for suggesting that I consider UltraVNC and Chicken of the VNC, which allowed me to move away from AnyDesk for interacting with my Windows 10 workstation through my MacBook Air on my LAN
Lately, I’ve been making some changes. I’ve switched my broadcasting tools, moving from Live:Air Solo (iOS) to Streamlabs’s Streamlabs: Livestreaming mobile app (iOS). Additionally, I’ve borrowed a page from a partnered Discord server on how to set up self-assignable roles so that they are more intuitive.
First, a quick rundown of the pros and cons of Streamlabs.
- Being able to use Streamlabs overlays is great!
- I’ve set up three of them for my stream so far: Alertbox, Chatbox, Event List, and Donation Goal
- Capable of Custom RTMP
- Seems to handle the handoff from WiFi to LTE better than the other apps I have tried
- Interacting with the Editor on a device like my iPhone 7 Plus is an exercise in frustration
- Major drawback: no ability to review chat at this time from the broadcasting device outside of reading messages as they appear, and fade away, from the Chatbox
- Note that Live:Air Solo does not do a much better job of handling them, but at the very least it provides the broadcaster with a scrollable chat window
- On a mobile device where multitasking support is enabled, it’s probably possible, but those familiar with me know that my hardware is rarely cutting-edge
- Overlays are sometimes flakey
- Is this just an issue with Streamlabs overlays in general?
- Framerate issues
- This is especially evident when an animated GIF appears
I may update this list of pros and cons as I continue to explore the Streamlabs app, though major changes to the functionality of the app will be addressed in a separate post.
As a bit of a gag, I made a donation goal – become a millionaire by Christmas 2018. I want to take a moment to acknowledge Deffy Urz for being the first to contribute towards this lofty goal. You’re a G.
I don’t use Streamlabs for donations at this time. There’s a fee associated with PayPal donations accepted through Streamlabs: they’re charged as if they’re payment for goods or services, incurring PayPal’s prevailing rates. Over time, this can be quite significant: if I were to reach the $1 million goal, they’d amount to at least $29,000! I’d much rather turn that money around into a car for someone who needs reliable transportation…
But I digress.
Self-assignable roles in my Discord server are now handled through short and simple commands that members can type in chat. I can see them evolving to become even more intuitive over time, to the point where one needn’t even type, but for now this is the best that I can do given my existing exposure to the platform. I will continue to sing praises to the virtues of Discord.
Going back to the subject of mobile streaming: it occurs to me that there’s a significant opportunity in apps targeted towards mobile livestreamers. I’ll share my observations here, because I lack the time and the resources necessary to tackle the problem myself, but the first developer to make the right moves in the space will reap the rewards. Established players, enjoy your head starts.
It’s about giving broadcasters the ability to interact with chat.
Outside of the Twitch mobile app, I’ve now conducted livestreams from my iPhone 7 Plus using IRLTV (iOS), Live:Air Solo, and Streamlabs. Live:Air Solo is unique in keeping the broadcaster’s ability to interact with chat locked behind a micro-transaction. I paid the small price to keep a watchful eye over my Twitch chat, pigeon-holing myself into conducting lifestreams solely to Twitch for a brief period of time, but functionality lags significantly behind the official Twitch app.
Flexibility of overlays is the other key point that needs to be addressed. To the best of my knowledge, there is no mobile livestreaming app catering to Twitch broadcasters that allows the broadcaster to include an overlay in the style of an OBS Browser Source (Browser Plugin). An app that handles this would be tremendous.
Another full day of live-streaming through my iPhone 7 Plus.
I’ve been using Live Air Solo (iOS)
This weekend, I’ve streamed myself:
- preparing calls to action for the pending launch of my business,
- creating a short video presentation on the XIM APEX that I published on my YouTube channel,
- pulling away my bedding,
- digitizing documents to reduce the volume of paper in my home,
- playing the Final Fantasy VII Main Theme on piano,
- making my bed,
- and preparing Huel,
all punctuated by puffs on my e-cig, while maintaining interaction with audience members.
Live-streaming myself throughout the day probably isn’t doing me any favors at this point with respect to my efficiency. At times I catch myself sitting around, waiting for something to happen in chat, and then remind myself that my audience is waiting for me to bust a move.
The need to better organize my space grows more urgent. As I tread through my home, occasionally switching to the back camera to provide my audience with a more intimate look into the everyday life of yetieater, I blush at the multitude of items strewn about that bear my name and address.
The line between yetieater and my flesh and blood self barely ceases to exist.
After I became partnered with Binx, I used the partner tools to generate a 500 BinxCoin Token and a Spin2Win Token. I had an opportunity to give them away for interaction during my last feature, but I was drawing a mental blank, and I couldn’t come up with anything that I wished to ask the audience. In light of that, I’m dropping the 500 BinxCoin Token here:
The broadcast was cut short when my mother called, and I had half a mind to call it a day, but I ended by sharing a story about trying to help a depressed friend find his bearings again. I was reminded of the episode a couple of weeks ago by Cerbia, who had posted a comment on an old Trials of Osiris match.
I still haven’t pulled the trigger on applying for Twitch Affiliate status. I set YouTube to unlist archives of my livestreams a while back to force myself to go through the motions of trimming content prior to publishing it, but a combination of technical hiccups and laziness have thus far kept me from cutting through the accumulated mass of footage that is now residing on my hard drive. All I can think of as I consider that mess: is it worth it?
I remain convinced that viewers who wish to financially support my creative output through subscriptions will find it easy enough to do so through my Gamewisp channel. Until then, I suppose they will have to use their bits to cheer on someone else’s Twitch channel.
I went out last night to attend an informal meetup of Twitch Texas members at JINYA. I’d been there once before with my dancer friend, but it was my first time having a meal there. I’ll save a review of the experience for my future Yelp profile. Until then, please enjoy this photo of me:
I chatted briefly with Mathematic after observing some strange growth numbers on his Twitch channel.
He advised me to join two stream teams, and talked up the benefits of networking with other broadcasters. I poked my head in to take a look, invested a little in general chit-chat, and then turned my attention elsewhere.
I’ve made a note to write a more meaningful piece about stream teams in the future – now is not the time. I’m still exploring.
My Twitch channel has recently seen a couple major spikes in view count thanks to Binx.tv: both times, alice_lifts was lifting, which is just as well. I registered for their service the other day after stumbling upon an existing user’s referral link. Chat was active during this most recent session, and I had a good time engaging with viewers, serving as a first-line responder.
One user, D3ath_Angel, hung around in chat for the vast majority of the feature and posed a number of interesting questions. I learned later that D3ath_Angel is the Binx TV Community Manager. D3ath_Angel encouraged me to submit an application for Binx.tv partner, which I did earlier today.
I’ll follow up with any additional developments.