Like so many American workplaces, my campus moved this year to a lot of virtual interactions and events. I work in live events management, so I mostly dealt with a lot of Zooms and Blue Jeans, but one department wanted to put some graphics on top of their faces and livestream and OBS feed up to YouTube. For the most part it worked very well but we had one hiccup that I'm wondering whether I addressed it incorrectly.
They sent me a stream key three weeks in advance and began publicizing the URL of their November 11 event, which would happen at 7pm. That day, I plugged the key into OBS and at 6:30, I began sending the feed. An employee in their department misunderstood her instructions and pressed Go live in her YouTube interface at, say, 6:40 (for a 7pm go). At 6:44 she realized her error and pressed End stream.
From YouTube's perspective, we had streamed our four-minute event , and it was over. I couldn't find any way (in the ten minutes I had between 6:50 and 7pm, once I got logged in with their YT credentials) to tell YT I pressed stop accidentally, please let me send content to that URL again
Now, this didn't matter very much in the big scheme, because, as you may have noticed, this was at 7pm EST on November 11. Our link hiccup was overshadowed by YT's massive failure at exactly that moment.
I'm wondering, though, as a relative novice - what's a best practices for live streaming content in this way? Is there a way I could have pushed my content through to the original URL (barring the big collapse)? The system I was part of (here's a stream key, you only have one shot at it) seemed sort of fragile and I wondered whether I'm misunderstanding my role in it.
(And yes, of course, we're doing some of these again this spring, so I'm trying to lay groundwork.)
Thanks in advance for insights / opinions / name-calling.