What should my privacy settings be on my videos?
Ultimately, only you can decide what level of security you want for your videos. With that said, there are some basic settings that we recommend on YouTube, and Vimeo to ensure that your videos will play on.
If you're using YouTube as your 3rd party hosting site, there are a few settings you can enable to ensure that patrons can view 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 License and rights ownership field on the default Standard YouTube License. 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.
As quick tool, your YouTube video advanced settings should look like this:
Note: If you're seeing that your video is "Unavailable" on the app in particular, you'll want to double check your licensing on YouTube. YouTube may add additional copyright licensing to a video that uses music from different artists. This license prevents embedded players within apps from playing these videos outside of their own app, or website. You can learn more about music in videos hosted by YouTube, here.
When editing the privacy settings for your videos on Vimeo, there are few things we recommend doing to ensure that your videos play for your patrons when viewed on desktop, and the Patreon app.
1. 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.
2. 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 only on Specific domains, you'll want to add www.patreon.com as a domain (click the + sign to add it).
Here's what if will look like once you've given patreon.com permission to embed your video. Once added, it will appear under the field where you can remove the permission by clicking the "x".
To learn more about Vimeo's privacy settings head on over, here.