How To Livestream On YouTube With An External Camera (Webcam or Canon)

If you want to improve the quality of your video on YouTube,
use an external camera.

In the video below, you’ll discover how to livestream on YouTube with an external camera such as the Logitech webcam or the Canon M50 with Ecamm Live software.

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Here’s how to go live using a 1080p Pro Stream webcam….No software or subscribers are needed.

  • All you have to do is plug the USB cord into the back of your computer
  • Mount the webcam on top of your computer like I show in the video.
  • Make sure your YouTube account has been verified and livestream has been enabled. You can check if the channel has been enabled for live streaming by going to
  • Log into YouTube account,
  • Click the camera icon,
  • Click “Go live”,
  • Select webcam,
  • Add a title. I’m going to call this webcam test.
  • Select your privacy settings, public, unlisted or private and then select unlisted. You can also schedule for later if you move the slider to the right.
  • Select date and the time. I don’t want to do that, so I’ll just move the to the left.
  • Select if your video is made for kids or not made for kids. In this case, it’s not made for kids.
  • Select age restriction. I’m going to select “No, don’t restrict my video to viewers over 18 only“.
  • Click “More options”.
  • Add your description.
  • Select your category. I’ll select people and blogs.

Now you are going to select your camera.

  • I’ve got a FaceTime HD camera that is built-in, but it is not working, so I’m going to select my 1080p Pro Stream webcam.
  • Select my mic. I have an external microphone called the Blue Snowball
  • Click “Advanced settings”. You can to select “Allow chat”, “Not allow chat”. I’m going to allow chat.
  • This video contains paid promotions such as paid placement” I can just put that on. I’m going to switch that off for now.
  • Click the back arrow,
  • Click next, smile for a thumbnail,
  • Click “Go live” …Now I’m live.

View Live Stream Metrics

  • At the top of the screen, I’ve got live, how long the video has been going, number of people on it and number of likes.
  • We’ve got live chat here, so I’ve got participants, popout chats, toggle timestamp.
  • I’ve also got my chat stream on the right, so I can just put something in there like “hello”. When people add comments they’ll appear in the chat stream
  • If people are on the livestream, then they’ll appear on the right.
  • If I hover over the three dots, I can also remove that comment.
  • At the bottom of the screen, I’ve got the mic. I can put that on or off.
  • If I click on the arrow at bottom of screen, I can share the link on social media sites. I can also embed it. Just copy the embed code or copy the link.
  • Click “End stream” to finish live streaming…it will say.. “Are you sure you want to end your stream?”
  • Click end.

Results of Live Stream

  • I’ve got one playback, one peak concurrent, no new subscribers, duration, total watch time, average watch time.
  • I can also edit this in the studio.
  • In this case, I’m going to select dismiss.

Click here to learn how to improve the quality of your livestream using the Canon M50 and Ecamm Live software.

Here’s how to go live with the Canon M50 and Ecamm Live software.

  • You need a Canon M50 camera, other modern Canon cameras work just as well, a micro USB cord, Ecamm Live software, external mic like the Blue Snowball and a Mac computer.
  • Take the micro USB cord, and plug the small end into the slot on the side of your camera.
  • Take the other end and plug it into the back of your computer.
  • Do the same with the USB connection of your external microphone. Make sure you’ve got a fully charged battery installed in the camera, before turning the camera on.
  • After you’ve installed the Ecamm Live software on your Mac computer, you got to switch cameras from the Logitech webcam to your Canon M50. Currently, you’re viewing the picture on the webcam.
  • I’m going to change to a Canon M50. I go to camera, select Canon E0S M50.
  • You can also select your external mic. Just go to mic and click on Blue Snowball or whatever external mic you have plugged into your computer.

How to schedule a live stream on YouTube

  • Click the drop-down arrow,
  • Click new scheduled live,
  • Select your privacy settings. It would be public, unlisted, private.
  • Add your title, add your description, schedule your start time and select a thumbnail image.
  • After you’ve done all that, then just click schedule and you’re ready to go.

Click here to watch my demonstration of Ecamm Live software for live streaming.

Pros and Cons of using the Logitech WebCam

  • Using an external webcam like the Logitech webcam is the easiest and cheapest way to go. No software or battery is needed. You just plug the USB cord into the back of your computer. You can also go live for as long as you like, as long as you have an internet connection.
  • You also get a better quality picture than using your built-in webcam. The cons are that your picture quality is not going to be as good as the Canon M50 camera. You also won’t be able to bring in guests, videos, images, scenes, text, et cetera, like you could do with the Ecamm Live software.

What are the pros and cons of using the Canon M50 with Ecamm Live software?

  • You get a better quality picture than you can do with a built-in webcam or an external Logitech webcam.
  • It also works with most other Canon cameras.
  • You can bring in guests, video clips, audio clips, comments, images, sounds, scenes et cetera.
  • A recording of your livestream is saved automatically on your computer.
  • You can also use the camera as a virtual cam for Zoom calls.

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