Spin & Go’s

Here’s a video of 2 quick Spin & Go’s on PokerStars.

I have decided to start streaming poker & what’not on Twitch, as I enjoy watching others streams and want to stream myself. I have acquired all the equipment I need and some more, so I’m in fact ready to go. It’s a bit hard to pull the trigger for some reason, but I’ll get there.

When I discovered streaming and Twitch, I did a lot of research and ended up using OBS (Open Broadcaster Software) as my streaming software. All my research confirmed that I have a crappy DSL and should be unable to stream at Full HD(1080p) and struggle with HD Ready(720p). I spent hours and hours testing, tweaking, more testing and I couldn’t get a decent stream to save my life! I could stream for under 30 seconds, and the I’d start dropping frames like crazy. Often ending on +76% dropped frames. Asked online and was told my line was the culprit. I was trying to stream as low as 300(kbit) bitrate with a ~1200kbit upload DSL. Should be working so I suspected there were other issues at work.

Update: -Although I personally use OBS, there are lots of alternatives out there. I won’t go through them all here, but I was just made aware of a great resource online, that I highly recommend you read if you’re looking to capture your screen/record something. The article can be found here on Cloudwards.

My computer setup is “ancient” and in dire need of an upgrade. I’ve been using this computer since 2009 or ’10! Started looking for a better solution and by chance found that one of our electronics chain stores were having a “Gamer gear of the month” offer. Acer Predator G6-710. Here are the specs compare to my setup:

Intel Core 2 Duo E7500, 2.93GHz Intel Core i5-6600K quad core 3.5GHz
Corsair 2x2GB 16GB DDR4 2133MHz
Asus Radeon HD4870 1GB 8GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 FE

I went into the tank for a good while, but ended up the owner of a new setup 😀 Now, this is advertised as “Gamer gear”, but it will work fine as a video editor, as I’m not much of a gamer. I’ll have to try some games just to test the setup.

It was quick to get stuff installed and I was  really anxious to test streaming. If you know OBS, you’ll understand this, if not, well.. OBS is based on different scenes to define what’s streaming, and I had to create all my scenes again from scratch. Luckily I had all my graphics and the rest was really not that much work. I did one test of ~2.5 minutes… No dropped frames. Another test 3.5 minutes… No dropped frames. 5 minutes…NO DROPPED FRAMES.

I’ve now done a few more tests, and the above video of ~5 minutes and it’s still no dropped frames. Looks like the setup was the culprit here.

Now what I have to do, is to overcome my desire to watch streams instead of streaming myself……..

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