While streaming may sound simple as it only seems to involve recording yourself having fun, there is more than meets the eye when you delve into the different factors that make up a good quality live stream. After all, a good live stream that attracts viewers will not only involve simply turning on a game and playing it all day. Of course, that is assuming that you do not already have a massive fan base of supporters. Read on to find out some of the tips and tricks that experienced live streamers give to those that aspire to stream as well.
Use An Ethernet Connection Instead of Wi-Fi
Sure, no apparent problems over live streaming with a Wi-Fi connection especially since that is most likely the way you have been connecting to the internet as you game throughout the years. However, a wired ethernet connection brings about many benefits, and even more so for streamers. Not only will you experience fewer lag spikes and congestions, but you will also likely experience faster internet speeds that will boost your stream and gaming.
Although your speed test might show that your Wi-Fi connection runs strong and smooth, packet loss on Wi-Fi exists and cannot be accurately reflected in speed tests. Being an unwired form of connection, Wi-Fi experiences much more latency as compared to its Ethernet counterpart.
Make Use of Multiple Streaming Platforms
Many streamers limit themselves to a singular streaming platform when they start out. As such, they are limiting their audience to only people that happen to use the platform where they are streaming on.
We recommend that you explore the different streaming platforms and figure out which ones work best for you, your audience and fans can originate from anywhere!
Lowering the Stream Resolution
Understandably, streamers want their viewers to watch the gameplay at the highest quality possible within their computer’s capability. However, going far above the recommended resolution can backfire at times if your viewer’s internet connection cannot handle it. It may even result in a choppy stream that appears in a resolution far lower than intended.
As a general guideline, it is recommended that streams are of 1280x720 resolution at a rate of 30 frames per second. With that, chances are that your viewers will be able to watch the stream clearly and with less buffer.
While it may seem like an obvious point, it is also something that most streamers struggle with, especially if they have no experience of streaming. After all, it is natural to be at a loss of words when you don’t physically have someone to talk to.
However, your viewers aren’t going to stay to watch the stream if you are not engaging them, unless the content of your stream is so interesting that it can’t be found anywhere else. As such, we recommend that you practice talking to yourself and eventually communicating with your viewers to get that fanbase growing.
Use Good Quality EquipmentTo have a good quality stream, you will need good quality gaming accessories and equipment to record the stream. In addition, you might also want to get hold of a comfortable gaming chair to remain comfortable throughout the hours of your stream.