Why You Should Start Streaming Today

Lacking the proper equipment? Scared that no one will watch? Just not in the mood today? It’s incredibly easy to psych yourself out of streaming long before you even give the medium a try.

Streaming isn’t for everyone. But how will you know if you don’t give it a shot? You might be missing out on a new and fulfilling hobby if you let your anxieties keep you on the sidelines. Let’s see what we can do to push those to the side and finally make progress on establishing your channel!

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Troubleshooting Network Lag in Your Twitch, Mixer, or YouTube Live Streams

Of all the calamities that can occur on stream, lag is one of the most common and most annoying to wrestle with. There are many potential reasons for why lag occurs, all of which require different sets of solutions.

Though I plan on covering all three major sources of lag, we’re going to cover just network lag in this guide. The post got incredibly long just covering the ways one can troubleshoot their networking difficulties, so we’ll focus on that. If your stream is suffering from network lag, try out some of these tips!

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Content Efficiency: Get the Most Out of Your Content By Turning One Piece Into Many

When In Third Person expanded into the world of video many moons ago, I did so with an eye on efficiency. The first video I ever uploaded to the In Third Person YouTube channel effectively turned into two pieces of content when I wrote a post about it on WordPress. Doing so gave me the opportunity to add supplemental video content to my written work while also establishing a presence on a new platform for others to discover me. If you want to count auto posts from my blog to Twitter, then that one video turns into three.

As I’ve expanded my presence in other mediums and platforms, the concept of efficiency has become even more important. While the workload is already too much for me to handle, I’m still able to crank out a lot by being as economical as I can with the pieces I make.

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Early Observations and Lessons Learned from Giving Control of My Twitch Stream to Viewers Through Channel Points

“Ew… No.”

There I stood, alone in my soul, but in front of everyone at the Stardew Valley spring dance. After weeks of courting, the love of my life Haley viciously rejects my proposal to be her dance partner. In my silence, I could hear that a viewer had triggered the air horn. Usually meant as a noise of celebration, its presence only amplified the awkwardness.

Distraught in real life, I fall off my chair and into the fetal position.¬†Unbeknownst to me, someone in the chat cashed in their Channel Points to activate the new Snorlax Cam. Normally, this is used to take a peek at my giant Snorlax bean bag chair when he’s not clearly in view. This time, it was being used to zoom in on me at my most vulnerable.

This was…not part of the plan. And that might be for the better?

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Avoid Copyright Strikes by Using Streaming-and-Video Safe Music

Everyone would love to use licensed music if it weren’t for the whole copyright thing. Over the years, online platforms have gotten increasingly harsh on creators who play licensed music in full, leverage snippets, have it play in the background because a car across the street was blasting it, or even poorly singing a few bars of a licensed song in jest.

Getting caught can subject your videos to getting partially muted, having any ad revenue that it would have made go to the music license holder, getting hit with a permanent copyright strike that will push your channel closer to deletion, or even lose your account outright. YouTube is far stricter than Twitch in this regard, but some of the platform’s largest streamers have been suspended for using licensed music in the past. It’s inevitable that Twitch will increase its efforts to shut down the illegal use of license music in order to protect itself from liability.

If you want maximum control and minimal liability, your best bet is to steer clear of licensed music. But where do you turn to when you need background music for your just chatting sessions or want music to fill the empty soundscapes of the battle royale games you play? Try these options!

(and avoid the last one)

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Voicemod – Voice-Changing App with Elgato Stream Deck Support Review

Whether you want to speak with the voice of the devil or sing with an Auto-Tune like effect, changing one’s voice is a fun way to spice up your gaming sessions or content. However, the ability to modulate your voice was oftentimes easier said than done. Such effects have traditionally been exclusive to physical devices. You can add effects to your voice through VST plugins in OBS, but that software’s inability to toggle filters with hotkeys makes voice modulation more troublesome than it’s worth.

Enter Voicemod. This application provides users with dozens of different voices that you can tweak to your liking. You also get access to a soundboard. It’s free to start, though you’ll have to pay for access to its full suite of features. Is Voicemod worth adding to your toolset?

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How to Let Viewers Control Your Stream Through Twitch Channel Point Rewards, Bits, Subs, and Chat Commands Using LioranBoard

Create engagement and extend watch time by giving your viewers some control over your stream. Through activities such as subs, Bits, and Channel Points, it’s possible for these events to trigger scene changes, new camera angles, sound effects, animations, or even turn off the stream!

(Watch an example of viewers blasting my air horn on stream!)

Admittedly, initial setup and ongoing configuration can be a pain. However, the effort is worth it, as it unlocks a whole new level of interactivity on your stream. Follow this guide and give the people what they want!

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Finding Inspiration from Other Twitch Streamers

What attracts viewers to a streamer? The particulars of that answer are highly-subjective and vary from one streamer to the next. But in the broadest of terms, viewers carve time out of their schedules to take in the value that the streamer provides. The better a streamer is at understanding their value and delivering on it, the more likely they are to gain and retain the audience that is looking for what they offer.

I’m still working on figuring out my value as a streamer. Besides trying things out on my own to see what works, I’ve taken a keen interest in observing streamers of all sorts. What makes other streamers successful at what they do? Here are a few that have caught my attention and some of my notes on why they succeed!

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Improving My Streaming Content with a Voice Changer and a Little Ingenuity

“Haley is ignoring you.”

After receiving a harsh comment from Haley in Stardew Valley about my perceived lack of fashion sense the other day, the animosity grew with this latest interaction. Refusing to even look me in the eye, I decided to find another way to her heart: through my phone.

In one hand, I picked up my phone. The other hand was holding down the button to my new voice changer. Now sounding to the viewers as if I was actually on the phone, I left a pathetic voicemail of my character begging for Haley’s attention.

As I hung up the phone, the Simp Phone was born. What started as a silly spur-of-the moment test of my new voice changer became a recurring segment. More importantly, it was a step towards shoring up one of my biggest weaknesses as a streamer.

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