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Live streaming on YouTube with Prezi Video

Live streaming is a great way to share thoughts and ideas and displaying your content right next to you while you talk can help convey your message and make a lasting impact. Luckily, you can easily use the Prezi Video desktop application to do just that in a few simple steps and make live streaming on YouTube easy, fun, and memorable.

Please note: Both YouTube and the Prezi Video desktop app needs to be opened on a Windows or Mac desktop device in order to establish a connection. Live streaming and video conferencing with Prezi Video are not available on mobile devices. We recommend using the latest version of Google Chrome for streaming on your YouTube channel.

Preparations for live streaming in the Prezi Video desktop app

1. Start the Prezi Video desktop app.

2. In the Prezi Video desktop app, there are multiple different ways to present your content. You can either:

To access the content (template + text and visuals added) of your previously recorded videos online, open your Prezi Video online dashboard. Click the dropdown in a thumbnail preview and select Video conferencing. This will open the video directly in the Prezi Video desktop app.

If you previously saved a draft project in the desktop app before recording your video, you can open it by clicking File >Open in the top toolbar.


Going live on YouTube

1. Log in to your YouTube account, click the Create icon in the top right corner and choose Go Live.

2. Decide whether you want to go live right away or at a later date.

3. Click Go under Built-in webcam.

4. Allow YouTube to access your microphone and camera, aadd a title and a description to your live stream session, upload a thumbnail and schedule it.

5. Under Stream Preview,  select "Prezi Camera" from the camera dropdown list. Once you select “Prezi Camera”, you’ll see the camera in YouTube update to show the same view as in Prezi Video. 


You should know: Some video apps might automatically mirror your camera. Don’t worry, this is due to a default setting and it means that your audience sees your content the right way.

6. When you're done preparing your video, click the blue Done button, and you are ready to go live. 

7. Once your live stream starts, return to the Prezi Video app. Before presenting, you can also hide the main panel of the application here:


This way, you don’t need to have both Prezi Video and the browser tab next to each other. You’ll still see the upcoming slides and the navigation arrows in the side panel. Your presenter notes will appear along the top, if you have any.

To navigate through your content, select the left and right arrows on your keyboard, in the side panel or click directly on anything you want to zoom to.

Depending on what you want your audience to focus on, use the toggle to either show or hide your content. When you’re showing your content, you can either make it appear right next to you or show it in full screen.


When you are done with presenting your video, switch to 'Presenter only' view if you want to finish off live streaming without your content on the screen and go back to YouTube to end your session. 


Want to learn more about Prezi Video and its features? Check out our dedicated Knowledge Base!

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