Looking to kick start your streaming journey? We’re here to help! Read on for a detailed overview of how to make your first live stream from the StreamCraft Android app.
Before we get into the actual streaming part, make sure you have registered for a StreamCraft account, and verified your email address. Once registered, try to make sure you’re connected to a stable internet source (Wi-Fi generally better than LTE/4G/3G), have a good amount of battery, and UNPLUG your headphones.
Setting Up Your Stream
1. Tap camera icon on the top right of the app, and then tap Start.
2. Tap the text box at the top of the screen, and name your stream. Make sure your stream name follows our Terms & Conditions and Community Guidelines!
3. Choose what game you’ll be playing on stream by tapping ‘Select Game’. You can scroll through the list of games, or start typing the game name in the top text box. If your game is not on the list, pick the ‘Other’ option. (If you’d like your game on the list for future streams, drop us an email with the information 😉).
4. Now set up what language you will be streaming in. This is pretty important, as viewers will see streams in their preferred language FIRST. So if you select English, and most of your viewers have their app in French, they will have a harder time locating your stream.
5. You can now add a tag to your stream. This will give your viewers more information about what they can expect in your stream – like if you are trying out a game for the first time, or giving a Tutorial about how to play the game.
6. You can now set the resolution for your stream. Best practice is to hit the “Rec” button, as that will allow our system to check your phone’s internet connection and hardware specs, and then provide you with the ideal resolution.
In this example, based on the internet connection (Wi-Fi with 5 bars), phone model (Samsung Galaxy S8), and OS (Android 8.0.0), the StreamCraft app recommended 720P and 2,000 kbps. You could go higher or lower than the recommendations, just keep in mind that you want to provide the best possible viewing experience for your audience. Experiment to find what works best!
7. Now that everything’s set up, take one last read of our Community Guidelines for streaming. These are obviously super important, they are what govern our entire platform.
8. It’s time to hit START!
Now that your stream is up and running, you can go ahead and play your game and interact with fans. The StreamCraft app has a lot of different functions and features that you can utilize to make your stream even better.
You can view the full set of functions by tapping on the 3 horizontal dots. Here’s what they all do:
Coin Drop (Teal Chest symbol)
Give away Coins to your audience members by hosting a Coin Drop! Learn more about Coins here.
Entrance and Likes Messages (Star symbol with a cross through it)
By tapping this symbol, you can choose if you see a variety of messages. For example, if your viewer Bob was spamming the like button, normally the chat would show like Bob liked your stream once, 5 times, 10 times, etc. As a streamer, you could turn these Like Messages off, though, by going into this menu.
Face Cam (Camera symbol ala Instagram)
Tap the camera icon to turn your forward facing camera on. Your camera will become an overlay that you can adjust over-top of the game you are playing.
Hide Parts of your Screen (Diamond symbol with cross through it)
This feature lets you choose parts of your screen that you want to hide. For example, if you don’t want to go through the hassle of muting other applications, you could use this feature to “grey out” your notifications bar.
Notifications (Bell symbol)
By tapping the bell symbol, you can choose which notifications you will receive as you stream – if people comment, gift you Props, and more. These notifications will appear over-top of your game, which can be super useful if you want to chat, but could also be disruptive if you are in a competitive game.
Viewers (person with crown icon)
From here, you can see who is currently watching stream, moderators, and muted users. You can also set someone up as a Mod, Mute or Kick them, or Co-host from here.
Double-Down (Versus icon)
The Double-Down feature lets you host betting events, that your viewers can wager on using the Green Tickets. You can read more about it here.
Co-Host (Dynamic Microphone icon)
You can invite one of your viewers to co-host your stream with you! You (the host) and your co-host’s voices will be heard on the stream for other viewers.
Pause Stream (Pause icon)
This is pretty straight forward – you can pause your stream at any time! This is a good option if you need to quickly set your game up in the background without viewers seeing, or if you want to mute other notifications.
Mute (Condenser Microphone icon)
Don’t feel like talking? Just hit the Mute button! BIG HUGE IMPORTANT REMINDER – if you mute your audio, you will be muting everything, including your game sounds.
Stop Stream (X icon)
Once you’re done your amazing and wonderful stream, hit this button to officially end your broadcast.
1. Everything is live – someone sends you a text, FB message, etc and your phone gets a notification, your viewers will be able to see it.
Always protect your privacy FIRST, and make sure you don’t accidentally show your bank account, texts with your mom, etcetera.
2. Remember that if you have headphones plugged in, your viewers will NOT be able to hear the sounds from your game.
3. Have fun, and enjoy streaming!
The StreamCraft Team