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How to Live Stream to YouTube using NDI with OBS Studio

In this article we will review the steps to establish a live stream to YouTube from your Camera’s NDI feed using OBS Studio. It is assumed that your camera is connected to your LAN and has an IP address that is compatible with your router's settings. If this has not been done refer to our knowledge base articles on addressing your camera here or here.

The NDI protocol from Newtek offers a powerful way to distribute video content on your network using an IP stream. In addition to high-quality video and low latency, NDI allows users to take advantage of OBS Studio's Virtual Camera and easily link their camera to YouTube Live.

Step 1:

Add your NDI camera to OBS Studio. Click here for a walkthrough of this process.


Step 2:

Once your NDI Source is added in OBS, click Start Virtual Camera within the Controls window.


Step 3:

Login to your YouTube account, click the camera icon  at the top right of the interface and select “Go Live”. This will navigate you to YouTube Studio.

Select the “Webcam” tab on the left side of the page and enter your stream details (title, audience, etc.).


Step 4:

In the same window, select “More Options” located at the bottom.

Add a description and category for your live stream

Select “OBS Virtual Camera” from the camera device dropdown list.

Select your audio source and then click “Next”.


Step 5:

Create your video thumbnail automatically or upload a custom thumbnail.


Step 6:

You are now ready to start the live stream. Click “Go Live” at the bottom and your stream will begin after the countdown timer.

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