The tools (what you need):

The cameras, cords, and video capture devices all that we recommend here will work. 

  • Camera that has an HDMI or SDI out port 
  • HDMI or SDI cable (depends on your camera port of choice — $25 to $30 for a 50’ cord)
  • Video Capture Device
  • Laptop computer
  • OBS Streaming Software (FREE!)
  • Strong internet connection for your laptop (WiFi, hotspot, or otherwise)
  • Facebook account, assuming you’re streaming to Facebook Live


The steps for Facebook Live:

  1. Connect your digital camera to your signal converter box with an HDMI or SDI cord.
  2. Confirm you’re able to send a signal from your camera to the laptop.
  3. Open OBS Streaming Software
  4. Go to
  5. Click Create Live Stream.

  6. Choose where you want to post your live broadcast.

  7. Select Use a persistent stream key if you want your stream key to be permanent. If this isn't selected, you won't be able to use this stream key again after the stream ends.


  9. Go back to OBS and Click on Settings (bottom ride hand side of window)

  10. Click Stream 

  11. Select Facebook Live in the Service drop down menu

  12. Select Default for Server.

  13. Copy and paste stream key or persistent stream key 

  14. Click Apply

  15. Click on Start Streaming in OBS (bottom ride hand side of window)

  16. Go back to

  17. Write a description and title for your live stream.

  18. Click Go Live Now. If you want to schedule your broadcast for later, click Schedule a Live Video.


The steps for YouTube Live:


  1. Download and install your preferred OBS Streaming Software.

  2. On YouTube, click the “Create a video or post” button in the top-right corner of the screen.

  3. Select “Go live.”

  4. In the YouTube Live Control Room, click on “Stream” in the top navigation bar.

  5. Title your stream, choose a privacy setting, add a description, select an appropriate category, and upload a thumbnail.

  6. Decide whether you’d like to stream now or schedule an event for later.

  7. Hit “Create stream.”

  8. Copy the “Stream name/key” from the window that pops up. (Keep this string of characters private.) If the window doesn’t appear, or if you accidentally close it, look for this information in the bottom-left corner of the Live Control Room.

  9. Open OBS Streaming Software. 

  10. Click on Settings (bottom ride hand side of window)

  11. Click Stream 

  12. Select YouTube in the Service drop down menu

  13. Select Primary YouTube Ingest Server for Server.

  14. Copy and paste stream key or persistent stream key 

  15. Click Apply

  16. Click on Start Streaming in OBS (bottom ride hand side of window)

  17. If you scheduled your YouTube live stream for later, open your streaming software when the time comes and turn on streaming. Flip back to the YouTube Live Control Room; you should see a stream preview window. Press “Go live” in the top-right corner to start streaming.
  18. End your stream through the OBS streaming software once the show’s over. A recording will automatically upload to your channel so people can watch it on demand. View and manage all your current, scheduled, and past live streams through the “Manage” tab at the top of the YouTube Live Control Room.