Broadcast audio separately
I have a quick suggestion about a feature that I think would make the viewing experience infinitely better than what it currently is. My idea is that broadcasters have the ability to upload their audio separately. For example, their voice audio, their in game audio, and then maybe background audio such as music.
From the viewers point of view, this would enable them to adjust the different volumes to their taste within their audio settings for that particular broadcaster. I believe that this would provide a better viewing experience because;
- Viewers have the flexibility to adjust the volumes to their taste
- Broadcasters will no longer have the issue of trying to find an audio setting that suits all of their viewers
- Viewers are able to manipulate their volumes during the stream in order to satisfy their tastes at that particular time. For example, there are often times in streams that I would like to listen just to the voice of the streamer commentating and then listen to my own music without having any background noise from in game sounds or from their broadcasted music.
- Future additions could include "Subscriber only audio" where the broadcaster may want to only speak to their subscribers and nobody else within the stream can hear unless they are subscribed.
Those are some of the benefits off the top of my head that I think could make the viewing experience and interaction between broadcasters and their viewers improved greatly. I would imagine that most of the issues that would evolve would be technically based and unfortunately I haven't been able to comment on this as it is not something that I know a whole lot about.
If there is a better section to post this in, please do advise. I was unable to find a particular "Suggestions" section.
Novak_uk - A frequent twitch user.
Might be something to take to StreamElements or something... as they do an overlay now for OBS.
Would be great if Twitch could team up with OBS to make this a thing. I am often torn between wanting to listen to whatever music I feel like and watching a stream or vod.
@GamingTV, As a streamer, you wouldn't have to separate your audio streams.. therefore you could force your viewers to hear things just how you want OR you could separate them to give your viewers a better experience (more viewers, more follows, more donations, more subscribers, more revenue for Twitch). Also, you should try to not state what certainly seems like an opinion as a fact. It makes you sound like quite the egotistical jerk (whether you are or not).
Multicast is kinda its own thing. It's like-- Currently a stream is sent in 2 parts. Video, & audio. To send it in more parts than that requires more than just Twitch to change somethin on their end. OBS would have to change something as well. Currently, OBS allows for audio input from all sources into a fixed bitrate audio stream to hosting servers. [servers = twitch, htbx, youtube, mlgtv, etc.] So, 2 changes. the program(s) that a streamer uses, and the ingest servers on hosting sites. You're asking for quite a bit more than you realize.
this would never work since the viewing perspective would be in the hands of the viewer and not the streamer, the streamer should always be in full control of how you view the stream, even if you don't like it, if you can't hear the voice or music then it's because the streamer wants it that way