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Forum: Streaming / Recording / Equipment

Thread: Monitor/CRT/OSSC best all around?

Started by: ShdwShdw

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If you're wanting to just use the newer screens, use the OSSC and then just HDMI into the monitors. This would be my personal way to go about it.

Because the signal is already being spat out in HD they won't apply any extra delay in trying to convert it. It means you get a clear picture, and it means easier to capture for stream.

If you choose to go the CRT route, just look for Sony Broadcast PVM or BVM monitors. Just Google around for them, usual places, or goodwill or similar. Always check the monitor specs on the net though, certain models will only takes certain inputs.

Now it also comes down to what you are wanting to put into the OSSC, but that it something for another thread. CRT damage/eye strain is a thing, but not so much that it warrants concern. Each person has their own tolerances.

 

Forum: Streaming / Recording / Equipment

Thread: Welcome to Streaming! - An intro and FAQ guide.

Started by: AMVXAMVX

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Hi guys,

This is a basic guide to most the FAQs we seem to get here, and some basic tips for equipment and streaming in general for speedrunning, livestreaming and recording for submissions.

Before I get much into this, I will be making massive changes to this guide over the next couple of weeks adding more content into it. If you have anything you'd like to add, contribute or suggest goes in here, please let me know.

UPDATES:
V1.0 - Core guide made. Enjoy.
V2.0 - Changed some terms, fixed some spelling and grammar, expanded on stuff.
V3.0 - Changed formatting, clarified some terms and overall improved readbility of guide.
V3.1 - Changed some phrasing, spelling and grammar. Still need to add more to Part 5.
V3.2 - Added info about newer consoles.
V4.0 - Updated information
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PART 1: BASICS

Q: Why do I need to capture my gameplay?

A: In order to verify that your time and run is legitimate, we need video evidence for most games. The ability and costs of capturing and even streaming video content has dropped significantly over the last decade and so it's almost a given that you can provide evidence of your claimed times.

Q: Can't I just upload my splits?

A: While splits can supplement a run, and while some games do not require video verification, most games will only allow splits to support the video evidence of a SR submission.

Q: But doesn't this cost extra?

A: Marginally. Hey, price of a hobby, right? You already have your game and console that you want to run, now we just need to capture it. Thankfully there are some very cheap, and even free, options to get your game recorded, uploaded and on the site.

Q: Do I need amazing Internet to be able to do this?

A: Absolutely not. You runs don't have to be streamed live, so you can upload your video in your own time to a web video services like Twitch or YouTube.

Q: So, how does capturing, streaming and recording work?

The most simple way to say it is:

Console -> Capture -> TV & PC -> Video (Broadast) Software -> Stream/Recording

For a game already on a PC, you're always halfway into the flow chart. Yay.

See the following parts, in the rough order of this flowchart to find out more to each section. You already know what console you have, so the next step is...

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PART 2: CAPTURE CARDS & DEVICES

Q: What capture card should I get?

A: Well, this depends on how old the system is you're playing on, it depends on how you want it to look, your budget...

Q: So...what should I get?

A: To put it simply - your budget is your determining factor. While I can give you solutions that cost the same amount as a new luxury car, you can also get a working solution for the cost of the tyre of that same car.

But before you consider capturing your game, think what OUTPUT you are going to take into the capture device, and then how you are also going to see an output to continue to play on.

- You can have a capture passthrough method, where the console outputs to a capture card which passes the signal through to your display, and then also diverts it to your PC for broadcasting.

- You can have an output from your display which then goes to a capture and then the broadcasting stage. Not as common, but if it's an option, it's a reasonable one.

- You can split the signal, send one side to your display and then the other to the capture card/PC/broadcast. This is the preferable option if you get delay off your capture card, but putting a split in can reduce signal quality (if it was weak enough to start off with) or some splitters will add some delay as well.

HDMI also can have HDCP (copy protection) on it for rights management purposes. Make sure to disable or remove this in order for most captures to work. This can be done in some system software (e.g. PS3 / PS4) or by getting a cheap HDMI splitter, since they don't usually obey the laws and protocols.

I would advise for X360, WiiU, PS3, Xbox One, Switch, PS4 and similar primary consoles to be captured via. HDMI. It's their primary output for TV's so it's easy to get a stable signal from.

Q: I've decided on my output, I'm going to use something that is not HDMI / SDI. How do we go about it?

Oh boy, a tough one. Because of all the different outputs, this is complicated. Long story short; manufacturers and developers back in the day didn't use consistant standards and never futureproofed their technology. Up until a certain point, that is.

For most people, they also want the prettiest picture. Plugging your old console into a new HDTV mean the cheap internal scaler built into the TV does the work, and they don't build them with speedrunning in mind. They cause delay and usually not the best picture either. For the average consumer, it works, which is good enough. But not for us. We're special snowflakes.

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COMPOSITE / S-VIDEO

If you are unable or don't want to use those outputs to a TV, then we have to look at specific options.

- The GV-USB2 is the current leader for cheap but effectively capture on composite and S-Video.
https://www.amazon.com/DATA-connection-video-capture-GV-USB2/dp/B00428BF1Y

-The other older option is a Dazzle DVC100 if you can find them or a newer Dazzle
https://www.pinnaclesys.com/en/products/dazzle/dvd-recorder-hd/
These are not as good as they were, and for a cheaper price you can get the GV-USB2 which puts out better quality anyway.

Consoles that would use this are from the early generations, for example NES, SNES, Famicon, Mega Drive, Dreamcast, PS1.

It can also be used it later generation analog signals, but at that stage the option is for better picture using other means like...

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RGB / SCART / Component

My advice would be to invest in an Open Source Scan Converter (see next section for links) in order to not only improve the picture quality of your console, but also to allow for easy output and capture via. HDMI.

The OSSC will not cause any delay to your game, and will mean you can run your game on most normal LCD panels without hassle - since the TV is reading a HD input, and not having to scale it, instead of using it's own cheap scaler which sucks. It means you can just capture via. HDMI as well, and split the audio if required.

Also consider looking into a Retrotink or XRGB FrameMeister from Japan if you can't get an OSSC. It will put about one frame of delay on your game, but it is tested and reliable. Though it is mostly Japanese, there are only a few menus and they are very self-explanatory when you look in it. Mostly just scaling/game options and they cycle through.

BE WARY: both the OSSC and Frameister rely on certain processing chips from Japan. Manufacturing of these chips has slowly been declining. Some companies are looking to revamp the chip manufacturing process so that retro games can scale to 4K, but that is speculation at this point, since no-one has a product on the market yet.

Consoles for this would be GameCube, Wii, PS2, Xbox...though again, most of these will also output in composite if that is easier for you. In some cases it will actually be better.

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RF

For really old consoles, they went in like an old TV signal. You'd have to either find an old CRT that will take in readable RF and is capable of TV outputs (super rare) or more likely, find an older DVD player that can take RF and then take a split off the composite output for the TV for your capture.

Some of the later CRTs also had options for RF cards to be installed. If you cannot find any of these solutions, passive (no delay) RF to composite modulators exist in order to facilitate this signal change.

Consoles like this would be Commdore 64, Amiga and Ataris.

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VGA/DVI/DisplayPort/USB/CAT/Other

Use a cable converter for whatever type to take the signal to HDMI. Save yourself the hassle. Just be aware that some of these signal types do not embed audio, so if that is the case then you'd have to find an alternative for that as well.

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PSP

You can get breakout cables for the PSP to go to your TV. Then it's the same as capturing a console with component cables.

VITA

You can try to capture via. Playstation TV, otherwise a custom install board from somewhere like http://www.3dsvideocapture.com/product-list/6 will do the trick. They disabled the HDMI output of the units after the arrival of their PSTV system.

GB/GBC/GBA

These can be captured with the GameBoy Player attachment for the Gamecube. It is worth noting the speed and resolution differences between them and the actual handhelds themselves. See https://kb.speeddemosarchive.com/Game_Boy_Capture for more information on them, as well as the capture cartridge for NES and the SNES.

If you do get these adaptors, minus the differences, your capture is the same as capturing the base console at that point.

DS/3DS

I can only vouch for http://www.3dscapture.com/ and many others can as well, best capture boards around. While not cheap, and there is a wait time, it is a safe option.

The second site, http://www.3dsvideocapture.com/ has been selling quite well, but I personally have never used them so not sure about the turn around times or support. Europe/Australians customers note the link there to a second landing site for your ordering page.

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Q: What was that about scalers you mentioned before?

A: So a lot of runners use a pre-scaler converter before they go into the TV so they don't use the internal TV systems - it just sees a HD signal. Of course, this only applies for a retro console on a HD display. A retro on a CRT would never benefit from this process.

The most popular scalers for older 'analog' consoles (Gen 3 AKA NES era to Gen 6 PS2/GC era) are these three:

OSSC
https://www.videogameperfection.com/products/open-source-converter/

Framemeister
https://solarisjapan.com/products/xrgb-mini-framemeister-compact-up-scaler-unit

Retrotink
https://www.retrotink.com/product-page/5x-pro

The two latest generations of consoles all have the ability to put video out via. HDMI in a 'digital' format and thus don't require the same scaling, sync and processing and are okay for a standard consumer HDTV. Note, I will only say okay and not great - more on that in the advanced section.

BE WARY: both the OSSC and Frameister rely on certain processing chips from Japan. Manufacturing of these chips has slowly been declining. Some companies are looking to revamp the chip manufacturing process so that retro games can scale to 4K, but that is speculation at this point, since no-one has a product on the market yet.

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PART 3: CRTs, OLEDs & DISPLAYS

I'll save you the nitty-gritty hard details about differences in types of TVs and give you the overview.

If you do want to know more, go for an afternoon on reading about the major differences between them all. A good place to start is: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_CRT,_LCD,_Plasma,_and_OLED_displays

- CRTs
Older games will work easier with the TVs they were made for, and no locked resolution. Very low response times, which make them ideal for frame perfect tricks. Harder to come by now, but Goodwill/Swap Meets/Craigslist/Ebay - you can find them around now for cheap. Replacement parts usually not available. Trash for new consoles and likely won't run HD signals.

- PVM / BVM
Same buying locations, cost a lot more. Ex-broadcast grade CRTs, usually from Sony. Very good if you can get them, because they are more colour accurate and adjustable than a standard CRT, much better picture. Will be rarer to find them in large sizes (i.e. 36"+) , but not unheard of.

- LCD / LED
Basic, cost effective consumer-grade TVs you will buy in-store now. Good picture, trash response time, won't burn image in, easy to move and quite durable. Not really repairable. This is what the strong majority of people on this site will be using, and advisable for retro games to be pre-scaled before hitting the display on this TV and a low latency model if possible.

- MONITORS vs. TVs
There is a bigger range of monitors made for gaming specific, with low latency options. Make for decent speedrunning options, however you won't get these in your living room TV size since they are made for a PC set up. Definitely an option to consider, but depends on your scenario. The times on these still won't replace a CRT, but 99.99% of people won't be able to notice that <1ms difference.

- PLASMA
Not manufactured anymore, OLED has replaced this expensive tech. They offer some benefits, but just as many drawbacks. Low latency, but they have the risk of burning images into the screen (think a HUD of a game that is constanly static over the hours you will spend practising), and they also are more likely to be damaged when moved. Also very hard to find in smaller sizes, were usually reserved for a large family TV due to production costs.

- OLED
Great for almost everything, bar cost. Lower TV shelf life at this stage, at about 7-12 years before the panel will go, depending on usage. This is rapidly improving however. Best colour you can get, also available in low latency options. Drawback is in consumer TVs only made by LG and Sony, and in large sizes due to cost of manufacture. Sony do make smaller sizes for professional use only, so they are AMAZING but also hideously expensive. If you got the cash, go for it, but definitely not for 99.99% of people here. Samsung do have a rival tech in QLED and NanoLED, and good, but not quite the same, each TV model has to be reviewed individually.

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PART 4: STREAMING & SETTINGS

Q: What capture software should I use?

A: Depending on your capture device, some may require you to use their software. The majority though just treat the capture like a camera being plugged into your PC. Some of the proprietary software can local record and stream themselves.

For example, Elgato and AverMedia software can stream to TV while locally recording, without the need to open any other software at all. This could be the best option for your scenario, however most people want more control over their stream, layouts and scenes, so they use an actual broadcasting software.

Q: What broadcasting software should I use then?

A: Well, the most popular options for streaming people are below;

OBS Studio - https://obsproject.com/download
Easily the most popular. It's free, though we encourage supporting the project. It has a lot of plug-ins and updates for it. It doesn't use much CPU. You really cannot go wrong with this software.

XSplit - https://www.xsplit.com/
Second most common option, uses a lot more CPU than OBS does. Windows only. Overall a very solid piece of kit, though you do have to pay for a license on it. Because it's a proper company, you get professional support for the software, and it's worth the money. Though, why pay for something when you have a free option that is just as good, right?

Livestream - https://livestream.com/
A paid license will allow this software to broadcast outside of Livestream's own site, and onto Twitch, YT or other sites. It's actually a really nicely designed program, but designed around their physical boxes - so multiple captures for cameras and GFX layers. A bit overkill, but really good.

Wirecast - https://www.telestream.net/wirecast/overview.htm
Mostly used on the professional scale, a little cumbersome to use until your wrap your head around it. Very versatile, and very capable. Capabale of everything you would need, layers, sidescreen, built-in scoreboards and sets. Not for the average streamer though.

vMix - https://www.vmix.com/
So, uh...how much money did you say you had? By the time you have hit Wirecast/vMix you are in the big-boys league. Honestly, the only time you would be looking at this is if you were a professional organisation, and wanting to use all the extra features.

Q: What about AmarRec, FRAPS, or Afterburner?

A: What about them? AmarRec does have it's place sometimes, if you know what it does and use it properly. The other two aren't worth it when there are other, better programs around for cheaper. coughOBScough

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PART 5: ADVANCED

Q: You mentioned before about okay for HDTVs. What gives?

Manufacturers of TVs make for the general consumer, not specific outliers, like in our scenarios. When considering a HDTV for speedrunning you want to check both the RESPONSE TIME and the REFRESH RATE (also called the display time). These are major factors for gaming in general, let alone if your game has specific frame-dependant tricks.

Another basic summary of this is on - https://www.tomsguide.com/us/refresh-rates-vs-response-times,news-24345.html

See if your model is here - https://displaylag.com/display-database/ - it might save you some time.

The GOD tier site: http://retrogaming.hazard-city.de/

- VGA vs. SCART vs. RGB vs. Component vs. S-Video
https://www.youtube.com/user/mylifeingaming/playlists

Q: What about emulators? Can I use them, is that okay?

Each community has its own rules about emulators and their usage. Some do not allow them at all, others are happy with a certain version of the emulator, and others let anything ride.

SpeedrunsLive list are:

- NES - FCEUX 2.2.0
- GB - bgb
- SNES - SNES9x 1.53
- GBA - VBA 1.7.2
- Genesis/GameGear/SMS - Fusion
- N64 - Project64 v1.7

For reference, the following emulators are globally banned for use in racing:
- SNES - ZSNES, snes9x 1.4x
- N64 - Project64 2.x
- GB/GBC - VBA, VBA-M
- GBA - VBA-M (use VBA instead. If VBA does not support your GBA game, please contact an op.)

Read more on their FAQ here: https://www.speedrunslive.com/faq/

Q: How about blind runs, are they okay?

If the category calls for it, sure. Blind (first time playing the game) runs aren't really going to be the best times though, so yeah, not really the best indicator of a professional "speedrun".

Q: I don't know how to convert X signal, or need advice on how to get a certain signal flow correct! How?"

Ask in the forums. Different systems require different solutions and constructions of path diagrams.

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PART 6: OTHER FAQs

Q: I have other questions! Who, what, when, where, how?

Research. So many questions on this topic have already been answered so check around. Otherwise, ask in this forum, and if you still cannot find a response, let me know and I might be able to at least point you in the right direction of a response.

Q: Why should I be trusting the advice from this guide and site?"

Uh, have you seen what site you are on? I mean, this advice is free anyway, your choice to listen to it, and there are plenty of links here to other sources. Otherwise, the users on this site are a wealth of knowledge of all this. Ask your gaming community for the game you are interested in, and many will happily tell you their setups.

This guide is happily brought to you by the people who have helped make GDQ, Dreamhack, ESA, ASM and PAX panels and shows, so we kind of know what we are doing. Thanks for reading and for your time! Now stop reading and go make that awesome content!

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These are just short snippets of questions that you may have. If you have any more, ask away! The site is constantly improving, and we want everyone to love their time here and with the community.

Thanks guys, see you around!

- AMVX

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Forum: Streaming / Recording / Equipment

Thread: Blackmagicdesign BINTSPRO4K Intensity Pro 4K

Started by: NihilistComedyHourNihilistComedyHour

Blackmagic as a whole company has really pulled themselves up in the last five or so years - they are now pretty solid for their price point. They used to cause more issues than they were worth.

Hardware wise, they are solid as a rock. You are very unlikely to have that card break on you.

Software wise, you just need to make sure that you are running the (usually latest) most stable drivers for your card and equipment. Again, their software and BlackMagic Video has been getting better over the last couple of years, but many of the issue that can occur with these cards is when it choses to not find a particular thing in the software. Being an installed card though, this is far less common than their USB/external cards.

You do NOT need to purchase anything more than this thing, they have breakout cables for all the inputs and outputs you would need for a basic consumer. I have used them in broadcasting editing capture machines and these cards have been very stable.

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Forum: Speedrunning

Thread: How long does it take for your run to be verified?

Started by: TheMagnificantTurtleTheMagnificantTurtle

We allow for a lot more than a week, purely because sometimes while a board is properly moderated, there can be times where people are busy or just plain unavailable for a week or two.

Maybe they went on holidays with the family, maybe they have to make a work deadline, maybe they have just moved house and are getting their study all connected.

We allow for a good grace period because people do have lives beyond the site, and so long as the boards are maintained and the person is active regularly enough, then it's okay for a run to take a few days sometimes.

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Forum: Streaming / Recording / Equipment

Thread: Good, affordable hd tv for running Standard Def games?

Started by: ConkyJoe89ConkyJoe89

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@ConkyJoe89 - no current LCD is going to compare to a CRT in terms of display delay and they all will have some sort of resolution scaling issues.

Now this can be mitigated in three ways, firstly by getting a CRT as suggested from goodwill / craigslist / ebay / local dealers. While we're not sure of your current scenario it seems likely you're not in a position to get one of the size you'd like into the household. You mentioned a BVM, obviously if you can afford an old broadcasting CRT, even better.

Second option is a low latency monitor (NOT a TV) like a BenQ esports monitor - http://www.benq.com.au/product/gaminggears/rl2755 - as an example. This is likely the most reasonable for your current scenario by the sounds of it, while not as cheap as the CRT, it does provide the "new" aspect of it, and it will do you for a good while and can be used for other stuff later on.

Finally, you can get an OLED screen panel. These will hurt the wallet, but they will provide the amazing picture with the beauty of the low latency and everything that you want from a CRT and more. Sadly, in the consumer OLED TV market, you will stuggle to find a TV that is smaller than about 46" and it won't be cheap. Smaller OLEDs exist, but you will be looking at some serious money to by them, since they are all professional broadcast grade.

 

Forum: ESA Winter 2018

Thread: How many have bought tickets?

Started by: NugamusNugamus

I also hope to see you there.

I mean, I won't be there, but it's a hope to see you on stream. Summer though maybe.

 

Forum: Talk

Thread: How/Where did you get your username?

Started by: GuffGuff

Despite many people thinking otherwise for the letters of AMV - they are initials of a friend I used to game with a lot some years ago. Unfortunately they passed away quite abruptly and a short time later I was making an account for a new game system and decided on their initials to remind me of them whenever I game.

The 'X' part is only because Twitch demanded a minimum of four letters on their accounts.

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Forum: Streaming / Recording / Equipment

Thread: Recording Switch on OBS

Started by: DoylebotDoylebot

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A longer cable pretty much as the others have said. Likely set up for this would be Switch HDMI Out -> HDMI splitter -> TV and the other side -> Capture card.

If you TV has a HDMI passthrough (unlikely) then you could take the that HDMI output into the capture card.

Or reverse go into the capture card, and if that has an output put that back into the TV. That might induce delay though, so probably not he best option. If it is like the Elgato 60s, they are a passive passthrough though, so they are a reasonable option. Have a research for your own scenario with the cards.

 

Forum: Introductions

Thread: I'm New, can someone help me with some (probably dumb) questions?

Started by: DrinkplentyofmalkDrinkplentyofmalk

Hi Drinkplentyofmalk, welcome to the site. I hope you have had you daily dose of Vitamin R.

Thanks to the other uses for answering some of these questions. I would strongly encourage making a comment in your games' categories about the rulesets - so if anyone else would like to submit a run they know what they have to do in order to have a verifiable run.

As for recording, you can download OBS and get that to local record to your machine. Might be a small amount of set up, but it's likely you won't have the same audio issues and it sets you on the way if you want to stream your content later on with OBS as well.

Otherwise, I've checked your game, looks all good to go! Have fun!

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Forum: Introductions

Thread: Greetings Folks!

Started by: BlinkdorBlinkdor

Hi Blinkdor, welcome to the site, hope you have a great time getting into the scene.

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Forum: The Site

Thread: Leaderboards moderation requests thread

Started by: GyooGyoo

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@Polari @cyberdemon531 - Kirkq has already made a decision on the matter. No more discussion about that on this thread, please.

@ilFurtressli - you don't have any links to any YT/Twitch or streaming sites off your profile. Please consider adding some. However the series mod has been inactive for two months, and I see you've submitted videos, heavy breathing aside. Dunno why you're time is a minute lower than the nearest one, but I don't care either way, since there is a three minute difference between second and third as well. Request approved.

@RedHat - come back to us if they haven't been active for another two weeks. I can see you've submitted runs, but the moderator hasn't be inactive for long enough yet.

 

Forum: Introductions

Thread: Welcome to speedrun.com! - a short intro and FAQ guide.

Started by: AMVXAMVX

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Hello!

You're probably here to introduce yourself after you've made an account, or to welcome people who have decided to start running! Great!

Since you've made an account, be sure to add in the links to your Twitch / Twitter / Website / Discord....you can add all of these and more in your profile settings page. Click your name in the top right of screen, and Edit Profile. It makes it easier for people to find your content, and get in touch with you.

Now, that you've done that - consider joining the SR Discord. Click the "..." to the left of the search bar, and at the bottom under social, you'll find our Facebook, Twitter and Discord to join if you want to interact with everyone! YAY!

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Q: I have a question about a game I want to run. Where do I go?

A: Find the game you want to run, and on the left side of the game page, select the forums for that game. Ask your question there.

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Q: I submitted a run, and it hasn't been accepted! Help?

A: Even moderators have lives - sometimes it can take a few days before things get approved. If after three weeks/a month nothing has been done, let one of the site moderators know either on the Discord, or on the respective forums threads in "The Site" section.

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Q: I've got trouble with a game I run, a submission, a bug on the site, or another user. Who can help?

A: First port of call is your games' moderators (green swords) or super moderators (red swords). They can solve most issues.

If they can't, then contact one of the content mods (bronze shield) or even one of us full mods (silver shield) and we'll resolve the matter. We're contactable via. the Discord, and our social media links from our profiles.

Click the "..." next to the search bar at the top, click the 'About' button and there you will find a list of all the Staff - global mods and admins of the site.

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Q: I need help with my streaming, a general site question or similar. Where to ask?

A: Have a look on the relevant sections of the forums. You already found your way here, so you're right next to the other sections!

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Q: I've got a tech problem, capturing or getting the best out of my game. Any advice or help?

First of all, I made a rough guide for you; https://www.speedrun.com/Streaming/thread/qlnmy/1#rpofb

Second of all, ask around in your community and people will be able to tell you what they do for their setups. Most people are pretty open, and there are many ways to accomplish what you want to, even on a range of budgets.

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Q: I submitted a run, it hasn't been approved, it's been ages and the moderator(s) of the series haven't been active on the site for over a month, according to their profiles. Can I get mod of that game?

A: A very common scenario, just ask after the allowed amount of time in the "Moderation Request Thread" in The Site subforum.

Your account has to be in good standing to request moderation of a game or series, and after the approval process you must adhere to the responsibilities and actions of a moderator. If you are unable to do this, then we will take over control of the game/series until a new moderator can be found.

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Q: X game doesn't exist on the site, and I want to submit a run! How?

A: Apart from certain games that run on their own site....request it! We'll make it!

Just remember that game submissions have their own rules about what we accept on the site, so be sure to read them in advance, and have a run ready for us to review in order to accept the game. We also no longer accept "flash" style games or anything similar to them, and similarly mobile games and short/trivial games are up for discretion of the site. We also are not accepting meme games, or visual novels. Modifcations, hacks and fan games are accepted within reason.

If it's a game without a strong following or community, we can still accept it - it might grow into a community - but we're not just adding anything you find as a game.

Check if your game already exists on the site, and if your game should belong to part of a series!!

If you make too many inappropriate requests, submit with videos designed to irritate users and be a general pain across the site, timeouts and bans can and will be enforced. Be good!

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Q: I want to race someone! How do we do it?

A: Go to speedrunslive.com and organise a race there. The link is available in the top task bar of this site.

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Forum: Speedrunning

Thread: how do i NOT suck at world 8 in SMB1?

Started by: ZawmbbehZawmbbeh

You'd have better luck with this kind of post in the respective game forums and community discussion areas, like their Discord. Thanks.

 

Forum: Talk

Thread: To Kirkq

Started by: RacingALT

This is not a matter that is going any further, thread is now locked.

 

Forum: ESA 2017

Thread: PogChamp

Started by: Mhmd_FVCMhmd_FVC

PogChamp

 

Forum: The Site

Thread: Leaderboards moderation requests thread

Started by: GyooGyoo

@tselis done and done for both.

 

Forum: The Site

Thread: Leaderboards moderation requests thread

Started by: GyooGyoo

@Razzourus and @Crispykills apologies for taking so long to get back to you, you've both been made super mod of the Ryse page. Please work together to sort out what you want to add and remove.

@EnderCharizard granted and approved your run.

@MrVirusYT, hello fellow West Aussie. Made you mod for the game.

@Xcvazer it appears that you are now a super mod for the game.

 

Forum: ESA 2016

Thread: ESA 2016 - Feedback reply

Started by: EdenalEdenal

> For the first time this year ESA didn’t lose money.

This is a massive win. If these events are to continue, and to grow effective, this is really great news. Good work guys.

If I am able to attend next year, I will be available to solely work on audio and on-site communications. Similarly, if I can weasel a "low energy" solution for a secondary stream/bonus stream, I will be happy to accomodate for that.

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Forum: ESA 2016

Thread: ESA16 Feedback Thread

Started by: PlanksPlanks

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So from sitting at home

POSITIVE:
+ The venue looks to be almost too big for the event, but that provides room for expansions. Personally I liked the visual look of last years, but here we are and at least there seemed to be plenty of space to work with.
+ The schedule overall was quite good, plenty of variety of games and a good range. Some of the scheduled times and blocks left me confused, but overall it was really quite solid.
+ The mod team did a fantastic job, especially CBenni, Trollbear and Aura. They were constantly in there making sure it went smoothly.
+ I liked the look of the lanyard of the wristbands.

NEGATIVE:
-The layouts. I know I made them. But I also know what we discussed when they were being made, and I explained my points for the things I thought would and would not work. As the people using them, I delivered on any requests made by the organisers. We can discuss this in private next year if I end up doing them, because overall I didn't truly like them this year, primarily for reasons that others have stated.

- The lack of communication when things were wrong from the tech/host back out. As a mod all we could say was "something, somewhere has gone wrong. And someone, somehow is fixing it". With no basis to work off, it becomes very hard to keep chat from turning full ravenous. I know how difficult it can be in those times, but just a literally "20min ETA" in Discord would have been something to work off.

-The signs on stream. The ESA16 - it was made last minute, get some stencils or something. Made the stream look like the ghetto. Not to mention that because of the sizing and camera, it read SA16 most of the time. Signage is only good when it delivers the message. Similarly, WTF was with the cat picture and all the other stuff. I would understand if there was a charity poster, but not just trickets that are seemingly random.

- The hosting. This is the biggest one for me, because this year, it was absolutely trash. Totally a fucking joke. I actually just muted and did other stuff in the breaks, most of the hosting was that bad. People were monotonous, talking about inappropriate things, completely uneducated about the runner(s) or game(s), or just simply unable to realise that if they don't know what to talk about, crap on about the charity and donations. Talk about the venue, the people, the event. So much downtime was literally wasted by someone mumbling into a microphone as if they were at a funeral rather than sounding chirpy, happy to be at the event and pushing the upcoming feature, rehashing what has happened and talking about the causes. I think a really tough screening process has to start happening on this area, because honest to God, it was more embarassing and damaging for the host and the event to be there, over having a blank screen inbetween games.

- Interviews caused damage when the people being interviewed either clearly did not want to be interviewed, or had nothing to go off. I think, it's good to have a balance. Like Planks said, some interviews were more hassle than they were worth and music should have been there instead. But some interviews, with presentable runners is appropriate. A 70% music, 30% interviews mix would be healthy.

- Attire, and presentation. I get that people are there to have fun, and part of being on holiday for some is being lazy. But I don't think it's presentable pushing charities with people being half dressed, or wearing "Hail Satan" on their shirts. It doesn't offend me personally, but if I was on the charity side of it, the business side of it, yeah, I would be offended by it.

- The Button. It was missed.

- I'm not going to mention on actual tech issues, because I don't know the issues that happened. What I will ask is PLEASE get your audio right. I know it causes 90% of the problems with broadcasting, but holy fuck, I thought I went deaf when that Player.ME commercials first started. Levels were very inconsistant.

- G2A did scare too many people away from donating. I'm on the side that agrees they have to go.

Okay extra stuff:
1) Planks, you're right. You avoid HDMI at all possible. If we're trying to get a stable as anything stream, have to treat it with SDI and more reliable XLR pathways.
2) Slask - next year buddy.
3) In a way I kind of like the concept Naeg has for a "chat" game during downtime, have one emulator/console permently rigged good to go, and just change the game to a silly one each time that can get chat involved.

So I know this seems more negative than positive, and maybe it's because it's the first time I've just watched the event from afar in a couple of years, but overall I think for all of the progress that was made in 2015, the event has taken a diagonal step backwards. We've got a new location, new issues, new people, new challenges. So we're not the same as last year - thus the side step - but overall I think from a viewer perspective it wasn't as good as last years. Especially off the back of SGDQ who brought a pretty solid deck to the table for their event.

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Forum: The Site

Thread: Leaderboards moderation requests thread

Started by: GyooGyoo

While you guys have finished your discussion, next time keep it off this thread.

I can't believe we're 57 pages in and people still aren't getting the dot point nature and intention of the whole thing.

And for @rubixcubix534, please follow the advice listed on Ozotuh's post above. Thanks.

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