This article will cover how to go about publishing your videos on your Patreon creator page.
We'll go over:
Uploading a video using a URL or Vimeo Integration
Can I upload videos directly from my device?
Patreon does not host video content directly on our site, so you'll want to upload your video to a hosting site before posting it on Patreon. Many creators use YouTube or Vimeo as their third-party video-hosting sites.
Uploading a video using a URL
You can upload a video link to a Video Post, and it will display as the main body of your post in a player box. Here's how:
- In your creator menu, select the option New under the Post section.
- Choose the Video button option.
- Add your URL to the textbox, and a preview of your video will populate.
- Don't forget to add your Title and a short summary of what you're posting before publishing.
You can set up the Vimeo integration that's available on Pro and Premium Plans on Patreon.
If you'd like to start sharing secure videos, select Vimeo and then follow the steps in this Help Centre article: Share private videos with Vimeo
Are there alternatives to YouTube and Vimeo?We recommend using YouTube if you are unable to use Vimeo. Learn more about using YouTube by reading the article: Share my videos with patrons. If YouTube or Vimeo are not an option for you to host your videos, we have a recommended list of other video-hosting services that may work for you in this Help Centre article: Video-hosting options.
What should my privacy settings be on my videos?
If you're using YouTube as your third-party hosting site, there are a few settings you can enable to ensure that patrons can access your videos on desktop and on the Patreon app. With YouTube, we recommend publishing your video as Unlisted. Additionally, there are a couple of YouTube default Advanced settings that you'll want to keep as-is.
- Keep the Licence and rights ownership field on the default Standard YouTube Licence. If you change this, your videos will not play on Desktop or on the app for patrons.
- In the Distribution options setting be sure to leave Allow embedding checked.
When editing the privacy settings for your videos on Vimeo, there are a few things we recommend doing to ensure that your videos play for your patrons when they try to check them out on desktop and the Patreon app.
- In the “Who can watch?” field, be sure to select either: Anyone, or People with the private link. Selecting different options may result in errors for patrons.
- In the “Where can this be embedded?” field of your Vimeo privacy settings. We recommend allowing embedding Anywhere. That said, we totally understand that you want to keep your videos secure. If you select the option to allow embedding on Specific domains only, you'll want to add www.patreon.com as a domain (click the + sign to add it).
To learn more about Vimeo's privacy settings, head over to Vimeo privacy settings.
Using the Vimeo integration for Patreon?
If you are using the Vimeo integration with Patreon, the privacy settings are already configured and only patrons who can access that particular post can access the video. These settings can always be changed within Vimeo.
Attaching a video file to a Post
This won’t show as a video player in the main body of your post, but it will populate as a link at the bottom of your post. Patrons can then click on the link to download your video file. To attach your video file, click the Upload button near the bottom of the Post creator/editor.
What file types can I attach to Video posts?
Your video file must be 200 MB or less, and in one of the following file formats:
.mov, .gif, .mp4, .m4a, .mpeg, .ogg, and .gif
You’ll know that your file is attached when the upload arrow is gone and you'll find your file listed at the bottom of the post.
How do I make a post for certain patrons only?
Creators on our Pro, and Premium platform plans, can publish posts for Select Tiers. To do this, use the drop-down under Who can see this post? on the right-hand side of the screen. The content of your Post will only be accessed by patrons within the Tiers you've selected.
If you’re a per-creation creator, you cannot simultaneously charge patrons and make a Post only for certain patrons. You can find more information about how per-creation billing works.