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Alright, because Twitch is just globally meh and starting to aggravate me, here we go~
Setting Up Twitch’s Video Stream through VLC:
- Grab VLC. Note that the binaries only work on Windoze, but works on any OS that supports Python. You’ll have to recompile the source code provided etc etc.
- Install (and optionally configure) Livestreamer.
- All further instructions are for Windows but can be adjusted for any OS. Press your Windows Key and your R key. A Run dialog box should pop up. Your parameters will be as follows (assuming you didn’t touch where livestreamer was installed): livestreamer.exe twitch.tv/<channel name> <quality> – qualities available are (from worst to best) mobile, low, medium, high, and source.
- Enter in your desired stream to watch and the quality. For example, if you want to watch my stream in Source quality, then you’d type in: “livestreamer.exe twitch.tv/MikalMirkas source” (obviously not with the quotes).
- Done. VLC should open and start playing the stream.
Why would you do this? VLC DOESN’T HAVE TO BUFFER (usually)! Twitch’s flash client is what causes some of buffering / bufferlag (lag caused by excess buffering), so if you’re buffering / having above average stream delay, just switch over to VLC and pop out the Twitch chat. If you want to completely eradicate Twitch’s UI from the equation, then you can:
Setting Up Twitch’s Chat through an IRC Client:
TL;DR? Go here and get your oauth token. Connect to irc.twitch.tv: 6667 (no ssl). Your username is your Twitch username and your password is that oauth token.
Why would you do this? You could set up a bot through mIRC or HexChat, or you want to use a function of an IRC client that Twitch’s popout chat can’t offer (such as chat opacity). Unfortunately, you lose Emotes and Subscriber Icons (unless you use a client like Pidgin and make them yourself). Here’s a list of Twitch Emoticons and their source images (might be outdated).