Whether you are going into streaming to pass the time or to make it active, it is essential to know in advance how much hourly volume you can devote to it. In creating content on the Internet, regularity will allow you to manage your schedule more relaxed.
What time can you devote to this activity during the week and weekend, daytime and evening? When will you be completely unavailable due to exams, vacations or work rush?
Would you like to reserve evenings or days for streaming? The more you anticipate, the easier your stream schedule will seem to you to manage. When you stay consistent, you get Twitch followers naturally.
What are the means at my disposal?
Before you give in to the sirens of consuming and purchasing materials, make a list of the means you already have. To get started, two things are absolutely essential: a very good Internet connection and a computer powerful enough to run live streaming software.
On the accessories side, you can invest gradually to go upmarket but at the beginning, you will need:
- From a microphone
- A sound card
- Two screens (one for the game/cam and one for the stream)
- From a webcam or a camera
- A video capture card (if you are playing on a console)
Who can help me get started in streaming?
Your surroundings undoubtedly conceal skills that you do not imagine. If everyone does not know a stage manager specializing in streams, you may however have people around you ready to give you a hand (paid or not, it’s up to you) on several aspects of your project: a graphic designer friend who can make you a nice channel banner, a cousin who is a fan of streamers who wants to help you out on the moderation of the chat, a friend who is a fan of decoration who is dressed to help you stage your set. Go around your contacts and send poles, you will no doubt be surprised at the help you can get!
On which platform to stream?
The last question to ask yourself before embarking on the creation of your channel is also decisive: Twitch or YouTube Live? It all depends on your positioning.
If YouTube enjoys a larger audience, its interface for streamers is also less gamified and rewarding than Twitch, whose strength is the interaction with its community.
Designed especially for life, with its integrated subscription and donation system, its proposal to raise its status (affiliate, partner) and its personalized emojis, Twitch is now a much more attractive platform for streamers who would like to start. Do you have all the answers to these questions and are you more determined than ever to get started? Let’s go, let the adventure begin!
Prepare to stream
You have a (roughly) determined project, a first set-up and an idea of the days when you will be streaming. The first reflex, protect your data: both your connection data and the personal data lying around about you on the Web.
When opening your channel, use complex and different passwords to avoid hacking attempts. Search your name and nickname on Google to verify all the information associated with it.
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