How To Live Stream A Hockey Game to YouTube from iPhone or iPad

Have you ever wanted to stream your child's hockey game to friends and family but don't know how?   Now you can very easily stream live games as long as you have sufficient Wifi bandwidth or a decent 5G cellular signal at the venue.  See Hockey Map

1) Buy Camera Tripod or Monopod & iPad / iPhone Mount - Camera tripods can be found as cheap as $10-$20 on Amazon as well as the iPad or iPhone mount for the tripod.  Both are small and lightweight and easy to carry in a bag or leave in the back of a car or hockey bag.  I prefer using a monopod because it is easier to manipulate around the rink and get better views over the boards and glass in tight spaces.  The tripod is better when you have a stadium seating view.


  


2) Create a YouTube Channel - Go to youtube.com on a computer browser and register a channel similar to our Hockey Map's channel below.  Customize your channel settings which are pretty straightforward.


3) Choose an Encoding App - Download a free video encoding app from Apple Store or Android Store.  We have tested several apps and you definitely want to use an app that optimizes your stream based on available bandwidth.  Here are two apps that worked well.  Air Mix Solo on the iPad or iPhone.  Camera Fi Live for Android works as well. Many people have also had success just using YouTube Live which auto-selects your encoding rate.  YouTube live also does not have a scoreboard feature. (We recommend YouTube Live for beginners).
Airmix Solo
 

4) Sign-in to YouTube from Encoding App -  Make sure you have signed into YouTube on your streaming app by choosing destination and sign-in to one of these services below.  Setup a new stream and it will ask you to sign in to your YouTube account.  Make sure you find your channel destination when logging into YouTube as it will bring up your custom thumbnail.  

5) Instructions on How to Sign Into Live Solo YouTube Live Streaming  -  It took me a while to figure this out to please pay close attention to the detailed instructions here.

Under settings go to Broadcast Destinations

Delete Any Previous Live Stream Destinations

Remove Previously Used Destination 

Add New Destination YouTube

Sign In With Google

Add Destination & Hit Continue

VERY IMPORTANT - Select Channel 

Your Broadcast Destination Is Set If It Looks Like This

(Option) Replace YouTube With Text of Game Details

You Are Ready to Go Live If Your Screen Looks Like This

5) (Optional) Test Wifi Bandwidth - If you see a quality video stream to YouTube you can skip this step. However, if you are experiencing low-quality video issues you might want to test the speed of your bandwidth stream upload stream.  We recommend Speed Smart.  Some other issues can possibly be too many people using the network as well.  We recommend 2-5+ Mbps minimum or greater speeds to upload.   If you decide to use cellular or have slow wifi speeds I would adjust the encoding according to this chart below.

6) Adjust Your Encoding According to Bandwidth 
Adjust your encoding settings based on the available bandwidth.  1080 works great if you have a very strong connection of 10 Mbps per second or greater.  720 resolution and 2000 bitrate typically are what I have had the most luck with at a hockey game on most wifi networks while streaming and recording at the same time.   If you are on 5G cellular I would use a 720 or less resolution.  See Live Air Solo Encoder settings below.  You may have to adjust the encoding settings lower if you find your broadcast keeps dropping off or Live Solo shuts down.  If you do this during a game it will create a new live stream, unfortunately.  Haven't figured out how to manage this issue.



7) (Optional) Customize YouTube Channel on YouTube Creator Studio -  If you want to customize further Live YouTube settings go to Creator Studio.  Here you are able to customize DVR settings for recording and latency, view analytics, add video to a channel.   Adjust the Live Streaming settings and be sure to enable the DVR so it will live stream and record at the same time and use the normal latency setting.  I would also recommend adding a custom thumbnail or graphic for each event here also.


8) (Optional) Edit Video - When you are finished recording your video you can then edit your video and see the analytics of views.  You can add all kinds of detail and overlays like audio, enhance the video by stabilizing and auto-fix the lighting. I recommend starting the live stream 15 minutes ahead of the game and send out your links and make your adjustments before the game starts.  You can always trim the video at the end of the game for replays.


9) Additional Tips

There are some additional settings like adjusting the picture color and camera stabilization on the Airmix Solo app that are important to get a quality video image.  Play with the scoreboard and features to optimize. 

One thing that can be challenging at times is if you have low bandwidth or signal issues and the feed keeps dropping off. Just continue to be persistent and hit the go-live button if it kicks you off.

Also, try and makes sure you have other apps closed down on your phone or iPad and notifications turned off on your phone which will help save memory on your phone.

Live streaming uses a lot of battery power so make sure your phone is charged also and maybe have a power cord or charging device nearby. Keep your brightness halfway down on your phone or iPad also which will save battery.

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