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Restream m3u8 stream with ffmpeg to youtube live

Setup YouTube Live Event

Head on over to your YouTube live Events page (

Create a new live event that is unlisted (or private) and of Custom type.

Under Basic ingestion choose 1500 Kbps - 4000 kbps (720p).

Check the Enable 60fps box.

Note your Stream Name and Primary Server URL.

Restream With FFmpeg

Get FFmpeg for your machine (sudo apt-get install ffmpeg)

Run the following in a new terminal window (replacing <m3u8_5000kbps_url> and <youtube_rtmp_address>):

ffmpeg -re -i <m3u8_5000kbps_url> -c:v copy -c:a aac -ar 44100 -ab 128k -ac 2 -strict -2 -flags +global_header -bsf:a aac_adtstoasc -bufsize 3000k -f flv "<youtube_rtmp_address>"


ffmpeg -re -i protocol://domain.tld/stream.m3u8 -c:v copy -c:a aac -ar 44100 -ab 128k -ac 2 -strict -2 -flags +global_header -bsf:a aac_adtstoasc -bufsize 3000k -f mp4 "rtmp://<STREAMNAME/KEY>"

Back To YouTube

Head back to your YouTube Live Event.

Click on the Live Control Room tab up top.

Click the Preview button.

The stream should take a moment to preview, then you can click the Start button.

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