Heads up. Hangouts on Air changing

Alan Pope alan.pope at canonical.com
Tue Aug 16 09:03:26 UTC 2016

Hi all,

I know many people use Google's Hangouts on Air for ad-hoc &
secheduled public video meetings and Q&As, so wanted to raise
awareness of the changes Google are making.


Essentially they're moving from G+ to YouTube as "YouTube Live" on 12th Sept.

They're straightforward enough to setup, but you'll need to agree to
the T&Cs before you can use them (if you haven't already).

https://www.youtube.com/my_live_events is the main URL to use now.

Once you are there hit "(+) New live event" in the top right for a new event.
Select "(*) Quick using Google Hangouts On Air" and fill in the other details

(the other, default option is "Custom - more encoding options") which
is typically used if you want to stream from a 3rd party application
like OBS (Open Broadcaster Software).

In the settings you can also set the usual things like title,
description and start time. You can test it all without anyone seeing
the result by doing the above but set the event to be "Private" or
"Unlisted" in the "Info and settings" tab so it doesn't appear in your

Also note that in the "Advanced settings" tab there is a checkbox to
"Enable live chat" (which is on by default). If you're using IRC for
chat you may want to disable that so you're not distracted by two
separate chat boxes during the stream.

Finally in the "Advanced settings" tab is a checkbox for "Allow
viewers to contribute translated titles, descriptions, and
subtitles/CC" which you may want to enable, given our global audience.

The full documentation is at

Alan Pope
Community Manager

Canonical - Ubuntu Engineering and Services
+44 (0) 7973 620 164
alan.pope at canonical.com

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