Mixing Skype calls into OBS isn’t easy, and doing any sort of livestreaming or recording of a Skype video chat takes some hardware. Using a mixer is the quickest way to equalize noise levels and mic volume between the guest and the host of a Skype interview or chat, as the mics can be fed separately into the mixer.
For that, of course, you need to actually know about some mixer options. First, figure out these basics:
- Written by Catalyst | Created on 15 June 2017
Building on our previous article, we can leverage the new YouTube algorithm’s focus on watch time to more rapidly increase subscriber growth. Oddities like the 1000-degree knife series can emerge from algorithm changes, but they also teach us how YouTube’s system works.
- Written by Catalyst | Created on 08 June 2017
After our “Best Webcams for Streaming” and “Best Capture Cards for Streaming” guides, we heard some requests to talk about the best gaming headsets. Although a standalone microphone will produce better audio quality overall – something we’ve also covered in an article – headsets are still desirable in a lot of cases, and they’re just plain easier to work with.
Here are some of the best headsets for streaming on Twitch and YouTube, including wireless headsets:
- Written by Catalyst | Created on 31 May 2017
YouTube’s “watch time” metric is the most important on the site, and its importance is only growing as the platform evolves. “Watch time” is the measurement of how long (in minutes) a viewer stays on a specific video, and is cumulative even when the user clicks through the timeline. A 9-minute video that is watched for 5 total minutes would have a watch time of 5:00. That time is averaged over all viewers, and used by YouTube’s algorithms to determine quality of content and ad spend for premiere-class channels. As average watch time increases, it follows that revenue generally sees a bump (though is not guaranteed), as does overall visibility and exposure on the site.
YouTube manages its video exposure through the sidebar and homepage recommendation feeds (read: not the sub feed). If a video has a high watch time or a high total percentage watch time (e.g. 90% average watch time of a 5-minute video would be 4.5 minutes), then YouTube will be more likely to promote that video in the sidebar recommendations. The site considers this content to be high quality, since viewers are staying long enough to watch the vast majority of the video.
- Written by Catalyst | Created on 23 May 2017
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