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Drowning in stream tests

The biggest hurdle that we need to jump–other than finding panelists–is making sure that we can actually stream this silly thing without putting too much strain on the WiFi. For a variety of reasons an ethernet connection isn’t an option. So for the past two days multiple stream tests have been done using OBS and Twitch.

Both of these tests have been a success. It seems that 2500/kbps is the magic number for our streaming bitrate. The resulting stream isn’t going to be the HD content that we’re used to on Netflix, but that’s okay.

Something cool that we learned today was that by using Audio Hijack, Loopback, and Waves plugins, we could improve the audio experience dramatically. Audio tests have been done using TVs, laptops, and mobile devices, and so far the listening experience seems to be consistent across all platforms.

We also figured out how to communicate privately with our panelists between panels without turning the stream off. The idea would be to play AMVs or anime between panels while the next panelist gets ready. For obvious reasons we don’t want to cut the broadcast during this time. Fortunately though much trial-and-error, we found a way to achieve this while respecting our panelists privacy while they get prepared.

Tomorrow will bring more testing. We need to see how the internet performs at different times of the day. Maybe we’re over thinking this. But if the internet doesn’t work, we don’t have a con.

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