Streamers with jobs

Okay, so this is a question that I feel like I should know the answer to, but um, I don't...

How do I get a framed view, with say my video in the center and an outer frame around that with information? Is that just a matter of creating the frame in photoshop, importing it into OBS somehow, and shooting it with my webcam in the open spot of the frame?

You're talking about an overlay. You can create a static image in Photoshop that you can then add as a layer in OBS, or alternatively, create dynamic overlays on various sites (that you then also have to link to in OBS, of course). I like the one I use which I created with Player.me.

Eleima wrote:

You're talking about an overlay. You can create a static image in Photoshop that you can then add as a layer in OBS, or alternatively, create dynamic overlays on various sites (that you then also have to link to in OBS, of course). I like the one I use which I created with Player.me.

Awesome, thank you! That nails it perfectly, and I learned the right word for it too. Much appreciated.

(I can't see the player.me content, but maybe I just need to register? EDIT: Got it. Signed up and created an account (@zillablitz))

Quick update...

1 - I ended my first Lets Play pilot with Football Manager 2019 and started a new Lets Play Series with the newly released version (2020). Even after just a one-week break, I felt rusty.

2 - I feel like I'm getting closer to a decent pace, good content, and balanced energy. I find I'm stumbling less over content. I'm still recycling explanations too much, but it's getting better. Some older habits (saying "uh", for example) that I thought I had stamped out still drift back in. All in all, I know I have a long way to go, but there's no way to get there without just making more mediocre content and getting better at it.

3 - Voice course is going well, and I'm learning lots of things that I never even considered as important. Interesting.

4 - I want to start learning Motion for Final Cut. There are a lot of places where some graphics would help explain things better, and Motion would be a good skill to pick up.

5 - I want to set up an overlay for intro and exit segments.

Still really having fun with this, even though at this point it's mostly just me talking to myself.

Hello GWJ community! I was linked here via Twitter because I asked about getting started streaming and don't really know anything about the subject beyond the fact that it exists. I don't expect to take it to career levels, but I would like the option to have the community element in my games, as I've been feeling a bit lonely while playing things a lot lately. Trouble is, I don't really know where to get started outside of "have a twitch account". I think I have the juice to support a stream (both in terms of PC power and bandwidth), so where do I go from here? I know the existence of OBS, is that still the tool of choice? Are there guides to getting set up effectively?

I'm experienced with tech, just not sure how to make the right decisions both to make my life easier and to be welcoming to viewers.

Tech wise, I have a fairly sizable gaming PC with a 27" monitor, a good Logitech webcam, a second computer (laptop), and smartphone. I also have an xbox and Switch that I might consider streaming from as well, assuming I get comfortable with the concept, though I'm guessing I'll need to buy some extra equipment to make that feasible.

I went through about the first five and the last 20 pages of this thread and didn't see anything particular about getting started that wasn't focused on some specific problem/question once they did - hopefully my post isn't egregiously out of line!

Thanks in advance for any help/advice/resources!

Welcome! First question is what's your angle? Are you just a general variety streamer or do you have a niche?

Second, OBS is amazing, but it requires a lot of tweaking. If you're comfortable with that, go for it. If not maybe start with something simpler like Xsplit or, if you have an Nvidia card, Shadowplay or whatever it's called.

Third, if you can, get a second monitor. It'll be a lifesaver. You can likely use your smartphone for chat if you want, but a second monitor is so much better for monitoring chat and stream quality.

I play MMOs a fair bit - WoW, FFFXIV, Destiny 2 - but occasionally branch out into solo ventures. Mostly I just want a way to socialize with people while playing games. I'm also a regular TTRPG GM and would probably stream my prep sessions or other creative process.

So it sounds like I'm a variety person, assuming that's what that means.

I don't really expect a following, but I pride myself in at least going into new ventures armed with knowledge so that if I *do* find myself excelling and garnering attention I can swim as the water gets deeper instead of floundering.

GM prep sessions sound like one Interesting angle at least.

Welcome, Nullzone! Veloxi knows way more than I do, but the only thing I'd toss in is that I didn't find OBS hard to learn. I did get stuck a couple of times, but there is a lot of information out there to help you get over any bumps. Also, lots of YouTube guides for getting set up.

Well, I guess one more thing. If you have some funds to spend, I'd recommend getting a decent mic setup. Sound is everything. I have a Blue Yeti, and it's a fairly popular choice. I'm really happy with how mine has worked out.

Quick update...

- YouTube Channel crossed a big threshold this week: a whole 50 subscribers! Woot! That took forever.

- I'm still having a blast doing this, outputting 4-5 videos per week. I'm mainly concentrated on Football Manager content, but have started a Game Design Weekly Journal too.

- I'm thinking to expand out into strategy games some, and might try a test run with Bomber Crew, which should be short and allow me to get my feet wet without committing to a longer series.

- I feel like I've gotten most of the technical issues ironed out and production is smoother now. They still pop up now and then but it's mostly human error.

I should be moving soon, and I've been thinking this might be a good opportunity to go "green screen" in my streams. Do any of you folks use one? Which one do you use and are you happy with it?
I've seen some small ones that go on the chair, but I'm not sure how efficient that would be...

I use one. Its huge and covers a large portion of my back wall, but it's so far away on the other side of the room that I'm very limited in my shot angle. I've asked for a collapsible one for my birthday so I can be a bit more flexible. It's more expensive, as what I'm using cost about $50 (20 for the screen, 30 for the thing to hold it up I think), but will likely be better overall.

If the wall is right behind you a hanging down screen like I'm currently using will be fine though. I was against using one at first but now I love it.

Thanks, Veloxi! The wall will definitely not be right behind me, Parisian housing being what it is, so I was looking at collapseables, and yeah, those are 200-300€.

Yeah I basically got this:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...

and then this:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...

And it's fine to start with, but I wanna do better.

Yeah... That's really, really big. Not super compatible with city living. I've been looking at things like this one or this one which seem easy to put away.

HEY I LIVE IN A CITY WTF

Also that first one is the one I asked for for my birthday, fyi. Had better reviews than the second one.

Guess I should specify European city, then.

Hi all, was hoping someone could help me with what I assume is a simple issue.

I'm using Streamlabs for my alerts etc. and would like to change the box that lists my recent subscribers (bottom left) into something a little more compact. I can't seem to find any free way of doing so with Streamlabs. Am I stuck with this long box theme, or can I use an external tool?

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You can get into the stream labs css and change the perimeters of your alert windows, I think? I've vaguely toyed with it to get text alerts to align with animated notifications.

Thanks, I didn't know you could do that.

I'm not really sure how to edit those myself but that gives me a place to start googling

Eleima wrote:

I should be moving soon, and I've been thinking this might be a good opportunity to go "green screen" in my streams. Do any of you folks use one? Which one do you use and are you happy with it?
I've seen some small ones that go on the chair, but I'm not sure how efficient that would be...

My friend just used one with VR to make it look like he is in the game. Video had some cussing, so nsfw. I will show him this post and see if he will answer your questions.

Mrs. Mix and I have started a co-stream on Twitch called Pandemicduo. We plan to play co-op games together and try to gently poke fun at each other while we play. Any donations we get will go to local healthcare providers. We're still setring up social media accounts and gear, but making progress. We stream from an Xbox One and so far have done Overcooked 2, Carcossonne, Jackbox Games, and Don't Starve Together. We'll probably do Minecraft, Terraria and/or L4D2 at some point.

Suggestions welcome!

deftly wrote:

I thought this might be useful here: You can get Nvidia's RTX Voice noise filtering without an RTX card

Keep in mind that while this does work almost shockingly well, currently it does come with a noticeable performance penalty in games that make significant use of GPU resources.

RTX cards are affected somewhat less, but do still see in-game performance drop.

NVidia has said they're very much still in somewhat early phases of implementing this thing, and almost no performance optimization has been done yet. It's kind of raw at the moment.

So if you value your framerate, just know what you're getting into.

I wanted to give a karate class over Facebook, using OBS. Is there a guide that could help me?

Thanks.

Woot! Quick update on the journey...

Happy days, the YouTube Let's Play channel I started a while back crossed 100 subscribers last night. That was like lifting cement with wet paper bags.

Still having much fun with it, started doing a strategy game/wargame series too.

Manach wrote:

I wanted to give a karate class over Facebook, using OBS. Is there a guide that could help me?

Thanks.

OBS I could probably answer some questions with, but sorry, no clue how Facebook would work with that. I'd look for a way to select the video feed into whatever platform Facebook uses for video broadcasting. It could be pretty easy to do.

Me and my mates are into our 12 hour of a 24 hour charity stream. It's now midnight in the UK so if any other time zones would like to keep us company, that would be great

. If you would like to donate, you can do so here

Watch here at Awesome Bros

Hi all. This seems like a good place to ask, any recommendations for kid friendly gaming YouTube channels for my 9 year old son? Not childish, but child friendly, just PG (UK under 12s) rated if that makes sense. No strong swears, playing only age appropriate games.

There was a good example of someone happy for him to watch in Zebra Gamer. He was a lil annoying to my ears, but only very mild swearing if at all and pretty much games on Nintendo exclusively.

However after a year of watching the boy got s bit bored with that one chap. We looked around the internet for recommendations and one person popped up a lot as suitable for kids including on quite conservative sites like common sense media was Captain Sparklez. Exclusively minecraft wasn't ideal but seemed PG enough after sat with the boy for a few times as a tester. So let him watch the channel... Now problem - It seems CP must have become a little more mature in his content at some point in the last couple years because I've noticed some effing and blinding this last few days of my son watching. I've asked to turn off and we'd review, this morning and probably bad timing but within 30 seconds one of Caps mates was screaming at him to go f**k himself. I said no more, the boy is really upset, more because he knew more than was telling about the content maybe. Anyhow waffle waffle... CP is out need recommendations for more YouTubers suitable for under 12s please.

Cheers!

My son (16) still watches a lot of “PopularMMOS” - almost exclusively Minecraft content though.

Ok, just a small victory for me.

Today I learned not to be afraid to use :

- A video editor
- A sound editor
- A camera/lighting to film myself to do said video...

Well, might no be streaming, but I can see those teaching in that field.

I'm not happy with the result, I'm no pro, but still feel happy about doing those steps.

Ps.: Instead of streaming, is there a video creation thread I might have missed ? Thanks.