Avoid Streaming Burn-Out
Our previous guide to make game streaming a job detailed the behind-the-scenes investment for successful game streaming, with one key factor standing out above all: Time.
Investing all of that time streaming, researching games and audio / video equipment, and making sponsorship connections – that's tiring work. It's tough to keep a consistent streaming schedule, but keeping a schedule while also maintaining the balance of business (and staying informed on the industry) is where lines get drawn.
Try to avoid burn-out. This includes getting plain “bored” of playing games at all, but also of the grind that is running a channel and streaming. This article includes a few tips on avoiding content creation burn-out.
- Written by Catalyst | Created on 18 December 2016
Getting More Out of Twitch Sponsorships – Product Placement & Ads
We've already posted an email template for sponsorship requests, useful for getting in the door and relationship building with potential partners. Now that you've gotten a few relationships going, the next move is to flesh-out the opportunities offered to sponsors of Twitch.tv and YouTube content. The idea is to get enough money and products rolling in that you can begin the transition to full-time work with Twitch.
- Written by Catalyst | Created on 11 December 2016
We've talked about the ideal mics for game streaming, and now we're back to talk about the video component: webcams.
To answer the headline question straight-away: No, it's almost impossible to find a 1080p / 60FPS webcam for use with Twitch.tv or YouTube. The issue is a matter of bandwidth; it'd require more bandwidth than is reasonably possible through most modern interfaces, and so the hardware doesn't exist at any affordable price. You'd have to buy an actual prosumer digital video camera, then hook that up to the PC – and there's a decent chance you'll still be limited to 720p60, depending on the camera.
But it is possible to get high-quality webcams at 1080p, 30FPS – which is plenty for almost all streams. If you're vlogging regularly, no game streaming in the background, it may be worth looking into an actual video camera for the absolute highest quality. For game streaming, a 30FPS output is fine, as the video output will normally be shrunken and shoved into a corner of the stream (with the game taking up the majority of the screen).
Let's run through a few of the top cameras.
- Written by Catalyst | Created on 02 December 2016
As 2016 enters into the holiday season, we want to thank the #CatalystMasterminds and all of our customers and supporters for an amazing first year so far for Catalyst! We're very happy to say that this has been a great year, and we're looking forward to the upcoming holidays.
We're offering a great chance to get your Catalyst Mints for an amazing price this holiday season. Whether you want to share them with the gamers in your life or keep yourself energized for the season, this Black Friday / Cyber Monday will be the best time of the year to get your order in.
Starting now, all items in the Catalyst store will be available with an incredible 25% discount. You can apply this discount to all orders and any items by using the code "BF2016" at checkout. This is a special offer that will not be matched again this year, so be sure to stock up and get your gifts now! This also applies to the elite Omega Case, which means this is the time to grab the best deal in gaming energy. Of course, this is a limited time offer, and this incredible 25% code will be effective through the weekend and will expire on Monday, November 28.
- Written by Catalyst | Created on 23 November 2016
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