1. Creating a Twitch account –
First, you’ll need to register a Twitch account if you don’t already have one. Only registered users have access to Twitch’s most remarkable features. The process of creating an account is simple. Even if Twitch has added a third step for individuals who want to live stream on the platform, the overall number of processes is still only three. Accounts on Twitch are also entirely free. You’ll need to establish a fund to engage with the material. Joining the ranks of content creators is the same. So that’ll be our starting point. After that, we’ll go over the software, equipment, and streaming procedure. Remember to enable Two-Factor Authentication to protect your account. On your iOS or Android device, we also recommend installing the Twitch app (know more). You can use it to watch broadcasts from anywhere. Moreover, access your Creator Dashboard to change basic settings, run advertising, and even go live.
What software should I use to live stream on Twitch?
Unless they have hardware encoders accessible, beginners should start with software encoders. To learn why to see our explanation of the differences between software and hardware encoders.
Every software encoder has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. If you’re looking for some of the more popular choices, here are a few:
OBS Studio: OBS Studio is the top choice for many rookie content creators, a free, open-source streaming software with cross-platform interoperability. The learning curve can be steep if you’ve never utilized live streaming software before.
Streamlabs OBS – The Streamlabs version of OBS contains several useful features that could help you monetize your YouTube channel. However, it is only available for Windows. To help you decide, read about the differences between OBS Studio and Streamlabs OBS.
XSplit: A popular option for broadcasters who want to try out paid software before investing in the full version, it only shines if you’re ready to pay for it.
When you’re ready to become a professional streamer, consider using vMix.
Try Twitch Studio, Twitch’s proprietary streaming software. It is presently in open beta. It provided that you want to get a quick start on Twitch merely to see if streaming is for you. Check out Twitch’s streaming software recommendations for even more possibilities.
2. Carefully read and understand the Community Guidelines and Terms of Service.
It’s also good to set up your Moderation and Safety settings before your first stream, guaranteeing that you and your expanding community have the greatest experience possible. AutoMod is a terrific tool to serve as your first line of defense for moderation with parameters you may customize to your tastes.
3. Personalize your channel –
So that when new viewers discover you, they know who you are. You can change your profile photo and bio from your mobile device—also a variety of other settings via a web browser. We’ve created a whole Creator Camp page dedicated to Personal Branding to show you how to design your channel page to match you and your brand.
4. Improve your setup
You’ll need to think about what kind of hardware you’ll need to stream your music and video. To assist you in getting started with Setting Up Your Stream, we’ve developed some valuable guides.
5. Choose and set up your broadcasting program
So you can start sharing your content! Twitch Studio is Twitch’s first-party streaming software, and it’s available for Windows and Mac. It makes it simple to set up a stream and go live in minutes. Pre-loaded beginning layouts enable artists to modify the aesthetic of their stream quickly, and guided onboarding helps automatically recognize your microphone, webcam, and other technical parts of a stream. Alerts and chat are built-in features that make it simple to keep track of channel activity and communicate with your community.
When streaming on Twitch, what kind of hardware should you use?
You don’t need the most recent generation of CPUs or the most recent model DSLR to broadcast on Twitch. Because the site isn’t at the cutting edge of video quality (it doesn’t offer 4K streaming like YouTube), you might be able to get away with lower-quality equipment.
However, encoding and gaming can be too much for a computer’s CPU when broadcasting a video game. This is an issue that many Twitch content providers experience. As a result, you can’t immediately start streaming on Twitch with anything (click here). You’ll need a processor that can handle it, and that can be as follows:
- a PC, a console, or a smartphone
- A microphone
- A webcam
6. Customize your channel with a few extensions.
Navigate to the Extensions tab on your Creator Dashboard, located directly above the Creator Camp link. Try the CTRL+ and Sound Alerts additions, for example, to improve your community viewing experience and encourage viewer participation.
You’re now ready to go live; remember to title, categorize, and tag your broadcast so that people can find it! You’ll find a list of resources below to help you troubleshoot if you run into problems. And, when you’re ready to update, we’ve got you prepared with tutorials on hardware, software, and upgrading procedures.