Streaming IP cameras to YouTube is definitely one of the best ways to live stream events.

Also, it is efficient and secure:

You are able to go live on the popular video platform and get as many as people involved without giving them access to your security cameras.

So, how to set up IP camera live streaming on YouTube? Can you stream directly to YouTube or need an encoder instead?

Continue reading, check out the step-by-step guide below and live stream CCTV camera to YouTube on your own within minutes.

Let's get going!


A Detailed Guide on How to Stream IP Cameras to YouTube

Still searching tutorials on how to stream your IP cameras to YouTube Live?

Now you've got one.

Follow the detailed guide below and get ready to go live in a breeze!

What You Need to Live Stream Security Cameras on YouTube

• An IP security camera or a security system with NVR that supports RTSP stream

• A verified YouTube account

• Broadband Internet with fast upload speed

• A computer (Windows, Mac or Linux)

• An encoder

Below we will take a Reolink RLC-410 security camera as an example.

Reolink RLC-410

PoE Bullet IP Security Camera with Audio

5MP/4MP Super HD; Outdoor/Indoor Protection; 100ft Infrared Night Vision; Audio Recording; Mobile Remote Access & Control.

Step 1. Make Sure Your IP Security Cameras Are Connected to Stable Network

To launch an IP security camera live stream on YouTube, you need to check if your IP cameras are connected to the stable network first, just the same as setting up security cameras for remote viewing.

Note that a stable network connection allows you to access your CCTV cameras via smartphones or PCs and watch video live feed smoothly.

If you have encountered network failures, check out this post to locate and solve the network issues.

Step 2. Build the RTSP/RTMP URL of Your IP Cameras

An RTSP or RTMP URL is required to live stream an IP camera to YouTube.
To construct a correct URL, it is best to consult the staff of your security camera brands about which mode your surveillance equipment supports and the detailed URL as well.

For example, Reolink IP cameras support RTSP stream and the URL is as follows:

Main stream: rtsp://(user name):(password)@(ip address):554/h264Preview_01_main

Sub stream: rtsp://(user name):(password)@(ip address):554/h264Preview_01_sub

So, you may check out the IP address of your security camera in Reolink App or Client first, which is in our example.

View Security Cameras via Reolink App & Client

Combined with the username "admin" and password "111111", then the RTSP URL will be:

Main Stream: rtsp://admin:111111@

Sub Stream: rtsp://admin:111111@

Also note that this applies to a security camera system with NVR as well. By changing the figure at the end of the URL, you are able to live stream the IP camera connected to any other channels of your NVR.

To illustrate: Supposed that you want to stream the Channel 3 security camera on your NVR to YouTube, then the RTSP URL will be:

Main stream: rtsp://(user name):(password)@(ip address):554/h264Preview_03_main

Sub stream: rtsp://(user name):(password)@(ip address):554/h264Preview_03_sub

Editor's Tip: To make the live streaming setup easier, it is best to copy and paste the stream URL in a notepad or any safe locations after building one.

Step 3. Verify Your YouTube Accounts & Obtain Stream Key

Before you are able to live stream an IP camera to YouTube, you need a verified YouTube account.

If you don't have an account, go to the homepage of YouTube and click Sign In.

Supposed that you have an unverified account, navigate to YouTube verify screen and get your account verified.

Generally speaking, it takes 24 hours for the video platform to activate your account for live streaming.

Once activated, you are able to obtain the stream key and configure the streaming setup with the following steps:

#1. Click Create button on top right menu –> Go Live. Choose to start streaming right now or later date with built-in webcam or streaming software. For Reolink cameras, you need to choose streaming software.

#2. Clcik EDIT to enter the title and description and change Privacy settings (private, unlisted or public).

#3. Scroll down and find the Stream Key in the Encoder Setup section. And the stream key is hidden in most cases. Click the eye button to see the key.

Obtain Stream Key

#4. Copy and paste the key to a notepad or any other safe location.

Editor's Tip: Do not share it with someone you don't know. Or else, others may take advantage of your account and live stream to your YouTube channel.

Step 4. Install & Set Up Encoders to Stream IP Cameras to YouTube

Important: Some security cameras that support RTMP push allow you to live stream IP cameras directly to YouTube without using any encoders. So, it is best to contact the staffs of your security camera brands and ask them whether an encoder is needed for YouTube live streaming.

YouTube has made up a list of several reliable encoders and we will take Open Broadcast Software (OBS), a free and open source, as our example.

#1. Download OBS to your PCs or laptops.

#2. Open the program and click + –> Media Source in the Source section to add video source.

Add Media Source

#3. Create a new source and type in a name like "IP Camera Live Stream". Make sure that you check the Make source visible at the bottom.

#4. Uncheck all the choices and enter the RTSP URL in the Input field.

Input RTSP Key

#5. Then your IP camera live feed will show on the OBS screen. Right-click the live feed and click Transform –> Stretch to screen to adjust the video size.

Step 5. Configure Live Streaming Settings in the Encoders

After setting up the encoders, now you are really close to launching a successful security camera live stream on YouTube.

#1. Hit Stream in the Settings section (on the right-hand sidebar) and choose YouTube/YouTube Gaming under the Service section.

#2. Type in the stream key that you obtain from YouTube in the field and click OK.

Input Stream Key

#3. Click Starting Streaming in OBS and navigate to your YouTube account to check if you are on live now.

#4. If you want to stop IP camera live streaming on YouTube or when the event terminates, stop streaming in OBS.

And that's it!

Before starting an IP camera live streaming on YouTube, you'd better test if the settings work.

Thinking about how to improve the performance of your YouTube live stream? Find some of the possible tips & solutions in the next part.

Streaming IP Cameras to YouTube: 4 Essential Tips to Improve Viewing Experience

Following the detailed guide above to stream IP cameras to YouTube is never the end of successful live streaming.

Poor image quality or slow Internet connection, these are the common problems that you may encounter when going live on YouTube.

To provide a smooth viewing experience to your audience, check out the 4 useful tips as follows.

Tip 1. Choose Security Cameras with Extra Clear Image Quality & Sharp Night Vision

What would you do when finding out the security camera live streaming on YouTube comes with the low image quality?

Click the settings and select the highest resolution, right?

And that is what viewers will do as well.

To deliver sharp images with great details on your channel, it is best to choose a megapixel security camera that captures images with the resolution of 1080p, 4MP and even 5MP both day and night.

Aside from the resolution, you may also check out the specifications listed below in security camera product pages:

#1. Field of view: The wider the viewing angle is, the larger monitoring area your surveillance camera can cover.

If you would like to broadcast every corner of the rooms, gardens or construction sites on YouTube, choose a PTZ dome security camera that is able to rotate and cruise with a designated patrol path.

Hold Up: Check out the following two live streaming with Reolink RLC-423, a versatile PTZ IP camera, in Portugal & Poland respectively.

Reolink RLC-423

PoE Waterproof PTZ Security Camera

5-Megapixel Super HD; 360° Pan & 90° Tilt ; 4X Optical Zoom; 190ft Infrared Night Vision; Smart Motion Detection; Remote Live View & Control.

① The spectacular view of the fantastic bay of Machico, Funchal in Portugal is now live on Check it out!

② Wojciech Bandurowski from Internet Serwis is live streaming a roundabout in Poland on the website. Click here to learn more.

#2. IR range: This specification indicates how far your security cameras can see in ambient lighting. To ensure the quality of your YouTube live streaming at night, it is best to choose a security camera with long range night vision like 100 feet or even farther.

#3. IR cut filter: Your CCTV camera won't be able to capture images and videos in accurate colors in both day and night without an IR cut filter. So, if you are planning to stream surveillance camera to YouTube during night time, it is best to choose a security camera with a qualified IR cut filter.

#4. 3D DNR: This feature helps reduce image noise in both static and moving images, offering clearer images and more accurate details during the live streaming.

#5. Built-in Microphone: If you want to record sounds in your live stream as well, you'd better choose a security camera with audio.

Tip 2. Ensure the Internet Upload Speed Meets the Needs of IP Camera Live Streaming on YouTube

Another key factor to smooth live streaming is the fast Internet upload speed.

The recommended upload speed for HD live streaming on YouTube is 3 to 5 Mbps (megabits per second).

Or else, your YouTube live streaming may end up with poor image quality and jittery videos.

Also, note that going live on YouTube takes up much of the IP camera bandwidth. So, when the network connection is not stable, you may not be able to watch security camera live feed via the Client or App.

Add-On Tip: Make sure that you are going live on YouTube via a reliable network. Otherwise, disruption on the connection may lead to live stream failures.

Tip 3. Record IP Cameras On-Site While Live Streaming

Can you save the precious moments captured by your IP security cameras when they are on live?

Of course, Yes!

Generally speaking, you are able to stream a security camera to YouTube while storing the captured images and videos at the same time.

Make sure that you have put SD cards into your security cameras or connect them to an NVR.

Read More: Click here to learn more options to record security cameras 24/7.

Even if you have forgotten to back up the recordings, you can still find it in the Video Manager since YouTube will automatically archive your live streaming up to 12 hours when the stream is over.

Tip 4. Protect Your Own Privacy When Streaming IP Camera to YouTube Live

Aside from providing a smooth viewing experience to your viewer, it is vital to protect personal information during IP camera live stream.

Here is a YouTube live stream safety checklist for your reference:

• Never share the stream key with others

• Only share the admin access for your account to someone you trust

• Avoid showing your personal information during the live stream

• Limit access to your live streaming by setting the live stream to "private" or "unlisted"

Your Turn Now!

Does this tutorial on how to stream IP cameras to YouTube work for you? Are there any good and free software for live streaming on YouTube that you would like to recommend? Leave your comments below and we are eager to hear from you!


  • Sayef Hadeed

    I bought (Reolink 4MP HD Pan/Tilt 2.4/5GHz Dual Band WiFi Indoor 1440P Home Wireless Security IP Camera)
    I followed all the steps above, but I got only the sound and no pictures in OBS studio(Version 23.2.1), the camera is working fine with Reolink software for cellphone and computer. I would like to use it for stream through YouTube, but no picture.
    Thanks for your help.

  • André Marques

    Hi, it's possible to do a youtube stream with Reolink Go?


    • Lorenz

      Hi André, we are sorry that you cannot do a YouTube stream with Reolink Go camera since it does not support RTSP stream. Hope this clarifies.

      • André Marques

        Thank you!

  • Denis Adilev

    Can i live stream on youtube live with REOLINK RLC-511W ?

    • Lorenz

      Hello Denis, yes, Reolink RLC-511W supports RTSP streaming and you can live stream on YouTube with this camera. 🙂

  • Tuawana Braxton Pridgen

    Hi trying to livestream directly from camera to youtube. Bought the dahau hnc5v381r-1r-ze camera by mistake. Do you know anything about it and can i use it that way.

    • Lorenz

      Hi there, we are not sure if your security camera supports RTSP or RTMP stream. So, you may check out whether there are any FAQs on it or contact the professionals from your security camera brand for further information. Hope this helps.

  • Luke Powell

    I am looking to use a IP camera for church services. is there a way to include audio with a IP Camera? Like using software like VMIX? to pull in audio over the video?

    • Lorenz

      Hi Luke, all our PoE/WiFi IP cameras have built-in microphones. When you stream our IP cameras to YouTube with RTSP streaming or simply access the cameras via our app or desktop client, you will hear audio over the video. Let us know if you have any additional questions.

    • Seth Schumer

      You should take a look Microseven camera, youtube go live without software. There is professional audio built-in for church live streaming no stopping. The camera directly streams to Youtube.

    • Chris

      We are muting the audio from the camera RSTP and using an audio feed from our church sound system instead (using church microphones as they would normally be used). The OBS software referred to above lets you mix camera and audio sources. You have to play around with audio mixer advanced settings to get lips to line up with voice (for us its about 1.3 second skew with default buffering with a 511-w camera).

  • Maud

    Hello, I'm trying to find a way to livestream the IP camera remotely. Is that also possible? I can get acces to the remote camera through the Reolink software, but not in OBS.. Hope you can help me with this question!

    • Lorenz

      Hi Maud, thank you for reaching out. We are not sure if OBS or any other encoder supports domain name resolution (the process of translating domain name to IP address and vice versa). So, it is best to consult the tech team from OBS and ask them if the software supports remote live streaming.
      If yes, you may set up DDNS on your camera as instructed here, /how-to-set-up-ddns-for-ip-cameras/, and set up the RTSP port on the router settings. Remember to set the IP of your camera as static and swap the IP address as the domain name in the RTSP URL. Then, you may try to input the new RTSP URL on OBS and see if you can livestream the IP camera remotely. Let us know if it works. 😉

  • MrMaqs Grenier

    Hi, I d like to live stream 4 camera at the same time through a RLN8-410 (4 cameras splitter on the same screen).
    Can I do this and how do I set up my RTSP/RTMP URL for this?
    Thanks for your help

    • Lorenz

      Hello there, you may try to input the ip address and password of your NVR in this RTSP URL: rtsp://(user name):(password)@(ip address):554/h264Preview_01_main and follow the guide above to see if you can live stream 4 cameras at the same time.
      Generally speaking, the encoder shall obtain the video stream from the 4 cameras at the same time with the NVR RTSP URL. However, we are not sure if it works or not because we have not tried it out. If it works, please let us know and we will update this post for future readers. Good luck!

  • Mario Alcaraz


    Which model or models do you recommend to use YouTube Live, that supports direct RTSP streaming? To avoid using a PC.

    It'll be used inside a church, so it doesn't need to be waterproof or things like that.

    Thanks in advance

  • Marius Exotik

    Hi there!
    is there a hardware encoder device that will convert my rtsp from the IPCAM into rtmp for Youtube. I would prefer not to use a bulky PC with software encoders. All i can find are the ones that take HDMI input as the source, not IP network protocol....

  • Adam Simpson

    Can you live stream 2 reolink cameras with one PC and broadcast software – I was using OBS Studio but the stream kept stopping with a single camera so I switched to stream labs as my encoder. I want to stream 2 cameras from one laptop. Appreciate the info.

  • Filip Olsen

    Thank you 🙂

  • developer pro007

    Things are great going to Youtube, thanks. Want to use Zoom. Video from OBS to Zoom is fine but audio does not work. Have IP POE security camera using RTSP. (audio comes with video in camera). How do I get audio to Zoom? Thanks

  • Dayne Teves

    I have the Reolink B800 cameras and I can stream to youtube with the rstp: sub settings. But it does not work with the rstp: main setting. Does the B800 camera not work? Do I have to get the Reolink RLC-410 camera to work?
    Appreciate any help on this.

    • Garrett Morrell

      I would like an answer to this too

  • Egor Voinov

    Do you have a camera with RTMP push support, for YouTube direct uploading without PC and any other devices?

  • Mirta Burgos De Figueroa

    I want to stream to Facebook through obs is that possible?

  • Selektor FolkoTeka

    Hi, is it possible with a Imou model IPC-G22 to stream on YouTube without a pc or any software. The cam has an RTSP link... but I dont know more... 🙂



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