My Streaming & Video Creation Changes 2018

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I’ve been thinking a lot about what games I enjoy playing the most. Survival shooters are more my thing than anything else. Games like DayZ, older Battlefield titles, Escape from Tarkov, Resident Evil (although it’s more of survival horror).

I like No Man’s Sky, but I don’t wake up anymore thinking “boy, I can’t wait to jump in!” The next episode I was planning to stream is about grinding through the storyline, again, and grinding blueprints.

I love streaming because I have awesome viewers that drop by, but NMS feels more like a chore to play.

Sure, there are other things I could do in the game, but I love watching the journey of other streamers more than I do playing my own in NMS.

NMS isn’t doing it for me anymore. I need an adrenaline rush and I think know just the game to give me that excitement back.

What’s My Plan? Focus!

I will be consistent with making content and focus on 1 or 2 games maximum.

I’m going to take a gamble on SCUM and focus my time and effort on it when it comes out. I think it’s something that I’ll love to play and it offers so many things to do, see, explore, master, etc. PvP will be there of course!

I’m pumped because it reminds me of way DayZ used to be in the Arma 2 Mod, except SCUM looks a heck of a lot better. Heck, it already looks better than the standalone.

I’m also going to strive to be more engaging and interesting both in content and socially. I already have experience streaming, creating videos, now it’s time to show the world what I’m made of! Here we go!

The Setup – Needs & Wants

Here are things I’m getting inline over the next week.

Hardware

I already have most of what I want (Good gaming PC, green screen, headset, etc.), but also want to get a standalone microphone because my headset mic is a little tricky to make consistent and often gets hit by my chest or flailing hands.

I have the headset mic extended, with some software correction, to help avoid broadcasting my breathing sounds.

Also, I’m thinking about getting a new keyboard. I’m currently using a cheap K120 Logitech. I feel like some keys are getting weak, so perhaps a new “quiet” mechanical keyboard is in order.

I have a few hardware options that I’m considering, but I’ll let you know in the future post and video about my PC setup.

Streaming Software

OBS or Stream Labs OBS? I’m still playing around with Stream Labs OBS, I like it because it has a lot of stuff integrated into one, but I also love my standard OBS Studio. I’ve got to get that sorted out.

I want to record my streams locally at the same time as streaming, just the game with music so that I can take certain parts for a proper how-to video and simply do some editing and a voice over. I may do this with Shadow Play because with OBS I’m not able to separate visual tracks, only audio tracks.

It would look kind of funny doing a how-to video with a voice-over, over my camera stream footage. Again, I’m looking for a more professional feel.

The biggest concern here is processing power. Streaming, recording, playing the game, other software running all on the same machine could be an issue. I’ll try to get some tests done over the next week.

Next year, I’ll consider having 2 rigs if all goes well:

Stream Graphics & Thumbnails

I’m going to create several templates for all my videos/posts ahead of time so that I don’t need to worry about them.

I will simply take a screenshot or video and plug it into my template(s) in my editing software, save/render, and then upload.

That should save a lot of time rather than trying to be unique every time for every type of video. It also makes everything consistent for people who come across my content. They’ll know what they can expect next.

I feel like looking as professional as possible can help in different ways.

If I don’t have things looking good in my eyes, they’ll constantly bother me in the back of my mind. So I’m spending a bit of money.

Currently, I have a designer helping me rebrand my channels and stream. There is possibly a new logo coming, stream transitions and alerts, and overall branding. I was hoping to have a cool video introduction, but that might be put off until later.

Of course, people grow massive channels all the time that have messy rooms, look like they just woke up, or video that looks like they are streaming from a toaster, but that’s not how I want to portray myself.

I want to give the impression that I’m taking my channel seriously, which is a big thing on platforms like Twitch.

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People want to join new communities, and it helps them be confident in you if you look like you’re going to be around and not disappearing a day later.

Of course, that trust also comes with creating content consistently over time.

Games

I already have Escape From Tarkov, and will upgrade to the EOD edition shortly. I’ll buy SCUM right out of the gate. It’s rumored to be released at $19.99 USD on August 30th.

SCUM looks very similar to DayZ and will be released August 30th, 2018. It’s probably going to be the next Fortnite/PubG in popularity although SCUM is a bit different.

It’s not just spawn-in, kill, die, and repeat. There’s a huge survival aspect to it which you don’t have to do PvP stuff. I’ll talk more about it in a full review.

If you’re a streamer, get ready to stream the heck out of SCUM, if that’s your thing. I’m betting that this game will be really big on Twitch.

Content Preparation

I’ve been working on a spreadsheet with a list of videos to create, as you may have seen on the GNG Discord, to help keep me in line and focus on what I should do next.

I’m imagining that I’m creating a whole series of videos for a new player. I will be the expert and show them everything that they need to know.

A lot of games have similar tasks, so I simply wrote down a list of things I would be interested in knowing about the game.

After watching a lot of developer footage of SCUM, I was able to create those ideas easily and came up with some “fun” videos like “How to Box a Bear in Underwear and Win.”

Once I felt I had a good list, I then choose a similar game, to see what guides and videos popular creators were making and added a few more ideas. Now, I have a big list of videos to create, and I’m sure the game will offer more ideas once I get to play.

The two most popular types of informational videos:

  • How To X
  • X Guide

Just those two modifiers alone, you can come with hundreds of content ideas for almost any game.

My plan, yes, my “PLAN” is to either stream or create a video every day. If possible, I’ll do both.

Get as much good content out as fast as possible, share it and get eyeballs on my stuff to grow.

Growing Pains

Whether you’re a new content creator or a seasoned one, you’re going to go through growing pains. I’m mentally prepared for starting from the bottom.

I’m also expecting to lose some viewership on YouTube with the change of focus, but many will show their support regardless of what I play. I appreciate that so much!

I’m virtually starting from scratch on other platforms and social channels.

As of August 17, 2018:

Creator Platforms

YouTube: 595 Subscribers

Twitch: 10 Followers

Mixer: 4 Followers

Social Channels

Facebook: 26 Page Likes

Twitter: 77 Followers

I’ll also develop a social plan and streamline things so that I don’t have to worry about it each time I go live or post a video.

I’m also considering creating a discord group, but I don’t want to overload myself with too many things outside of the core stuff that’s going to move the needle in terms of growth.

My Schedule

While I don’t have a job to go to each morning, I have a business to run with people who rely on me for their income. I also have a family and a life.

I have to find a good balance between business, gaming, and life stuff.

My personality loves to binge-focus on things and often abandons other important things while doing so. And any distractions can disrupt my focus.

It’s something I’m going to have to work on really hard to remain consistent without letting any area suffer.

What Now?

I have a draft plan, a path to follow, and determination, so it’s just a matter of getting it done. That’s the hardest part. I’m hoping that September 1st will the beginning of this new journey.

While I grind away getting everything in order, I’ll ask you…

Did I miss something? Do you have any suggestions? Let me know in the comments below or shoot me a message on the GNG Discord group.

As always, thanks so much for all of your support!