Streaming Basics #2 – Adding the Good Stuff to your Stream [Overlay, Cam, Graphics, etc.]
Now it’s time to have a little fun. I’m sure you already tested out that “Start Streaming” button because you were a little over anxious, and that’s okay. BUT, let’s hold off on doing that again, until you’re all set up. In this next section we’re going to talk about adding some graphics, overlays, camera and some other good stuff to your stream. I want to tell you beforehand that a lot go into choosing a game to stream, so you will have to think about that before doing this section. Twitch partnerships, competition, and much more come into that question, but there’s a time and place for everything!
What should you be streaming then?
I have an article entitled “What game should you be streaming” which I would like to plug in here for you. I didn’t want to completely leave you hanging and I know this article will be able to help a bit in the decision making. But, without anymore side discussion, let’s add some stuff to our stream!
Step 1: If not already done, lets add a monitor capture to your stream. Simply right click under Sources->Add->Monitor Capture
Step 2: Let’s do the same thing to add a Video Capture Device. Right Click->Add->Video Capture Device and then choose your webcam.
Step 3: Now add the extras. Follow the same steps to add your overlay and and text such as “Top Donator: $15 Mike” or “Follower Goal: 2/10”.
Assuming you followed the same steps to add your overlay image, it’s time to Edit your Scene.
[There are many overlay tutorials and FREE overlay images that you can find on Google and YouTube]
Step 1: Start by clicking “Preview Stream” to find your images and anything else you added to your stream cluttered and misplaced (usually).
Step 2: Click Edit Scene to allow you to customize each piece to your liking. Finish like clicking edit scene again when you’re happy with how it looks.
Your stream is looking good and dandy huh? It’s actually probably enough for most streamers just starting out. Well, some of you might not want to be like “most streamers”. There are other more complicated additions that you can add in such as “Donation Alerts” and “Follower/Subscriber Alerts” that you see the Professional Streamers using on a daily basis.
On the next portion of Streaming Basics we’re going to be talking about setting up your stream page. This means the page underneath your stream that viewers will be seeing on a constant basis. This can be essential to gaining followers and even earning money.