What is LiveStreamer? Livestreamer is an application you can download that will allow you to use a media player on your PC (VLC Media Player) to watch Twitch Streams. This gives you the ability to watch the stream in the quality you prefer, which is awesome if your internet connection is less that stellar.
So after I saw some chatter in Robot's stream about LiveStreamer, I decided to download it and try it out again. I was very pleased to find out that there has been a GUI (Graphical User Interface) released to use with Live Streamer.
Basically, imagine using a Windows Operating System when it was just text on a screen. And then imagine begin upgraded to having pictures and menus and stuff! That's what this update is like. Bringing images and color to LiveStreamer.
Before, LiveStreamer was a little clunky to use, forcing you to have some .bat files stored locally, one for each streamer, with configuration needs per stream. Now, all the yucky clunky stuff has been hidden behind a beautiful piece of software. You can watch streams on your computer without visiting the website.
Here is what it looks like.
And instead of having to pre-configure a .bat file for each streamer you want to watch, you can just click on 'Streams' on the left to view which of the streamers you follow is currently live, click on that stream, and then choose your desired viewing quality here. You can also like, share, and launch chat for the stream here. Very cool.
In order to get this to work, you will need a few things.
- VLC Media Player
- LiveStreamer App (install before GUI)
- LiveStreamer GUI 32bit or 64bit
- This YouTube video to follow along and learn how to install
If you have any questions or need help let me know.