed to enable a Gmail account for live broadcasting if it has not been done before. After this is done for this particular Gmail account, you don't need to do it again:

  1. Create a Gmail account (or use an existing one) to sign in to YouTube.
  2. Once you log in to YouTube, click the Creator Studio option.
  3. Click Create a Channel, and then select LIVE STREAMING from the left-side panel.
  4. Select Events, and then click Enable Live Streaming.
  5. If requested, verify the account by providing either your email address or your telephone number.


  1. Power up the SlingStudio.
  2. On your Mac, launch SlingStudio Console and connect it to the SlingStudio hotspot.
  3. Connect your SlingStudio unit to Internet:
    1. Ethernet cable: Connect a live Ethernet cable to the SlingStudio using the SlingStudio USB-C Expander product.
    2. Wi-Fi: In SlingStudio Console, go to Internet (on the lower-right corner of the Console).
    3. Choose a Wi-Fi network to connect to.
      Note: You can also confirm the operation of the Ethernet connection here.
  4. Prepare the video sources that you want to use and connect them to the SlingStudio hotspot.
  5. In SlingStudio Console, create a new project.
  6. Set your new project with these settings:
    1. PRODUCTION OPTIONS: Choose Recording and Broadcasting or Broadcasting Only.
    2. Recording Options: Select the options that you wish, remembering that each added option requires more disk space.
    3. Video Sources Bit rate: Choose a video source bit rate setting.
    4. Program Output Bit rate: Choose a setting for the Program Output bit rate. If you're not sure, choose a setting that is about halfway. We'll refine it shortly.
  7. Toward the bottom of the dialog box, in the Broadcasting Settings section, go to Upload Speed. Click SPEED CHECK. After several seconds, SlingStudio Console determines what the current upload speed is.
  8. Divide this Upload Speed figure approximately in half, and use that figure to refine the Program Output bit rate setting (from Step 6d above). Half the Upload Speed is a good number to start with. Lower settings can offer lower video quality … but also broadcasting with fewer skips. Higher settings offer the reverse.
    Note: You can't change this setting once the project has been created. If you later decide that you need different bit rate settings, you'll need to create a new project.
  9. For Broadcasting Destination, click SET DESTINATION.
  10. Select YouTube.
  11. You see the Google Login screen. Provide your account credentials to log in.
  12. If you are asked for various permissions, be sure to allow them.
  13. Choose an option:
    1. Click Stream Now. In the screen that follows, fill out the fields, then click SET DESTINATION. Or …
    2. Click Create New Event. In the screen that follows, fill out the fields, then click CREATE.
      See About YouTube privacy settings, below, for more information about privacy options.
  14. You return to the PROJECT SETTINGS screen.
  15. Review your project settings, and then click CREATE.
  16. Set up your video: choose a video source for the Preview pane, then click Preview -> Program to promote the video source's image to the Program pane.
  17. On the upper-right corner of SlingStudio Console, click LIVE.
    Confirm any dialog boxes that appear.
  18. The LIVE button on the left side of SlingStudio Console turns red to indicate that you're currently broadcasting.
  19. To stop the broadcast, click the LIVE button. Confirm in the dialog boxes that appear.

About YouTube privacy settings

When creating an event, be sure to choose the best the Privacy option to suit the needs of your project:

  • Public—Your video can be watched by anyone.
  • Unlisted—Your video can be watched only by those with whom you have shared the video link. (This is the default setting.)
  • Private—You're the only one who can watch your video.

Want to review Internet connectivity quality as you stream video?

You can do that in either of two ways.

First, make sure that you're streaming video. Then:

  • Along the bottom edge of the Program window, click the word QUALITY.
    The Live Broadcasting Quality Indicator opens.
  • You can also access the Live Broadcasting Quality Indicator from the Dashboard:
    • Click the Dashboard icon in the lower-right corner of the Console main window.
      Or choose Dashboard from the Window menu.
      The Dashboard opens.
    • In the lower-left corner of the Dashboard, you see the LIVE BROADCASTING section.
    • Click Stream Quality (in blue type).
      The Live Broadcasting Quality Indicator opens.

For more information about the Live Broadcast Quality Indicator, see the links below.

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