He sent it along with a pair of 5m braided HDMI cables to plug it in, and oh they are also very nice too.
I got it installed in my PC pretty much straight away after it arrived and took it for a spin, although it didn’t work with the HDMI Switch I had installed and I had to replace that with a HDMI Extractor that I used to use. But that wasn’t a bad thing as I had planned to do that anyway as I wanted to take the audio from the HDMI feeds anyway.
It now allows me to capture games at 60hz and passthrough to the monitor at 120hz which is a massive improvement for my gameplay and streaming!
I tested out the capture card with a stream today and you can watch it on YouTube now, but this is what the card is capable of doing!
I am so absolutely and utterly grateful to him for sending me this, and as of March I will be streaming video games again on Twitch.
But the addition of two 5m quite thick HDMI cables meant that I had to sort out all of the wires under the desk, which I did on Saturday with Megan’s help.
We got all the wires all organised and sorted out, although it still does look a bit like spaghetti junction. We have mounted an extension strip on the wall, along with the Phillips Hue Hub, a USB Hub and the Network Switch. And some Command Strips have been ordered to let me atttach a couple of power bricks to the wall as well and keep them out of the mess.
I did have to order a new 3.5mm extension lead to take the audio from the monitor to the speaker system, but because I removed so much superfluous stuff, I freed up some USB extension cables so that I could plug the Zigbee strips into a USB hub that’s plugged into a mains adaptor.
All the other wires have been routed together and tied together with cable ties, it still looks bad in many ways, and I think I need to get some shorter cables, and some trunking to hide them a bit more.
I do need to think about a better over all solution to that overall.
What I Am Modelling
I started the week by doing some airbrushing. I use the airbrush to get down base colours and with black spray paint out of stock everywhere I am now priming with the airbrush.
I got the Scourge done with their colourshift paints, and primed and got base colours into the T’au stuff.
The Scourge starter fleet was painted up on Tuesday morning, and I love the finish I got on these.
But I desperately need to play a bit more multiplayer to Git Good!
Also on Wednesday night, myself, Graham, Dave and Megan played finished our current Star Trek Adventures episode and that was a lot of fun, we even got ourselves a new ship!
On Friday I actually played some BioShock 2 and I only went and finished the game, you can watch the whole thing here as a YouTube playlist!
On Sunday I played Star Wars: Squadrons with Graham, Chris and Dave and the video for that is in the first section of this blog post.
This evening I also played a game of Roll for the Galaxy with Lindsay and Megan and of course Megan won, but I was only 9 points behind her, which I didn’t think was too bad considering it was my first play.
What I Am Backing
We are still backing CoraQuest, and really loving all the reporting about it, it looks like so much fun!
I also did get myself a lovely nice bunch of digital rewards from Steve Jackson Games for Car Wars 6th Edition.
And also from Steve Jackson Games, I got the survey for Pyramid Scheme, but that’s been filled out and returned already.
What I Am Cooking
This morning I made our breakfast, which was really simple, just some chicken sausages with cheese on muffins.
The wonderful Lord Barrington has been with us about two months now and he is slowly but surely coming around to us, the girls more than than me.
Not long after he arrived we noticed the eye on which he had his operation, was weeping, well it turned out he had an ulcer in his eye, and it was a nasty one.
So for four weeks, he has had to have eye drops four times a day, which he absolutely hated with a passion. Eventually he allowed just one of us to administer them, but very grumpily.
He has now been off them since Friday as his eye is fully healed, with just a small amount of scarring.
He is now starting to warm up to us again, but the eyedrops have set the relationship back a bit. He hides a lot when we enter the room, and often sleeps under the bed, but there are lots of instances where he is showing signs of trusting us.
The other night he briefly slept on the bed whilst Megan was in the bed, and he loves to play, if his favourite toy is anywhere near him, he goes mental for it.
He is however scared witless of Bonnie, she terrifies him a lot, he is very intimidated around her, if she is at the top of the stairs, he won’t come down for foods.
It’s hard work, but I am sure in time we will have a brilliant relationship.
What I Am Modelling
I started the week by finishing of my Plague Drones of Nurgle. These will serve in my Maggotkin of Nurgle for Age of Sigmar, Chais Daemons for 40k and Darmons of the Ruinstorm in Heresy.
So now I am a Twitch Affiliate I feel like I really need to make the site a lot more professional, and so I have done some self teaching of After Effects to make myself a Going Live Gif and a Stinger Transition.
Hopefully these will add to the look of the streams and make them seem a touch less amateurish.
I still have a lot more to do, but the hope is that I can keep in adding away and making it look the best it can be.
The next things I am doing is changing my Be Right Back screen to include a slideshow of recently painted projects.
Barrington is doing much better, his eye has really cleared up.
He hates the drops and does his best to avoid them, but he is still coming on leaps and bounds.
Everyday he gets braver and braver and he is starting to treat the house as his home now.
I used to love GURPS as a kid and I really want to try playing it again, so I am backing Steve Jackson Games GURPS Pyramid Scheme which aims to bring to market a fourth volume of the venerable Pyramid magazine.
Well this week has mostly been quiet, the only bit of real stuff that happened is that Lord Barrington had to go to the vets, he has an ulcer in his eyes, and I became an affiliate on Twitch.
We watched WandaVision on Friday and it was amazing, if a bit sinister. We were so happy it was good, we needed something to fill our Friday night TV slot given that there is no more Star Trek for the first time since October.
But it’s really been a quiet week overall, I have been doing some work on my streaming setup, and hopefully will be able to show off the final product on tomorrow nights stream.
So I am just sat here watching DS9 with the girls and Bonnie sitting between my legs.
What I Am Modelling
I started out by finishing up the Primaris Outriders for the Blood Ravens, these were an interesting until to paint. A lot more dynamic than the standard Space Marine bikes but a touch more difficult to build and paint.
As the title says, I just gained affiliate status on Twitch!
It’s taken some work to get there, but I have found my niche, and it’s streaming painting, so for the time being, video games are moving to YouTube, but not being streamed live.
It’s taken a few painting streams but they have been hitting their stride and were able to bring my average up nicely, the video game streams were pulling it down.
So until March, I am no longer streaming video games on Twitch and will focus solely on hobby.
So this means the schedule is likely to change going forward, because I think squeezing in another painting session would be good, but I am gonna chat to Megan and Lindsay about that this weekend.
In the meantime my schedule going forward at least until the end of January is Monday and Thursday nights 2000 – 0000.
And I am probably gonna initiate a raid from 2330 or so.
The Odd Change Here Or There
So I ended up moving my streaming software from Streamlabs OBS to OBS Studio, simply because many of the features I was looking for only worked in OBS Studio.
For example I have now got a thing set up do that when I get a subscriber, my window goes crazy with rainbow colours and anime speed lines!
And because I managed to trigger someone Echo in the middle of a stream, I have built some webhooks in IFTTT to control a few things in the studio, so for example, I can now hit a button to boil the kettle ready for my break.
I am also thinking of doing something with a spare webcam I have, it’s been suggested I place it elsewhere in the studio to provide a sort of behind the scenes view of the stream, so I might try that tomorrow.
Anyway I need to get some sleep, but I have had my first subscription and I am happy as Larry with that!