How to stream an IP network camera live to YouTube & Facebook

One of the questions here at Burgess we get asked a lot is, “how do I live stream or broadcast an IP video camera to YouTube”. More so of late is people asking the same question but regarding social media, “how do I live stream HD quality video with an IP camera over Facebook ?”

In this post we are going to break down the system we build to give you a good overview of how streaming an IP camera to YouTube actually works. We will list the hardware we used to create the system. This will include a 5MP HD IP network camera, a mini PC, pre-loaded with Windows 10 Pro and our own advanced time-lapse and live-streaming software.

Of course, if you are just searching online for a quick product price, then you can jump to our actual YouTube & or Facebook live stream product page. Trade customers please contact us for your discounts. Prices listed on our site is RRP. Our main customer base is the trade, media and production people, but we also welcome the contact of end users.

The YouTube & or Facebook Live Camera system page and pricing is here.

YouTube & Facebook Live Camera Resolution

We use a mini 5MP IP camera. 5MP in resolution is 2560×1960, full HD 1080P is 1920 x 1080. So 5MP is a good option for YouTube stream and live broadcast. YouTube will stream 5MP video and above, but you need to consider bandwidth or SIM data usage if it’s a 4G/5G SIM card solution. Streaming to YouTube in full HD is the best option. As sites such as YouTube and Facebook are viewed on laptops and phones then 1920 x 1080 resolution is adequate for most.


On-board recording for CCTV

We can send the system and camera out with an SD card on-board. The storage is configured to constantly record video on-board the device. As well as live-streaming, you also have a CCTV camera with a recording device. The HD video will loop every X amount of weeks. For example, you could have the SD card to record video looping every 2 weeks. What that means is every 2 weeks the camera will record over the previous 2 weeks. This works well, if there was an incident or intruder then you would usually be aware of that on the day, night or the next day. You can then log into the system, view the footage, export and share the video if needed.

The Live Stream YouTube Camera is also compact and light

Actually the entire system is compact and light. The 2 x main component parts are the mini PC and the camera. The body of the camera, which you can see on the picture is only 100 mm long, which is just short of 4 inches. The mini PC is also around 4 inches long and wide.

Streaming Programme pre-loaded to the mini PC

Most IP cameras use RTSP as their streaming protocol. However, Facebook & YouTube use RTMP. This is where the mini PC comes in. Our mini PC runs a software that converts the video stream into RTMP. We can also make changes such as re-stream in a different resolution and bitrate etc. This is a useful feature for time-lapse applications, especially those that are using a 4G data SIM and cellular router.

For example, the live stream camera can also be set to capture images for documentation and time-lapse creation. If you are using a 4K camera, or even a 12MP or 20MP camera system, you could capture the images for time-lapse in full resolution. Typically, for time-lapse you look to capture a high resolution image around every 10 minutes. So you would have effectively 2 streams. The camera capturing images is one stream and a lower resolution re-streamed to YouTube through an RTMP feed.

How to install a YouTube & Facebook Live IP camera

This first depends upon the application. Is it a construction site or is it for business promotion and tourism. Some construction sites have an available network but most of our systems go out 4G configured & broadband ready. The good news is we build 2 x systems, the more popular is our live broadcast camera solution that plugs directly into an available router and switch. This is a popular selection as the camera is deployed more for business promotion and tourism. Those sectors the customer or business usually has a network available.

Let’s first have a look at a picture of how it goes together.

The image above shows the 2 x main components of our YouTube live stream and broadcasting system. The first is the mini 5MP IP camera and the 2nd is the mini PC. Simply plug the mini PC into your router or switch, as soon as the PC receives power and broadband it will automatically start to live stream the camera to YouTube & or Facebook.

The camera is a POE IP camera. This means you can power it from the same data cable you use for its broadband connection. We can include a POE injector if required. The most important thing is the entire system is Plug & Play. As mentioned above the camera is really light weight, you can even mount it with cable ties.

A clear, smooth and sharp video feed !

Business owners, project managers at construction sites and the tourism market have been using IP cameras for years to stream video. Broadcasting your business or sports event through a network camera is a technology that is still used today.

Network or CCTV cameras can at times be a little laggy, this is because when streaming video its doing so on someone’s server, then their bandwidth and other network factors come into it. The single best thing about YouTube & Facebook live is how smooth the video is. This is because you are effectively streaming over Googles own servers and data centres.

The industry standard for Frames Per Second (FPS) in a movie we would watch on TV is around 24 FPS. Network IP cameras like Axis, can stream up to 120. Just by standard default settings in 2020 most IP cameras can stream full HD @ 25 FPS.

A Recap & What we do:

Burgess Technologies LTD is based in Manchester, England. We pre-build zero-config deployment IP Video & Imagery Solutions. As a customer you can bolt on CCTV, Intruder Systems and more. We build web-portals for our time-lapse and live broadcast cameras.

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