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Are live streams via Lightcast to YouTube archived as on-demand files automatically?

YouTube archives live-streams in your YouTube media archive as on-demand files automatically. You can disable the auto-archiving of live streams in your YouTube account settings. However, YouTube recommends to also record a local archive as a backup. How the archive is created depends on whether you use Stream now or Events. Please see https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/6247592?hl=en for more information.

To be on the safe side and to avoid loosing recordings if YouTube's archiving feature fails, we recommend to use Lightcast's LIVE-to-VOD CDN recording feature for your live streams. Using this feature will record your live streams in the best quality for optimal delivery on our CDN and can be sent into transcoding for multi-platform publishing, bitrate-adaptive delivery and maximum device compatibility. This creates an archive of your live-streams inside your Lightcast.com Account, optimized for digital media distribution to many platforms, including - but not limited to - YouTube of course. You can kill two birds with one stone using the LIVE-to-VOD CDN Recording:

1. Get a safe backup of your live stream in your Lightcast Media Archive

2. Send the recorded video file to all your publishing properties connected with your Lightcast account

In order to achieve the best results, make sure your Lightcast.com Service Package includes the LIVE-to-VOD service, click on “Upload Video” and then select one of your recorded live-streams, add title, description, keywords, custom thumbnails or player artwork, or you can even edit your live stream by trimming beginning and end, then select “Publish this Video to YouTube” (and Facebook and other publishing properties connected to your LightcastOVP Account), and complete the upload just like you would with a regular video. Now your recorded live-stream will run through Lightcast’s Premium Transcoding and output 12 different bitrates and file formats for maximum device compatibility. It is instantly published in highest quality to YouTube and Facebook, (provided you selected these platforms as publishing targets) and connected websites, mobile apps and TV Apps - all in one single step in the highest possible quality! It doesn’t get any better than this!

More on LIVE-to-VOD CDN Recording can be found here.