A Professional Camcorder Live Streamers Needs to See Before Buying a Camera

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With 2020 being a year that effectively guillotined all businesses that are not able to adapt to taking their operations online in keeping up with the high-speed Internet era, content creators are rapidly on the rise to become a part of the influencer marketing landscape.

When so many are joining the game, the key to success is how one can differentiate themselves from the crowd, and any sort of boost counts. Other than the ‘black swan’ factors that are out of one’s control, one way to be in the front of the race is with superior gear that elevates the quality of the content. But that endeavor can easily go overboard with needing extra staffs and a 10 year mortgage worth of gears.

The JVC GY-HM250 on paper looked very promising, because even though it is undoubtedly a part of the elusive ‘pro-gear’ world, it has features that seem simple, straightforward and most importantly, operable by a single influencer who could be the sole member of the production team. After spending many weeks with the camera, here are some detailed findings for anyone considering this pro-upgrade.

The workhorse professional build of the GY-HM250 (Photo: IBTimes / Jeff Li)

Workhorse Professional Build

With most professional gear, its differentiation from normal consumer gear starts with the build, as they are made more rugged, able to take more bumps and bruises and continue to chug on. The GY-HM250 is part of that well built category with ruggedness in mind complete with a speckle painted, no-nonsense black finish.

The device becomes more secure to handle when you attach the oversized hood that twists into place with a satisfying click, and the heavy-duty handle that screws in with a large crown into the top of the camera after it is slotted into port. The handle

Streaming report: Twitch inherits Mixer’s streamers, now has 91% of all content produced

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Microsoft abruptly shutting down Mixer back in June has ended up as a boon for Amazon’s Twitch platform.

That’s according to a new report from Stream Hatchet and Streamlabs, which found that Twitch is now the host for more than 91% of streaming content. At the same time, while the overall audience for livestreaming has shrunk slightly from its all-time high back in April, Twitch’s popularity has nonetheless exploded during the pandemic, with nearly double the audience that it had at this time last year.

Independent data analyses in the streaming market focus on tracking hours watched to indicate a platform’s popularity with its audience. Relatively few take hours streamed — the amount of content being produced for that audience — into account. What makes the Streamlabs/Stream Hatchet report interesting is that it does track the latter, and it makes it look a lot like most of the ex-Mixer streamers have ended up landing on Twitch.

Twitch has the most content, but doesn’t have as wide a lead in audience share. (Source: Streamlabs/Stream Hatchet)

In the second quarter of 2020, before its closure, Mixer represented 14.2% of all hours livestreamed. In the third quarter, Twitch’s hours livestreamed grew by 14.5%, to an overall 91.1% share of outgoing content. While it strains credulity to argue that everyone who was making content on Mixer went to Twitch — Facebook Gaming’s own amount of hours streamed went up by 1%, which suggests that Microsoft successfully got at least a few of its streamers to migrate to its partner — Twitch’s 14.5% increase is a massive spike that doesn’t have any other useful explanation.

At the end of last year, the story of the streaming platform market was a four-way race between Amazon’s Twitch, Google’s YouTube Gaming, Facebook Gaming, and Microsoft’s Mixer. Most analyses

Twitch inherits Mixer’s streamers, now has 91% of all content produced

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a close up of a sign: Esports star Shroud returns to Amazon’s Twitch with exclusive deal following Mixer shutdown


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Esports star Shroud returns to Amazon’s Twitch with exclusive deal following Mixer shutdown

Microsoft abruptly shutting down Mixer back in June has ended up as a boon for Amazon’s Twitch platform.

That’s according to a new report from Stream Hatchet and Streamlabs, which found that Twitch is now the host for more than 91% of streaming content. At the same time, while the overall audience for livestreaming has shrunk slightly from its all-time high back in April, Twitch’s popularity has nonetheless exploded during the pandemic, with nearly double the audience that it had at this time last year.

Independent data analyses in the streaming market focus on tracking hours watched to indicate a platform’s popularity with its audience. Relatively few take hours streamed — the amount of content being produced for that audience — into account. What makes the Streamlabs/Stream Hatchet report interesting is that it does track the latter, and it makes it look a lot like most of the ex-Mixer streamers have ended up landing on Twitch.



chart, diagram: Twitch has the most content, but doesn’t have as wide a lead in audience share. (Source: Streamlabs/Stream Hatchet )


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Twitch has the most content, but doesn’t have as wide a lead in audience share. (Source: Streamlabs/Stream Hatchet )

In the second quarter of 2020, before its closure, Mixer represented 14.2% of all hours livestreamed. In the third quarter, Twitch’s hours livestreamed grew by 14.5%, to an overall 91.1% share of outgoing content. While it strains credulity to argue that everyone who was making content on Mixer went to Twitch — Facebook Gaming’s own amount of hours streamed went up by 1%, which suggests that Microsoft successfully got at least a couple of its streamers to migrate — Twitch’s 14.5% increase is a massive spike that doesn’t have any other useful explanation.

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Twitch Rolls Out Soundtrack Beta To Give Streamers Rights-Cleared Music

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Licensed music has been an issue for many streamers in the past, with takedown notices coming from rights holders and making certain games complicated to stream or post videos of. It’s made streaming games with big licensed soundtracks, like Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2, difficult. Twitch is testing a solution to this issue, an app called Soundtrack By Twitch that will allow streamers to play license-cleared music in their streams.

In a blog post, Twitch has detailed Soundtrack, which has an interface very similar to Spotify. “Soundtrack gives you a curated collection of rights-cleared music and integrates with your streaming software to separate your audio sources, allowing you to keep your channel safe while you create compelling content and grow as a creator,” the post says.

Artists currently available, according to the blog, include Above & Beyond, mxmtoon, Porter Robinson, RAC, SwuM, “and many more”. Claude Von Stroke, Cloudchord, Chrome Sparks, and Tia Nomore are also listed on the Soundtrack website.

The current beta is compatible with OBS Studio v26.0 or later, and compatibility with Twitch Studio and Streamlabs OBS is planned. Streamers can join a waitlist now, and invites to the program will be sent out over email.

This is an issue that streaming platforms seem to be increasingly aware of–Facebook Gaming also recently licensed a bunch of music for streamers. Microsoft, meanwhile, closed down its streaming service Mixer earlier this year.

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