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Two easy ways to live stream on YouTube with your Chromebook (or any computer)

All you need to live stream is a computer with an up-to-date browser, webcam, and internet connection. You don't need to install special encoder software, understand bitrates, or have fancy hardware.

YouTube offers two options: the new webcam live streaming and Hangouts on Air.

Webcam live streaming (www.youtube.com/webcam )
* Immediately go live
* Stream from your webcam or or other camera plugged into your computer
* Add a custom thumbnail
* Manage live chat in the live stream window

Hangout on Air (www.youtube.com/my_live_events Quick Event)
* Set up a future live stream event
* Host multiple participants, webinar style
* Screen sharing
* Additional functionality using apps, including Hangouts Toolbox, Control Room, Cameraman

Get an overview of how to set up and both types of live stream:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxToe5aCfY8

Created on an ASUS Flip C100PA Chromebook :)

Get more detailed instructions for both Webcam live streaming and Hangouts on Air:
https://www.peggyktc.com/2018/03/creating-with-chromebook-live-stream-youtube.html
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TwitchCon announcements: Twitch Sings live karaoke, Squad Stream, and more updates

At today's TwitchCon keynote, +Twitch a number of new features that will be available over the next year.

Twitch Sings will be live karaoke and sounds like fun: "sing your heart out, share your performances across Twitch, or perform duets with your community*
Register for the closed beta if you are interested in trying it out:
http://link.twitch.tv/sings

Squad Stream lets up to four creators stream together in a single view, accessible from any of those channels. Chat is linked to whichever channel a viewer selects as their main view, and viewers can easily follow and subscribe to all channels.

Highlight Editor lets you compile moments across a video into a single highlight video.

VIP Badges to recognize top members of your community.

Plus new moderation tools, extensions (including Snap Camera) and more.

Learn about all the announcements:
https://blog.twitch.tv/twitchcon-2018-keynote-56be103fea21
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Twitch Creator Camp is live October 26-28

Live from TwitchCon: For the first time ever, we’ve teamed up with successful Twitch Partners and Twitch staff experts to bring you three full days of streamer education. We’ll be walking you through advice on everything from building a stronger community to mastering the offline hustle and more.

See the schedule and see reminders
https://www.twitch.tv/creatorcamp/en/live/

A free +Twitch account is required.
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YouTube Live Stream Archives can now be up to 12 hours long

Note that Hangouts on Air still have a maximum 8 hour archive length.

Learn more in the YouTube Help Center: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/6247592

Announcement:
https://twitter.com/Fwiz/status/1053028210689028098
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Facebook launching live Premieres and video polls to all Pages

This is similar to YouTube Premieres, which lets you release a pre-recorded video as a live moment. That way your fans can chat about the video in real time.

* You can schedule the Premiere a week in advance, which creates a post your can promote

* Only available to Pages

* You must select that option when you upload your video

* Must be at least 30 seconds long and meet other technical requirements

* Most videos that are new to Facebook are eligible for Premieres, except previously uploaded, streamed or premiered videos, or movies previously released on the internet.

Premieres publishing requirements
https://www.facebook.com/help/publisher/994096144083740

Also:
* Polls on live broadcasts are now available to all Pages, and will be available for video on demand soon.

* Facebook is launching "Top Fans" to all eligible Pages globally

Learn more in the announcement on the Facebook Media blog
https://www.facebook.com/facebookmedia/blog/global-launch-of-premieres-polls-and-top-fans
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Gamers: apply to help Google's Project Stream by playing Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (US only)

Project Stream is meant to "solve some of the biggest challenges of streaming" in Chrome on desktop. To push the limits Google has partnered with Ubisoft to use one of the most demanding applications for streaming—a blockbuster video game.

Starting on October 5, a limited number of participants will get to play soon-to-be released _Assassin’s Creed Odyssey®_ at no charge for the duration of the Project Stream test, which ends in mid-January.

* Apply here:
https://projectstream.google.com/aco/signup

Requirements:

* U.S. resident
* 17 or older
* You need a computer with reliable internet access (Google will test it for you)
* A controller or mouse & keyboard to play
* A Google Account, a Ubisoft account, and Chrome

Learn more on the Google Blog
https://www.blog.google/technology/developers/pushing-limits-streaming-technology/
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Twitch introduces Tags and new Categories, retires Communities

We know that introducing Tags, replacing IRL and Creative with new Categories, and discontinuing Communities impacts streamers and their workflow. We’ve received a lot of feedback since we announced these changes in early August. Based on those conversations, we’ve broadened the Tags available in this first release, included descriptions with Tags to make them clearer for streamers, and renamed the ”Hobbies & Crafts” category to “Makers & Crafting” to better reflect our professional makers. We also recognize that streamers were using our Communities feature to find others who shared their identity and interests, and we are working with those communities to build solutions for them.

* Streamers can add up to five Tags per stream. Viewers can use Tags to filter results for Categories and Live Channels and will influence Recommendations.

* The IRL and Creative Categories are being replaced by 10 new more specific categories, including Art, Science & Technology, Talk Shows and Podcasts.

Get all the details on the +Twitch blog:
https://blog.twitch.tv/introducing-tags-and-new-categories-33744ef7b04f
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New Skype for content creators lets you bring audio and video into your podcast, vlog or live stream

This feature is build directly into the desktop app, and all you need is a NDI-enabled application or device, including:

* NewTek TriCaster®
* Xsplit
* OBS with NDI plugin
* Pro presenter
* Wirecast
* vMIX
* Ecamm Live for Mac
* Ovrstream

Skype for Content Creators:
https://go.skype.com/skype.for.creators

Learn more on the +Skype blog:
https://blogs.skype.com/news/2018/09/13/easily-integrate-skype-calls-into-your-content-with-the-new-content-creators-feature/
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YouTube Live Update: Autoplay of embedded live streams from third-party sites will no longer count for concurrent viewers

Some creators were apparently using this to artificially inflate their concurrent viewer numbers.

Learn more about live stream metrics: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/2853833

1:58 on this +Creator Insider video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3IIcAoYNPQ
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Vimeo Premium now lets you go live with your webcam, no encoder required

All you need is an updated version of the Chrome browser. Vimeo Premium allows streaming across social platforms, including Facebook and YouTube.

Vimeo lets you view plays, likes, and comments from your live events on Facebook and YouTube in your Vimeo account.

Vimeo Premium is aimed at professionals at $75 per month, but you can try a free live streaming demo here using your free Vimeo account:
http://vimeo.com/live#demo

Learn more on the +Vimeo blog:
https://vimeo.com/blog/post/now-you-can-go-live-right-from-your-webcam
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