Date Published: 27 March 2020
I'm a fan of checklists – they're an intermediate step before automating a process to ensure it's done correctly and consistently. You'll find a number of different checklists on this site. This one is about streaming, specifically for my twitch.tv/ardalis account. I've been meaning to blog about this forever, but it's just been sitting in my OneNote for the longest time while other things have been a priority. But today, at long last, it's going to make it to my blog!
- Run any IDE updates for Visual Studio, VS Code, etc. (but don't do this within 30 minutes or so of your start time)
- Run Streamlabels (if you're using it)
- Silence phone.
- Make sure you have water on hand.
- Take a bio break.
- Adjust fonts to 16-20 in text editors. Zoom browser windows to 125%
- Set show title and tags in Twitch dashboard
- Add "Starting Soon" scene about a minute ahead (if using one)
- Tweet that you're starting
- Add "On Air" Red Circle to Twitter Name: 🔴
- If playing music (Music to Code By for instance) start and set volume to 1-5%
- Launch Chatty (or other chat monitor) in separate monitor
- Verify you're set up to use the correct microphone and sound is making it to your stream!
- Verify your camera (and background) are good to go, too.
- Disable notifications and turn off chat/IM clients (or move to another monitor).
- Close unneeded windows and applications.
- If you want, set chat to "Followers Only" via "/followers 1m" (requires users to have been following you for 1 minute before they can post to your chat). /followersoff to remove.
Big thanks to Carl Franklin for providing me with permission to use Music to Code By in my streams.
Recording Dimensions (ideal)
- YouTube: 1920×1080
- Pluralsight: 1280×720
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Steve is an experienced software architect and trainer, focusing on code quality and Domain-Driven Design with .NET.