Today I have been trying to work out how to use OBS for streaming and recording Melee.
Hey guys, Ryan here from melee.co and today, I have spent my time kind of productively. Kind of probably not so productively from a business standpoint, but I did some business stuff. I did do emails and a bunch of business stuff this morning because I run my own online business. So I got that, but it only works on PC and I’ve got a 27-inch iMac, which I do most of my work on and I’ve got a MacBook as well. Like an old MacBook, it’s not good.
I never use it, but I thought hey, if I can work out how to stream off Mac, then I can potentially stream off the Mac laptop instead of a PC. Because I got this old PC that I’ve been using to try and stream as well and just been having problems with it.
Anyway, I got things setup. I created an overlay for my tournament. I’m going to show you guys, actually. Let’s bring up OBS and I shall show you guys what I’ve been working on. I got super low internet upload speeds so I’ve got 0.8Mbps or whatever it’s called. And in where we actually play, it’s even less. It’s like 0.5 or 0.6 or something like that. So I was testing out today because I have pretty similar internet to what it’s going to be on the day. And so, what I’ve had to do is actually – this is the other monitor that’ll be monitoring players.
What I’ve actually had to go ahead and do is set a super poor resolution to make it work. What I was doing, I was doing a test stream today and I was watching it on my phone on Twitch as I was recording just to see it playback. What I’ve had to do is 480×270 resolution.
So I found that somewhere on the internet that if you have an upload speed of 0.4Mbps then you need a 480×270 resolution. I think I was doing like 854×480 and it wasn’t coming out very good. It was really bad quality. And so, as soon as I changed to this, it’s really low resolution, but it works. I’ve got my Yeti microphone, which works. I’ve got 2 cameras that I can capture as well. I’ve got this camera here that I’m pointing at, which I’m going to put on my TV and point at the players.
I’ve got the capture card here and then also, I’ve got this commentary stream as well. I haven’t actually resized this one. So let’s go, so 480×270, remember that. 854×480, okay. Alright, so this is the commentator’s one. So let’s got ahead and make this super small. I shall make it super small, squish everything together. Alright. And then, go back into settings, go to video and we’ll 480×270 so that’s what I’m going to stream and record at.
Now, I’ve got to resize all of this sort of stuff and move it over here. So this is going to be the commentary stream for when we’re in between games. Let’s set this up here. Put that there. Bring this one down. So I’m trying to get a higher production value of the stuff that I’m streaming and recording.
I want to build up the scene on the Gold Coast. And so, this is, I guess one of the ways that I would like to do that. Good Games is where we host our things. GC Melee, I’m about to get a better picture that doesn’t have a white background there. So I’ve got those. Maybe that should be there and that should be there. Let’s make it a bit bigger, hey? GC Melee! That’s too big, isn’t it? That’s just silly big. Alright let’s see GC Melee and we’ll do – let’s make the Good Games a bit bigger down the bottom.
As you can see, my design skills aren’t the best, but they’re also not the worst. Alright, this is what my stream’s going to be like tomorrow. Hosting my first tournament. This is going to be my stream. It’s super poor quality when it records and when it streams in terms of resolution, which drives me mad.
I always go for that and miss. But look, we can also change to this. And so, we’ve got different cameras. I’ll just show you. I’ll put my hand over the camera for the players and then we go to commentators. And so, I’ve got the computer camera facing the commentators. So, we can see to whoever is commentating as well. Did you see that up here? Oh!
So that’s kind of what I’ve been working on today. I tried to redo my video on how to do a Peach Ledge Dodge. But it didn’t work. I couldn’t get the timing right with the camera that I was using to point at my controller. So, anyway, I’ll stop playing because you guys don’t need to hear that – watch me do that. That’s what I’ve been doing. I use a program called OBS, which if you guys haven’t seen, you should go ahead and check out. And I’m using it on the Mac, which is frustrating because it’s not the program that has all the tutorials and stuff out there.
All the tutorials and stuff are for the PC version. But I don’t really like using my PC and I prefer to use Mac. I’ve got a big 27-inch iMac, which I’m always working on. So if I can stream from that, then it’s going to be much better.
Now that I’ve got this setup, I could potentially stream and do some things that I don’t know I would say in my stream or what I would do. I need to re-organize my desk as well so I can fit a little CRT on here so I can play on that. Because today, I was just playing based off the stream that’s coming to the computer, which has massive lag.
So that’s kind of what I’ve been working on today. Just to get my stream up and running. A lot of people in the community are kind of saying, why bother with the stream? Just bother recording the videos because that’s obviously what’s most valuable to them is getting recorded videos of them playing so they can go back and analyze it, etc., etc. But I am passionate about building the community on the Gold Coast and I feel like streaming is going to be a big part of that. And so, I feel like if I am streaming the events that we run, people are slightly more likely to come if they know that it’s going to be streamed and they’re going to be on stream. As well, it gives us the opportunity to get picked up or noticed by other people on the Gold Coast.
If we’re streaming, they might see that and be able to come to events. And then, what was the third reason? Oh yeah, people can’t come to the events for one reason or another, they may want to stream it. Because I know when I can’t make tournaments in Queensland, one’s up in Brisbane. If they stream it, then I’ll tune in from time to time throughout the day as I have 10 minutes here, 5 minutes there, I’ll tune in and watch it.
So I bet you that there will be some people from Brisbane who may watch the stream tomorrow night just to see some people playing and I do think there is a slight draw card there. Overall, I want to build the community.
I’m passionate about that and this is just one way that I’m trying to help do it is by streaming the events and trying to improve the quality of the stream by doing things like getting commentators and things like that. It’s been a lot of work today, but hopefully, it will be worth it and we’ll find out tomorrow night.
I’m also going tomorrow to pick up a new CRT, which apparently can run off 12-volt battery, which is the battery in your car. So it’s an awesome idea to think that I could run a TV off my car battery. And so, if I for a drive, like I had to go up to the Sunshine Coast the other day, I could take a small CRT with me and a Game Cube and potentially practice Smash in my car when I’ve got 5 minutes in the middle of nowhere.
That’s pretty exciting to me, so picking that up before the event. That means, I also have 3 setups, which will be good for the event.
It’s been fun. It’s been a hard day trying to work out all this tech stuff. And I probably should have been working on other businesses that generate me more money, but I am very passionate about this. Now, I’ve got it worked out. Now, I’ve got it setup. It should be so much easier tomorrow night.
Thanks, guys, for tuning in. I hope that this was interesting. This is just a little part of my journey to trying to build the community on the Gold Coast as well as trying to become a better player. For me, part of that is learning how to stream and that’ll keep me engaged because I’m a content creator.
I run business where I create content every single day. So if I can do that with Melee as well, if I can get better at doing that sort of stuff, then I guess that’s a step forward for me and business. And so, it does have some business application, which is exciting. Until next time guys, keep calm and play Melee.