View Full Version : Streaming without dual monitors
12-09-2009, 12:05 PM
I am streaming full screen on my computer and I don't have a secondary monitor, I want to know if I can alt tab and check jtv chat without showing on the stream. For an example, I am streaming Dragon Age: Origins on my PC, and I ask for help, I alt tab to look at chat to see if anyone is helping. I can see the video of me alt tabbing. I have try streaming in window mode, but it just too small. I have to resize my web browser so it doesn't show up in the stream.
Edit: I know I post in the wrong section, sorry :( if any mod can move the thread in the correct section, I will appreciate it.
12-09-2009, 11:32 PM
Alot of gamers around here get a second laptop to take take of this problem
* Get A laptop!
o Ok this isn't absolutely required, but it's quite handy. You'll need a way see what your viewers are typing to you, and a laptop really helps. A nearby PC can work as well, but I've found a laptop to be a great tool. Looking for a hot laptop that is totally overkill for this purpose, check out the Lenovo Thinkpad X300. I use an older Thinkpad T42, but the X300 is seriously sexy and very well reviewed.
* Tolerance for playing your games in Standard Definition.
o Do you love your HD TV? Playing your next gen games in high definition? Well, you may have to take it down a notch if you intend to stream games live. At the time of this writing, I know of no reasonable way to play games in HD while streaming them using a capture card. When I say reasonable, I mean something under $1000 and the ability to stream at the higher resolution without alienating viewers without super uber high speed connections. Therefore, ever since I've started broadcasting, I have played in Standard Definition, meaning using the composite (Yellow, Red, White) outputs of my consoles. I got used to it quickly, but I've always been one to focus more on gameplay and less on eye candy. If you have comments on broadcasting with component or hdmi outputs, post em'!
12-10-2009, 12:13 PM
I know a lot of people resort to windowed mode and use popout chat, or sometimes what you can do is do full screen mode and set the popout chat so it's always on top (i recommend windowed mode though :P)