If you’re trying to become the next big Twitch streamer, then you already know that a regular Twitch stream show isn’t going to be enough. Most major Twitch streamers have their own branding, interactive frames, as well as entire communities devoted to watching the stream in action. Doing this with Twitch and a laptop alone isn’t possible. To get a truly epic stream going, you need to have the right tools to promote and improve your show.
Not sure where to start? These classic tools below must-haves for successful Twitch streamers.
1. Get a better webcam for your Twitch stream.
Your webcam is going to be the thing that makes or breaks the quality of your stream. Most computers just don’t have a good webcam attached to them. So, if you want to get a better video quality, you’re going to need to invest in your webcam.
Do you have absolutely no idea how to choose the best webcam for livestreaming on Twitch? No worries — that’s why this post exists.
2. Download OBS Studio.
OBS Studio is the most popular open-source software for people who want to add cool effects to their stream, and rightfully so.
It can be outfitted with tons of plugins, lets you bring your logo onto the screen, and also makes it easy to pair with special effects software that will really take your livestreaming to the next level.
But more on that later.
3. Incorporate some sick studio lighting.
People won’t be able to see you, or your equipment, clearly in a poorly lit room (obviously).
If you are looking to highlight your face, a beauty ring light is your best bet. Here are 5 of the best beauty rings to help you make your choice.
Otherwise, just getting some adjustable lights that help show your work will do well. If you’re a DJ, adding some club-style lighting can be a good idea. Just avoid strobe lights, since they don’t look good on streams.
4. Get a real microphone.
A microphone that’s geared towards Twitch streaming will help people hear you better, won’t provide feedback, and will make shoutouts a breeze. This is one of the first things that you should get, and thankfully, it’s also one of the cheapest.
Here are some of the best budget microphones for streaming.
5. Get SYQEL, the best music visualizer for streaming on Twitch.
You might, at this point, ask:
“What is a music visualizer and why do I care?”
Great question. A music visualizer is a software that takes your music and creates a visual expression of it. Your viewers can enjoy the visualization of the music during your live stream.
Many DJs make use of this kind of software during raves— those crazy visuals on stage? Those are music visualizations. But they usually have to create them “from scratch”, setting up frames of visuals that go with their set. This is time-consuming and hard to learn, so many (especially new DJs) forego this performance-enhancing method of audience engagement.
Enter SYQEL: The music visualizer that reacts to your music in real-time, producing stunning visuals with no work on your end.
SYQEL, the very best music visualizer on the market, is made with Twitch streamers in mind. This is primarily because there’s a dire lack of easy-to-use music visualization software on the market.
Our tool makes it possible to stream music visualizations while you perform on your Twitch feed and even makes it possible to get your own online radio station underway. For streamers who want a unique and reactive experience, without having to spend a good chunk of their time and patience on learning how to use new software, SYQEL just makes sense.
(SYQEL works well with OBS as well as Streamlabs, by the way!)
Here is a sample visualization, for your viewing pleasure:
6. Start (and consistently add to) new social media accounts.
Ideally, you will have dedicated accounts for your Twitch shows. (If you don’t already, then get one. And get your life together.)
Twitch aside, there are tons of social media platforms that offer up golden opportunities for streamers to promote their feeds. Facebook, Reddit, Twitter, TikTok, and Instagram are all well-known as excellent advertising venues for new streamers.
7. Get Canva, the graphic design app for non-designers.
If you want to promote your stream shows on social media, picture posts are your best friend.
Pictures grab attention and make it easy for people to get the details on your next stream. A graphic design tool that makes it easy to create picture posts is an excellent way to save yourself time and effort.
Canva remains one of the most popular graphic design tools, as it’s an intuitive drag-and-drop, template-based software that anyone can use. It’s a web-based app that allows you to create your own brand kit and posting schedule, to keep that consistency we mentioned before (we know consistency is rough, but you gotta do what you gotta do).
There are templates for every social media outlet: Instagram posts and stories, Twitch, Youtube thumbnails, Facebook posts, you name it. If it exists, Canva has a template of it.
Start generating branded social media posts right now with Canva.
8. Get Twitch Tracker.
People who have gotten into internet marketing will tell you that hard numbers give you a better idea of how well your online venture is doing. And this is true for streaming as well.
Twitch Tracker is an add-on that you can download that shows you the full stats on your streams. You can see where you’re losing fans, where you’re gaining them, and what you can do to make your stream more profitable.
9. Start using a social media scheduler.
When you’re a Twitch streamer, you need to be able to blast out information on your latest shows on a wide range of different platforms. That can be exhaustingly time-consuming if done by hand. If you want to save time (and possibly your sanity) it’s best to invest in an online service that lets you schedule everything and do mass shout-outs.
Luckily, Canva has a social media post scheduler in the form of a calendar: Simply generate posts, add your social media accounts, assign posting dates and times for posts, and let the app do its thing.
If you haven’t caught on to the glory of Canva, go use the app yourself and tell us how it goes.
10. Check Out Stream Elements.
It’s a good idea to consider getting all your customizations, trackers, and gadgets under one roof. OBS Studio won’t always let you do that. That’s why a lot of people are not using Stream Elements as a way to consolidate all the add-ons in one site and make streaming easier. With that said, most beginner Twitch streamers might find this to be a little extra. But, it’s nice to know it exists, right?
Now there’s only one thing left to do:
Get to work.
Originally published at https://blog.syqel.com on August 24, 2020.