Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Custom thumbnail for video highlights

How to upload a custom thumbnail for your video highlights on twitch.tv!


Twitch.tv recently updated the video highlight section to include custom thumbnail uploads for your VODs. Adding custom thumbnails can make your video stand out more then using the auto generated one.

Quick start to uploading custom thumbnails:

  • Go to your Video Manager (http://www.twitch.tv/*channel*/manager/past_broadcasts).
  • Click Edit on any past broadcast or highlight. 
  • Select Choose File under the Upload Custom Thumb section.
  • Select your image.
    • Recommended image size is 1280 x 720 / 16:9.
    • Please note that you must have rights to any thumbnail images that you upload. Uploaded thumbnails are subject to Twitch's Terms of Service and Rules of Conduct, as well as to DMCA Guidelines.
  • Click Upload.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

What to do when falsely accused of viewbotting?

What should you do if other streamers accuse you of viewbotting?

I recently had a extreme case of another streamer accusing me of viewbotting during a stream session for "World of Warships".

Here is the chat log from the accuser, click on image to bring up full size.

As you can see this broadcaster went on a pretty long rant. I didn't ban this fellow right off the bat because I wanted to see how far he would go in his tirade. If you don't have thick skin just ban people right off the bat. But if these things don't bother you, do not ban them and let them carry on with their tirade. Make sure to screenshot the chat log and hold it in your records in case they go overboard with non stop harassment. In the case of harassment you can use these screenshots as evidence.

Some metrics people use to falsely assume a channel is being viewbotted include the following:
  • Chat to View number ratio, if your channel is embedded like mine is across many webpages this chat to viewer ratio will be extreme. Another thing that it doesn't account for is viewers from /host. And do remember most established "TV Channels" do not have a chat room, many people watch Twitch streams without ever logging in.
  • User names that all have similar creation dates, funny characters and other anomalies. This one is pretty simple, Twitch has tons of spam, spam bots and other crap that float around all channels. No channel owner can remove users from chat list, they can ban from talking only. Over the course of setting up filters to block spam, some of these bots just sit idle in the chat list. The more popular your channel, the more of these spam bots will accumulate. Some people have taking this to be a sign of viewbotting.

My word of advise for new streamers on Twitch.tv, it does absolutely nothing to go to others people's channels and do this sort of a thing. The only people who know for sure if a channel has been viewbotted is Twitch.tv staff. Focus on your channel, your content and do not waste time dwelling other streamers numbers.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Banned Words & Domains list for Twitch.tv by DaOpa

DaOpa's Banned Words & Domain list for twitch.tv channels



Here is the currently banned words list I use for my twitch.tv channel!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Fallout 4 streaming fiasco on Twitch.tv

Fallout 4 streaming fiasco on twitch.tv leads to dmca takedowns and other problems.


A ongoing issue on Twitch when it comes to AAA title pre launches are becoming a plague. Many gaming companies give special permission to certain broadcasters to stream the game one day early.  Yet alot of other casters jump on the bandwagon and stream it anyways not caring about the set rules.



At some point the list of broadcasters gets massive enough that DMCA takedown requests become a huge hassle and the agent will just quit sending out notices. Not exactly sure if this happened but if you see the current list of people streaming Fallout 4 on twitch.tv right now, surely not all of these people have expressed permission to stream it. This is a screenshot of the directory list for fallout 4 on Nov 9 at around 10 AM EST.


Possible solution to keep this from reoccurring is for twitch to implement a filter. Only authorized streamers with permission from Bethesda will be approved to show up on the game directory for 'Fallout 4' and everyone else will be hidden. Then when the game officially launches the filter is removed and all channels will be listed.






Monday, October 19, 2015

Upcoming game release dates 2015

Upcoming game release dates for 2015.

Start planning for upcoming games early, get a hold of their release date and start to build content around whatever games you are planning to stream in the future.

2015 Video Game release dates

  • Oct 20
    • Rebel Galaxy - PC  - available on steam for purchase
    • Just Dance 2016 - PS3, PS4, X360, XBO, WiiU - buy from amazon
  • Oct 22
    • Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water - WiiU
  • Oct 23
    • Assassin's Creed Syndicate - PS4, XBO - buy from amazon
    • The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes - 3DS - buy from amazon
    • Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide - PC - available on steam for purchase
  • Oct 27
    • Halo 5: Guardian - XBO - buy from amazon
    • WWE 2K16 - PS3, PS4, X360, XBO - buy from amazon
  • Nov 3
    • Anno 2205 - PC - buy from amazon
  • Nov 6
    • Call of Duty: Black Ops III - PC, PS3, PS4, X360, XBO - buy from amazon
    • Yo-kai Watch - 3DS - buy from amazon
  • Nov 10
    • Fallout 4 - PC, PS4, XBO - buy from amazon
    • StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void - PC, Mac - buy from amazon
    • Rodea the Sky Soldier - 3DS, WiiU, Wii - buy from amazon
  • Nov 13
    • Sword Art Online: Lost Song - PS4, PSVita - buy from amazon
    • Football Manager 2016 - PC, Mac - buy from amazon
    • Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival - WiiU - buy from amazon
  • Nov 17
    • Star Wars: Battlefront - PC, PS4, XBO - buy from origin
    • Deadpool - PS4, XBO - buy from amazom
  • Nov 20
    • Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash - WiiU - buy from amazon
    • Pok√©mon Super Mystery Dungeon - 3DS - buy from amazon
  • Dec 1
    • Just Cause 3 - PC, PS4, XBO - buy from amazon
    • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege - PC, PS4, XBO - buy from amazon
  • Dec 4
    • Xenoblade Chronicles X - WiiU - buy from amazon
  • Dec 10
    • RollerCoaster Tycoon World - PC - available on steam
  • Dec 11
    • Devil's Third - WiiU - buy from amazon *Lists release date on 31st?

Video Game Releases

3rd party aggregators for Twitch.tv!

List of 3rd party aggregator sites utilizing twitch.tv's api for showcasing streams.

Lets start out with some of the aggregators that include stats and other information.
  • twinge - shows detail stats like what games broadcasters are playing, trends, user submitted rating and reviews
  • socialblade - shows follower, daily view stats
  • twitchapps - overall concurrent viewers and most popular games

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Best Months for streaming on twitch.tv!

List of the best months for streaming on twitch.tv!

Some months are better then others for streaming on twitch.tv. Here is a list based on seasonality advertisement spending by companies.
  • Months with the highest spending rate generally include the following by order of most to least:
    December
    November
    October
    June
  • Months with average spending include the following:
    March
    May
    August
    September
  • Months with low spending include the following:
    January
    February
    April
    July
Throughout the year advertising companies spend opportunistic to reach consumers that are most likely to purchase their products and services. The start of summer, back to school and the holiday seasons are key times.

In the video game world much of the buying comes around game launches and most games launch around the holidays. If you have a list of upcoming games that you are looking forward to streaming make sure you know their launch dates and plan accordingly before hand.



Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Join Team Static, a open team community on twitch.tv!

Looking to join a team page on twitch.tv?

Join team static, this is a open team available for all streamers who broadcast on twitch.tv.  How to join is very simple, just send a message to twitch user "DaOpa" with the subject invite to team.  After I review the message I will check out your channel page and most likely send a invitation afterwords.



Please make sure to have a profile image and a info section filled out about your stream.  Also will help to have past broadcasts and highlights for reviewing.

Also note you are not limited to joining just one team on twitch, you can join many as long as they invite you into the group.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Resolutions, Bitrate and settings for twitch.tv

Choosing the right resolution and bit-rate settings for twitch.tv broadcasting!

Going to keep this as short as possible and leave out alot of the technical related info since it will not really matter due to all the non standard streaming setups currently used for broadcasting.

I have created a chart with recommended resolutions and bitrate (kbps requirement) settings with color codes.  The color codes legend are listed here:

High motion / FPS / First person games
Medium motion / RTS Games, usually has scrolling
Low motion / static action, turn based games

Friday, October 9, 2015

How to create a team on twitch.tv!

Creating a team page on twitch.tv is very easy and here is how to get it started!

Step 1.  Email twitch partner support with the following information:
  • Team Name:
  • Team Abbreviation:
  • Twitch account to edit the team page:
  • Page URL* (i.e., www.twitch.tv/team/<teamname>):
  • *This cannot be changed once set
Note: Team page creation is only currently available for partner accounts.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Blocking domain & urls for spam prevention

How to block urls, domains and other words on your channel at twitch.tv!

Step 1.  Login to your twitch account and head to settings, then tab listed "Channel & Videos" - direct url would be http://www.twitch.tv/settings/channel



Step 2.  Scroll down to the section heading "Chat Options".  Several different options to check out in order to prevent words, urls from showing in your twitch.tv channel's chat-room.
  • Block all urls except for the ones posted by you, moderators and admins.
  • Ban Words, you can block URLs and Domains here by using wildcards ( DaOpa's Ban Words / Domain list)
  • Opt out of globally banned words filter, good for keeping the usual bad words from showing up in your chatroom.
  • Require a verified email to speak, a extra verification step to prevent some automated bots from showing up in your chat. 

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Twitchcon video must see

Legal viewpoints from multiple lawyers in regards to live streaming video game content on Twitch.tv!

If there is one video clip from Twitchcon that all broadcasters on twitch.tv should take the time and watch, it would be the segment on the legality of streams. This covers copyright laws, dmca, copyright myths and other suggestions on how to create trans-formative content for fair use purposes.

Full video clip which is around one hour length can be viewed here:

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

VOD Playlist with 24/7 channels coming to Twitch.tv

Replay VOD Playlist and 24/7 Channels in beta.


Twitch.tv has announced on there blog a new feature coming soon that will enable broadcasters the option of setting up playlists of videos which will be running during the casters offline time.
Sounds like a great idea but there is a very big exploit which I will be betting on that many broadcasters will be engaged in which revolves around loyalty systems.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

The luck factor, right game, right time

How the luck factor builds a viewerbase for broadcasters on twitch.tv!

Factors / Situations revolving getting lucky on twitch.tv.

  • Game Launch Days - whenever a new AAA game title launches, usually the stream in the top spot gets big viewership boosts from curious gamers who haven't purchased the game.  This use to be a great method for building a viewerbase, but unfortunate this is extremely hard for a new streamer to break into due to all the variety streamers who jump from game to game.
  • Friends with Benefits - having a established streamer friend who can give you a shoutout or host your stream constantly is a great way to noticed and build a viewer base.
  • Exploiting / Rule Breaking -  sadly this is something I will include in the luck factor, being able to exploit and break twitch rules with no consequence can build a viewer base depending on how viral it reaches out.
    • Exploiting a multiplayer game - this is against Twitch's TOS / Rules but is very rarely acted on. 
    • Viewbotting - alot of the top streamers have used this to there advantage due to Twitch's stance in not knowing if its a broadcaster doing it or if its a viewer attempting to get broadcaster TOS'ed.  Never the less thru out the many years you hear alot of storys of people abusing this and building a viewerbase then being able to discontinue the fake boosting.
    • Giveaways / Loyalty systems - hardly any broadcaster on Twitch.tv is running legal giveaways.  You need to have certain information and disclaimers for every giveaway you do yet hardly anyone does it.  Same with loyalty systems tied in with giveaways, this is one of the biggest unethical business practice exploit on twitch.
    • Copyright Music - many broadcasters use music which is not suppose to be rebroadcasted with out a license or with out written permission to use. This is exploited daily on many channels thru out twitch with no signs of any DMCA takedowns.
  • Fake PR Stunts - being able to successfuly create a fake pr stunt and getting lucky it goes viral can build a crazy amount of traffic to your channel. If it's too good to be true it probably is applies to twitch.tv.
    • Fake Donations - you know how someone received a 50g donation from someone random, then there friend got 20k, and another friend 15k and another friend 10k all from the same guy.  Well guess what this is probably one of the biggest fake pr stunts that worked wonders for these broadcasters.
    • Fake Swatting - sadly this has happened.
    • Fake Crying - there is a growing amount of fake criers on twitch as of late.  
  • SEO / Google - One of the biggest broadcasters on twitch had huge traffic boosts from google due to savvy seo and links pointing to their .tv website.  As more people heard about twitch.tv they went to google and search for "twitch.tv" (keywords), and this casters website was on the first page results / second page results for a very long time.  The keyword twitch.tv is searched for over 700k times a month if not more by now. If you see the growth of twitch and compare it to the growth of this casters channel its has a very similar trajectory. 
    • Not sure how to explain it but there is some sort of loyalty usually happens during first discovery of a channel & twitch.tv.  If the caster is remotely interesting, and it is the first time a viewer has gone to twitch, this viewer will most likely keep returning to this caster then others.

This is all that I was able to think of off the bat, I will add more down the line.


*Update on 10/6/2015 - Just saw something that appears to have happen for the Star Wars: Battlefront Beta.  Battlefront is posted to be in open beta on Oct 8, yet alot of established streamers on twitch all seem to have received code invites to start streaming earlier on 10/6.  As noted above being first or part of the group that gets to stream new AAA titles on twitch is a big viewership boost during the entry periods.  This is not new for game companies to hand pick youtubers & media early entry, what seems new is game companies are now providing a batch of codes directly to Twitch and Twitch staff hands them off to selected casters. This is good for the established channels and bad for any new commoner or others who get left out.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Capture Cards for live streaming on twitch.tv

Looking for capture cards for live streaming or video capture? Check out our list here with tech specs showing resolution input, output and more!

Image Name
Resolutions / Tech Specs
Price Range

DeckLink 4K Extreme HDMI Video Input / Output: 1 x HDMI type A connector including 3D frame packing support and Ultra HD support.
SDI Video Input / Output: 2 x 10-bit SD/HD/2K/4K and 2D/3D switchable. Supports 3Gb/s and 6Gb/s single link and dual link.
Analog Video Input / Output: 1 x Component YUV on 3 BNCs switchable to S-Video or Composite. Component supports HD and SD.
HD Format Support: 1280 x 720p50, 1280 x 720p59.94, 1280 x 720p60, 1920 x 1080i50, 1920 x 1080i59.94, 1920 x 1080i60, 1920 x 1080PsF23.98, 1920 x 1080PsF24, 1920 x 1080PsF25, 1920 x 1080PsF29.97, 1920 x 1080PsF30, 1920 x 1080p23.98, 1920 x 1080p24, 1920 x 1080p25, 1920 x 1080p29.97, 1920 x 1080p30, 1920 x 1080p50, 1920 x 1080p59.94, 1920 x 1080p60.
2K Format Support: 2048 x 1080PsF23.98, 2048 x 1080PsF24, 2048 x 1080PsF25, 2048 x 1080p23.98, 2048 x 1080p24, 2048 x 1080p25
4K Format Support: 3840 x 2160p23.98, 3840 x 2160p24, 3840 x 2160p25, 3840 x 2160p29.97, 3840 x 2160p30, 3840 x 2160p50*, 3840 x 2160p59.94*, 3840 x 2160p60*, 4096 x 2160p23.98, 4096 x 2160p24, 4096 x 2160p25. *Output only
$750 - 1500

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Elgato Game Capture HD60

Input: PlayStation 4, Xbox One & Xbox 360, Wii U (unencrypted HDMI)
Output: HDMI (pass-through)
Interface: USB 2.0
Supported resolutions: 1080p60, 1080p30, 1080i, 720p60, 720p30, 576p, 576i, 480p
$60 - 160

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AVerMedia CV710 Extreme Cap U3 Max recording resolution: 1080p 60fps
Input: HDMI and Component Video, RCA L/R Audio
Resolutions supported: 480p, 576p, 720p, 1080p
$150 - 175

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AVerMedia Game Recorder -C985 Live Gamer HD
Maximum recording quality is 1080p at 30fps
Input
: HDMI and DVI input and output connections
Video input supports up to 1920*1080 at 60 fps (Hz)
$170 - 225

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Yuan High-Tech SC512N1-L DVI
Max. FPS: 1920×1080p @ 120/100fps
Recording Mode: Software Compression, Real-Time Mode Dimension: 135.6 × 69 (mm) Interface: PCIe×1 (Gen2)
Video Input: 1 × DVI-I, 1 x YPbPr, 1 x S-Video, 1 x Composite Video Output: 1 × DVI-I, 1 x YPbPr, 1 x S-Video, 1 x Composite (Loop-through optional)
Display Video Format: YUY2 Display Video Resolution: 1080p@60/50fps 1080p@30/25/24fps 1080i@60/50fps 720p@60/50fps 1024p@60fps 960p@60fps,
768p@60fps , 600p@60fps 480p@60fps 480p@60fps 576p@50fps 480i@60fps 576i@50fps
Recording Video Format: MPEG4 / H.264 (Software Compression)
Recording Video Resolution: 1080p@60/50fps 1080p@30/25/24fps 1080i@60/50fps 720p@60/50fps 1024p@60fps 1280×960p@60fps 1024×768p@60fps 800×600p@60fps 640×480p@60fps 720×480p@60fps 720×576p@50fps 720×480i@60fps 720×576i@50fps
Audio Input: 2 x RCA (Audio R/L through component cable)
Audio Output: 2 x RCA (Audio R/L through component cable), (Loop-through optional) Audio Format: Stereo / 16-bit / 32000 ~ 48000Hz I/O: 16 WatchDog: Yes Multiple Cards: Yes SDK: VC++ / .NET / VB OS Support: Windows XP / Vista / Windows 7 Linux 2.6.14 or Higher (32bit and 64bit) (32-bit and 64-bit)
$240

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Datapath VisionDVI-DL Captures Quad-HD (2160p) Digital Cinema modes at 24/25/30fps
HD video capture for all progressive and interlaced DVI/HDMI modes
Input
: One Dual Link DVI-D connector
Pixel Transfer Format: RGB: 5-5-5, 5-6-5 or 8-8-8 (24bit/32bit) pixels, YUV: 4:2:2, MONO: 8bit
$1500

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Blackmagic Design Intensity Pro 4K HD Format Support: 720p50, 720p59.94, 720p60, 1080i50, 1080i59.94, 1080i60, 1080p23.98, 1080p24, 1080p25, 1080p29.97, 1080p30, 1080p50, 1080p59.94, 1080p60
Ultra HD Format Support: 2160p23.98, 2160p24, 2160p25, 2160p29.97 and 2160p3
HDMI Video Input / Output: 1 x HDMI type A connector
HDMI Audio Input / Output: 8 Channels embedded in SD, HD and Ultra HD.
Analog Video Input / Output: Component, Composite or S-Video.
Analog Audio Input / Output: 2 Channel RCA HiFi audio in 24-bit.
$189 - 219

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Monday, August 31, 2015

chat bots, loyalty bots

Listed here are most of the popular chat room bots, loyalty point systems for twitch.tv!

Ankhbot - features commands, timers, quote system, desktop dashboard, giveaway system, sfx system, currency system, betting system, poll system, Heist Minigame, song request system, (link, caps and symbol protection)



Moobot - features web based dashboard, customization, spam filters, commands, polls, giveaways, song requests, notifications



Nightbot - features dashboard, spam protection, custom commands, nightbot commands, timers, (regulars / subscriber features), song requests, giveaways



Deepbot - features desktop dashboard, user database / viewer log, raffles, commands, music, polls, mini games, betting, notification 

LoyaltyBot - javascript / node based loyalty bot.

SpottyBot -  is a bot for windows / mac which plays music from your desktop spotify application

WinterBot - open source bot

GeoBot - features commands

Xanbot - features commands

ModBot - is a desktop loyalty bot.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Basic information for building viewership

Here are some generic methods that should help you get more viewers on twitch.tv.

  • Setup a schedule - post the times you will be streaming so viewers have a time frame to know the next time your on.
  • Network - make friends with other streamers, websites, media... try not to view other streamers as competition, be friendly with everyone, especially troll types. 
  • Select Games & Content you enjoy - do not just join the bandwagons of the latest hype game, hype games traffic doesn't last and other large variety streamers will always take the bulk of this traffic. Some people will get lucky using the latest hype game streaming method, but they usually resort to extreme gimmicks to draw in random people in...
  • Create a brand to advertise yourself as with a custom logo, a brand name which can be use down the line for marketing.
  • Video & Audio Quality - make sure your stream A/V settings are the recommended levels for twitch. Standard resolution and bitrates are 720p30, 720p60, 1080p24, 1080p30
    Bitrate for 720p from 1500 to 3000
    Bitrate for 1080p from 3000 to 3500
    Note: Max bitrate twitch is currently 3500 6000
  • Embedding & Syndication - see this post
  • Webcam - seeing a streamer can do wonders, try to get a green screen to make it look more professional.
  • Layout / Presentation - stream overlays are important, make sure these are as professional as possible.
  • Audio / Talking - dead air is generally very bad, fill the dead air with commentary, if you cant find anything to talk about with the current game your playing, talk about other games, tv shows, latest news.
  • Music - if your going to use music, make sure its all music you have permission to use.  Twitch went out of there way to create a useable music repository, you can find that here: music.twitch.tv
  • Highlights / Past Broadcasts - make highlights from your previous broadcasts with detail descriptions and good titles, do not be lazy about this! Review your past broadcasts to see if there is any A/V issues.
  •  Social Media - in this day and age you have to have a twitter, facebook page and most likely a instagram +others.  If you do not then go ahead and create profiles on each of them using your brand name.  Follow other streamers in your game niche and participate in the conversations.  Social media sites are another great way to network.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Getting more viewers!

How to get more viewers on your twitch.tv channel?


I've seen this question asked over and over on twitch's subreddit with generic responses.  Here is my view on how to get more viewers watching your stream using embedding.

Basically it involves syndication with embedding your stream on gaming related blogs that you own and operate and other 3rd parties. Don't have a blog or website? Why not? Get one started on blogger, wordpress or many other places. Its very easy to get something started. This blog is a recent creation and as you can see on the bottom section of the main block there is a embed player. I have embedded my stream so whenever I am live it will show up.