We have worked with many small streamers over the years. During this time it’s not uncommon for us to notice the same mistakes happening time and time again. We always try to advise our clients if we notice any of these errors, and we want to highlight 6 key mistakes that small streamers make.
Substandard stream quality for Audio, Video, or Lighting
- Determine the maximum stable bit rate you can manage with your internet connection using a trusted speed test.
- If you have transcoding options on your broadcast, use that maximum value, up to 6000, for your bitrate.
- Pick a 16×9 resolution on your stream: 1080p (1920×1080), 900p(1600×900) 720p (1280×720) leaning towards 720p as a starting point
- Pick a frame rate between 24 and 60 fps. 30 FPS is a solid starting point.
When it comes to lighting soft box lighting is recommended. A soft box is a light modifier that reduces dark shadows and softens any harsh lighting. Great lighting is especially important if you are planning to use a green screen while streaming. Taking time to fix your lighting can help make your stream look more professional and stand out.
Not interacting with your viewers
Not utilizing social media presence
Using copyrighted material
Choose the right Font
Don’t Play Over saturated Games
Although this isn’t a hard and fast rule we would always suggest to play games that you enjoy. Most streamers start out doing this as a hobby, it helps to find a genre or a specific game that you enjoy and focusing on that. If you want to play the latest releases or a saturated game it would be best to fit this into your schedule instead of focusing on it. Failing that another idea would be to find games that have many viewers but few people streaming. We understand that this can be difficult due to the amount of people going live every minute. This is why we always come back to the same point, play games that you enjoy.