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How To Record and Stream Arena of Valor

zazzer| zazzer 1/30/2018 11:12:07
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To help you get started on recording Arena of Valor and sharing your great plays with the world, we've put together an overview of all the things you need to get started.

We will cover two main topics below - first, how to record your gameplay and second, the optional step of how to livestream and what is required for that in addition to recording.

We've split the guide into a series of posts, to make it easier to jump to a specific section.

- Recording Gameplay on Your Phone or Tablet
- Recording Gameplay Using a PC
- Livestreaming and using OBS
- Connecting OBS to Twitch and YouTube

We hope you find this useful for getting started! Make sure you join our Discord and look for the appropriate channels to share your videos and streams, as well as using the Content Creator section here on the forum.





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zazzer|  Author| zazzer 1/30/2018 11:42:00
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Recording Gameplay

In-App Recording

The easiest option to record Arena of Valor gameplay is to use the in-app feature, which can be enabled in the Settings menu. There are two sections to look at, allowing you to either record all gameplay or automatically highlight spectacular moments from each match into a single clip.

Settings > Record Settings
Hightlight Reel automatically records your kills/assists and other exciting moment from a match and combines then into a single video. Players can generate, save, and share the Highlight Reel with their friends via Match Results.

Free Record
Captures the entire gameplay of a match.

Note: Only one type of recording can be used at a time.


Recording on iOS

iOS 11 Screen Recording
With the newest version of iOS, Apple has included a native screen recording feature which can be enabled in Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls > More Controls > Screen Recording. Pressing the + symbol next to Screen Recording will add a button to the Control Center that can be brought up anytime by swiping up from the bottom of the screen. Toggle the Screen Record button to start and stop recordings at any time.

* Control Center is activated with a new gesture on iPhone X: swipe down from the upper left corner to open.

Here is an official how-to guide from Apple on setting up and using Screen Recording in iOS 11: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207935


Recording on Android
There are two options to record directly from an Android device. Players have the choice of using an official Google app or a third-party app.

Google Play Games

Open the Google Play Games app and locate Arena of Valor in your library within. On the next screen, tap the Camera button in the top right corner. Chose your desired recording quality and click Launch on the next window. This will then launch the game with the recording interface enabled.

The front camera will be enabled by default and can simply be turned off by tapping the Camera button on-screen.

Mobizen Screen Recorder

Mobizen is one of the most-downloaded recording apps on the Google Play Store, winning the Best of Apps award in 2016. One notable difference includes the option to hide the camera overlay in your recordings. It also has features for light video editing such as adding music and sharing directly to video platforms from the app.

For a quick guide on setting up an using Mobizen, visit https://support.mobizen.com/hc/e ... -How-to-Use-Mobizen
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zazzer|  Author| zazzer 1/30/2018 13:33:57
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Recording Gameplay Using a PC
There are two methods for capturing and recording gameplay from your mobile device to your PC.

Hardware
Using an additional capture device to record video via HDMI and accompanying software will yield the highest quality video with little to no impact on the performance of your device while playing. The following capture cards are well-regarded and record at 60fps and support up to 1080p.

- Elgato HD 60s https://www.elgato.com/en/gaming/game-capture-hd60-s
- AverMedia Live Gamer Portable 2 http://www.avermedia.com/gaming/ ... ve_gamer_portable_2
- Razer Ripsaw https://www.razerzone.com/gaming-broadcaster/razer-ripsaw

An in-depth review about each of these can be found here: https://www.gamingfactors.com/best-capture-card/

Using a hardware capture card is only available if you have an MHL connector or an HDMI-out port on your mobile device. Refer to the manual of your capture card for instructions how to connect to your PC.

For iOS devices, a lightning to HDMI adapter is required.
For Android, HDMI to mini HDMI and a USB cable are required, but are often provided in the retail box. For older devices with MHL, an MHL to HDMI connector is also needed.

On the rare occasion you encounter an error pertaining to HDCP, you must purchase an HDCP stripper.

Software

Additional software can be used to mirror your phone's screen to your PC for recording. Little to no cables are required and the cost is much lower than buying a capture card. In some cases, there may be a small delay to input response time and - depending on the strength of your network - you may experience choppiness or stutters in the video feed.

Two of the most popular mirroring software are:

- Reflector (for Android and iOS) http://www.airsquirrels.com/reflector/getting-started/windows/
- X-Mirage (for Android and iOS) http://www.x-mirage.com/x-mirage/how-it-works.html

More suggestions can be found in this link: https://www.topbestalternatives.com/reflector/

Native iOS Capture on Mac

If you own a Mac and an iOS device, there is an even simpler way to record gameplay. Simply plug in your device using a Lightning Cable and open Quicktime on your Mac. Then head to File > New Movie Recording and in the dropdown next to the record button, select your connected iOS device.

Here is an official tutorial from Apple on how to do this: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201066
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zazzer|  Author| zazzer 1/30/2018 17:02:39
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Livestreaming
In this section, we will cover how to livestream Arena of Valor. The sections above cover how to record gameplay - which can also be used for streaming - but additional software and setup is required to broadcast live.

Streaming Software
Stream software takes your captured gameplay and provides additional uses such as arranging what and how things appear on your video feed, encoding, and sending your stream to the livestreaming website of your choice - all in one convenient package. The software most widely used and praised is OBS - which is entirely free.

There are other paid options, such as X-Split, Gameshow, Wirecast, and vMIX. You can read more about these here: https://www.epiphan.com/blog/best-streaming-software-tools/

OBS - Open Broadcaster Software
Visit https://obsproject.com/ to download the latest version and follow the instructions for installing.

1. Interface
When you open OBS, you will see that it is divided into two sections. The upper section is a preview of what you will be broadcasting. If your device is not connected and configured, it will appear black.

2. Scenes
The bottom half are all of your controls. On the far left are scenes, which are a saved collection of elements - useful for intros, outros, and switching between different arrangements during a livestream. As a beginner, you will do fine with one scene, but more elaborate productions will require time spent making different scenes. Scenes can be double clicked to rename them, for easier organization.

3. Sources
To the right of scenes are Sources. These are all of the elements that you have added to a scene and they follow a top-down hierarchy. This means the first item in the list is the top layer of what appears on-screen and so on down to the bottom layer, or the backmost element. Sources can be rearranged at any time by clicking and dragging them, or pressing the up/down arrows to move the selected element.

If you added elements and one is covering the other in a way you did not intend, check this section first to make sure they are in the correct display order.

4. Audio Mixer
To the right of Sources in the center of the control section is the Audio Mixer. This shows all of the audio elements that are currently active, such as desktop audio or a microphone. Active sources have a green meter showing activity that will occasionally turn red which indicates a clip or signal is too loud and could become distorted.

** Industry standard for vocals is around -12db. Adjusting your volume levels with the slider to have your audio around this is ideal. **

There is also a gear that can be clicked to bring up more advanced features like panning or down mixing to mono. If your viewers complain about hearing audio from only the left or the right channel, check this option for the appropriate audio element.

5. Streaming Controls
On the far right are the controls to start or stop a stream and additionally, to start or stop recording your stream to your PC as a saved video. Enabling Studio Mode adds a live window next to your broadcast preview window. This is useful if you need to monitor the exact output your viewers see in order to make changes.


6. Adding Elements to the Broadcast Preview Window
Elements can be added at anytime by right-clicking on an empty area in the broadcast preview window, or by pressing the + button under the Sources section. You can add audio, video, images, window capture, display capture, and video capture devices. Once an element is added, you will see it in the broadcast preview window and you can scale or manipulate this element at any time by using the red-dotted handles or right-clicking the element to bring up transformation options and advanced properties.

Hold the Shift key while dragging to lock aspect ratios during scaling, or hold Alt to crop individual sides of the element to manipulate framing.


7. Adding Game Capture and Webcam to OBS
To add gameplay, right-click on an empty space in the broadcast preview. Choose Add > Video Capture Device > and select your device. If you are using software options, choose Add > WIndow Capture > and select the window of the recording software. You should now see your mobile device's screen in the broadcast preview window.

To add a webcam, make sure it is properly connected to your computer. Right click on an empty space in the broadcast preview window, choose Add > Video Capture Device > and select your webcam.

8. Bitrate, Audio, and Resolution
Most of these settings are usually fine in their default state, but if your stream is choppy or your viewers complain of lag, you can access these in the Settings menu.

Bitrate is found in Settings > Output > Streaming and look for rate control in the center. Bitrate is adjusted based on the available bandwidth your network is capable of. A good range to try is 1600 to 2500. The higher the number, the more data you send to streaming servers which will achieve higher quality video.

Audio is found in Settings > Output > Audio and you will see the audio bitrate for each track you have available. The default of 160 is good, but you can also try 192, 256, and 320 for increasing audio quality. Please be aware that this number is added to the total streaming bitrate that should be within the range of 1600 and 2500.

Resolution can be found in Settings > Video. Resolution is the size of the video frame your viewers will see. 1280x720 (720p) or 1920x1080 (1080p) are the desired resolutions. Keep in mind that with 1080p, you will need a higher bitrate than 720p to output that quality. Aim to keep FPS (frames per second) to 30.

For a more detailed explanation of bitrates, please refer to the official Twitch documentation.

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zazzer|  Author| zazzer 1/30/2018 18:55:25
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Connecting OBS to Twitch

Log into your Twitch account and visit your dashboard by clicking on your profile in the upper right corner. On the left of the dashboard, open Settings and look in Stream Preferences. Click on Stream key and you will be prompted to show your stream key. DO NOT SHARE or show this key to anyone you don't want to access your stream. Copy the stream key.

Here is a visual guide for reference: https://www.tomsguide.com/us/how ... tch,news-21077.html
To add the stream key to OBS, go to Settings > Stream > Stream Type > Streaming Services. Choose Twitch and leave the server to auto. Paste your stream key in the stream key box. OBS is now connected to your Twitch channel! Now anytime you click "start stream" in OBS, you will begin broadcasting to your channel.

To change the title, category, and community for your stream, use the Dashboard on Twitch and go to the Live section to make the appropriate changes.


Connecting OBS to YouTube

Log into your YouTube account and go to the Creator Studio after clicking on your profile in the upper right corner. On the left, click Live Streaming > Encoder Setup > highlight Stream Name/Key. DO NOT SHARE or show this key to anyone you don't want to access your stream. Copy the stream key.

Here is a visual guide for reference: https://medium.com/go-live/easy-steps-to-use-obs-for-youtube-live-490535eae598

To add the stream key to OBS, go to Settings > Stream > Stream Type > Streaming Services. Choose YouTube/YouTube Gaming and leave the server to Primary YouTube ingest server. Paste your stream key in the stream key box. OBS is now connected to your YouTube channel! Now anytime you click "start stream" in OBS, you will begin broadcasting to your channel.

To change the title, category, and thumbnails for your stream, use Creator Studio > Livestreaming > Basic Info to make those changes.

Additional Resources for Overlays, Alerts, and More

Alerts, overlays, bots, graphics, sounds, and more are all great things that you can add to your stream to provide a unique, positive experience for your audience. There are lots of free services that can provide these.

Rather than going in-depth here, you can read more about these using this link: https://medium.com/the-emergence/the-best-tools-for-twitch-streaming-97a96330439d
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zeakzeric| zeakzeric 2/3/2018 09:48:22
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Wow this Guide is very detailed, thank you for the work!!

I want to add for recording/streaming gameplay with a PC and iOS Device with the HDMI cable, you have to be aware the game cannot start when the cable is connected. So for running AoV you have to start AoV first and when in the game, plug in the HDMI cable to your iOS Device through the lightning adapter.
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MollVaneth| MollVaneth 2/11/2018 15:38:56
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Easiest way to stream\record game is by using YouTube gaming app ,its one click and works on any phone unlike ingame option
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Sabrina_Swift| Sabrina_Swift 5/9/2018 01:01:25
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When it comes to record gameplay, the first reaction for us is using Bandicam. It can do well in this aspect. However, as an open source, OBS is also a good option for us. Certainly, other top screen recorder tools, like Joyoshare Screen Recorder in Windows, Camtasia, Snagit, etc. can be taken into consideration.
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