There are thousands of streamers on many different platforms. Twitch and YouTube are among the most popular, but in addition to Ustream and Dailymotion, Facebook will soon enter the gaming streaming business. Some streamers have millions of subscribers, countless viewers on live streams and earn a lot of money through donations, product placements, and advertising. Here we want to explain how you can have a piece of this huge cake.
What do you personally need to become a successful streamer on Twitch or YouTube?
First of all, you have to realize that it is much more than just a gaming hobby. Editing, recording, commenting and much more will be very time-consuming. Besides, you’ll have to invest. High-quality equipment is essential. So these “skills” are presupposed. If you haven’t had a clue yet how to record or edit videos, you can check out on YouTube on how to do so. In addition to these skills, you also need a high degree of stamina and consistency. Don’t be discouraged by the fact that you will get very few views and subscribers in the beginning. Your goal should be to publish as many good videos as possible as often as possible. At some point, you will also lose the desire and motivation if you see that after a few weeks you still get few subscribers, but don’t let it deter you. Just keep it up.
What software do you need to be successful on Twitch or YouTube?
You need software for…
- video editing
- sound recording
- screen capture
Some video editing programs have built-in audio recording capabilities. But if you want to use external software, we can recommend Audacity. Here too, the use is very simple and simple. Audacity is also free of charge. Here you can download it.
Programs for this are also available and are usually supplied as standard. For example, Windows has “Windows Live Movie Maker” for Windows and “iMovie” for Mac. There are also alternative programs such as those from Adobe, Sony Vegas or Camtasia. The standard programs and Camtasia offer an easy start. Sony Vegas and Adobe offer more professional programs.
If you want to record your gameplay, you need a program that does this for you. Fraps is an alternative, but some video editing programs can do this as well. For example, Camtasia Studio, which has such a function integrated. MacOS users can use the Quick Time Player for screen recording. Always assume that you are recording at least in HD (1280×720) or if possible in Full HD (1920×1080). The video format should be such that it uses the least amount of memory. Here .mp4 or .avi is recommended. What is also important is that you make sure that you take enough frames per second (FPS).
If you want to stream directly from your gaming PC, you need software. The “Open Broadcaster Software” (OBS) is very popular. This software is used by most Lets Players and offers various settings. The software is available for Windows, MacOS, and Linux. OBS is available here free of charge.