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. 

February 14 , 2017

Squirrels Team Shares New Technology at OETC

The Squirrels team is in Columbus all week for our third conference of 2017: the Ohio Educational Technology Conference (OETC). OETC is one of our favorite conferences of the year because it gives us a chance to connect with local educators in our home state.

OETC has more than 300 vendors and more than 4,000 educational technology professionals and enthusiasts from all over the country. It’s a great place for educators and innovators to network with their peers and share their ideas. Did we mention OETC has EdTech Karaoke?

While our Reflector software will be on display as usual, OETC attendees should also get excited to see what’s next from Squirrels. We scheduled presentations at the Squirrels booth all week to give you a sneak peek at a new technology that will change the way educators use classroom devices. You’re going to love it!
Below is a complete list of all the OETC sessions that feature Alpha Squirrels presenters.


Tuesday, February 14

Leah Lacrosse (with Jon Smith)
Student Publishing with eBook Creator App
C171
2:00-5:00 p.m.

Leslie Fisher
Manage Devices
Short North Ballroom A
2:00-5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 15

Leah Lacrosse (with Jonathon Jarc)
3D Printing for a Purpose
C150
8:00-8:45 a.m.

Leslie Fisher
How to Make Student Devices Teacher Friendly
Union Station Ballroom B
11:00-11:45 a.m.

Leslie Fisher
Featured Speaker Session
Union Station Ballroom B
1:15-2:15 p.m.

Thursday, February 16

Marcia Kish
The Personalized Learning Playbook
Short North Ballroom A
8:00-8:45 a.m.

Laurie Green
Do You Compute? Online Assessment Skills
Short North Ballroom B-2
8:00-8:45 a.m.

Laurie Green
Make-ing it Happen
Short North Ballroom B-2
11:00-11:45 a.m.

Squirrels Booth Presentations (booth #801)

Wednesday, February 15

10:45 – 11:00 a.m.
11:45 – 12:00 p.m.
12:45 – 1:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 16

10:45 – 11:00 a.m.

Columbus is the place to be this week! We hope to see you at OETC in booth #801!

 

February 8 , 2017

Recorded With Reflector: Bubble Witch 2 Saga

Our Recorded with Reflector video of the week is Bubble Witch 2 Saga. It’s the second part to our previous Bubble Witch gameplay video. Yes, it’s THAT addicting that we had to play again.

You can download Bubble Witch 2 for free in the App Store or in the Google Play Store.

Note: Bubble Witch 2 Saga is completely free to play but some optional in-game items will require payment. You can turn off the payment feature by disabling in-app purchases in your device settings. 

How to record with Reflector 2:

  1. Wirelessly connect your iOS device to your Mac or PC.

    Pro tip: You can also mirror and record Android gameplay by connecting to Reflector using the built-in Google Home Cast technology on your Android device.

  2. There are two ways to record your mobile device once it’s wirelessly mirrored to the Reflector software on your computer. You may click the “Record” button on the top left of the mirrored device (shown below). Alternatively, you can begin recording from within the Reflector menu (the little orange icon at the top of the image below).Screen Shot 2017-02-08 at 2.04.16 PM
  3. Once you are done recording your iOS device, press the “Stop” button. Then select where to save the MP4 file on your Mac or PC.

Learn more about the Reflector 2 screen-mirroring app

 

 

February 2 , 2017

Recorded With Reflector: Color Switch

Our Recorded with Reflector video of the week is Color Switch. Tap the ball carefully through each obstacle and your ball will switch color with some powerups. You must follow the color pattern on each obstacle to cross it, but be careful not to pass through the wrong color, or you’ll have to start again.

You can download Color Switch for free in the App Store or in the Google Play Store.

How to record with Reflector 2:

Pro tip: You can also mirror and record Android gameplay by connecting to Reflector using the built-in Google Home Cast technology on your Android device.  

  1. There are two ways to record your mobile device once it’s wirelessly mirrored to the Reflector software on your computer. You may click the “Record” button on the top left of the mirrored device (shown below). Alternatively, you can begin recording from within the Reflector menu (the little orange icon at the top of the image below).

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  1. Once you are done recording your iOS device, press the “Stop” button. Then select where to save the MP4 file on your Mac or PC.

Learn more about the Reflector 2 screen-mirroring app.

January 24 , 2017

Gym Class JitterBug: How To Play The Game Teachers Are Raving About

A video began circulating on Facebook about a week ago that showed elementary-aged kids frantically throwing dodgeballs at a wall trying to smash virtual bugs. That video now has over 30 million views, and it recently became the number one post on the front page of Reddit.

What is this game….and how can you bring it to your school’s gymnasium? Turns out it’s pretty simple.

The video was originally posted on the West Elementary School (Batesville, Arkansas) Facebook page. The teacher is using an app called JitterBug. The app was created by Friskies® (yes, the cat food brand) and was originally intended to allow cats to tap interactive bugs on their owners' iPad® or iPhone® (also available for Android™). If you’ve ever owned a cat, you know they have an irresistible urge to swat anything and everything.

Educators have found a new way to use Friskies’ JitterBug app in gym class. They simply wirelessly display their iPad or iPhone onto the wall using a projector. When a student hits a bug on the wall with a ball, the teacher taps the bug on his or her screen to make that bug disappear. To the students, it looks like they are making the bugs disappear when they hit one. In reality, the teacher simply monitors the wall to see which bugs the students hit and then taps the same bugs on the device. Pretty cool, right?

How to projector your iPad or iPhone on the wall

It sounds complicated, but this is very easy as well. In the video, the teacher has the iPad wirelessly mirrored to an Apple TV®, and the Apple TV is connected to a projector. However, PhysEd teacher Jared Carder did it by wirelessly mirroring his iPad to Reflector® software on his computer. His computer was connected to the projector, so he didn’t need an Apple TV at all. Reflector software ($15) is a more cost-effective alternative to Apple TV ($149).

Either way, what a cool use of technology to get kids engaged and moving. The ingenuity of teachers around the world amazes us every day.

Learn more about the Reflector screen-sharing software used in schools around the world.

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