Streaming Fundamentals

Streaming Fundamentals aims to provide you with a solid foundation of knowledge in order to help you stream.

Whether you have just started to consider the idea of streaming or you have been doing it for quite some time, this series should be beneficial to you. Each individual episode covers a specific topic that will be tackled as objectively as possible, while striving to use a range of sources and factual references rather than just a singular opinion.

Anyone can dive in and start broadcasting their antics, but the sheer number of streamers nowadays can make it harder for those who are just getting started to stand out from the crowd. Whilst Streaming Fundamentals cannot provide you with guaranteed success, the series aims to get you to think about streaming in a more deliberate manner than you may have done previously.


Selecting the Right Hardware

As far as specs go, Twitch recommends having at least an Intel Core i5-4670 processor (or its AMD equivalent), 8GB of RAM and Windows 7 or newer. But depending on what you plan on streaming and how, you may be able to get away with lower.

If you plan on streaming PC games, you will most likely need at least a quad-core processor; and you will need a graphics card strong enough to support whatever you’re playing. The faster your Internet connection, the better — you should probably aim to have an upload speed of at least 3MB per second, which should be attainable on most home Internet connections or even via mobile.

While Twitch’s core system requirements are pretty forgiving, streaming and playing graphically intense games at the same time can put quite the load on your computer. Some popular streamers remedy this by using two PCs at once — one for gaming, and another for broadcasting.



Streaming Fundamentals: Episode 6

Following on from Episode 5, this episode discusses the importance of your PC hardware. Whilst your PC may be able to play games comfortably, this does not necessarily mean that it will be able to stream exceptionally well at the same time.

Just because your favorite streamer has a super-sharp webcam and a fancy green screen, and streams from two high-end PCs at once doesn’t mean that you have to — at least at first. Twitch’s system requirements are quite lenient, which means you should focus on growing an audience before you spend thousands turning your bedroom into an all-out studio!  With that being said, there is nothing more frustrating than not having a PC that is capable enough to do what you want it to. Episode 6 explores the typical price brackets of PCs currently, and provides you with an idea of what to expect from each level of investment.

I hope you enjoy watching this series, as I know I will enjoy recording it.

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