When BirdCam Goes Mainstream
My goal is to get BirdCam to stream a live video to YouTube Live, so it can be embedded on Web sites, viewed on mobile devices and even "tuned in" via Roku or Fire TV. I tried in vain to get ffmpeg and/or VLC to stream video to YouTube from the command line, but I couldn't ever get it working reliably. I haven't given up hope, but until then, I'm planning to play with Open Broadcaster Studio.
It's an open-source, cross-platform studio package that allows you to put multiple video streams, text boxes and still images into a single window that is encoded and streamed to YouTube. I couldn't get the OpenGL version required to work on my Ubuntu laptop, but the OS X version worked flawlessly in my test. With a little bit of tweaking, BirdCam 3.0 might be a legitimate 24/7 YouTube stream. If you want to play around with streaming live to YouTube, check out the awesome open-source studio software here.