YouTube's instructions state that to stop the stream:

To stop, simply stop streaming from your encoder. YouTube will detect that you stopped sending content and stop the stream for you.

When I stop streaming from OBS, the YouTube stream goes offline as expected. However, the stream archive doesn't appear in my video manager and when I refresh the "Stream now" page the "Elapsed time" still continues.

To get my stream archived and show up in my video manager I went:

Stream now → Basic info → Advanced settings → Live Control room → Stop streaming.

Is this the proper way to stop streaming on YouTube?


Turns out YouTube is smarter than that, it actually doesn't end your stream right away, because it thinks that you may have network or software problems that would be causing your stream to stop and YouTube waits a while to give you an option to resume your stream once you've solved your problem. If you don't have any problems and decide to end the stream, just stop streaming in your streaming software and wait a few minutes.

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  • What if I don't want to wait until it understands I'm not streaming anymore? What if I want to cut and have the video saved immediately to start another stream? – Nakilon Feb 24 at 9:51

See my answer to this Qs here. You can stop the streaming through YouTube Events which is about to be removed (April 2020) and will be merged into Live Control Room. May be this stop streaming feature will then be available in YouTube Studio

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