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  1. Saw about 5 minutes of Twitch streaming some Pokemon championships. It's easy for them because they had multiple cameras and someone to operate whatever they use on the backend - XSplit, OBS or something more professional. Basically one view was overhead and one was from the side. They also had closeups of the heads and hands of the players. Does anyone stream card games for EL? If you do, how do you film it?

  2. Sometimes I've had a couple people in my stream - never more than five. Most times I'm streaming to myself and maybe one non-signed-in person. For me I don't worry about the viewership - I'd be playing these games no matter what. Streaming to Twitch and exporting to YouTube is just a way to TRY and increase knowledge of my EL donation page. I got super lucky a few months ago when someone who loves The Witcher donated $100 while I was playing it. Since then it's been pretty quiet. But I keep it up because it's fun. Also, it allows you to have a record of awesome things you do - like that time you solved a tough puzzle or shot that guy right before he shot you, etc

  3. Hey guys!

    I know the topic title is OBS, but I've seen some Xsplit talk in here so I thought I'd ask. Is anyone having an issue with the screen not refreshing the donations when in a game? When I'm in the Xsplit app (whether or not game is running) - the names update. But once I go into the game they stop updating.

    Here's an example:

    When the video starts you can see the donations in the bottom left corner updating. Once the game is running (at about the 2 minute mark), it stops updating. I wasn't sure if it was Chrome so today I tried it both Chrome and Firefox. Again, once the game is running, no updates:

    Any tips would be greatly appreciated. It would probably also lead to my twitch chat updating in real time.


  4. I wouldn't recommend Photoshop for overlays, because Photoshop isn't equipped to handle large amounts of text (which is important if you're trying to relay certain information via your overlay). I would actually recommend using Adobe Illustrator, which is what I used to make mine.

    Good point. Although, I have the last Photoshop before they started doing the subscription thing and if you use Antialiasing, it's not too bad. Still, I think you're right - for the best results, Illustrator is probably the best.

  5. There seems to be a pretty large amount of intrigue over Overlays. Having just jumped into this over the last couple weeks, here's what I've found.

    If you are using XSplit Gamecaster, you need an Overlay. For the most part with GIMP or Photoshop it's as simple as carving out a "Window" (the background will be checkers instead of white) and then save it as a PNG with transparency. Then follow XSplit Gamecaster's turtorial to see how to add the overlay.

    If you are using XSplit Broadcaster (and probably OBS as it appears to be similar), then it's potentially even easier. With Broadcaster you can stack your video sources like layers. So, depending on the look you want, you can just create any image you want and it can be GIF, PNG, JPG, it doesn't matter. You just put your video game on top. That's the look I was going for with my Underlay (as opposed to an Overlay). You can see it here:

    So be creative and don't worry too much about your Photoshop/GIMP skills.

  6. Hello, Hello Extra Lifers!

    Just joined this year after hearing about it on the Giant Bombcast for a few years. Also just started streaming so I don't really have more than two followers as I write this. Come and share in the fun of Extra Life with me as I stream. For now I'm streaming randomly as I get time while I finish up grad school. After that I'll be setting up some times here and there, including streaming games I play together with my Extra Life team mates.

    Here's my stream:

    I would be more than happy to reciprocate anyone who follows me on Twitch.

    I'm currently working my way through a Civ 5 game and then probably going on to Witcher.

  7. The great thing about Extra Life is that there really is no "set-in-stone" way to do it! As long as the member puts the time in, and makes their best effort to raise money for kids, they've done a good job! I found that you can usually convince friends/family to donate $2 for the first hour, and then $1 for every following hour (for a total of $25). And if you're relatively good at streaming on Twitch and have a decent following, you can make a killing for Extra Life. I recently streamed and convinced a few viewers to donate whatever they could, and while the average donations fell between one-time donations of 2 to 4 dollars, when you have that many people watching, it adds up QUICK. One thing I found really helped is having a "recent donation" panel on your stream. People love seeing their name up there in lights, whether it be for the publicity of their own stream, or just to feel good about themselves.

    Yes, I've been looking into some of the programs out there for pulling Extra Life donations. But also, aren't they supposed to open up the API this year? Maybe it'll be even easier to plug in. I'm pretty brand new to Twitch, unfortunately, but since I'm going all year long, perhaps I'll be able to build up a following. Plus since my overlays mention the EL, I'm also planning on pulling them onto Youtube and hopefully getting some more donations that way.

  8. Hello! This'll be my first year doing Extra Life. I'm doing it because my local Children's Network Hospital (Johns Hopkins in Maryland) performed two life-saving surgeries on my daughter - the first one in her first week of life! Here's my EL page:

    I'd love some Twitch followers! I'm new to Twitch and commenting over games in general, although I have done it for a different purpose before like this one where I spoke about a game I played as a kid:

    Games I'll probably be playing on my own:

    • Civilization 5
    • Back to the Future Telltale Games
    • Pacm-Man Chapionship Edition DX
    • Witcher (never played before)
    • Star Wars: KOTOR (never played before)
    • Team Fortress 2
    • Portal/Portal 2 (Commentary Track)
    • Torchlight 1 (never played before)

      Games You Can Force me to play (at certain donation levels):

      • Any of the above+
      • Bastion
      • Greed Corp
      • FTL
      • Trine 2
      • Luxor: 5th Passage
      • Saints Row: The Third
      • Brutal Legend (never played before)
      • Dungeon Defenders
      • FEZ (never played before)
      • LA Noire (never played before)
      • Shank (never played before)
      • Shank 2 (never played before)
      • The Stanley Parable (never played before)
      • XCOM: Enemy Unknown (never played before)
      • BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger (never played before)
      • BloodRayne: Betrayal (never played before)
      • Double Dragon Neon (never played before)
      • Long Live the Queen (never played before)
      • Muffin Knight (never played before)
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