Seven Essential Tools for the Serious Twitch Streamer -T
There’s no platform better suited than Twitch to find influencers for this vertical, so streamers that want to get in on the action need to start taking their content to the next level.
Here are the seven essential tools for the serious Twitch streamer:
1- Open Broadcast Studio.
Before you can do anything to spruce up your live stream, you’ve actually got to have the live stream. You can’t do that without the right software, and Twitch works with a few different solutions. Open Broadcast Studio, (also known as OBS) is by far the most popular streaming software in use by Twitch’s top streamers.
2- Video Course for streamers from own3d.tv
though, own3d.tv has put together a crash course in learning much more than the basics for a producing a professional looking live stream. It covers everything you need to know about working in Twitch, as well as setting up OBS in detail. You can buy the whole course, and check out some parts of it for free, on own3d.tv’s website.
3- Stream Design Bundles
Also at own3d.tv, you can purchase graphics, overlays, and animations to include in your stream. They offer a wide variety of animations and static graphics for Twitch alerts, game-specific overlays, transitions, intermission banners, and much more.
4- Websites for Streamers
Another great tool from own3d.tv, streamers can use this to set up their own website dedicated entirely to their Twitch stream. It can do the obvious thing—embedding your Twitch stream directly in the website—but also has places to create a bio, post your broadcast schedules, and place sponsor and partner logos.
Streamlabs has been slowly growing its suite of products to cover all aspects of live streaming for Twitch. They’ve even just started beta testing their own branded installation of OBS, but you don’t need to be running that to use any of their other tools. Streamlabs offers a number of widgets to handle things like alerts and donations, though streamers looking to build their channels and work with brands will like two of its features most.
6. Input Overlay
With Input Overlay, viewers can actually see which keys or controller buttons are being pressed as you press them. This is perfect for giving tutorials on techniques, uncovering easter eggs, or how to make it through a particularly tough section of the game.
The chat function adds an interactive element to the stream, but streamers themselves aren’t able to get in. Some things you can do with Nightbot: automatic spam filtering, based on criteria you define; give moderator permissions to other accounts; set up timed reminders to promote other streams or ask for donations; take song requests; run contests and giveaways. Best of all, it’s hosted in the cloud, which means no servers to install or maintain. Just sign in, connect it with your Twitch account, and off you go.
Start Scratching that Twitch.
Twitch has shown steady growth over its lifetime, and with a recent deal granting them exclusive rights to live stream the Overwatch league, it’s only going to get bigger.