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  1. Hey everyone! I see some folks have posted questions about incorporating their Extra Life donations into their streaming sessions. I figured I'd share an application that I made called the "Extra Life Helper" that does all of the following: Counts down the days until Extra Life if there are three or more days left. Counts down the hours until Extra Life if there are less than four days left. Counts the total hours played if the start time has passed. Continually displays the total amount raised as it changes. Shows new donation alerts as they arrive in real-time. Works in "participant" mode or "team" mode. Donation messages are read with text-to-speech during donation alerts. Adjust the volume for all sound effects and text-to-speech. Occasionally shows the Extra Life and Children's Miracle Network Hospital logos. Supports four color themes and three border styles. Works in XSplit, any flavor of OBS, and any modern browser. Available in English, French, and Spanish. (Download version only) Custom sound effects can be specified for the donation alert. (Download version only) Provides a hook to run custom JavaScript when a new donation arrives. (Download version only) Core functionality and appearance can be modified with little JavaScript experience. NEW! You can now customize the Helper and get a link to paste directly into OBS or XSplit. Downloading and editing files is no longer required! The Helper is always available for download if you prefer to run it locally. Running locally is required if you plan on making changes to the source code. Download and setup instructions are available here: Hope you find it helpful. If you have any feedback or requests for additional features, please let me know. Good luck with your fundraising efforts! Requirements: Operating System: Windows 10 or macOS Sierra Streaming Software: XSplit Broadcaster 3.0 (Windows) or OBS Studio 20.0.1 (OSX & Windows) Changelog: 11/1/2019 Total raised for participants now includes both donations and pledges (Total raised for teams will also include pledges soon) Fixed a typo in French text copy 10/6/2019 Added Spanish and French language options Added Spanish and French text-to-speech options Fixed a couple minor bugs 3/7/2019 Added volume setting Added support for running remotely Fixed a couple minor bugs and typos 10/21/2018 Added text-to-speech for donation messages Fixed a bug with text rendering 10/5/2018 Added option to perform a test donation 7/8/2018 Updated to work with the newest version of the Extra Life API Fixed a few bugs 11/18/2017 Added donation alerts when running in team mode Added an option to show fundraising goal in addition to amount earned Added an option to suppress alerts Added a "full year" mode for those interested in fundraising 365 days a year Fixed a couple bugs 9/13/2017 Removed Flash plugin requirement! The Helper is now a pure JavaScript application Added display of donation message to the donation alert screen Added the ability to specify custom donation alert sounds Added ability to add custom JavaScript code that can run when a new donation comes in 10/31/2016 Made donation alerts more responsive Added support for marathons lasting longer than 72 hours Fixed issues with transitions 10/3/2016 Added three new color themes to choose from. Added option to change border style. 9/3/2016 Updated to work in the latest versions of XSplit, OBS Classic and OBS Studio. 11/4/2015 Made miscellaneous fixes. 10/14/2015 Added more support for different versions of OBS and operating systems. 10/12/2015 Added support for OBS using the browser plugin. Added support for working on OSX in OBS Multiplatform. Fixed bugs with handling bad requests to the Extra Life API. 10/11/2015 Updated to use new data API. Fixed issues with being unreliable for participants with many donations. Updated the look to adhere to the new Extra Life brand colors. Fixed a few bugs with showing new donations and switching modes. 10/24/2014 Added executable wrapper for use in OBS on Windows. 2nd monitor required. 10/16/2014 Released initial version to the public.
  2. I'm planning on streaming my Extra Life marathon this year. One question though. It seems like OBS and Xsplit are the top 2 broadcasting software. Which one is most suited to broadcasting tabletop gaming? I'm more of a board gamer and I usually have 6-12 people playing at my house throughout the day. Thanks!
  3. A member of the Good4Gaming stream team, Isa_Kole, will be streaming on our twitch channel ( on 6/13 at 7PM CST. She will be talking about her experiences streaming for charity efforts and provide details on things that have and have not worked for her while trying to raise donations. She will also be answering questions, so if you are new to the exciting world of charity streams please consider stopping by and saying hello. And for anyone interested in joining a Stream Team, our only requirement to join Good4Gaming is a yearly charity stream, so if you are here you most likely already qualify. We currently have a team of 33 streamers raising money for Extra Life, Able Gamers, Special Effect, Operation Supply Drop, and many more. If you are interested fill out the form at and we will contact you. thanks, Dave
  4. Hey y'all, So I was wondering if anyone uses the Extra Life notification options in Streampro for alerts a goal progress. It has stopped working for me and was wondering if anyone else is having issues with it. I am planning on doing a marathon stream and need something to track goal progress and notify everyone when someone donates. Streampro's Extra Life integration was great and I really hope it either get fixed, or I can learn why it's not working for me. Also if anyone has any other ways to get EL alerts and whatnot on my stream, I would love suggestions! I couldn't find any other options besides Streampro. Thanks!
  5. Hey fam, Just wondering what kinds of videos you guys are using for your stream to drive home the extra life stuff? Some of the videos on the multimedia page are corrupt / don't work for whatever reason and if I stream the same videos that work again, I'm pretty sure my viewers will revolt. I've found a couple really rad videos about my hospital, but I'm looking for more general Extra Life awesomeness. Whatchugot??
  6. Realized that not a lot of people get over to the JSON forum, so I figured I'd do a bit of a cross-post over here when I release new version of this thing. Basically, this a program that gets information from your page, your team's page, and spits out information to text files that can be placed with OBS or XSplit in whatever visual style/scrolling style/etc that you wish. Very similar in behavior to any of the "Now Playing" type plugins that streamers use. Here's the full text of the post from the other forum, I'll update both when I have new features to add.. --------------------------- 11/3/2016 Update (Version 0.6.9): Fixed strange behavior where new donations weren't alerting. 10/31/2016 Update (Version 0.6.8): Fixed the names not displaying correctly on the team totals, after they changed the API slightly. 11/4/2015 Update (Version 0.6.5): There is now a (rudimentary) progress bar that you can pop open and capture. You can set colors under the settings window, and key out the background. It updates whenever your totals are updated. If I get time, I may work on a circular progress indicator, but it's getting close to gameday, and I'm not sure I'll have time. 10/30/2015 Update (Version 0.6.1): Fixed bug: When servers were slow, personal totals would display as $0 while waiting for server responses. Fixed bug: last 5 donations were always hiding titles, except for the first, introduced in 0.6.0 10/28/2015 Update (Version 0.6.0): Donation amounts that are hidden, for whatever reason, are handled a little more gracefully. Omitted at times, displayed as (hidden) in others, and wording changed in some spots. If all donations are hidden, then your top donation will always be $0, but there's not much I can do about that. Your total is now pulled from your user page, rather than the sum of your public donations. This piece of data may not be as current (I think they only update that page every 15 minutes) but it will always be accurate to the moment it was last updated by the EL servers. 10/16/2015 Update (Version 0.5.2): When you change user ID, all previous donations in the queue are cleared. Prevents my donations from alerting before all yours when you first change the ID. 10/14/2015 Update (Version 0.5.1): Fixed bugs preventing sounds from loading when first selected Added "clear" buttons for both image and sound to deselect your setting. --------------- Alright, finally ready to release this thing out into the public. It's still in Beta, and there are likely still bugs hiding that I haven't ironed out. My email is in the application to submit bug reports to. Download Link So you download it, and install it. You'll need Adobe Air, which you can get at Here's the quick rundown: It will fill in my ID as a default. To change it, head over to Settings and fill in your ID from your URL (the numeric one, not your screen name). Set any other defaults you want, things like background color of the alert window, currency sign, etc. Then be sure you click Save After you save, it should refresh the display with your information, not mine. If for some reason it doesn't, hit the 'Force refresh' button. Click Tracker to bring up the window where New Donation alerts will be displayed. It should be flashing all donations you have already received. I'll explain this more later. You should be good go to. How it works Once you've set up your ID/settings the program checks your donation list every 30 seconds. Every 15 minutes, it also checks for team information (if you're on a team). It updates the display inside the app window, but also sends information in various formats out to text files in a folder on your Desktop titled "extra-life-output". The titles should be pretty self-explanatory. Every time it detects a donation that it hasn't seen before, it adds that to a locally-stored database. Simultaneously to all that, every 10 seconds, it is checking that database for any donations that have yet to be displayed in the alert window. If it finds one, it displays the image and plays the sound you've selected, along with the name and amount of the donator. If you don't have the tracker window open, that check simply exits out. This means if you have the application open, but not the alert window open, any donations received during that time are queued up for the next time the tracker is opened. It will play the alert once for every donation. So the first time you open the app (or open it after not having opened it for a while) you're going to get to hear your donation alert a few times (hopefully a lot of times, which means you've raised a ton of money for CMN). There are a couple buttons up in the top right corner for utility, one to force a refresh of all data (Both individual and Team), as well as a 'Test Alert' button to trigger an alert to see what it looks like. It'll check to see if there's a new version available and give you a button pointing to the new version. There's also a button to donate to my EL page if you like it *HINTCOUGHCOUGHHINT*. Alert Files So the box for the alerts is approximately (may vary based on your OS) 685px wide by 215 px tall. That's what you're aiming for when creating images to use on your alert. The alert sound must be in MP3 format. You can use something like this to convert it to MP3 format if it isn't already. Text Files The text files this thing spits out can be used in OBS (via the "Text" source") and X-Split (using the "Title" source) pretty easily. Using those tools, you can set the size, font, outlines, scroll speed, etc, of any of that information. It behaves in the same was as most of the "Now Playing" type plugins out there. If you're confused, YouTube and google have plenty of tutorials on both tools and how to place text files in your stream stage. What's next I'm going to leave it out in the wild for a few days and hope some folks have bug reports/suggestions. Otherwise a few things I'm looking to add: Manually set the delay between alerts (for folks who have longer alert sounds) Add more font choices for alert text (what fonts?) Squash whatever bugs people find Refactor the code so it's not too embarrassing to put on GitHub. ???? I think I've covered everything it does, but if I forgot, let me know and I'll update this thread. I'm planning on using this thread as the 'home' for future updates, since it seems to have evolved from what I'd mentioned in other threads. I apologize if I'm cluttering the front page of the forum with this. I'll update the title as well as the in-app notification when I release new versions, and you can come back here to find out what's new. If you have any questions, please let me know here or via the e-mail listed in the app. If you enjoy the tool, please consider donating to my Extra Life Fundraiser. My niece was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart syndrome, basically meaning she had only one half of her heart. Three open heart surgeries during her first year of life at the hospital I'm raising money for, the University of Iowa Children's Hospital, and she's now a super energetic, sassy, awesome 2nd grader. She'll likely need a heart transplant as she nears her adult life, but even 20 years ago, these children didn't survive, so I'm extremely grateful to CMN hospitals, the UI Children's Hospital, and everyone who's ever thought about maybe helping a sick child get better. Edit: Fixed the actual download link. I'm an idiot.
  7. I made a video to help everyone set up their Extra Life stream using some of the assets available for download from the Extra Life community site, StreamPro, and from @bread_man. Hope it helps some and hope everyone has a great game day!
  8. Hey everyone. I've been looking at gamewisp for a bit (which is a sub-button but without a twitch partnership) and planning on giving a percentage of the subs to my extra life account. I noticed that they have this set up natively, however, when I was looking at it, I noticed I was not prompted to enter in my extra life credentials. So I'm wondering if they give to Extra Life proper, or if anyone knows if it is customizable toward an individual's extra life campaign. THANKS YOU BEAUTIFUL HUMANS. <3 - Phaidra If no one here knows, I'll try to figure it out and post my findings for all you future cuties. *Update* So! According to GameWisp devs, currently if you select a portion of your gamewisp subs to go to your charity of choice, it goes in a lump sum (with all of the other % from other gamewisp users) at the end of the quarter and is not linked to your individual Extra Life account. ~**~*~*~*~*THE MORE YOU KNOW*~*~**~*~**~* For future reference, it would be really cool to have extra life + game wisp integration. The end.
  9. I'm new to doing charity streams and would like to know how to setup a extra life stream, could somebody mind explaining the process to me?
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