Crowdpurr's Embedded Live Streaming allows you to embed a Twitch channel stream directly onto the participant's mobile device. Your crowd can now follow along with a live virtual host that is embedded directly into Crowdpurr's Mobile View. No need for a second screen!
This allows you to create cool virtual events such as live game shows, trivia contests, fundraisers, all hosted live by you (or your host) on Twitch.
How Embedding Twitch Works
Crowdpurr's integration with embedding Twitch allows you to simply copy and paste the name or URL of your Twitch Channel into Crowdpurr's Experience Dashboard. Crowdpurr then handles the rest and embeds your live stream directly on the Mobile View. Crowdpurr offers multiple features for managing your live stream's display during your actual event.
This article details the setup process for creating and embedding a Twitch stream. For details on managing a live stream's display during your event, please see Adding a Live Stream to Crowdpurr.
Getting Started with Twitch
Twitch is a fantastic streaming platform that is well known for hosting gamers who live stream their games. However, Twitch has also become popular with the virtual trivia crowd and hosting virtual trivia games is a great way to connect with your crowd.
Twitch offers robust features like follower and channel support, analytics, low latency streams, and it's free! There is some setup involved with embedding Twitch into Crowdpurr. This article explains the process.
Creating a Twitch Account
In order to embed a Twitch stream into Crowdpurr, you must have a Twitch account.
If you don't have a Twitch account yet, please see this article Creating an Account with Twitch.
Creating a Live Stream on Twitch
After you've created an account, you'll need to create a live stream on your Twitch channel.
If you're just starting out with live streaming on Twitch, be sure to review Twitch's resource page with several helpful articles Learn the Basics of Twitch.
Specific Settings for Embedding in Crowdpurr
Once you're familiar with how to make a live stream, there are some specific settings that you'll need to enable for the best performance when embedding in Crowdpurr.
Streaming on Twitch
Unlike YouTube Live, Twitch is always on and waiting for you to connect your encoder (or content source) to your Twitch channel. Once it has detected a connected encoder, Twitch automatically goes live on your channel. There are some settings to enable in Twitch for optimal performance embedding in Crowdpurr.
From the Twitch homepage, click on the Account button in the upper-right corner. In the menu, click on Creator Dashboard to access your channel's settings.
From the Creator Dashboard, click the hamburger Menu icon in the upper-left corner. Then click on the Preferences option, and click on the Channel option.
Unlike YouTube Live, Twitch does not have an Unlisted or Private mode. All streams are publicly available.
Low Latency Streaming
Set the Latency Mode setting to Low Latency. This delivers your live stream with as little latency as possible to keep your stream's performance in sync with Crowdpurr, which runs in real-time. Twitch's Low Latency setting reduces latency to only a few seconds, which is great for running real-time virtual events. This setting makes Twitch one of the best streaming solutions available.
Connect An Encoder or Webcam
Once the above settings are confirmed, you're now ready to connect an encoder (or content source) to your Twitch channel's live stream. Your content source is what actually gets streamed. For example, a live virtual host narrating a virtual trivia game.
For encoders, you can use software like the free Open Broadcast Software (OBS), vMix, or Twitch's very own free Twitch Studio.
To learn more about streaming with an encoder using Twitch, see the article Quick Start Guide to Streaming on Twitch.
Copy the URL to your Twitch Channel for Crowdpurr
Lastly, after you've created, configured, and connected your content to your Twitch Channel stream, it's time to paste its URL (or link) into Crowdpurr.
From the Twitch homepage, click on your Account button in the upper-right corner. In the menu, click on Channel to access your channel's page.
To get your Twitch channel's URL from Twitch, simply select and copy the browser's URL. Your Twitch channel's URL is the URL in the browser after clicking on the Channel button. Simply select it, right-click, and click Copy.
Paste the Twitch URL Into Crowdpurr
You're now ready to paste the URL to your Twitch channel stream into Crowdpurr's embedded streaming pop-up. Go to the Live Streaming tab on the Experience Dashboard, and click on Twitch under the Embed Live Stream section.
Paste your URL into the input. Click on the green Search button. Your stream should be found and displayed. Click on the Add Stream button. You can also simply paste the name of your Twitch channel.
You've now successfully embedded a Twitch channel stream into Crowdpurr. You're now ready to read the next article that explains how to manage an embedded live stream during your event. Please see the Help Center article Adding a Live Stream to Crowdpurr.