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Streaming Guide

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let's get a streaming guide put together so more people can stream.

Please add any tips and knowledge you have!

Streaming Software

OBS Studio

This is what I've used.

Download: https://obsproject.com/download

Tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rlrDIwnGGQ

UStream

I think this doesn't require installing anything?

http://www.ustream.tv/explore/all

Post Processing / Video Editing

This is not something you have to do, but it has its uses.

https://www.shotcutapp.com/ (Windows, Mac, but apparently the Linux version doestn' work well)

https://kdenlive.org/en/download/

https://www.openshot.org/download/

https://www.blender.org/features/video-editing/ (primarily a 3d modeling program, but it can do video editing as well and has been around forever)

Understand Video Compression

This is important for both streaming and post-processing.

https://vimeo.com/help/compression (however, their recommendations are for files being uploaded to vimeo/youtube, not live streams)

 

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I really liked what Tom the Retro Gamer had set-up in Green Bay, did anyone find out what his set-up was? His screen template looked awesome (and custom), would like to know if he designed it himself.

I've streamed using Ustream, and it has a nice and easy to navigate interface. The free version is limited, but could easily stream a screencap as well as a camera on the participant(s). Also provides a back-up copy on your PC.

I've also streamed using Google Hangouts, which records and saves on Youtube. (link)

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The other thing to consider, is bandwidth requirements. Tournaments are held in many different types of venues, hotels and conference centers, pubs, businesses and community centers. All of which likely have some form of internet - - but for best results, I would have to assume that a hardline would be best?

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2 hours ago, jer_33 said:

The other thing to consider, is bandwidth requirements. Tournaments are held in many different types of venues, hotels and conference centers, pubs, businesses and community centers. All of which likely have some form of internet - - but for best results, I would have to assume that a hardline would be best?

Yes. We had this problem when I streamed in Saskatoon. Initially they had us on the Wifi which was basically unusable. Eventually after we bugged them they remembered they needed to poke a cable up through a vent for us to use! If you stream at a gaming bar/cafe they will surely have a good connection for you. But if it's a random location, you should check it out ahead of time and maybe switch locations if it's no good (or see if you can bring a long cable and hook it up)

So yeah when you stream you need to set an appropriate data rate for the network you're on, which can take some experimentation (unless the streaming application can figure out the correct rate and adjust?).

Also, when streaming, you should always enable the save-to-disc option in your streaming application.  I think OBS Studio lets you record to disc at one bitrate, and stream at a different rate? Then you have your nice clean videos on your hard drive, despite streaming at a lower quality. Also if the stream goes down, you don't lose anything. (also, if on Twitch, make sure to enable the option that saves the streamed videos.. I forgot to do that in Saskatoon, so the videos aren't stored on Twitch, but at least I had them on the hard drive and could reupload to Youtube).

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On 4/20/2018 at 2:52 PM, jer_33 said:

I really liked what Tom the Retro Gamer had set-up in Green Bay, did anyone find out what his set-up was? His screen template looked awesome (and custom), would like to know if he designed it himself.

I've streamed using Ustream, and it has a nice and easy to navigate interface. The free version is limited, but could easily stream a screencap as well as a camera on the participant(s). Also provides a back-up copy on your PC.

I've also streamed using Google Hangouts, which records and saves on Youtube. (link)

(also see other reply above)

I am pretty sure he used OBS Studio and made custom graphics (graphics can be made in any image editor and imported into the streaming program).

If you look at Trojan's previous King of 94 streams he also has a nice NHL94-themed setup, as does Raph (see the Long Island tourney streams.. sorry I can't look up the links right now).

If you watch the Saskatoon videos, you can actually kind of watch as I slowly build up a theme during the tournament (because I didn't set it all up ahead of time like I should have).

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