Creators update, Beam & Interactive

If you just installed the Creators update for Windows 10 and plan on streaming to Beam, I recommend using some form of interactive controls – whether it be sound presses or real life robot maneuvers!

These interactive controls take advantage of Beam’s sub-second video latency, allowing crazy fucking streams that were not possible before due to technical limitations; I suggest taking advantage of this.

Here are just some of the tools available to get you started:
(If you need assistance, hop on the Streamer Spectrum Discord and yell!)

Keep in mind, interactive 2 is coming out soon and will grant the ability to do even crazier shit (more information can be found here).

Use the keyboard shortcuts below to get around quicker:
(These can be customized in Game bar settings.)

  • Open Game bar  |  Win + G
  • Start/pause broadcast  |  Win + Alt + B
  • Show camera in broadcast  |  Win + Alt + W
  • Microphone on/off  |  Win + Alt + M
  • Record that  |  Win + Alt + G
  • Start/stop recording  |  Win + Alt + R
  • Show recording timer  |  Win + Alt + T
  • Take screenshot  |  Win + Alt + PrtScrn

Hope these tools & tricks help – see you on Beam!
🐱👍

Revamping Beam Team? Funk yes!

#streamerlife

If you’re a streamer, you know streaming is hard – it’s a job in itself. When you’re not spending time streaming, you’re spending time working on your stream – essentially it’s like having a small business.

Just like having a company, the best way to move forward is to work together – get help from the people who can help you and offer assistance to the people who need it; a balance if you will.

That being said, I started the Beam team originally for the hell of it, not thinking a community of creative, crazy and geeky people would join forces & come together – but we have, and I think that’s fucking great.

That being said, sorryaboutyourteam is in the midst of a shift; listed below are a few things that will come to fruition.

Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. -Henry Ford
📼 Weekly highlight reel

Kick ass clips of great moments from streams will be compiled into a weekly highlight reel, then posted on the team’s YouTube page.

Members will need to jot down the timestamp, either on paper or by taking advantage of Scorpbot’s !highlight command.

Afterwards, they’ll drop the VOD in Google Drive and we’ll take care of the rest – a link to the member’s channel will be listed on the video.

Any new members will also be quickly shown at the end with a short introduction and a link to their channel.

🚑 Member helper list & dedicated help days

A directory listing all services offered by members of the community will be listed on the website and on Discord.

There will also be dedicated help days and help streams, which are especially useful for people new to Beam.

The list of services and bots will be updated on a regular basis as well, so everyone can take advantage of all the tools out there.

There will also be a dedicated Discord channel to thank anyone that has helped. Reward? You will get a cookie and a sticker, minus a cookie.

🙃 Universal GIFs

Hey member – ever do something silly on your stream? Good. Now turn that into a GIF and give all members the ability to summon you at will.

📢 New member shout-outs

Shout-outs for new members will be blasted across all member streams – either via voice or by an automated bot message.

Discord will contain pinned information about new members – this way as a streamer, you don’t have to waste time hunting for what’s going on.

[Feature requested by Loli]

🤝 Autohost members on idle

Numbers aren’t everything, but if your viewer count is too low – you might not even get a chance to be noticed – even if you have the most dank stream! Autohosting each other and lurking in each other’s streams at least gives members the little push they need to get noticed.

🤸 Gamewisp & Discord

Everyone that has a Gamewisp will be able to offer their subscribers unique roles, emotes and member-only voice chat access. We can do this all under one Discord too, in an organized manner.

🤵 Non-mandatory weekly meetings

Syncing up with everyone will keep everyone on the same page, figure out what we can do to improve our streams, and see what everyone had for breakfast – mmm tacos.

📺 Series

Have something unique and consistent? Turn it into a series!
Dot Talks, a talk show going over tough questions starring GamingDotGeek, will be the first show to start of the team’s series lineup!

Robots fighting, live music, interactive cartoons, programming or creating funky art are other great ideas for a series if they can be pulled off weekly.

💏 Member synchronization

Schedule game events ahead of time so that other members can play along; this is a great way to cross-pollinate regulars between streamers.

We’ll also have a dedicated channel on Discord called “YO DIS’ IS WHAT I’M PLAYIN’ RIGHT NOW”. Okay maybe that won’t be the title – but you get the point, broadcast what you’re playing and sync up!

🍗 Monthly 24 hour stream

Ideally it would be great to have at least one member do a 24 hour stream a day – but that might not happen, so let’s just do it once a month, yeah?

But seriously – a 24 hour stream with at least 2 members once a month, playing random games and streaming for a charity sounds great. =]

📅 Efficient stream scheduling

A beautiful spreadsheet will be created and examined to check for dead time slots – this may help out a new streamer as other members can join in and devote some time to engage with chat; of course this is no guarantee that it’ll boost numbers, but it would definitely boost the streamer’s moral.

Besides using this data for optimization, all streamer schedules will be posted on the team’s site, bio and on Discord.

🥅 Goals

Why are you streaming? What are you doing here? Your streaming goals should be announced to the world so that we can try to help you reach it.

🕸 Networking

New social media accounts will be made – from Instagram to Tinder, for the revamped team. Well hold up, hmm… #interactivetinder

Using hootsuite, we can set up some automation to, say, automatically retweet that you’re streaming. More exposure is good for everyone.

All members should try and follow each other on all types of social media platforms so that we can stay in touch outside of Beam.

A website will also be made for the team, which will offer things a member website should offer. Wow, I’m so descriptive!

#nextup

Transitioning might be easy, but finalizing will take some time.
Either the case, this page will be updated as time persists.

⏱ It begins

The first thing to do is organize a list of teams and Discord servers that would like to merge; it’s more than likely that the one with the highest user count will probably lead and everyone else will join into that.

While that’s going on, we’ll have to decide what the new name, new logo and new overall look is going to be. The logo will also come in various sizes – for bio or overlay, we’ll have it ready!

The site will also act as a portal, featuring calendar events, links to all member’s channels and whatever else a team site should have. =P

🏢 Time to get to work

If you have comments, suggestions or any feedback whatsoever, feel free to let me know on Discord, Twitter or craigslist!

Have a kick ass day/night/whatever and thanks for reading through this!

You’re doing a 24 hour stream?!

This Friday! And I’m not doing it alone either – I’ll be joined by:
porkchop0verload | DOMinAs1an | SunDragon | TeknoRebel | Gouda

What will occur during the 24 hours of streaming goodness?

Interactive robots
Ramps, balloon popping, tank missions and feet stabbing!

Interactive cartoons
Viewers will hop on Discord while I animate using motion capture!

Interactive games
Random games that the viewers can play, with or without us!

Multiplayer games
We’ll all be playing a ton of games together – with viewers able to join in!

Single player games
When I need to play with myself – don’t worry, the bots will be playable!

Glitched gaming
I’ll be attempting to play SNES games while the viewers glitch it out.

Chiptune creation
Making music with my Pocket Operators or OP-1 might transpire!

36 hour stream?

If I get 1,000 subscribers by last hour of the 24 hour stream, I will do an additional 12 hours. I figured this won’t happen, so I have nothing to really worry about – but if I end up doing it, please send coffee & tacos.

Interactive dressing room?

No no no, that’s against the TOS – I already asked! =X

But what I will do is have the first person to sign up on GameWisp be able to pick an outfit for me to wear; please don’t make it too kinky though.

This should be amazing?

Oh that’s not a question – it will be!

And special thanks to SunDragon for making that legit banner! Woo!

Interactive Cartoons & Robots

On my latest stream, I did an interactive cartoon over Beam.
Different aspects of the characters were controlled via different methods.

Head – face tracking via webcam
Hand – controlled via mouse
Mouth – synced via audio
Objects – toggled via keystrokes

The voice acting was done by viewers over Discord – it was great!
This form of collaboration is only possible with Beam’s low latency.

Just like the robots, the possibilities of things to do with this are endless.

Unfortunately, the VOD went missing – so the 4.5 hours of streaming got lost in the abyss. Luckily, Towe recorded some of it – which can seen here!

Expect more interactive cartoons eventually! =D

 

 

 

Tachyon vs OBS-FTL

If you’re thinking about having others control aspects of your stream and having the least amount of delay is key – stick with Tachyon.

Weekday test in the middle of the day
39 frame delay – OBS 0.16.2-ftl.12 | 3500 | NVENC
22 frame delay – OBS 0.16.2-ftl.12 | 3500 | software x264
14 frame delay – Tachyon 1.2.14 | 3500

Weekend test at peak times
44 frame delay – OBS 0.16.4-ftl.15 | 4000 | faster
41 frame delay – OBS 0.16.4-ftl.15 | 3500 | faster
40 frame delay – OBS 0.16.4-ftl.15 | 4000 | ultrafast
40 frame delay – OBS 0.16.4-ftl.15 | 3500 | ultrafast
28 frame delay – Tachyon 1.2.14 | 3500

You can find OBS-FTL here and Tachyon here!

And of course, if you need help setting anything up – let me know!

Interactive real life robots on Beam

I’ve been having a bunch of fun with random people around the world controlling real life robots in my room; you know, except the part where I get stabbed and all – but that’s on me, right?

So far, a few types of activities have been done [some with 2 robots]:
Balloon jousting | Ramps | First person maze | Soccer | Basketball

Simultaneous robot control is even possible with multiple streams, and once Beam adds more interactive moderation, things can get crazy. =D

There are a ton more missions to be had with these robots, but time and resources are, of course, limited. I’m hopeful this will change soon.

Once the tank back is operational again, the next step is to get the robot tracking camera built – then comes Defective Sumo Bots. Woo!

Bots & tools for Beam

Here is a list of useful bots, vital services and interactive tools to get you going on Beam. Also listed below are willing and able people to help you with any Beam related troubles you may run into.

This list will be updated & organized as new streaming tools spawn. =D

Bots

BlipBot  |  ScorpBot  |  Scottybot

Services

StreamJar  |  No requirements, sign up now!
Easy to use donation tool with no fees attached and an overlay tool that shows recent events – like who just followed, hosted or subscribed.

loots  |  Tweet them for an invite code!
Generate revenue by having viewers post ad-contained messages which appear on screen, as well as posts beta keys to games in chat.

keymailer.co  |  Requires 50 followers on YouTube or Twitch!
Acquire free game keys. This works because streaming and let’s play videos are a form of advertisement – you might as well take advantage.

Gamewisp  |  YouTube or Twitch account!
Viewers can subscribe for privileges like access to your Discord or a monthly giveaway; check out this example. Good read right here too.

Patreon  |  No requirements, sign up now!
Viewers can subscribe monthly for special privileges, though this lacks connections to other services compared with Gamewisp. Example here.

Player.me  |  No requirements, sign up now!
Updates for the games you play, find similar gamers and keep up with upcoming gaming events – good way to sync up.

Discord  |  No requirements, sign up now!
Text and voice chat for your Beam community – a very useful tool to keep your viewers up to date as to what’s going on; it’s like Slack for gaming.

TreatStream  |  Requires 2,000 Twitch followers!
Have people send you food without knowing your address. Check out GasMaskftw‘s page for a good example of how it should be worded.

Restream.io  |  No requirements, sign up now!
Using this is recommenced to bring viewers from other platforms over to Beam – though keep in mind you cannot use FTL while doing this.

StreamLabs  |  Requires Twitch account!
Another tool for accepting tips, which offers different customization options than StreamJar – though I haven’t personally used it before.

Amazon Associates  |  Requires Amazon account!
Use the affiliates program to make money from link referrals; anything in your bio, like computer hardware, should use this for linkage.

Green Man Gaming  |  No requirements, sign up now!
Viewers can buy games from your referral link to generate some revenue for you; be sure to post the GMG pic in bio.

Myinstants  |  Nothing to sign up, just click away!
Board full of entertaining sounds for you to click or download to use with the Interactive Keyboard [which can be found below].

MultiStream  |  No requirements, just select the streamers!
Multiplayer with another streamer? Got a game and want to see who beats it first? Set this up for viewers to see multiple streams, side by side.

Streaming Software

OBS-FTL  |  Settings [GeForce]
This is a version of OBS Studio that can utilize the low latency FTL protocol. If you have issues with setup, let me know!

Tachyon  |  Settings
This is a limited version of OBS but, as of writing this, has lower latency than OBS-FTL. You are, however, unable to use QSV or NVENC with this.

Interactive Tools

Interactive Keyboard  |  Setup guide
The vital tool used to allow people interaction with your games! If it doesn’t work with the game or application you’re trying, let me know.

BeamChatPlays  |  Setup guide
An easier way to get interactive working, along with adding real mouse support – though it is more limited as it can’t use robot-js.

BeamSoundlyInteractive  |  Setup guide
You know those interactive soundboards you see on everyone’s stream? Well, here it is! And it’s very easy to set up too!

Helpful Beamers

SorryAboutYourCats
Interactive / IT / Bio art / Glitch logos

ProbablePrime
Interactive Keyboard creator

Firebottle
BeamChatPlays creator

AustinPowers
Beam streaming guru

Leviathan5
BeamSoundlyInteractive creator

Towe102
Robots / IT

Phone_microwave
Overlays

Beam is a community of useful and intelligent people, so don’t be shy if you need help in any way – we’re all here for each other!

Beam arcade [SNES so far]

I executed my idea [yes, one of my million ideas] to have a stream going where the viewer can select the game they’d like to play; this only worked so far, as viewers kept switching the game while others were playing. =X

The solution to this is not to add more spark [Beam experience] to the button – rather, there should be a universal cooldown in place for the games that lasts 30 minutes. Or better yet, only allow a MOD to change the game via a command that gets sent over – like !gamemario3.

Over time I expect more and more features to come out for Beam – but for now, most of the tests are but a dream (they only work to an extent). It will be awesome when Beam is done and ready as I expect many interesting and unique forms of interaction in the future ahead.

Games that work for interactive streaming

Certain games work better than others for interactive streaming; although FTL offers super low latency, anything that requires fast reflexes, like N++, might not be suitable for it. For some games, MODs or cheats can be loaded to balance out the challenge, but that can’t be done for all. ;D

Also, some games require additional scripts or programs running to actually work. For example, to get people playing on my PS4, it required two computers due to the program I was using being unable to accept any inputs. With enough trial and error, you can get anything working. =P

Worked well for player

P.T. | No Man’s Sky | Fez | LSD: Dream Emulator | Rocket League
Zelda: A Link to the Past | Gangbeasts | Mount your Friends
BattleBlock Theater | Mario Paint | Tetris | Bust-a-move | Katamari
Bomberman | Sim City | Final Fantasy 6 | Earthbound

Technically worked but not recommended for play

Mario 3 | Super Mario World | N

Did not work

Critter Crunch | N++ | Dropsy

This post will be updated from time to time on games that I have tried; I have about 100+ games to try, so bare with me. If you’d like to request a game, do submit it on our Discord chat!

In addition, any creative programs, like Ableton Live or Photoshop will also be listed here; eventually… =D

https://beam.pro/sorryaboutyourcats

Beam: The amazing, the annoying

I’m currently obsessed with doing interactive streams, as you may or may not know. There are a few things that I love and hate about it though…

The amazing:

  • People unsure of a game can try it quickly
  • People not able to afford a PC or console can experience it remotely
  • FTL’s latency is so low that it makes most games actually playable
  • Playing certain games together brings unique emotions to the table

The annoying:

  • No moderation controls to see who is pressing what, enabling the ability to spam the session – rendering the game unplayable
  • Sections of the site are buggy due to it still being in beta, making changing controls & settings cumbersome

The good definitely outweigh the bad though.

Of course, there are so many additions I would like to see with Beam, like the ability to give only certain people controls. With that, you can section off people to Player 1, Player 2, etc. – which should be an interesting aspect in co-op and competition. Or, you can have certain people control the movement of a character, someone else controls the jump – again, you can do a lot of just this.

I can’t wait to see what’s next! =D

https://beam.pro/sorryaboutyourcats