I've been streaming for about one week now (I did my first stream on March 31. I did my first weaving stream on April 1.) I really enjoy it but I thought I'd record some thoughts on the process and the experience.
Getting everything set up was pretty easy. I use Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) and it has worked with almost no problems. I was unable to get it to capture the video from one game but otherwise, I've had no trouble. For my camera, I use a Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920 and it too has been easy to use.
Physically, it has been a tiny bit difficult getting things the way I want them. I'm still not sure about my setup with my large loom.
The first photo is the best lighting, it's in the morning, around 10 am. The middle is alright, though it got darker as I went on during that stream. That was around 7 pm. The right image is the worst lighting, this is at night so past 8 pm. The 8 pm ones don't look terrible but I wish I could get the lighting to look at least a bit better. I might try a different lamp next time.
I'm also unsure about the setup as far as what you can see in the image. It looks to me like there's too much extra, too much wall and background compared to how much of the view is the weaving. I also wish I didn't show up in the image but that's probably just my self esteem talking, hah. It might be nice for the viewer to see (part of) my face sometimes. Plus, I don't think I can keep my face out of view, it's difficult enough as it is. It's difficult because I have to lean in sometimes and even when I'm not leaning in, I get in the view because of how much the camera shows.
I can't just zoom in with the camera's zoom because that decreases the quality of the video. So I'm unsure how to solve this issue. Maybe if I should clean up the far corner, it'll give a cleaner image. I could also keep my yarn and toolbox off screen but that spot behind the loom is convenient for me. I'm not sure but I'll figure it out. Or I could keep it the way it is, I haven't gotten any complaints about these things. These are just my thoughts.
Christine, artist and maker