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  1. I found out late last night that Facebook will be removing third-party access to groups on April 22 this year. This means that you who use software like Ecamm, Restream, Streamyard, OBS, and others will no longer be able to create, schedule, and end group live streams. This also means that you will lose access to bring up group livestream comments. This doesn't mean that group live streaming is fully going away, more that you will have to resort to using the stream key within your broadcasting software.
  2. In the ever-evolving world of live streaming, platforms like YouTube Gaming and Twitch have dominated the scene for years. However, a new contender, Trovo, is making waves in the industry. Despite its promising features and growing popularity, Trovo is facing a unique challenge - the over-gamification of its service. This issue not only confuses live streamers but also leaves viewers baffled by the array of game-inspired elements. The Baffling World of Trovo Imagine entering a Trovo live stream and being bombarded with treasure boxes, PK Arena, Elixirs, Mana, Boost Project, and Space level. It's no wonder both streamers and viewers find themselves perplexed. At its core, Trovo implemented these features to incentivize viewer interaction, engagement, and retention. Initially, it seemed like a fantastic idea. However, as humans tend to do, some users abuse these elements, leading to unintended consequences. The Curse of Treasure Boxes One prime example of abuse within Trovo's system was the rampant misuse of treasure boxes. Live streamers started inflating their viewership numbers and follower counts by exploiting this feature. Recognizing the severity of the situation, Trovo took action by restricting treasure box usage to once or twice a week, rather than daily. Consequently, streamers who relied on these unfair tactics left the platform, blaming Trovo for their decline in viewership and income. Currency Conundrum on Trovo Moving beyond the treasure box debacle, Trovo introduced two currencies - Manna and Elixirs. Manna, acquired by watching and interacting with streams, allows users to unleash fun spells on screen or in chat. On the other hand, streamers could earn monetary gains through elixirs, which could be purchased with real-world money. However, the introduction of the ACE program brought an unforeseen challenge to Trovo's currency system. Under the ACE program, users gain access to ACE elixirs by subscribing with a monthly fee. While this grants special benefits, it presents a catch - continued renewal is necessary to retain access to these elixirs. Those who cancel their ACE membership face the lock-up of their ACE elixirs for approximately 30 days before they disappear. This strategy incentivizes viewers to remain in the program, providing Trovo with a consistent monthly income stream. The Future Dilemma As it stands, Trovo remains a stable and enjoyable streaming platform. However, the excessive gamification options are becoming increasingly confusing for both streamers and viewers when it comes to supporting their favorite content creators. If Trovo continues to prioritize gamification without offering clear guidance, the confusion will soon become a significant problem. To summarize, Trovo's immersion in gamification has brought about both positive and negative consequences. While measures have been taken to curb abuse and unfair advantages, the platform must address the growing confusion among its user base. Striking a balance between engaging features and intuitive simplicity will be crucial for Trovo's long-term success in the live-streaming industry.
  3. In the ever-changing landscape of live-streaming platforms, the competition is fierce. Platforms rise and fall, each bringing its unique features and influences to the table. One platform that has long been viewed as the essential live streaming platform is Twitch. However, with the introduction of Mixer (which closed July 22, 2020) and now Kick, Twitch's dominance is being challenged. Twitch vs. Mixer (which closed July 22, 2020): A Battle for Innovative Features When Microsoft acquired Beam and rebranded it as Mixer (which closed on July 22, 2020), the rivalry between Twitch and Mixer heated up. Mixer introduced game-changing features, most notably the channel point system. This system brought viewers into the stream itself, allowing them to interact with sound effects and even change the lighting in the streamer's room. This immersive experience added a fun element for both the streamer and the viewer. Twitch, on the other hand, was forced to innovate and keep its market share when YouTube started taking live streaming more seriously. Twitch faced stiff competition as streamers were being lured away with lucrative contracts. Despite being outspent, Twitch remained focused on maintaining its position as the home of live streams. Kick: A New Contender Emerges Just a few years later, Kick entered the scene, posing a threat to Twitch's stronghold. Kick utilizes Amazon IVS, a high-quality live-streaming video service provided by Amazon. What sets Kick apart is its familiarity with Twitch users. With a similar layout and chat experience, viewers can seamlessly transition from Twitch to Kick without having to learn a new system. However, there's something about Kick that might not sit well with everyone. Upon arriving on Kick, one might feel like they've entered the Wild West of live streaming. Prominent gambling streams and not-safe-for-work content are displayed upfront, unlike Twitch's front page. Kick can be considered more of an adult-oriented site, catering to a specific audience. This doesn't mean that Twitch is strictly kid-friendly either, but it appeals to a wider, general audience in terms of content. Kick: Expanding Beyond Gaming Twitch's identity is deeply rooted in gaming. It's the go-to platform for finding streamers playing games, and offering tutorials, and walkthroughs. While Twitch does have categories like just chatting, IRL sections, cooking, art, science, and discovery, these avenues are relatively small compared to the overall gaming-focused content on the platform. Kick has the potential to offer more than just gaming content. With proper utilization, Kick can become a platform where adults can watch programming tailored specifically to their interests without worrying about content being watered down to appease advertisers. The key lies in aligning the goals of the creators on Kick to differentiate themselves from Twitch and provide engaging adult-oriented content. In conclusion, the live-streaming ecosphere has seen its fair share of ups and downs due to various factors such as competition from other platforms and evolving user preferences. Twitch remains a dominant force, but now Kick has entered the arena, challenging its reign. As independent creators, content creators, and live streamers, it's crucial to stay adaptable and explore new platforms that cater to your target audience.
  4. In today's fast-paced digital world, independent creators, live streamers, and content creators are constantly seeking new avenues to connect with their audience. While mainstream social media platforms like Twitch and YouTube have dominated the landscape, some creators are looking for alternatives that offer more control over their content and steer clear of unwanted algorithms. In this chapter, we delve into one such platform, Owncast, and explore its benefits, challenges, and potential. 1. Embracing Control: Owncast and Content Sovereignty Owncast stands out from traditional social media platforms by offering creators the opportunity to take charge of their content. It gives you the freedom to host your own server and retain full control over your live streams and videos. This means no more worrying about sudden algorithm changes impacting your visibility or unwanted restrictions on your creativity. Owncast empowers creators to shape their online presence based on their terms. One of the most appealing aspects of Owncast is the ability to consolidate all your content in one place. As a host, you can set up your own Owncast server, where you can manage and showcase your live streams and videos. By having all your content centralized, you provide your audience with a seamless experience, allowing them to easily find and engage with your creations. 2. The Growing Owncast Community: A Platform with Potential Despite being a relatively new player in the social media arena, Owncast has gained significant traction in recent times. The platform has garnered attention from independent creators across various niches. With its emphasis on self-governance and content sovereignty, Owncast resonates with those who value maintaining their creative autonomy while fostering meaningful connections with their audience. As the community around Owncast continues to grow, it possesses the potential to become a popular platform for content creators. With more creators joining forces and leveraging the platform's unique features, such as the ability to circumvent algorithmic limitations, Owncast has the power to challenge the dominance of established platforms by offering a refreshing alternative. 3. Navigating Challenges: Gaining Traction Beyond Twitch and YouTube While Owncast presents exciting opportunities, it's essential to acknowledge the challenges faced by creators venturing beyond platforms like Twitch and YouTube. Building an audience from scratch can be a daunting task, requiring dedication, consistency, and effective marketing strategies. However, for those willing to invest the time and effort, Owncast offers an environment where they can cultivate a more engaged and genuine community. Creators are increasingly seeking alternatives that allow them to break free from the confines of mainstream platforms. By embracing Owncast, content creators can bypass the algorithms and ad-driven systems that often hinder visibility and monetization potential. A shift towards Owncast signifies a willingness to adapt to the changing landscape of online content creation and build their brand on their own terms. Conclusion: Consolidation and Website Changes As we conclude this chapter exploring alternative social media platforms, it's important to highlight the impact of Owncast on independent creators, live streamers, and content creators. Owncast provides a haven for those yearning for more control over their content and avoiding the pitfalls of algorithms and restrictions. The consolidation of your Owncast server not only enables you to centralize your content but also ensures a seamless experience for your audience. Join the growing Owncast community and embrace the future of content creation. Experience the freedom of self-governance and take control of your creative journey. As we embark on this new chapter, we're excited to announce changes to our website, geared towards bringing you even more valuable and engaging content. Stay tuned for updates and get ready to unlock the true potential of your creativity. Q&A Section: What sets Owncast apart from traditional social media platforms? How does Owncast empower content creators? What challenges do creators face when venturing beyond mainstream platforms?
  5. In this chapter of the Independent Creator Podcast, we dive into the exciting world of Owncast – a revolutionary free and open-source platform designed for live streaming and community building. As independent creators and live streamers, it's crucial to have full control over our content, and Owncast empowers us to do just that. 1. Embracing Independence: The Benefits of Owning Your Own Content One of the primary advantages of using Owncast is the ability to own your content entirely. Unlike other popular platforms, where algorithms dictate what is seen and where your content can vanish in an instant, Owncast puts the power back into your hands. By taking control of your live streams and community engagement, you can build a devoted audience who appreciate your unique voice and creativity. Whether you're a seasoned creator or just starting out, Owncast offers a safe and reliable space for you to connect with your audience on your terms. 2. Joining the Owncast Community Initiative: Building Connections and Encouraging Customization At its core, Owncast fosters a sense of inclusivity and collaboration through its vibrant community initiative. This initiative is dedicated to attracting more people to join the Owncast family and encouraging theming and customization. When you become a part of the Owncast community, you gain access to a network of like-minded creators who understand the challenges and triumphs of being an independent creator. By sharing insights, and best practices, and celebrating each other's success, you'll have the support system you need to thrive. 3. Customization Made Easy: Tailoring Your Owncast Appearance One of the standout features of Owncast is the freedom it provides when it comes to customizing your server's appearance. You can create a unique and personalized streaming experience that truly reflects your brand and style. Whether you prefer a sleek and minimalistic design or a vibrant and lively atmosphere, Owncast allows you to adapt your platform to match your vision. With simple customization tools and an intuitive interface, you don't need to be a coding expert to make your Owncast server stand out. 4. Showcasing TaintedCypher's Twitch-Inspired Theme: Inspiration for Your Owncast Journey To demonstrate the endless possibilities of Owncast's customization options, we're thrilled to showcase a remarkable Twitch-inspired theme created by the talented TaintedCypher. This theme beautifully combines the aesthetic appeal of Twitch with the freedom and control of Owncast. By exploring TaintedCypher's theme, you can glean inspiration for your own Owncast journey. Unleash your creativity and let your imagination run wild as you design a visually captivating livestream experience that captivates your audience's attention from the moment they tune in. Conclusion: Make Your Owncast Server Unique As independent creators and live streamers, it's vital to take ownership of our content and build connections on our terms. Owncast empowers us to do just that, offering a free and open-source platform where we can express ourselves freely and engage with our audience authentically. With its customizable features and a supportive community initiative, Owncast provides the perfect foundation for us to create a one-of-a-kind live streaming experience. So, embrace your independence, join the Owncast community, and dive into the world of limitless possibilities – it's time to make your Owncast server truly unique. Photo by KOBU Agency on Unsplash
  6. When a new creator is just starting out and is met with so many features available on platforms, bots, and the software for running live streams, is it too much for them to deal with at first?
  7. Adding your stream into the stream showcase on revillution.net is a quick process. I'll walk you through and get you started on this free process.
  8. Conducting some on stream experiments with the use of an old projector. Just something to see if it would be a possible change of pace from using colored highlight lights for the background.
  9. this is a overview on Revillution.Net, a great community of gamers and streamers. Have you been looking for a place that you can join in to talk about differing topics in the sites forums? Looking to find new streamers to watch that are not just on Twitch? Revillution.net has the resources for you to find your new favorite streamer. Main site - https://www.revillution.net/?referrer=189 Guiilded Server - https://www.guilded.gg/i/rElgjxAp Subscribe for more game walkthroughs and streamer help:
  10. As creators, we're all of differing mindsets. Many of us are content with using a single PC for our live streaming needs. For others, there's the option of using two PCs in order to lighten the overhead of our streaming and gaming sessions. For me personally, I have been using a dual PC setup for the past few years and found that it fits within my workflow much better. Even going as far as keeping the stream going as my gaming PC likes to crash on occasion. I also changed things up by using a Windows-based machine for my gaming PC, while the streaming is handled by the very capable m1 Mac mini. What does your streaming setup look like?
  11. This is THE Owncast episode, going over what actually is Owncast. Setting up your own Owncast instance and customizing your own channel.
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