Get the Open Broadcast Software for NDI. This can be found as a plugin here.
On gaming PC
Open OBS and go to Tools > NDI Output settings
Make sure the ‘Main Output’ is checked and name the PC > click ‘Okay’
On your streaming PC
Boot up OBS
Select add source and select ‘NDI source’ – here you are able to add your gaming PC as a source
Set up your scenes and you are ready to go live.
Now that you are able to run a dual PC setup without a capture card – you have the ability to let your gaming PC do all the heavy lifting for the game while the streaming PC will just send the stream to Twitch.
We’ve reviewed the Elgato stream deck before on this site – and it’s great. Although, while it’s a strongly recommended product from us, it can be expensive if you’ve just started your streaming career.
That’s why we’ve put together the top stream deck alternatives for those who want a more cost-effective alternative to easily control your stream.
We have noticed that while the free alternatives are a great starting point, you’ll want to soon get a physical product for a more complete setup.
This is great because it is going to replicate the physical version of the product and is even a good ‘try before you buy’ version of the paid deck.
Setup is super simple for this one – you just need to download the app on your phone and PC then scan a QR code to connect them up together.
From here you’ll be able to configure it the same way that you set up the actual product. Set up scenes, shortcuts and macros.
Once you have the app set up the way that you like it, you’ll be able to transfer everything over to the physical device almost instantly.
You’ll also have the benefit of it being wireless as it is set up on your phone.
I first purchased the Elgato App and then brought the physical deck – now I run with both of them and have 2 stream decks set up side-by-side.
While this does offer the same functionality as the physical product it doesn’t work as well without a stand.
Some streamers user their phone to read chat. This means that you won’t be able to both control your stream easily while you interact with chat.
You also won’t have the tack-tile touch of physical buttons which is nice to have when you’re trying to operate all of the things that come with streaming on Twitch.
It does cost $2.99/month or $24.99/year – which means it would cost about six years worth of the Elgato mobile app until you’ve paid the same amount as a 12-button deck. While it is still cheap relative the actual deck, it is expensive for a stream deck app.
With this you will be able to create unlimited folders and macros to make controlling your stream super easy and efficient.
The design is a little different and the stand isn’t as great but it still sits just fine on the desk.
You are able to map everything from streaming commands to buttons for gaming.
When I set this up I typically have folders that separate all of the main controls that I’ll use for streaming.
For example, the home menu will contain the essentials such as pause and enable the stream along with muting and unmuting the mic. From here there will be different folders – one for GIFs, scene switching and animations.
You’ll get the same functionality as the full sized device along with the Elgato software (which is a huge selling point with it’s simple yet comprehensive interface).
It costs a fraction of what you would pay for the full sized device.
If you do get a full sized device in the future you’ll be able to pair the two together so that they work together. With this you’ll have 21 buttons to map. This will be overkill for most people but it’s nice to have and looks really cool if you set up some RGB patterns.
I find that 6 buttons isn’t always enough. While you can create buttons with theoretically infinite macros, it doesn’t work well in reality. If you’re starting your stream, switching scenes constantly and throwing up animations on the screen then you’ll be flicking back and forth.
The stand is kind of awkward with the way it sits on the desk. The full sized deck has a stand that lets you adjust the angle for your setup but with this you aren’t able to adjust it. (This isn’t a deal breaker, just a minor thing that I’ve noticed).
The touch portal is another alternative which is another mobile app.
This alternative to the elgato stream deck has a bunch of integrated services and will work with OBS and streamlabs. You can use this with an android or iOS device.
To use it make sure you get the websocket for OBS so you can then have the interface on your monitor.
There are both paid and free versions of the app so you can give it a go before handing over the $10 for the full version.
Since this is mostly software you will be able to have as many buttons mapped out as you need. With the physical elgato stream deck you’ll be limited to the number of buttons on the device that you purchase.
Organising is also awesome with Touch Portal as you can make different pages with different buttons. You may have one screen to use for pre-stream functions and another screen to use for main functions while you’re live.
As this is just software you’re not going to have any tactile buttons to press. The main advantage of having an actual stream deck is that you will have a device which has 1 purpose – to execute functions.
For the best experience with this I would combo the software with some kind of MIDI device and map the functions to this.
Up Deck is another software alternative to the elgato stream deck and is only compatible with OBS.
If you’re using something like XSplit then this may be an issue however most streamers these days will be using OBS anyway.
Up Deck is free!
If you did want to try out a version of a stream deck without needing to pay for premium software or put together MIDI hardware then this is the best place to start.
This will only work with OBS – you won’t be able to use this if you’re using another program to send your streams to Twitch.
Green screens are essential if you want to have a transparent background for your stream – and they make your stream look cool!
It’s extremely popular with streamers as it gives a more immersive experience for the viewer.
It’s mostly used for stylistic purposes as you are able to turn your background into the game that you are streaming.
We’ve tried and tested all of the best green screens for streaming so you don’t need to go through multiple purchases to find the perfect one for you.
In this article, we are going to breakdown the top 5 options that we recommend that you get for your green screen. These will range from budget options for people who are on a tight budget to a higher-end option if you have some cash to splash.
The green side is a little darker than we would like
Comes with both green and blue screen if you need either color
Not very big if you need to cover a large background
What Is A Green Screen?
A green screen is simply a sheet that sits behind you in your background which will allow you to turn that portion of your frame into anything you want – a picture, video, game or even just a color.
It can be made from almost anything such as sheets, paper, plastic or cardboard – you can even just paint the wall behind you green and that can work. The hex color for a green screen is #00ff00 which looks like this.
When this is in the frame you can then use programs like OBS Studio, Streamlabs, XSplit or post-editing software like Adobe Premier.
Lighting Your Green Screen
It’s important that you have great lighting with your green screen so that when you’re on stream, the background stays consistent. If you have poor lighting sometimes you will experience static where your background is.
The reason for this is that when you use chroma to change your background it will not register all of the green in the frame. You don’t want this as it will make your background look choppy and cheap.
You’ll want to use the softbox (or similar light) to light the front of you which will point at your face and the Neewer LED light for behind you to shine on the green screen.
Doing this will help prevent the static effect and shadows that you’ll get from poor lighting as the green will be brightened up by the lights and the camera will be able to clearly register the difference from the foreground and background.
Which Camera Should You Use With A Green Screen?
It’s vital that you’re mindful of the camera that you’re going to use as it can either make or break whether your green screen will display correctly.
With a cheaper/lower resolution web camera it will be difficult for the software to read the areas of the frame which are covered by the green screen. For this reason, we recommend using a DSLR camera.
If this is out of your price range as it can be expensive for a complete set up then we recommend the most popular webcam used by streamers – a Logitec C920. This webcam is great value for money and is under $100. It will perform fine and even has a useable microphone built-in to it.
What Programs Can You Use A Green Screen With?
Most capture programs such as OBS Studio and Streamlabs OBS offer in-built green screen compatibility.
Personally, I use OBS Studio as I find that the easiest to work with the green screen.
A setup guide for this can be found below and is what I used when first getting started.
As mentioned in the video above – using a green screen is CPU intensive when it is using chroma in order to replace the green in frame with a new background.
In 2013 everyone wanted to be a full-time YouTuber – in 2019 being a Twitch star is the new best thing.
You are able to make a job replacing income from Twitch and in this, we’re going to breakdown with case studies how the biggest streamers do it.
There are key staples to any streamers income:
How Do Twitch Streams Make An Income?
In this post, we’ll go through the top 6 methods that streamers use to make an income from Twitch although there are endless ways to monetize a stream depending on how creative you can get.
A common way that broadcasters begin to generate revenue is through donations from viewers.
Streamers can receive donations from their viewers through a number of tools such as Streamlabs and Paypal.
People encourage their viewers to donate to them by allowing the person to interact with the stream directly through their donation. For example, if some donates $X then the streamer will answer a question, read a comment, display their username on screen or even shout them out.
Donations are very common practice and can make up huge portions of streamer’s incomes – DisguisedToast said that he brings in about $2,500 a month in donations from his viewers which is about 13% of his monthly income.
Another way that users can donate to streams is through ‘cheering’ bits. This is essentially another medium to donate money to streamers although to do so you first need to purchase tokens called ‘bits’ from Twitch which you are then able to donate (cheer) to them.
When you convert the donation – 1 bit is equal to $0.01.
The downside of using this to donate is that Twitch will take a portion of the donation. If you buy 100 bits then it will cost you $1.40 – that’s a 40% commission that they’re taking. Although, the more bits that you buy then the commission becomes a smaller percentage of the bits that you purchase.
If a streamer takes donations through a service like Streamlabs then they will receive the full donation amount as it does not go through Twitch.
Subscriptions are one of the main revenue drivers for Twitch streamers.
Subscriptions are an extra that are offered on Twitch that will give the view perks on a streamer’s channel such as special emotes and no ads. Quite often these are promoted by broadcasters with shoutouts when someone does subscribe.
A huge strategy is to encourage users to subscribe using Twitch Prime. This is a program offered by Amazon where if a user has Amazon Prime then they will receive Twitch Prime for free which comes with 1 free subscription per month. This is great because it doesn’t cost the user any extra money if they already have Amazon Prime and the broadcaster can still make revenue.
A subscription without Twitch prime typically cost $4.99 and streamers make $2.50 – $3.50 per subscription that they receive depending on their partner status.
Ad revenue can be another huge revenue driver for broadcasters. Streamers will receive a flat rate for a CPM (cost per mille – 1000 impressions) which will change on the time of year it is. For example, there are a lot more advertisers running ads at Christmas time so ad revenue will increase as more people are wanting to show their ads on broadcaster’s streams.
The main way that streamers make money from ads is the pre-roll whenever someone goes to their livestream – usually a 30-second ad will show where the streamer will receive a portion of that ad revenue.
Streamers also have a button that they can click whenever they are in the middle of a stream which will again show ads to their viewers – the more times they hit this button to show ads then the more money they will make.
Although, while they can show endless ads, it doesn’t make for a good stream to have ads ever 2-3 minutes which is why most people use it very sparingly.
Brand deals and sponsorships usually come into play when a streamer is big enough for it to make sense for a brand to sponsor broadcasters.
For example – Hershey’s & Reese’s sponsored Ninja & DrLupo for brand exposure. For this sponsorship, the pair held a 12-hour stream to promote the product. For brands, this is huge as this as the potential reach to their combined 21 million subscribers.
Affiliate marketing is huge and is even one of the ways that this site is monetized (check the footer of this blog).
This involves streamers placing links or giving out codes to their viewers to promote a product. When people go through the link or use the code when they purchase then the broadcaster will get a slice of revenue from that sale. Here is an example of affiliate links in Towelliee’s Twitch box:
The commission changes for different products across different brand and often if a streamer is big enough they will have a personalised commission structure.
By far the most popular affiliate program that streamers join is Amazon Associates. In this program, whenever a user clicks on an affiliate link and purchases a product from Amazon within 24 hours of clicking the link, the streamer will receive a commission on that product. The commission rate for Amazon is standard and can be seen below.
For most products that streamers promote they will call into the PC components with 2.50%. Although, many streamers do promote Amazon coins as they can be used for game purchases such as Hearthstone where they earn 10% commission on all coins that are brought.
How Much Money Do Twitch Streamers Make?
There is no ceiling to how much streamers are able to make – Tyler Blevins (Ninja) makes an estimated $500,000 a month.
Jeremy Wang (Disguised Toast), who is making $20,000 a month, broke down exactly how much and where Twitch streamer’s revenue comes from in an extremely in-depth YouTube video.
Paul Denino (Ice Poseidon) has shown months where he makes over $200,000 a month.
Although, he was banned from Twitch a few years ago and now lives on YouTube with 700K+ subscribers as of writing this.
As much as no one likes the answer – it depends.
If you’re a fresh streamer then you’re most likely going to be earning little to nothing.
Although once you begin to grow an audience then you are able to slowly build your income along with it.
TimTheTatMan is a famous Twitch and YouTube star who has built a mass following of close to 5 million followers across YouTube and Twitch.
His primary sources of revenue are donations, Twitch subscriptions, advertising and sponsorships.
Here is Tim making $4000 in half an hour from donations. Wow.
We are able to do some basic calculations to get an estimate of how much Tim is able to earn from each of his different channels.
Having a look at his Social Blade we can see that he is averaging about 320,000 views a day on YouTube.
The cost per mille (CPM) that creators are paid on YouTube ranges from about $2-$5.
There is a range of factors that influence how much this will be such as content type, advertisers bids on the placements and click-through-rate of the advertisement.
With 320,000 impressions a day on ads he would be making $640 a day with Google Adsense. That’s $230,000 per year if he receives a $2 CPM as well as assuming that there is no channel growth(which is extremely unlikely).
Twitch subscriptions are another huge revenue source for Tim.
Viewers are able to pay $5 a month to be subscribed to a Twitch channel. This will give the user perks such as badges, emotes, engagement in ‘sub-only’ chats and the ability to watch the stream ad-free.
Top-tier Twitch partners earn 70% of the revenue generated from a user subscribing. That’s $3.50 for every subscription.
As of writing this TIm has about 58,000 subscribers – that comes to a whopping $203,000 a month.
Another revenue source that we are unable to estimate is his affiliate earnings.
A lot of Twitch streamers will put affiliate links to products that they use, most often Amazon Associates.
Here is an example of his Twitch panel below to give you an example.
People who use these links will earn a commission every time someone clicks on one of those links and then buy from Amazon within 24 hours.
It’s actually one of the methods that this site makes an income.
Payouts do vary depending on the product and the cost of it but for most Twitch streamers they will be linking computer peripherals.
These typically pay out a commission of about 2.5% which means if someone buys a $1000 GPU then they will earn $25.
There are more income sources where he is also making money such as brand deals where the exact income for these is rarely shared with the audience.
Sodapoppin is another old school streamer who started back in the day with World Of Warcraft PvPs and PvE streams. He has accrued over 285,000,000 Twitch channel views and over 1,000,000 YouTube subscribers. These days he streams pretty much anything from games to mailbox openings.
In 2017 he accidentally revealed that he had been donated $230K+ although that’s not really a surprise seeing that he is one of the largest Twitch streamers out there.
We can also do some basic calculations to estimate he’s monthly income from revenue streams such as ad revenue and subscriptions with a quick look at his Socialblade.
At the time of writing this, he received 3.56 million monthly reviews – with a $2 CPM that is $7120/month from Google Adsense.