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.
Presentation Made Easy
If you happen to use Streamlabs for your follow/subscriber notifications etc., then Streamlabs OBS could possibly be worth looking into. Streamlabs OBS is a broadcasting software that’s powered by the backend of OBS with other awesome features from Streamlabs. Here is a quick list:
- One Window That Does It All: Streamlabs OBS has all essential features like Twitch/YT Chat, video preview, video editor, recent events, stream labels and Streamlabs dashboard in one app so you can save your monitor real estate and CPU usage for something else.
- Built-in widgets: Goodbye copy pasta and browser sources! You can now set up and test your widgets in one window.
- Face masks and audio filters: Say hello to next level engagements, tips, and memes. Think of this as Alerts 2.0; your viewers can now spruce up your stream by giving you random pre-selected face and audio filters for tips and subscriptions. This feature can also be triggered without any alerts or events.
- Smart video encoding: We’ve developed game specific encoders that take encoding to the next level. With machine-learning, custom encoders for some of the most popular games can be yours. Reduce your CPU usage by more than 20% while giving you the same video quality OR make your video look 2x better with the same CPU usage.
- Fast and easy onboarding process: Brace yourself for the fastest onboarding process ever as the initial setup can be done within 60 seconds … unless your computer is powered by hamsters, then this process might take a bit longer.
- Overlays and themes: Pick from the largest library ever for streamers with thousands of animated and regular overlays elements made by 200+ gifted designers to show off your style. $1 million+ worth of overlays, widget themes and art work available for free.
Streamlabs OBS is of course completely free to use, and whilst I am an XSplit user, I am certainly considering testing this out to see what it is like!
Streaming Fundamentals: Episode 7
Following on from Episode 6, this episode discusses the importance of Presentation. For many potential viewers, ‘how a stream looks’ can be a major factor as to whether they stick around or not. Whilst aesthetics are very much a personal choice, fundamentals such as lighting can be quite troublesome for many of us starting out.
Overlays can be a great way for a streamer to set themselves apart from the rest of the crowd, and are very much a subjective matter. Some prefer to have a minimalist approach, with only notifications popping up for important events (subscriptions, donations), whilst others prefer to have stunning artwork or a plethora of information on screen at once. Overlays are just one aspect of presentation however, as video and audio are also integral to presenting yourself in the best possible way. Episode 7 explores some of the key considerations when it comes to using a camera, as well as discussing the importance of high-quality audio.
I hope you enjoy watching this series, as I know I will enjoy recording it.