LiveStreams: insert

Creates a video stream. The stream enables you to send your video to YouTube, which can then broadcast the video to your audience.

Common use cases

Request

HTTP request

POST https://www.googleapis.com/youtube/v3/liveStreams

Authorization

This request requires authorization with at least one of the following scopes (read more about authentication and authorization).

Scope
https://www.googleapis.com/auth/youtube
https://www.googleapis.com/auth/youtube.force-ssl

Parameters

The following table lists the parameters that this query supports. All of the parameters listed are query parameters.

Parameters
Required parameters
part string
The part parameter serves two purposes in this operation. It identifies the properties that the write operation will set as well as the properties that the API response will include.

The part properties that you can include in the parameter value are id, snippet, cdn, contentDetails, and status.
Optional parameters
onBehalfOfContentOwner string
This parameter can only be used in a properly authorized request. Note: This parameter is intended exclusively for YouTube content partners.

The onBehalfOfContentOwner parameter indicates that the request's authorization credentials identify a YouTube CMS user who is acting on behalf of the content owner specified in the parameter value. This parameter is intended for YouTube content partners that own and manage many different YouTube channels. It allows content owners to authenticate once and get access to all their video and channel data, without having to provide authentication credentials for each individual channel. The CMS account that the user authenticates with must be linked to the specified YouTube content owner.
onBehalfOfContentOwnerChannel string
This parameter can only be used in a properly authorized request. This parameter can only be used in a properly authorized request. Note: This parameter is intended exclusively for YouTube content partners.

The onBehalfOfContentOwnerChannel parameter specifies the YouTube channel ID of the channel to which a video is being added. This parameter is required when a request specifies a value for the onBehalfOfContentOwner parameter, and it can only be used in conjunction with that parameter. In addition, the request must be authorized using a CMS account that is linked to the content owner that the onBehalfOfContentOwner parameter specifies. Finally, the channel that the onBehalfOfContentOwnerChannel parameter value specifies must be linked to the content owner that the onBehalfOfContentOwner parameter specifies.

This parameter is intended for YouTube content partners that own and manage many different YouTube channels. It allows content owners to authenticate once and perform actions on behalf of the channel specified in the parameter value, without having to provide authentication credentials for each separate channel.

Request body

Provide a liveStream resource in the request body. For that resource:

  • You must specify a value for these properties:

    • snippet.title
    • cdn.frameRate
    • cdn.ingestionType
    • cdn.resolution

  • You can set values for these properties:

    • snippet.title
    • snippet.description
    • cdn.frameRate
    • cdn.ingestionType
    • cdn.resolution
    • contentDetails.isReusable

Response

If successful, this method returns a liveStream resource in the response body.

Errors

The following table identifies error messages that the API could return in response to a call to this method. Please see the error message documentation for more detail.

Error type Error detail Description
insufficientPermissions insufficientLivePermissions The request is not authorized to create the specified live stream.
insufficientPermissions livePermissionBlocked The user that authorized the request is unable to stream live video on YouTube at this time. Details explaining why the user cannot stream live video may be available in the user's channel settings at https://www.youtube.com/features.
insufficientPermissions liveStreamingNotEnabled The user that authorized the request is not enabled to stream live video on YouTube. The user can find more information at https://www.youtube.com/features.
invalidValue (400) invalidDescription The snippet.description property's value in the liveStream resource can have up to 10000 characters.
invalidValue (400) invalidFormat The cdn.format property value in the liveStream resource is invalid.
invalidValue (400) invalidFrameRate The cdn.frameRate property's value in the liveStream resource is invalid.
invalidValue (400) invalidIngestionType The cdn.ingestionType property's value in the liveStream resource is invalid.
invalidValue (400) invalidResolution The cdn.resolution property's value in the liveStream resource is invalid.
invalidValue (400) invalidTitle The snippet.title property's value in the liveStream resource must be between 1 and 128 characters long.
rateLimitExceeded userRequestsExceedRateLimit The user has sent too many requests in a given timeframe.
required (400) cdnRequired The liveStream resource must contain the cdn object.
required (400) formatRequired The liveStream resource must specify a value for either the cdn.format property or the cdn.frameRate and cdn.resolution properties. The API returns this error if you do not specify a value for any of the three properties.
required (400) frameRateRequired The API returns this error if you specify a value for the cdn.resolution property but not for the cdn.frameRate property.
required (400) ingestionTypeRequired The liveStream resource must specify a value for the cdn.ingestionType property>.
required (400) resolutionRequired The API returns this error if you specify a value for the cdn.frameRate property but not for the cdn.resolution property.
required (400) titleRequired The liveStream resource must specify a value for the snippet.title property.

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