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Unofficial guide for YouTube Live - Part 5: Invite Others to Assist / Stream Keys

Posted: Sat Nov 06, 2021 1:56 am
by Mikerowaved
Within YouTube, you can invite others to help you manage your channel. There are 3 basic levels of assistance as follows:
  • Manager - "Can add and remove others, edit everything. Can't delete channel."
  • Editor - "Can edit everything. Can't add or remove others, delete videos or the channel, or enter into contracts."
  • Viewer - " Can see everything. Can't edit anything."
(I did not include the Limited variants because they are essentially the same as non-limited except they can't see revenue info, which our channels won't have anyway.)

For our purposes, helpers with any of the above permission levels can view any video on your channel, including Public, Unlisted, or Private. This would allow, say, a Ward Technology Specialist to view a past event for quality proposes prior to having it deleted. The main difference I've found is a Manager can delete videos, while the other permission levels can't. It's your call if you want them to have this capability or not.

The first section of Part 5 shows the steps needed to create an invite for channel assistance. Invites remain active for 30 days.

There are NO permission levels that can create a new video, schedule a live event, or use the Control Room during a live event. These tasks rest solely on the channel Owner. This means assistants also don't have access to the saved Stream Keys, which presents a problem since they need these keys for their various streaming devices or applications.

To work around this, I created a Google Sheet with all the "Tech Team's" names, cell numbers, and email addresses in one tab and the list of Stream Keys in another tab. I then shared this sheet (read-only) with the Technology Team. This makes it easy for a team member to copy and paste a key into their streaming application or device.

The last 2 pages in Part 5 show how I organized the information in the Sheet. Creating and sharing a Google Sheet is beyond the scope of this tutorial. There is ample help online if you need assistance.

Part 5.pdf
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Links to other parts:
Part 1: Creating Live Events
Part 2: Make Your Public Events Visible
Part 3: Create a New Event From a Past One
Part 4: Testing the Uplink