Streamlabs

Anybody who’s viewed any of the big streams know about the feature that we’re about to cover.

These are the alerts that pop up on screen that let the streamer know when they have a new follower, a subscriber, or an incoming donation. These are a lot of fun, because a lot of streamers will pair this information with a picture or music and it usually leads to them having a little celebration. It’s a time honored tradition that we all know well and this kind of community interaction is a necessity for streamers who seek to have a substantial community.

Quick Guide

Recently Streamlabs has integrated a feature that helps make setting alerts pre-made alerts super easy. Assuming you’re already logged in to Streamlabs and have downloaded alerts from Twitch Temple, all you need to do is the following:

  • Unzip the product file
  • Find the Alert quick-setup link inside and open it
  • This will open up Streamlabs and open a dialog box. Select “Create Profile” and enter a suitable name
  • Select “Use”
  • Navigate to the page for the Alert widget. At the top copy the unique link for that widget.
  • Paste this URL as a “Browser Source” in OBS Studio or XSplit Broadcaster. Some alerts require specific width/height values. You can adjust these to suit.
  • You’re done – Run a few test and get streaming!

Alright. Let’s now assume you haven’t downloaded alerts from this site. Perhaps you want to make your own or have found something neat elsewhere.

Let’s start from the beginning and go through Streamlab’s features and how they work.

First things first, you’ll need to login to Streamlabs.com by connecting either your Twitch account or your Youtube account directly to the site itself. It won’t take long at all.

Once connected, you’ll see the “Widgets” section on the left that’ll show you all the newly-unlocked potential of your Twitch account. All of these options have great uses, but right now we’re going to focus primarily on the “Alertbox” widget, as this is the one you should be most familiar with.

Once you’re in the “Alertbox” tab, you should see an area that has a header of “General Settings”, “Follows”, “Subscriptions”, “Donations”, etc. Each of these speak to the different kind of alert that you can have go up onto your screen whenever the corresponding action is taken.

Simple, right?

Go into each one and “Enable” or “Disable” as you see fit. We’d encourage you to at least keep the “Follows”, “Subscriptions”, and “Donations” active, as these are really popular for engaging with your audience.

Inside each option, there’s a ton of customization. That zombie gif is probably already catching your eye. Well, that’s the image that’ll play every time someone does the action that you’re customizing. That can be set to whatever you’d like. Streamlabs has a great library of gifs to choose one, but you can just as easily add your own!
There’s other important customizations to make as well. In the “Message Template” box, you’ll be able to make custom messages that go out when someone follows or subscribes.

A good example of this is if you’re building a brand under a nickname for your community–a very popular thing to do, it may be a good idea to add something related to that here. If your community’s nickname is “The Dungeon”, then you could do something like, “{name} has entered THE DUNGEON!”

This, paired with some medieval music could make for one heck of a viewing experience and a pull for viewers to keep coming back. Your reaction to the message is like a multiplier to their reaction as well. (We’re heading into “Creating a Brand” territory, which is something we’ve written about here.)

Just using the “Alertbox” as an example, you can see how easy these are to get this setup. Usability is the name of the game for StreamLabs and they’ve done everything in their power to make enabling these alerts an absolute breeze.

I really hope that helps and encourage you to check out the store for Twitch Alerts. There’s lots of great packages and alerts being added regularly. If something takes your fancy, the good news is you now know how easy it can be to set up!