YouTube Private Channel

A tutorial on how to create a YouTube private channel, add users as managers, create unlisted playlist and associate a video to the playlist

Creating a YouTube account

To begin, you will need to create a YouTube account for your education course. You will need to do this once.

  1. Go to YouTube.com and click "SIGN IN" located on the top-right corner
  2. If you have a Gmail account, click to your Gmail email address. Next, click "Use another account" and follow the instruction on Step 3
    Click old gmail addressClick Use another account
  3. If this is your first time, click "Create Account" and select the account for business
    Create account on YouTubeSelect Manage my business
  4. Click "Create a Gmail account instead" option and fill out the necessary information. You will enter the new username for this account (ex: YCEDU230@gmail.com) 
    Create a Gmail account instead
  5. Click "I Agree" to the Privacy Notice and will automatically go to the YouTube's homepage with your newly created account

Setting YouTube account to private

 You will do this one time. Follow the steps to have your YouTube account private.

  1. In your YouTube account, click on your user photo located on the top-right corner
  2. Click "Your channel" 
    YouTube account then Your channel
  3. You can change the name of the account and press "CREATE CHANNEL". Your channel is created
    Create Channel
  4. Go to the account again and click the gear button next to Creator Studio.
    Click on gear for Settings
    This will take you to the YouTube settings page
  5. Go to "Advanced settings" and select the "DELETE CHANNEL" button. Don't worry, you will not delete your account. Instead, you will hide the channel 
    Hide Channel (Part 1)
  6. Enter the Gmail login information again then click "Next"
  7. Select "I want to hide my channel" and select the check-boxes for confirmation
  8. Click the "HIDE MY CHANNEL" button and then "HIDE MY CONTENT"
    Hide My Channel (Part 2)

Hide My Channel (Part 3)Congrats! You hid your YouTube account.

Creating a private brand channel

To add managers, you need to create a private brand channel. This brand channel will be used to create playlists and add videos to them. You will need to do this once.

  1. In your YouTube account, click on your user photo located on the top-right corner
  2. Go to "Settings"
  3. Click "Create a new channel"
    Create new channel
  4. Provide a name to the new channel (e.g. EDU 340 videos), then click the "Create" button. Awesome! You created your brand channel. Next, you will need to hide the channel
  5. Click on your user photo and press "Settings"
  6. Go to "Advanced settings" and select the "DELETE CHANNEL" button.
  7. Select "I want to hide my content" and select the check-boxes for confirmation
  8. Click the "HIDE MY CONTENT" button and then "HIDE MY CONTENT"

Your private brand channel has been created. You can begin to add and remove managers including creating unlisted playlists.

Switching to hidden brand channel

When you log into YouTube, you may be either be in your account channel or your brand channel. Here are the steps on how to set your hidden brand channel as default to avoid confusion.

  1. Log in to YouTube and click on your user photo located on the top-right corner. Make sure you are on the hidden brand channel (e.g. EDU 340 videos)
  2. If not, click "Switch account" and select the hidden brand channel. You will be switched to the hidden channel immediately
    Switch account
  3. Click on your user photo again and select "Settings"
  4. Select "Advanced settings"
  5. Check the box "Use this channel (name of the hidden channel) when I sign in to my (your Gmail) account" and press "Save"
    Advanced Settings, Checkbox, and Save

Adding and managing users

You can add professors as managers to the hidden brand channel. It is best if they log in or create a Google (Gmail) account.

  1. Go to YouTube and remain in the hidden brand channel
  2. Click on your user photo located on the top-right corner
  3. Next, click "Settings"YouTube account then Settings
  4. Click "Add or remove managers"
  5. Press the "Manage Permissions" button
  6. To add managers, click on the Add people icon on the top right. A pop-up will appear
  7. Enter their email addresses separating with commas and select "Manager" under the "Choose a role" drop-down
    Add Managers
  8. Next, click "Invite" then "Done". Professors will receive an email invitation to the hidden brand channel. If the professor does not have a Gmail account, they will need to create one in order to access the channel
  9. To remove a user, follow steps 1-5 and click on the "X" button next to the name of the user. Then, select "Done"

Creating an unlisted playlist

  1. Go to YouTube and remain in the hidden brand channel
  2. Click on your user photo located on the top-right corner
  3. Next, select "YouTube Studio (beta)"
  4. Hover to "Other features" and select "Playlists" [Other feats then playlists]
  5. Click " + New playlist" button
  6. Give a title and select "Unlisted" in the Privacy drop-down
  7. Then click "Create"
    Create unlisted playlist

You created an unlisted playlist! Let's populated videos to this playlist.

Associating and viewing student videos to an unlisted playlist

Students will submit unlisted video links. Here is how to add and view their student videos to the playlist you've created.

  1. Click the student video link
  2. Next, to the Share button, click on the playlist icon (Add Playlist icon
  3. Checkbox to the newly created playlist. On the bottom of the screen, a notification will appear with the sentence "Added to [name of the playlist]"
    Checkbox Playlist
  4. To view the videos in your playlist, click your user photo located on the top-right corner
  5. Next, select "YouTube Studio (beta)"
  6. Hover to "Other features" and select "Playlists"
  7. Click the playlist name and the students' videos from the playlist will appear

Downloading student videos from a playlist

To download students' videos from the playlist, you will need to download a software called 4K Download. You will provide the playlist URL link.

  1. Follow the step by step tutorial on how to download a playlist which includes installing the software
  2. It is recommended to create folders on your computer or network drive and name them to distinguish semesters. Add the videos to the semester folder

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