So! Would you like to know how to stream on mixer? Maybe you have heard about Ninja transferring from Twitch to Mixer and you would like to give it a go? Then this guide for streaming on mixer is right for you!
Why Should You Stream on Mixer?
Mixer is one of the newest streaming platforms but they have been around since 2017. The popularity and usage of the platform in the live streaming world has been quite low compared to Twitch.
Mixer community currently is said to be more active and the platform itself is said to be more community oriented than Twitch. I can see why folks think this also. There is quite a lot of things you can do in Mixer!
If you are looking to start your streamer career or you just can’t get viewers in Twitch. Giving Mixer a go could be really good! Since ninja did transfer to Mixer there is going to be a huge increase in streamers and viewers.
Regardless of the platforms i highly suggest you to learn the ways of social media. These are going to be the thing that enables you to choose the right platform for your stream brand.
Mixer VS Twitch – What is Different?
If you are like me. You have grown familiar to Twitch as a platform but things are slightly different in Mixer.
When you are learning how to stream on mixer there is some pretty huge differences compared to Twitch that you should totally know about.
Esports Talk has created an awesome video about the differences that you as a soon to be Mixer streamer should know about.
What is this Mixer Streaming Guide About?
You learn the best settings to use so your stream won’t buffer, you learn the best places to get alerts, how to talk with your viewers, how to use analytics to grow your stream.
How to get those really cool looking alerts that all the streamers have and a lot more! So let’s get started and get your mixer stream going!
PRO Streamer Brand Name
So that you don’t end up in a situation that many streamers do when they first start streaming i’m putting this first. The name of your stream and brand is important thing to create first since it’s really hard to switch later on. It will cause you to lose followers that you might have already gotten when starting out. So why not just create it from the start?
Important things to think for your Mixer channel name are:
- Is it memorable?
- Are you happy with it after 2 years?
- xx987Johnny46XX might seem really good now but how about later?
- Can you create social media channels for that name?
You can also use this free tool to get some name ideas for your brand and this tool let’s you check if the social media channels are available. Use your imagination and choose the name that is suited for you.
I’m Nikitheliger from simple reasons: 1. Ligers are cool 2. I have been called Niki for so long that it would be odd for someone to say something else.: So Nikitheliger 🙂
How to Setup a Mixer Account
Now we need to head over to Mixer. You are going to need to signup so that we can start setting up your streaming software. Here is a good run through about the process of creating your first Mixer account.
Remember to show your Mixer account for your Friends and Family and ask them to follow. They are going to be the very first viewers that you are going to have and can support you as mods and people on stream.
How to Find your Mixer Stream Key
Depending on the streaming software you are going to use you are going to need to have your streaming key ready for streaming. Mixer stream key spot is much more easier to find than Twitch Stream Key spot btw!
When you have signed in click your avatar > Broadcast Dashboard > Click the douple square icon to copy the key – Paste it into OBS Studio.
How to Setup OBS Studio
Okay now we are getting into some action! OBS Studio is an open source free streaming software that is the most popular one to use and for you it’s really good since there is a lot of tutorials how to set it up.
OBS also has two forks that you could use! StreamLabs OBS is currently the most used streaming software in the genre. It also has really simple and user friendly setup where you can get overlays also ready to go.
Everything you need to know about OBS Studio:
- Ultimate Guide to OBS Studio
- How To Get – The Best OBS Studio settings
- How To Setup – StreamLabs OBS Guide
- How To Setup – StreamElements OBS.live Guide
How to Setup StreamLabs OBS
StreamLabs OBS is really user friendly and most used streaming software currently in the market! Which is StreamLabs OBS – or in short Slobs! With Slobs you can literally get your stream going in couple minutes. So if you want to get started quickly i highly recommend StreamLabs OBS. Streamlabs also offers other features that you are definitely going to need. Like: Streamlabs chatbot, donations, animated alerts and a lot more. Now you can even create a website for streamer specific goodies with StreamLabs – Creator Sites.
Everything you need to know about Streamlabs OBS:
How to Setup StreamElements OBS.Live
OBS.Live is another version of the OBS Studio and quite frankly it is better for lower end pc:s than StreamLabs OBS. It is more lightweight and it integrates quite nicely with the StreamElements huge library of alerts and notifications. You can control alerts directly from obs, play songs and videos on stream. Chat and activity feed is also easily available in a clean format.
Everything you need to know about StreamElements OBS.Live:
- How to Setup – StreamElements OBS.Live
- The Ultimate Guide to StreamElements
- StreamElements Commands for Mods
How to Make Your Mixer Stream Overlay Look PRO?
One of the most important things in streaming is the look of your overlay the feel of the stream in itself. Creating or finding a professional stream overlays isn’t that hard these days! You have a ton of free options to choose from and you can edit them as much as you need. You can find some awesome places and tools just under the videos.
How to Choose Your Layout Style for Mixer
Think about what kind of viewers you want to get into your channel for example: Minecraft doesn’t need grazy designed layouts most of the time since the game is pixelated in itself.
But if you try to use the same layout for new games it’s going to look pretty fugly and not interesting for the viewers. The whole point of your stream is that you want to STAND OUT. For inspiration i suggest you to check out the 24/7 streaming tips page for inspiration.
I also highly suggest you to check out some of your favorite streamers and mimic the style that they already have. But don’t just copy everything that your favorite streamer has. Edit and make it your own. Stream full of moving teddy bears isn’t really the way that streamers use in their streams overlays. Minimalist style is the most used currently so that viewers can see the gameplay much better.
Check this first so you know how to edit things in OBS Studio.
If you decided to use StreamLabs OBS – Check this video out.
Get started with OBS.Live setup
Mixer Stream Overlay – Guides
- How to make stream graphics for free with Picmonkey
- How to make an overlay for Twitch – Gimp
- How to make overlays – For Twitch – Photoshop
- How to Create – Animated Stream Alerts
These Alerts Systems Have Overlays built in!
Couple extra tips for DIY folks:
- You can also create custom layouts with the Twitch Overlay maker by NerdOrDie.
- If you are going to design your own. Check out the current Twitch Streamer – Graphic Sizes.
- You can also use Canva which is a Free Software in the cloud that many Youtubers use to create thumbnails.
Professionally Designed Custom Twitch Layouts and Emotes
If you want to save your time and get unique Twitch Layout or Emotes. Check out the Custom Twitch Emotes article. There is the 5 best places for your layout and emote needs 🙂
Creating a PRO Look for your Mixer Channel
Your stream channel is one of the most important things to take into account. That is what people see and watch when you are offline and where the viewers will go to learn more about you. Most important things include tin your panels are: About me, Pc setup, Your schedule, Bot commands and your social media links. Here is a picture of ThePreacher‘s stream so you can get some ideas.
How to make panels for your channel
Free tools – For creating your Twitch channel tiles
- Canva.com – You can make Twitch Banners and Twitch tiles easily with canva. Canva has also added more options for you so you can even make offline screens with it! 🙂
How to Network / Market / Advertise your Mixer stream
Networking and marketing your channel is really important thing to start learning from the start. You definitely don’t want to end up being The Twitch streamers who spend years broadcasting to no one.
For you i would suggest to get your hands up on Social Media accounts everywhere you just can. You don’t have to use all of them but it’s good to have for the future. Most important ones are: Discord, Twitter and Instagram.
Pro tip: Create a Discord channel from the start and share it with your viewers from the start. You start to gather more and more people in there and you can share your going live notifications, talk with your viewers and much more! 🙂
You can later on start a Steam group and even become a YouTuber. Marketing is such a broad subject that i will cover quite a lot of things for that in future posts. So make sure to check out the Twitch Marketing section on the page regularly. StreamLabs – Creator Sites are a good way to get everything in one place regardless the platform you stream from.
How to Promote your Stream
Resources for Networking and Sdvertising your Mixer stream
- Networking and advertising places for streamers
- 233 Twitch Followers in 7 days – How did we do it?
- How to use Twitter and Instagram to Market your Channel
- 3 Best Twitch Streaming Communities – You should be part of
- How to Automate your Going Live Notifications for Twitter with Kapsuli
- Mee6 Discord Bot Setup Guide
How to Setup – Chatbot for your Stream
Bots can greatly help you out by promoting your content and keeping your stream chat clear of trolls and odd links. Setting up your first bot is pretty easy also these days! They are already pre-filled with commands that help you and your moderators. You can of source edit these commands and add your own commands. Most popular and oldie goldie that everyone has used is Nightbot.
When your stream evolves to the point where you need more functionalities it’s time to dig into the Twitch Bots & Stream Bots series that could help you out. Generally all of the stream bots are created in a way that you can use them regardless of the platform you are streaming to. So you can use the same bot and commands for Mixer, Twitch, YouTube or even dLive.
How to setup tutorials for Stream Bots
- How to get and use Nightbot
- Nightbot – Custom commands, timers and more
- Stream Elements Commands for Mods
- How to Setup – Streamlabs Chatbot
- The Ultimate Guide to StreamElements
How to Setup – Stream alerts, Follower Notifications and Donations
Now it’s time to get those really cool looking follower notifications going on. For starting out i would suggest you to use StreamLabs which is the most popular alert system for Twitch Streamers.
Many of the all-in-one bots also include these kinds of systems that you can get working really nicely. So good thing to think is. Do you want to use couple places or do you want to just use one place?
These days animated stream alerts are really common. You can also get animated alerts straight up via StreamLabs OBS and StreamElements OBS.Live from their free collection of themes. If you would like to know how to create your own animated stream alerts click here.
How to setup – Mixer stream alerts and notifications
- How To Setup – Streamlabs
- How To Setup – Streamlabs OBS – Slobs
- The Ultimate Guide to StreamElements
Is Webcam required to Succeed as a Streamer?
This has been really talked about subject for years. Some twitch streamers start with webcam and some don’t. After checking out many streamers and watching them grow i can honestly say that webcam helps your channel to grow more quicker.
The people in your channel can see your reactions much more better than without one. Which is a pretty huge deal. Marketing your channel is also more challenging without one since you need to create pictures for going live notifications and such.
Nowadays going live notifications that get the most likes, comments and such seem to work the best when you take a selfie or make a little intro video about the stream. So you should you use a webcam? YES! But it’s up to you of source. Check out this Streaming Gear – What should you upgrade first article to get the most out of your start!
Setup your Mic and Get It Ready for Streaming
Mic is one of the most important aspects. Nobody want’s to hear all those clicks as it’s really annoying. There is an easy fix though! You can either get a mixer where you can adjust your voice in real-time or you could use a free program called Voicemeeter Banana that everyone uses.
How to guides – For Mics and Software
- How to Make Any Microphone Sound Better for Free!!
- How to setup Separate audio for Discord with OBS Studio
- How to setup Voicemeeter Banana – Cool Radio voice for Free
- Make your Blue Yeti – Sounds like a Studio Mic
- Make your Snowball – Sound like a Studio Mic
How to Talk on Stream and get Your Chat to Chat
Awesome! We got those annoying clicks all ready away. Now it’s time to learn the talking aspect. It’s actually pretty easy when you get the hang of it. No one really likes to watch a stream that is all quiet.
Well maybe some really PRO e-sports stars can get away without one but are you one? Silent streams are like watching TV or Movie without sound. That would be horrible and not so interesting at all. Many times when i’m doing stream reviews the first thing that we usually talk about is the silence in streams.
RULE OF THUMB: If you are silent for more than 30 secs at a time. You are not talking enough.
How to Guide – For Art of talking in Streams
What Game is Good for Streaming if you want to Grow?
If you are planning on streaming the most popular games your going to most likely have problems attracting people for your stream. CS:GO, League of Legends, Fortnite etc.. Usually the TOP 10 played games on are not that good for starting out streamers.
There is so many streamers on those games that scrolling down the list would take ages and people these days do not have a long attention span. So the streamers on the bottom of that list are not most likely going to get any viewers from that list.
How to Grow your Twitch Channel by using Twitch Analytics
It is doable though to succeed in those categories as well if you have a good following or you are a master in Twitch Marketing! I would suggest you to stream games that you enjoy and that are not in that TOP 10 list. If you want to know how to be badass at marketing your stream. I created an example for Streaming and Advertising with Apex Legends.
How to check what is a good game and bad game to stream?
- Twitchstrike.com – Is an awesome software for this.
- Twitch Analytics – How to Grow Using Twitch Analytics
Here is a little trick also that you can use also that i call a Twitcheroo – (Switcheroo)
Some streamers do a Twitcheroo by accident and some intentionally. So Twitcheroo is pretty common thing in the streaming world.
First you start to play a game where you get to the top of the list quite easily and start to attract viewers. Then you just stream and have fun. When your stream has more viewers you can do a Twitcheroo.
Which means you can change for another game that has a bigger audience. When you change the game now your stream appears higher on the list so you can get even more viewers!
Be careful though by changing game genres and games you can also lose some viewers. It’s all about planning and trying out. Of source this works best for variety streamers but niche streamers have their own benefits when staying in the same game 🙂
Do You Need a Streaming Schedule?
Yes! Create it at once. Livestream’s are like TV. When you start to like some series or a tv show and it comes out at set times on a weekend or day you start to look forward to it. The same goes for streams.
When you create a streaming schedule people will know when you are online and make time to be there to watch the stream. If you stream little bit on the morning, then little bit on the evening. Some viewers might miss some action that they would like to have been part off.
After you have had a schedule for awhile it’s pretty funny when your viewers will start to call you out by being late 😀 But! This is also good since they are expecting your stream which also bring more hype in Twitter and such. But please don’t always be late.. Don’t be that person..
Get your Stream Reviewed
Going blind for your content is pretty common mistake for us all. You might just not know what you are doing wrong or how could you improve your stream. If you are ever feeling like you don’t know what is wrong or you are feeling that your stream is not evolving more.
I highly suggest you to get your stream reviewed! It is an awesome way to get that spark going on again and notice spots where you might be stuck in your streaming career.
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