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Streamlabs’ new monthly tipping service doesn’t take a cut from streamers

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Streamlabs’ new livestreaming tool offers streamers a new way to make money — and it won’t even be taking a commission. The Logitech-owned company has launched a monthly tipping service called Streamlabs Creator Subscription, which (as you can probably guess from its name) gives streamers a way to set up a subscription service for viewers. Streamlabs says creators will get 100 percent of the tips fans give them after PayPal takes its usual processing fees. 

As The Verge notes, that makes Streamlabs Creator Subscription a more appealing option than Twitch’s built-in service, which takes a 50 percent cut from the subscription fees streamers get. Especially since Streamlabs’ new tipping tool can be directly integrated into its popular OBS software suite anyway. The OBS software can be used to stream not just on Twitch, but also on YouTube, Facebook and TikTok

Streamlabs will let creators decide on what kind of subscription service they want to offer their fans, and they can also set specific price points. If they choose, however, they can allow viewers to choose how much to contribute every month. Fans will get “redeemable alerts” in exchange for their contributions, and they can use those if they want their favorite streamer to thank them on screen. Streamlabs will also be adding leaderboards and badges in the coming weeks to encourage fans to support their favorite creators.

Ashray Urs, Head of Product at Streamlabs, said in a statement: 

“As the live streaming industry has grown, so has the need for a sustainable revenue model. Currently, most major streaming platforms provide viewers with a way to subscribe to a channel; however, they usually split the revenue from the subscription in half between the creators and platform. In addition, platforms require a creator to meet certain qualifications before they can unlock the ability for viewers to subscribe. Streamlabs Creator Subscription is open for anyone with a Streamlabs tip page, regardless of size or how often they stream.”

Source: https://www.engadget.com/streamlabs-creator-subscription-095053962.html?src=rss
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Library of Congress bomb suspect livestreamed on Facebook for hours before being blocked

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The man suspected of making a bomb threat near the Library of Congress livestreamed his anti-government remarks for hours before Facebook took down his account on Thursday afternoon.

The man broadcasted to the social network as he sat in his car surrounded by police in Washington, D.C. He said his car would “blow up” if security shot through his window.

Several hours after his threats began, Facebook spokesman Andy Stone said the company “removed the Facebook profile in question and are continuing to investigate.” At least one of the videos was taken down by nearly 1 p.m. after the suspect began livestreaming messages outside of the library at 9 a.m.

Clips from the suspect’s video circulated widely on social media throughout the morning, and after the stream itself was blocked. The man repeatedly said he was “trying to get Joe Biden on the phone” and said he was making the threat on behalf of the people in Afghanistan.

The man continued to livestream as Capitol Police and other law enforcement officials investigated his claim that he has an explosive device in his pickup truck, which he drove onto the sidewalk outside of the Library of Congress. His threats led to the evacuation of several congressional buildings.

Source: https://www.politico.com/news/2021/08/19/capitol-bomb-threat-facebook-livestream-506268
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How to Add Live Closed Captions to Zoom

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Video calls and meetings are great, but they leave a lot to be desired when it comes to accessibility. Fortunately, Zoom has the ability to create live closed captions in real-time during meetings. We’ll show you how it works.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/720282/how-to-add-live-closed-captions-to-zoom/
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Live video platform Bright lets you Zoom with your favorite creators

What if you could Zoom with your favorite creator and ask them questions? That’s the promise of Bright, the new live video platform launching today from co-founders Guy Oseary and early YouTube product manager Michael Powers. The service, built on top of Zoom, allows fans to engage in live, face-to-face video sessions with creators, ask questions and even join creators on a virtual stage for a more personal and direct learning experience.

Though the startup has some similarities to voice chat apps like Clubhouse, as it also democratizes access to big-name talent at times, the co-founders explain that Bright’s focus will be very different. Besides being a video-on experience, Bright is solely focused on educational content — that is, learning from people who are sharing their expertise with the community. In addition, the sessions hosted on Bright are ticketed events, where the creator decides how many tickets they want to sell and how much they’re charging.

Image Credits: Bright

“Twenty percent of the content on YouTube was learning. It was the second-biggest area next to music. And that was true the first year of YouTube and it’s true now at scale,” explains Bright CEO Michael Powers, as to why Bright has chosen to focus on learning. Powers knows the creator industry firsthand, having launched the YouTube Channels feature while at YouTube, and later managed YouTube’s first revenue-generating opportunities for creators. More recently, he served as SVP and GM at CBS Interactive.

Powers says he saw how powerful educational and learning content could be, but also how difficult it was for creators earning a rev share off an ad network, like YouTube’s, to become self-sustainable.

“I watched that over the past five years, especially, as the different platforms have scaled up,” Powers says, and became inspired to launch a better way for creators to monetize their expertise. “We’ve got to empower [creators] so they can go beyond just being a personal brand or social brand, and be an actual business,” he adds.

Oseary, meanwhile, was tooling around with a similar concept, having also had direct experience with creators in the music industry and through his investments. The founder of Maverick music management company, Oseary continues to manage Madonna and U2, but these days has his hands in numerous startups as the co-founder of Sound Ventures and A-Grade Investments with actor Ashton Kutcher.

Though Oseary and Powers have yet to meet in person, they connected over the web — much like Bright’s creators will now do — to get the new startup off the ground during a pandemic.

With today’s launch, Bright is promising a lineup of more than 200 prominent creators, many from the arts, including Madonna, Ashton Kutcher, Naomi Campbell, Shawn Mendes, Amy Schumer, D-Nice, the D’Amelio Sisters, Laura Dern, Judd Apatow, Deepak Chopra, Diplo, Kenny Smith, Kane Brown, Drew and Jonathan Scott (Property Brothers), Lindsey Vonn, Rachel Zoe, Diego Boneta, Tal Fishman, Ryan Prunty, Demi Skipper, Charlotte McKinney, Jason Bolden, Yris Palmer, Cat & Nat, Ronnie2K, Chef Ludo Lefebvre and Jonathan Mannion, among others.

And it has another 1,500 creators on a waitlist, ready to begin hosting their own sessions when Bright opens up further.

Image Credits: Bright session example

Although Bright’s lineup implies it’s aiming at a high-profile creator crowd, Oseary insists Bright will be for anyone with an audience of their own — not just famous names.

“This is not elitist…If you’ve got an audience and you have something to offer your audience, we would like you on the platform,” he says.

Today, creators can go to other social networks, like Facebook Live or Instagram Live, if they want to just chat with fans more casually. But people will come to Bright to be educated, Oseary notes. And short of getting a creator to FaceTime you directly, he believes this will be the next best way to reach them — and one people are familiar with using, thanks to the Zoom adoption that grew out of the pandemic’s impact to business culture and remote work.

“The best way to connect is to use a platform that we’ve all learned how to use this last year,” Oseary says, referring to Bright’s Zoom connection. “We all already have the app. We already know how to navigate through it. We’ve added a bunch of features to make it more interesting,” he adds.

Image Credits: Bright

At launch, fans will be able to visit Bright’s website, view the array of upcoming events and purchase tickets. Some of the first sessions include Laura Dern leading a “Tell Your Story” session about personal growth; Kenny Smith will interview favorite athletes and discuss their mindsets at turning points in their careers; Property Brothers Jonathan & Drew Scott will host “Room by Room,” focused on home improvement; recording artist Kane Brown will host “Record This: Nashville Edition” about the country music industry; and Ronnie2K will host a series about building a career in gaming.

Bright’s model will see it taking a 20% commission on creator revenue, which is lower than the traditional marketplace split of 30/70 (platform/creator), but higher than the commission-free payments on Clubhouse (at least for the time being!). Further down the road, Bright envisions building out more tools to help creators with other aspects of their business — like the sale of physical or digital goods, for example.

Though there are numerous creator platforms to choose from these days, Bright aims to give creators direct access to their own analytics about their biggest fans, their content and fans’ contact information, like names and emails. This allows them to continue their relationship with their community beyond Bright into other areas of their business — whether that’s email newsletters or Shopify stores.

To make all this work, LA-based Bright has recruited a team with deep expertise in both the creator economy and tech.

This includes Bright’s VP of Talent & Partnership, Kaitlyn Powell, former head of Talent at Caffeine; Bright’s lead Creator & Product Strategy, Sadia Harper, formerly a UX Strategist at Instagram; Bright’s director of Creative Programming, Jeben Berg, previously of YouTube & Maker Studios; Design lead Heather Grates, previously of Pinterest; and Bright’s finance lead Jarad Backlund, previously in roles at Apple and Facebook.

The startup has raised an undisclosed amount funding from Oseary’s own Sound Ventures, as well as RIT Capital, Norwest, Globo and other investors.

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Source: https://techcrunch.com/2021/05/04/live-video-platform-bright-lets-you-zoom-with-your-favorite-creators/
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How to Use Zoom’s Studio Effects Feature

zoom-studio-effects-featured.jpg The company behind the Zoom video calling app may be the one company to benefit the most from the pandemic. Apparently, Zoom has become the “default” video calling app for users across the globe, either working from home, studying from home, or for casual video chatting as well. Recently, Zoom introduced a new feature called “Studio Effects,” which allows users to change their facial elements, such as eyebrows, beard, and lips. Notably, these Zoom “Studio Effects” features are similar to what other social media apps like Instagram and Snapchat offer. If you are also a Zoom user and want to know… Read more14311690.gif

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A Jumbo-Sized Asteroid Is About to Zoom Past Earth, And You Can Livestream It

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On March 21st, a Golden Gate Bridge-sized asteroid will whiz within 1.5 million kilometers of Earth, just close enough to see with a telescope. Asteroid 2001 FO32 will be the largest asteroid to glance by our planet in 2021, and if you don’t own a telescope, you can still watch the asteroid’s journey through the Virtual Telescope Project’s live feed.

An impact with Asteroid 2001 FO32 could cause mass destruction and rippling climate effects on Earth. While it isn’t the biggest asteroid we’ve encountered, Asteroid 2001 FO32 measures around a mile in length and flies at nearly 77,000 MPH. Thankfully, NASA says that we don’t need to worry about Asteroid 2001 FO32—not for another 200 years, at least.

You may have seen headlines about an #asteroid that will safely fly by Earth on March 21. While this asteroid, known as 2001 FO32, is large, it will safely zip past Earth at a distance of 1.3 million miles—five times further away than the Moon—and poses no risk of hitting Earth. pic.twitter.com/oZZG5UaFsf

— NASA Asteroid Watch (@AsteroidWatch) March 8, 2021

Of course, finding a mile-wide rock that’s over a million kilometers away from Earth is like picking a needle out of a haystack, even with a good telescope. The asteroid will shine much dimmer than any star in our night sky, so you’re best off watching it through the Virtual Telescope Project’s live feed.

The Virtual Telescope Project live feed begins March 21st at 11pm ET (or March 22nd at 4am if you’re in the UK, where Virtual Telescope Project is based). The live feed is free to watch and will follow the asteroid until it’s too far to see, which will take a few hours.

Source: NASA via CNET

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How to Stream from the PlayStation 5

One of the most exciting aspects of modern gaming is the ability to stream your gameplay and share your experience with other people. The Playstation 5 allows you to stream to Twitch or YouTube. This wikiHow teaches you how to link your Playstation 5 to your Twitch or YouTube account and stream your gameplay to Twitch or YouTube.

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[Edit]Linking Playstation 5 to a Streaming Service

  1. Open the Settings menu. It’s the icon that resembles a gear in the upper-right corner of the Playstation 5 Home screen. Use the controller to navigate to the Settings icon and press the “X” button to open the Settings menu.
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    • Before you can begin streaming from your Playstation 5, you need to link your streaming service account to your Playstation 5. Playstation 5 allows you to stream to Twitch or YouTube. You’ll need to create an account for one or both of those services before you can stream from your Playstation 5. Both services are free to sign up for.
  2. Select . It’s the fourth option in the Settings menu. Highlight this option and press “X” to select it.
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  3. Select . It’s in the Users and Accounts menu. This menu allows you to link your Playstation account to other services, including Streaming Services.
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    • Alternatively, you can load a game you want to stream and press the Create button on your DualSenese controller. Then select the Broadcast icon. Select the service you want to link your Playstation 5 to.
  4. Select or . These are the two services you can stream to from your Playstation 5. Select either one of these options to begin linking your account.
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  5. Sign in to your YouTube or Twitch account. The way you sign in to your account will be different depending on which streaming service you want to use. Use one of the following steps to sign in to YouTube or Twitch:[1]
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    • Twitch: Use a smartphone that you are signed in to the Twitch app on to scan the QR code on-screen. Alternatively, you can go to https://www.twitch.tv/activate in a web browser and log in to your Twitch account. Then enter the code displayed on your TV screen and click Activate.
    • YouTube: When you select YouTube, the Playstation 5 web browser will open a webpage that allows you to log in to your Google account. Log in with the email address and password for the Google Account that you use for your YouTube account.
  6. Select . Once your account is linked, a confirmation screen will be displayed. Select Done to acknowledge and go back to the Settings menu. Your account is now linked and you are ready to stream from your Playstation 5.
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[Edit]Streaming from Playstation 5

  1. Load a game you want to stream from. You can stream from any game on your PS5. Simply select the game icon on the Home screen to launch the game.
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  2. Press the button. It’s the oval-shaped button to the left of the touchpad in the center of the DualSense controller. Press this button to open the Creative menu.
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  3. Select the “Broadcast” icon. It’s the icon that resembles a radio antenna with waves broadcasting from the top. This opens the “Broadcast” menu.
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  4. Select or . Select the service you want to stream to.
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  5. Enter a name for the stream. Use the text field at the bottom of the menu to enter a title for your stream. Pick something that is descriptive of what your streaming and what you are doing during your stream.
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  6. Select . This starts your live stream. To stop streaming, press the Create button again, and select the Broadcast icon Then select Stop Streaming.
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    • If you select the icon with three dots (⋯) next to “Go Live”, this displays the quick options menu. This allows you to select Broadcast Options. This displays some quick options you can adjust. These include the resolution of your video stream, whether or not to include your voice chat audio, whether or not to display your camera feed (Playstation Camera required), whether or not to display the streaming chat on-screen, whether or not to display activity (viewer activity), and select where you want the chat and activity overlay to be displayed.

[Edit]Adjusting Your Live Stream Settings

  1. Open the Settings menu. It’s the icon that resembles a gear in the upper-right corner of the Playstation 5 Home screen. Use the controller to navigate to the Settings icon and press the “X” button to open the Settings menu.
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  2. Select . It’s at the bottom of the Settings menu. This menu allows you to adjust the settings for your live stream broadcasts, video recordings, and screenshots.
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  3. Select . It’s the second option on the left in the Captures and Broadcasts Settings menu. This is where you can adjust your live stream settings.
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  4. Select . It’s the first option in the Broadcasts Settings menu. This allows you to select the resolution and frame rate for your live stream broadcasts. Your options are as follows:[2]
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    • 1920 x 1080 at 60 fps: This streams your gameplay in high definition (HD) graphics at 60 frames-per-second. This provides the best image quality and smoothest motion available. You should only select this option if you have a fast internet connection of 10 Mbps or more.
    • 1920 x 1080 at 30 fps: This streams your gameplay in HD graphics at 30 frames-per-second. The resolution will still be good, but the motion won’t look quite as smooth. Select this option if you have a slightly slower internet connection or the game you are playing doesn’t play at 60 fps.
    • 1280 x 720 at 60 fps: This streams your gameplay with reduced image quality at 60 frames-per-second. The image won’t look quite as good, but the motion will still be very smooth. Select this option if you have an internet connection of 5 Mbps or less.
    • 1280 x 72 at 30 fps: This streams your gameplay at reduced image quality at 30 frames-per-second. This produces the lowest quality stream available. Select this option only if your internet speed is less than 3 Mbps.
  5. Select . This is the second option in the Broadcasts Settings menu. This only has one option which is whether or not to include the audio from your voice chat. If you do not wish to include the audio from other players you are playing with online, select the toggle switch to turn this option off.
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  6. Select . This is the third option in the Broadcasts Settings menu. This allows you to adjust the settings for your camera feed. You need a Playstation Camera in order to include a camera feed in your live streams. The Playstation Camera is sold separately. The Camera Settings menu has the following options:
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    • Display Camera: This option allows you to toggle the Playstation Camera on or off. If you do not wish to include your camera feed in your streams, select this option to toggle the switch to the “Off” position. If you do not see your camera feed in the upper-right corner, your camera feed is not turned on.
    • Size: This allows you to set the size of your camera feed display. You can select small, medium, or large.
    • Clipping Mask: This option allows you to select a shape for your camera feed. You can select a square, circle, hexagon, chroma key, or none
    • Flip Horizontally: Select this option if you want to flip the image display of your camera feed horizontally. This creates a mirrored image.
    • Effects: This option allows you to add a minor visual effect to your camera feed. Options include Comic, Pixilate (old video game style), scanlines (old TV style), Toy Camera (low-quality image), or Monochrome (black & white image).
    • Brightness: Use the slider bar next to this option to adjust the brightness of your camera display.
    • Contrast: Use the slider bar next to this option to adjust the color contrast of your camera display.
    • Transparency: Use the slider bar next to this option to adjust how “see-through” you want your camera display to appear on top of your gameplay.
    • Refocus on Your Face: This option is below the camera feed display on the right. Select this option to have your Playstation Camera automatically focus on your face.
    • Restore Defaults: This is the second option below the camera feed display on the right. Select this option to put all options in the Camera Settings menu back to their original settings.
  7. Select . This option allows you to turn on and manage the location of the Chat and Activity overlays. This menu has the following options.
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    • Display Chat: Select this option if you want to display the chat for your live stream on your TV screen. This will take up part of your gameplay screen. If you do not wish to have this turned on, you can still view the chat on your smartphone or on a computer.
    • Display Activity: Turn this option on if you want to display when you have new viewers on your screen.
    • Overlay Position: This allows you to select where you want the overlay to go on your screen. You can place it in the bottom right, top right, center right, bottom left, top left, or center left.
  8. Select . This menu has only one option. It allows you to convert the text from your chat to speech which is spoken allowed. If you want to turn this feature on, select Convert Broadcast Chat To Speech.
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