Keirsten Heckel

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April 6 , 2017

How to Live Stream Android, iPad and iPhone Games to Twitch Using Reflector

Social video platform services such as YouTube Gaming, Hitbox.tv and Twitch offer gamers an opportunity to turn their recreational hobby into an interactive gaming experience that others can enjoy. Streaming services are about more than just technology – they’re about cultivating and empowering a community of fans and gamers.

Live streaming is a popular way for enthusiasts to stream gameplay through a social network that connects friends and fans over a shared love of games. It’s more than just a spectator experience. Users can use audio and chat to enable streamers and their audiences to interact in real time. 

Twitch, which is owned by Amazon, has arguably become the dominate live-game streaming platform. It last reported 100 million active users. Users can stream gameplay from iOS, Android, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, Chromecast, Fire TV and Nvidia Shield devices. The best part? It’s free to participate on either side of the stream.

So how do you stream Android, iPad and iPhone games to Twitch? What software do you need? And how can our Reflector software help?

  1. Create a Twitch Account

To start streaming, you need to sign up for the streaming service, Twitch. On the top right of the Twitch website, select “Sign Up” to create your account. Don’t worry, it’s free!Step 1B.png

After creating your Twitch account, visit your Twitch dashboard page and click on the “Stream Key” tab. Click the “Show Key” button. Save the key, as you will need it later.

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Note: DO NOT share this key with anyone. Access to this key will allow anyone to stream on your channel.

  1. Download and Install Open Broadcasting Software (OBS)

Now that you have a Twitch account, you will need to download and install OBS (also free) to share your gaming with the world. This software is compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux. Below is a quick reference to a few of the interface elements we will touch on:

Scenes – This is where you can manage all the different scenes you want to stream or record. A scene is what gets transmitted in your video feed.

Source – A source is where you choose where your stream comes from. For example, a “Game Capture” source will take a direct feed from a game window.

Status – At the bottom of the window, there is a status bar that shows you how long your stream has been running, how many frames have been dropped, the stream’s frame rate and the upload rate.

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  1. Stream Mobile Games to Twitch
  1. To start, open Reflector 2 to wirelessly mirror your device screen to your computer instead of using a cable. Connect your mobile device to Reflector using its native AirPlay or Cast technology. We recommend mirroring your device screen to Reflector first.
  2. Open OBS and sign in to your Twitch account.
  3. Right click the “Scenes” box in the lower left hand corner of OBS and click “Add.” You can name the scene whatever you like.Step 3BC.png
  4. Right click on the Source box and select “Add” just like you did with the scene.
  5. Select “Window Capture” from the list of choices and name it whatever you like.
  6. Select “[Reflector 2]” with the corresponding name of your device in the properties box.
  7. Click “Ok” and your device screen will appear in the OBS stream window.

Remember your stream key from Twitch? You will use that to link your Twitch account to your OBS software.

  1. Click on the “Settings” in bottom right of the OBS.
  2. Select the “Stream” tab.Step 3K.png
  3. Copy and paste your key into the “Stream Key” box.
  4. Make sure Twitch is selected in the “Service” box and “Streaming Services” is selected in “Stream Type.”
  5. Close the settings and click “Start Streaming” in the bottom right hand corner of your OBS software.Step 3L.png
  6. What you see in the OBS window should be the same image that appears in your “Video Preview” on your Twitch dashboard page and on your channel homepage.

Note: It may take a few minutes to connect depending on your network conditions.

  1. Record and Upload Mobile Gameplay to Twitch

Live streaming not for you? You can record and upload your mobile gameplay videos, too.

  1. Follow the same instructions listed above and click “Start Recording” instead of “Start Streaming” in OBS.
  2. To change the recording path, or where your recording saves, go to “Settings” in OBS and select the “Output” tab.Step 4B.png
  3. Under “Recording” you can browse your computer to select a destination to save your videos.
  4. Head back to your Twitch account.
  5. Under “Video Manager,” select the “Upload” tab across the top. From there you can either:
    1. Drag and drop your file, or
    2. click the “Upload” button in the top right hand corner.'Step 4D.png

Now you’re ready to share your gaming skills with your Twitch audience! Get the Reflector screen-mirroring software to begin live streaming your iOS or Android devices to Twitch. 

April 6 , 2017

Cord Cutter’s Guide: How to Stream and Mirror the 2017 Masters For Easy Viewing

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Early April signals one thing for golf fans around the world – the Masters. It’s the Super Bowl of golf.  

This tournament is one of four major championships in professional golf and is played annually at the Augusta National Golf Club. Only the best of the best get to play on this historical course, including Dustin Johnson, Adam Scott, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler.

How to watch the Masters without cable 

Let’s be honest, our lives are busy and you won’t be able to catch every Masters shot on TV, or maybe you don't have cable to begin with. Here’s how you can stream the tournament for free online and feel like you’re on the green at Augusta National.

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Masters.com will allow viewers to see live feeds in 4K from the range, practice facilities, Amen Corner (holes 11, 12 and 13), the 15th and 16th hole and several featured groups. It’s completely free and no account is required. Coverage will start on Monday, April 3, and conclude on Sunday, April 9.

Below is the full live streaming schedule on Masters.com.

Thursday, April 6

Honorary starters: 7:45 –  8:30 a.m.
On the range: 8:30 – 11 a.m.
Featured groups: 9:15 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Amen Corner: 10:45 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Holes 15 and 16: 11:45 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Broadcast: 3 – 7:30 p.m.

Friday, April 7

On the range: 8:30 – 11 a.m.
Featured groups: 9:15 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Amen Corner: 10:45 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Holes 15 and 16: 11:45 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Broadcast: 3 – 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 8

Featured groups: 10:15 a.m. – 7 p.m.
On the range: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Amen Corner: 11:45 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Holes 15 and 16: 12:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Broadcast: 3 – 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 9

Featured groups: 10:15 a.m. – 7 p.m.
On the range: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Amen Corner: 11:45 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Holes 15 and 16: 12:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Broadcast: 3 – 7:30 p.m.
Green jacket ceremony: 7 p.m. 

Masters viewing pro tip:

Nobody wants to watch the final putt of the 18th hole around a tiny computer screen. Download AirParrot 2 on your Mac or PC to wirelessly mirror that live broadcast from your computer directly to an Apple TV or Chromecast.

Enter Masters.com in the Chrome or Firefox browser to stream the event. Then open AirParrot on your computer and select your browser as the “From” option. Select your Apple TV or Chromecast as the “To” option. This will wirelessly present the Masters from yoru computer to your TV and allow you to experience all the action on the big screen. 

The image below was taken from the AirParrot menu and shows you how to do this. You simply select your browser or application. Then select where to send it.

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Learn more about the AirParrot 2 desktop mirroring/streaming app.

April 3 , 2017

Squirrels Attends 2017 OSC Vendor Fair

The Squirrels team is always looking for new opportunities to share our screen-mirroring and device management solutions with educators. The 2017 Ohio Schools Council Vendor Fair was just the new opportunity we were looking for.AND, it’s only an hour away from Squirrels Headquarters.

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The 2017 OSC Vendor Fair partners with the Greater Cleveland School Superintendents’ Association to bring attendees an event where they can test vendor products and earn credit vouchers towards OSC member fees. 

The OSC is a government that was created by 53 school districts to cooperatively purchase products and services at a reduced price since its start in 1986. Today OSC’s membership has grown to 201 school districts located in 33 countries and serving 500,000 students.

We can’t wait to meet and connect with our local educators! Stop by booth 31 to meet the Squirrels team and learn more about our EdTech solutions!    

2017 OSC Vendor Fair
Friday, April 7, 2017
10 – 2 p.m.
Holiday Inn
Independence, Ohio
March 28 , 2017

Squirrels LLC Receives 2017 Smart Culture Award

The Squirrels team was selected by Smart Business Magazine to receive the 2017 Smart Culture Award. Squirrels is part of the first class of 28 honorees to accept this award.

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The 2017 Smart Culture Awards spotlights leading companies in northeast Ohio where culture plays a crucial role in a company’s success. This award recognizes organizations that have developed a culture that bolsters productivity, enhances job satisfaction and provides a competitive advantage in the marketplace. A great culture can be a sustainable competitive advantage for an organization.

Culture is about more than just employee compensation and benefits, which is why this recognition is a great honor for us. It’s about an organization’s purpose, vision, mission, values, environment and most importantly, its people. We are committed to giving each of our 36 employees an unparalleled professional experience and a family-oriented atmosphere. Our employee-centric culture is something we will always strive to maintain no matter how large our company grows.

Recipients are based on the following criteria:

  1. How the company demonstrates a unique culture where people want to work
  2. Impact of the company’s culture
  3. Active efforts to expand, strengthen and/or foster company culture

Other honorees include:

 This isn’t the first time Squirrels has been recognized for our culture and camaraderie. In 2015, we were among the 50 Best Workplaces for Camaraderie by Fortune Magazine. We were also ranked third on Fortune’s list of Best Workplaces for Technology.

Squirrels is accepting this award on Thursday, April 6, at the Smart Culture Conference. Stay tuned for pictures of the award ceremony and a peek at our feature video shoot.

Check out our About Us page to learn more about Squirrels and our company culture.

March 16 , 2017

Squirrels Team Showcases New EdTech at CUE and MACUL Conferences

Members of the Squirrels team are attending two regional EdTech conferences this week to demonstrate our new ClassHub technology for educators. 

Our journey takes us to Palm Springs, California, for the Computer-Using Educators (CUE) 2017 National Conference and to Detroit, Michigan, for the Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) Conference. This is our first time exhibiting at CUE and second at MACUL. Our team will talk to a combined 12,000 attendees about ClassHub along with some of our longstanding education software.

No conference we attend would be complete without Alpha Squirrel sessions and in-booth presentations. Below is the full list of session details for both CUE and MACUL.

CUE Alpha Squirrel Sessions

Thursday, March 16

Marcia Kish
Key Ingredients to Blended and Personalized Learning
10 – 11:30 a.m.
Santa Rosa, Renaissance

Bill Selak
Post-Apocalyptic Skills for the Classroom: Infusing Real-Life Skills into Instruction
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Mojave Learning Center, Renaissance

Friday, March 17

Bill Selak
5 to Adopt, 5 to Abandon: How to Implement CUE’s Short List
1 – 3 p.m.
Posters, Ballroom Foyer, Renaissance

James McCrary
Virtual Reality: Power of Creation & Sharing Using CoSpaces
1:30 – 1:50 p.m.
HUB @ CUE (Exhibit Hall)

Bill Selak
Design Thinking and the Singularity
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Mojave Learning Center, Renaissance

And, don’t forget to catch our friend, Leslie Fisher on Saturday, March 18:
Tools You Can Use Tomorrow
9 – 10 a.m.
Oasis 4, PSCC 

The Web 2.0 You Might Not Know About
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Catalina, Renaissance

CUE In-booth Presentations – How to Make Student Devices Teacher Friendly

Thursday, March 16
9:45 a.m.
11:15 a.m.
12:15 p.m. 

Friday, March 17 
9:45 a.m.
11:15 a.m.
12:15 p.m.

Saturday, March 18
10:15 a.m.
11:30 a.m.

MACUL Alpha Squirrel Sessions

Thursday, March 16

Theresa Stager
Working Smarter, Not Harder: Tech Tools for Administrators
10 a.m.
Room 313B

Innovating and Connecting in Next Generation Schools
4 p.m.
Room 140E

Friday, March 17

Theresa Stager
Global Connections: Breaking Down the Walls of Your Building
10 a.m.
Room 140E

John Phillips
Game Over? A Conversation About What Works and What Doesn’t in Game-Based Learning
11:30 a.m.
Room 142A

Theresa Stager
The Power of Positive Communication
1 p.m.
Room 411A

Stop by booth #654 at CUE or #121 at MACUL to see the Squirrels team! You might even have the opportunity to snag a Squirrels shirt!

About Us

Squirrels is a software development company based in North Canton, Ohio. Our excitement and passion lies in creating high-qualty, budget-friendly software that can be used to enhance the devices already found in today's home and work environments. Follow our blog for all the latest product releases, #TeamSquirrels news and industry insight!