14 Tips from 6 Coding Livestreams; Learning From Our Mistakes

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14 Tips from 6 Coding Livestreams; Learning From Our Mistakes

In the last 3 months, Canton Coders has hosted 6 livestreams and learned a ton. The first setup was a under powered $450 laptop that leveraged Zoom to rebroadcast to Twitch.com/CantonCoders to now a purpose built system that uses OBS to produce the stream.

  1. Wired Internet is always better than Wi-Fi.
  2. Get an external webcam, the webcam on your laptop cannot be positioned and was probably the cheapest the manufacturer could find.  Find something with 1080p.  You might be able to use your family video camera or point and shoot – google it.
  3. Bandwidth; both up and downstream.  Ask your housemates to limit their use of bandwidth during the stream.
  4. Dual monitors, one for your presentation and one to see your peers.
  5. A microphone, the microphone on your laptop cannot be positioned and was probably the cheapest the manufacturer could find. 
  6. Better lighting.
  7. Have the ability to back channel between the people on the conference call.
  8. The fewer people involved on the screen the better.
  9. Have a host to politely keep people on track.
  10. Have a producer that is not on the stream to coordinate everything.
  11. Zoom has a gallery mode that makes broadcasting easy.
  12. OBS is pretty simple but takes practice.
  13. Build a dedicated streaming computer, something with at least 8 threads and an NVidia 1650 Super or greater that does OBS hardware encoding.
  14. Quality content is the most important, because without that you won’t have an audience, and everything else would be a waste.
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