Using Custom RTMP Instead of the Built-in YouTube Integration

Switcher Studio's YouTube makes it easy to stream to a YouTube channel. However, there are some instances when the integration is not an option, including:

  • If you are waiting for your account to be approved for livestreaming by YouTube.

  • If you are having trouble linking your Youtube account to Switcher Studio

  • If there is a known issue with the Switcher Studio + YouTube integration

Using Custom RTMP allows you to stream to YouTube with Switcher Studio without the integration.

Note: For information about what Custom RTMP is and why it's used, check out the Help Center article General Information and Options for Setting up Custom RTMP.


You can set up a Custom RTMP stream in the online Switcher Studio Dashboard (recommended), or directly in the Switcher Studio App. This article walks through the first option because it is easier to copy and paste Custom RTMP values to the Dashboard than it is using the iOS app.

There are three primary steps to setting up and using Custom RTMP with Facebook (use the links below to jump to that section of the article):

  1. Create the video event on YouTube and copy the RTMP values.

  2. Add the RTMP values to the Switcher Studio Dashboard.

  3. Start the livestream in Switcher Studio.


Video tutorial


Creating the Stream Event on YouTube and Copying the RTMP Values.

Step 1: Go to YouTube Channel you want to stream to

  • Log into YouTube.com from a web browser.

  • Click the camera icon in the top-right corner.

  • Select Go Live from the dropdown menu.

Note: If the Go Live option is not available, visit https://youtube.com/features to enable livestreaming on your account.

Step 2: Create the stream

  • Click Schedule Stream.

  • You will have the option to create an entirely new stream or to reuse the settings from a previous stream. Choose your preference.

  • Enter the details for the stream, including a Title and description.

  • Click Next.

  • Select the desired customization settings for the stream.

  • Click Next.

  • Adjust the visibility settings.

  • Click Done.

You will be taken to a page with all the stream details.

Note: If you receive an error message about a duplicate stream key, click Reset to get a new stream key.

Step 3: Find the Stream Key and Server URL

The Stream Key and Server URL are listed under Stream Settings. Those values are what you'll paste in the Switcher Studio Dashboard. If you would like to view the Stream key, click the eye icon to make it visible.

Leave the YouTube page open, as you will need to return to it to copy the key and URL.

Step 4: Enable Auto-start & Auto-stop

We highly recommend enabling Auto-start and Auto-stop in the Stream Settings section.

When these options are enabled, it means when you hit the start/stop button in Switcher Studio, the stream will start and stop on YouTube automatically. If you do not enable these options, you will need to manually go to YouTube.com after hitting Start in Switcher Studio to begin the stream on YouTube, and you'll need to go back again to stop the stream. It can be easy to forget to do that, and you don't want to lose your stream.


Adding the RTMP Values to the Switcher Studio Dashboard

Once you have set up the stream on YouTube you will use the Server URL and Stream Key to set up a Custom RTMP channel in the Switcher Studio Dashboard.

  • Log into the Switcher Studio Dashboard using the same email and password you use to log into the app.

  • Click Platforms from the left menu.

  • Click the Set up RTMP button.

  • Enter a Channel Nickname. This nickname will appear in the Switcher Studio app and make it easier for you to identify the correct custom rtmp stream. Your audience will not see the nickname.

  • Go back to the YouTube page with the Stream Settings and click Copy next to the Server URL.

  • Toggle back to the Switcher Studio Dashboard. Paste the value into the Server URL box.

  • Go through the the same process for the Stream Key.

  • Adjust any of the other settings as needed.

  • Click Save.

You will receive a confirmation message that the channel has been saved. The channel will now appear under Custom RTMP in the Dashboard.

You can adjust the settings at any time before going live, by clicking Details from this page (Dashboard > Platforms).


Starting the YouTube Livestream in the Switcher Studio App

Step 1: Select the Custom RTMP Channel

  • When you're ready to stream, open the Switcher Studio app on your main switcher device.

  • Go to the Outputs tab.

  • Tap the blue arrow beside Custom RTMP.

All the Custom RTMP channels you've created will appear based on their nickname. If you do not see the channel, swipe down on the list to refresh and sync the app with the Switcher Studio Dashboard.

  • Tap the the correct channel nickname.

  • A blue check mark will appear to the left of the name, confirming your selection.

  • If you would like to edit the stream details, tap the blue arrow on the right.

  • Tap any of the fields to edit them.

  • At a minimum, we recommend running a new speed test.

    • Tap Speed Test.

  • Tap Save to use the speed test results to update the streaming resolution.

  • Once you have finalized the settings, tap RTMP Channels in the top left to return to the main RTMP Channels menu.

  • Tap Done in the top left corner.

  • The correct channel will appear next to Custom RTMP in the Outputs Tab.

  • Make sure there is a blue checkmark next to Custom RTMP as shown above. If there is no checkmark, tap Custom RTMP.

Step 2: Begin the Broadcast

  • When you are ready to go live, tap the big red button in the top-right corner of the app to start the stream.

  • If you enabled Auto-Start and Auto-Stop in YouTube, once you start the stream in Switcher Studio, it will begin streaming on YouTube. If you did not enable those options, you will need to manually go to YouTube.com and initiate the stream.


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