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100 Tips in 10 MINUTES to IMPROVE Your Twitch Stream!

Jun 10, 2021
- What's up guys? Welcome back to the Gaming Careers YouTube channel. This entire channel is completely dedicated to helping you learn how to live

stream

, and this video really covers that as we'll do our best to learn 100 live

stream

ing

tips

in under 10

minutes

. This idea came to me at TwitchCon, a fan came and suggested this idea. I think they had just watched a similar movie-making video where they tried to cover 100

tips

in 10

minutes

. Since then I keep a note on my phone where I can write down all the ideas I have for these 100 tips. Obviously, I'm going to go through these tips at a pretty quick speed, so if there's anything you need more context on, be sure to check out the description in case I've expanded on anything, or head on over to Visit the Video Game Racing Discord and ask, as there are many helpful people who can point you in the right direction.
100 tips in 10 minutes to improve your twitch stream
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100 tips in 10 minutes to improve your twitch stream

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100 tips in 10 minutes to improve your twitch stream...

So without further ado, let's get started. Create a second private account on

your

streaming platform and test streaming on that account before you start streaming. Recording as a test is not enough, as you will not be testing your Internet connection. The closer the microphone is to your mouth, the better. This can help eliminate keyboard and background noise. You can set up automatic profiles on your Stream Deck so that different profiles are displayed when certain apps are open. If you use a webcam, make sure it is well lit. All cameras and webcams work much better with more light.
100 tips in 10 minutes to improve your twitch stream
Make sure you have some water nearby when you stream. It's really important to stay hydrated. Set a limiter for your microphone in your streaming software, so that even if you shout or scream, your audio doesn't go loud or distorted. Write a plan before you hit the ground running. What games are you going to play and what stories are you going to tell? It's important to make sure you have things to talk about in case your chat isn't engaging. Look at other streamers of all sizes and ask yourself: what are they doing differently? And what can you incorporate into your broadcast yourself?
100 tips in 10 minutes to improve your twitch stream
Spend some time after your stream creating clips and highlights of the best bits that you can share on social media for the following days. Ask other streamers who you are friends with to get constructive criticism about your stream. It is important to get feedback from those in the industry. Watch your own broadcasts critically. What could be done better? Is it entertaining enough for people to stay? Use stream bookmarks to mark certain moments of your live stream that you want to remember once you're done. You can do this from your Twitch dashboard or from a streaming platform if you have one.
Ask some of your regular viewers if they want to be moderators. They can help you keep the chat the way you want it, as well as answer common questions. Set up a chatbot that does automatic moderation for you and can promote your social networks in a scheduled message. Don't obsess over statistics. Having little or no audience when you are starting out is normal. Instead, focus on learning and becoming a better streamer. Add an interesting scene transition between scenes to keep things interesting and show some branding. You can use specific transitions for specific scenes. If you only have one monitor, you can use the broadcast chat app to overlay your chat on top of the game, so you can stay up to date.
Try to reduce as many background noises as you can. Close windows, turn off noisy fans, and use a quieter mechanical keyboard. You must constantly be aware of your stream information while streaming. Nobody likes a stream that constantly drops frames. Add follower, subscriber, and donation alerts to encourage your viewers to interact with you. (cough) Nerd or die. (cough) Start your stream with a countdown or a streaming scene that starts soon to gather your viewers in advance. Of course, don't leave it for more than five minutes, since no one likes to wait a long time. Add your Twitch chat as an overlay to your cutscene between games.
People love to see their names on the screen. Use Twitch Inspector to resolve streaming issues without having to go live to your audience. Use Twitch Strike to find games that aren't too saturated, but still have a decent enough viewer base for you to grow. Use a noise gate within your streaming software to completely mute your microphone when you're not speaking. Set some realistic goals that you want to achieve each week, month, and year. Don't make these goals specific numbers, but things that will actually help you. Try some different streaming software available, even if it's just for 20 minutes.
We now live in a world with multiple streaming options, OBS, SLOBS, OBS.Live and Xsplit, and you might find something you like. Group your webcam overlay sources so they're easy to move and resize. Avoid the red part of the mixer. If things go like this, then you should reject them. Your voice should be in the orange section and all other sounds in the green section. You can move fonts up and down the font list using Ctrl+Up and Ctrl+Down, or you can move things to the top or bottom of the list using Ctrl+Home or Ctrl+End.
Ctrl+F will automatically scale a font to fill the entire screen. Ctrl+D centers a font in the middle of the screen. You can then use the up, down, left and right arrows to adjust its position. You can hold down the Alt key and drag the bounding box to crop a font. You can hold down the Ctrl key to temporarily disable the origin snap, allowing for more precise positioning. If you're dropping frames, it means you don't have a stable connection to the server you're streaming to. This usually means that you can't maintain the bit rate you've set.
Try lowering the bitrate. Make sure your camera and audio are in sync with each other. The easiest way to test this is to clap in the frame. If anything needs to be changed, you'll need to delay your video or delay your audio using sync offsets. To capture games, use Game Capture whenever you can. The impact on your PC's performance will be less than that of Window Capture, and Display Capture is often a bad experience for the viewer. If you don't know where to start with setting up your transmission, run the auto setup wizard to get a rough starting point.
If you constantly have to switch scenes every time you enter the game, consider using OBS's Auto Scene Switcher plugin to handle this automatically. Twitch may not be the best platform to start with. Consider using a service like restream to stream to multiple platforms simultaneously when getting started. Use a free or inexpensive overlay when starting out. You can invest more as your flow grows. Socialize and interact with other streamers on Twitter, Twitch and Discord. Making friends in this space is absolutely vital to your growth and sanity. Use a webcam filter to make your webcam look more cinematic.
I have a pack of 30 free filters that you can download from my website. You can unlock and rearrange the layout in OBS to make it look however you want. Customize it to help manage your stream. Use a green screen if you want to isolate yourself from your surroundings. There are many cheap ones available on Amazon. If you have a fun background where you can show some interesting things about your personality, then don't use a green screen. Use Streamlabs face masks or a Snapchat lens to add humorous filters to your webcam when someone donates or subscribes. Stop streaming Fortnite and complaining about little to no growth.
There are currently 3,000 people streaming Fortnite. You will only make things difficult for yourself. Do everything you can to attend TwitchCon or TwitchCon Europe. It's an absolutely incredible experience and you'll meet so many like-minded people and you'll come back hungrier than ever to stream. Unless you need it to stream, put your phone aside. Checking your phone or texting whenever you're bored is a sure way to ensure that viewers get bored too. Send a tweet and post something interesting to your Discord before publishing it. Try not to just do a generic live tweet, but something a little more engaging.
Use an inexpensive boom arm to lift the microphone off your desk and closer to your mouth. Use a pop filter on your microphone to help prevent the P's and B's from boosting your audio. Talk to each and every person who comes into your stream. Even when no one is there, talk about what you are doing in the game. You need to fill that silence. If you have a newer NVIDIA graphics card, experiment with using NVENC as an encoder. It will free up your CPU and can help with system performance. Use the Twitch Test Tool to test your connection to all Twitch servers.
Select the server with the highest quality, and if it matches another server, choose the one with the best bandwidth. Don't spend thousands of dollars on your transmission setup when you're new. That investment can come later if things go well for you. Instead, start a stable live stream. Have a broadcast schedule. Even if it's just once a week and for two hours, having that time where people can know when you'll be live next is key to growth. Use tags when setting up your title and gameplay for your live stream on Twitch. You never know what will help someone discover you.
Have some events for your broadcast. 24-hour charity streams, spicy nut challenges, or even nights where you play directly with your viewers. People love an event, just keep it rare enough that it's actually considered an event. Enable Studio mode if you want to be able to edit a scene while it is live. It looks much more professional since you won't be editing the scene you are showing to your audience. Set colors for your fonts to help you easily identify which is which at a glance. Name your scenes and sources correctly. There's nothing worse than not knowing which font is which because you were too lazy when setting it up.
You can hide individual sources from a scene by clicking the eye icon. Clicking the lock icon next to a font prevents it from being moved. Assign a hotkey to mute your microphone. You'll never know when you need to cough or sneeze and this will help avoid deafening your audience. If you want to record your stream, set the recording type to MKV. Yes, it is very convenient to have mp4, but if something happens, like your PC crashes or your streaming crashes, the entire recording will be lost. If you set it to MKV, that means you'll never lose a recording no matter what happens, and when the recording is done, you can go to File, Remux Recordings, select the MKV file and the destination, and it will be converted. the MKV to mp4 so you can use it in any editing program.
Configure multiple profiles to have different configurations for different use cases. So do you sometimes use OBS to do something different, like record a tutorial or maybe a podcast? Scene collections are your friends. Collaborate with other streamers. We have a channel dedicated to finding video game racing Discord collaborations, and it's a great way to not only meet other streamers, but also gain exposure to each other's audiences. Add your friends' channels to your self-hosting list. This way, Twitch will automatically host them on your channel when you're not live. It's a nice way to share love. Raid another channel when you're finishing your broadcast.
It's a great way to interact with other streamers and give viewers a place to go. Browse the Twitch extension page and find some cool ways to add more features to your stream. If you become an affiliate or partner, create some emoticons and badges to reward your subscribers and encourage your viewers to subscribe. Add some seasonality to your stream. So if a big national holiday, like Christmas, is coming up, adding some Christmas lights to your layout can be a nice surprise for onlookers. If you are going to a convention or meeting, printsome business cards for little money and you can give them to people with whom you have had a good conversation.
Add a live countdown and calendar to your Twitch panels. You can even use a Twitch extension that will automatically convert your programming to the viewers' time zone. Have some type of branding for your stream, even if it's as simple as a few colors that you use consistently across your social media and stream. Use the Twitch panel editor to add more information about yourself below your stream. Be interactive and energetic during the broadcast. You're the host of the show, so you have to provide some kind of value for people to watch. You can skip or replay alerts from your Streamlabs or StreamElements dashboard.
Enabling text-to-speech for new subscriptions is definitely one way to bring entertainment to your stream, but I would recommend setting some level of moderation to avoid repetitive messages and spam. If you're playing with friends on Discord, set up a mute and mute hotkey so you can talk directly to your stream if you want. Send an email to your subscribers from time to time, thanking them for their support. Just don't do it so often that you're considered spam. Be sure to update your stream title and the current game you're playing on each stream. There's nothing worse than your fans expecting you to play something you're not.
When sharing a highlight on Twitter, download it from your Twitch dashboard first and then upload that video file to Twitter, rather than simply posting the link to the Twitch clip. Twitter prioritizes loading videos in Tweets over links and they can play automatically, making them more engaging. If you are good and skilled at the game you play, tell your viewers exactly what you are thinking in the game and why you are making certain decisions. People on Twitch will tune in to highly skilled streamers playing the game they like to learn and

improve

. Show your social networks in the stream so people know where they can follow you once your stream is offline.
Use animated backgrounds instead of static backgrounds to keep things interesting, as long as your PC is powerful enough to run it while streaming. You can use powerful VST plugins for audio if you want to delve deeper into your microphone setup. Use the NDI plugin for two-PC setups without needing to purchase a capture card. If you can, place your streaming setup in a carpeted room or use a rug to help reduce reverberation. Keep things simple, most people don't want to see a cutscene with 50 different fonts distracting from the game. Take a day off if you're not feeling up to it.
Tweet something. I'm sure your fans will understand and then you can stream again when you feel 100%. Use Ethernet, not WiFi, if you're going to stream. Get some exercise before your broadcast. Not only will you feel more refreshed, but you'll also be more focused and generally in a better mood. Set your expectations. Ninja didn't become the number one streamer overnight. It has been broadcasting for over five years. This is not an easy career path, nor is it a get-rich-quick scheme. Stick to one game or sub-niche of games if you want to grow. It is much more difficult to increase the variety of play.
Streaming video games is literally one of the coolest things you can do, so remember to have fun. So that was it. Or wait, that's 99? Is there one more? I guess you'd better subscribe to Gaming Careers with notifications on. So I have no idea how long it took in total. It seemed like more than 10 minutes, but when I'm cutting it, I might just be able to cut it. I don't know, but I hope there are 100 useful tips that you can implement in your live stream. I'd just like to say a huge thank you, as always, to my Patreons this month.
They help me run this channel full time and without them I wouldn't be able to do it at all. Many thanks to my Patreons. If you would like to consider supporting the channel, head over to my Patreon page and consider supporting. Subscribers, see you in the next video, peace!

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