Twitch released Twitch Studio today, a new software designed to make it easier for new streamers to get into the broadcast. The idea behind the app is to make it easier for someone to get started by providing a faster setup process and other tools that make the stream look and sound more professional – even though the streamers have no broadcasting experience.
The software, which until today was only available in the closed beta, detects the microphone, the webcam, the screen resolution, the bitrate and more of the user through a guided installation process. Streamers can then choose from a variety of starter layouts and overlays to personalize the appearance of their stream.
Once live on Twitch, the software also helps streamer interact with the online community and viewers, including built-in alerts, an activity feed, and integrated twitch chat.
As the company explained earlier, many people thought about streaming, but gave up because the process was too difficult. The new software is designed to overcome the hurdle of setting up a stream for the first time.
As the streamer becomes more knowledgeable and powerful, its need for Twitch Studio may grow – and that would be fine. The goal is to include them primarily in the Twitch streaming and not necessarily long-term to keep on the platform.
Twitch Studio is currently only available on Windows PCs, not on Mac, iOS or Android "at that time," says Twitch – a hint that cross-platform support could be even more advanced. In the short term, however, Twitch is working to better integrate the software with other twitch functions and provide tools that make it easier to chat and engage audiences.
The start time is remarkable as Twitch has recently lost its biggest streamer, Tyler "Ninja" Blevins, to Microsoft's Mixer. The loss followed the exit of Michael "Shroud" Grzesiek, also to blender. With Google's Stadia, which launches on November 19, you can easily stream directly to YouTube.
According to Twitch, the new Twitch Studio software is now available in beta for Windows 7 or higher.