Originally written by PhatGirlDynomite!!! on Stripper Web 09/17/19
I'm creating this thread because we haven't had an updated discussion on Cammodel technology in quite some time. This is the new Cammodel Technology Thread 2019. Technology is always changing blah blah and blah, I think most of us know this. But what some may not realize is that the camsites we stream on are very slow to update their requirement guides. For example I just took a look at one camsites streaming requirement pages and the info was both outdated and vague.
Many of these sites are still suggesting that cammers buy computers with I7 computers with at least 8gb of ram. What they don't mention is that not all I7 Processors are equal and that 8gb of ram is very limiting when you need to run several applications at once. Most camsites only want you to run only the one encoder or application and have very little interest in helping cammers learn how to multitask. To be clear the many applications that you may use as a cammodel that will require lots of ram space are the following:
If you're working on platforms that require you to have multiple browsers open while live streaming this too can require more than 8gb of ram. Sites that may require open browsers in order to get notifications include:
The more browsers and applications that you have open the harder your computer will work. This is why it's important to have a powerful processor with as much ram as financially possible. You can keep an eye on your CPU usage by pinning your Task Manager to your taskbar. I suggest keeping it under 40%. If it continuously runs higher than that then this is an indication that your processor isn't strong enough and/or you are running our of ram/memory. You're doing too much and you may need to focus on the one camsite. Log out of a few things...including Stripperweb.
If you provide Indy shows on Skype Or Discord, try downloading those applications to a mobile device instead of your computer. This will free up your memory and will be less disruptive to your live streams. Each time you get a request on skype or discord via your cammodel computer, this can cause your CPU to spike if only for a one minute. During that time you may experience a less than stellar internet connection causing your stream to become pixelated or less clear. Often times the connection will work itself out eventually but at what cost to your chatroom?
What The Hell Is Ram?GB stands for gigabytes and refers to the amount of RAM found within a computer. RAM is also known as the computers memory and can be classified by it’s chip brand or type. What’s most important here is how much RAM/Memory does a computer have and will it allow you to operate the necessary amount of software at once, that’s required to stream successfully. 8gb of Ram is no longer the standard. It's okay if you're just starting out and only want to run one application at a time, but eventually you should aim for 12gb and then 16gb of ram.
Graphic Cards: Integrated vs. Designated Graphics
Integrated graphics is when the GPU (another name for a graphics card) is built into the computers motherboard that shares it’s resources with other components within your cpu. To obtain the highest level of performance and visual quality you’ll need a Dedicated Graphics Card that has it’s own memory that’s separated from the motherboard. When purchasing a computer be sure to look for DEDICATED GRAPHICS with the PC Specifications.
What Kind Of Computer Processor Should I Use For Live Streaming?
Remember up top when I said that not all I7 Processors are created equal? What if I told you that the I7 isn't even the best that Intel has to offer, AND Intel isn't even the only company that creates them? Most camsites will suggest that cammers purchase an I7 processor without mentioning that it's important to state what generation of that unit is the latest. Many of them don't even mention AMD processors.
Intel Processors: Currently Intel is on it's 9th generation of processors and soon to release a 10th. You can identify which family your CPU belongs to by looking at the number directly after the ‘i3’, ‘i5’, ‘i7’ or ‘i9’ in the processor name. An Intel Core i9-9900K is a 9th-generation CPU. Further examples on how to check what generation your intel processor is take a look at this, An i7-8550U is an 8th-generation chipset and the i7-7500U is from the 7th. The first digit after the dash reveals the generation.
AMD Processors: I'm not going to pretend to be an AMD expert but I do know that they are making huge improvements. Many are even saying that they're putting out better processors than Intel. I can however praise them on their Radeon Graphics Cards. From what I gather that because AMD is still overcoming an outdated reputation, laptops with their cpu chips tend to be less expensive than Intel. I'm gonna let these guys on this Youtube video explain it.
Deepthoughts here on Stripperweb is pretty knowledgeable on AMD and you can reach out to her if you have more questions.
Internet Speeds And What's Best For Live Streaming.
It is incredibly important that you understand that we all understand that download speeds are not synonymous with upload speeds. What's most important for cammodel streamers is knowing how fast your upload speed is. Having a high upload speed will also help with multitasking (See Above)as well as transmitting data at a greater rate. Some camsites will say that you should have a minimum upload speed of 3mbps, I disagree. This is okay for Skype or Discord but you try to aim for a minimum of 5mbps. Go for an upload of 10mbps or more if you can get it. Once upon a time an upload speed of 3mbps may have been enough but now in 2019, your're competing against cammodels who are able to get speeds around 20mbps.
Cammodel Tip: When you call your local internet provider (ISP)be sure to specifically ask them what the upload speed is. Be clear and point out that you aren't interested in download speeds. It's the upload that's most important. Often times the customer service representative may not realize that there's even a difference between the two. You're probably going to need to point that out.
It's A GOOD IDEA TO CHANGE OUT YOUR WEBCAM AT LEAST ONCE A YEAR. Every 12 Months!!! If you're frequently experiencing low bitrates, changing your webcam can solve this problem. The more we use them the faster they depreciate.
Can I Use A DSLR Camera As A Webcam?
You sure can! It used to be far more difficult when using this option but now it's extremely easy, IF you have the right equipment. If you have a DSLR Camera made within in the last three years you most likely can use something as simple as a USB capture card to turn your camera into a webcam.
ElGato Camlink Honestly you can get away with buying this one and live happily ever after.
There are other options when it comes to capture cards but I'm an ElGato slut and these are the only I'm familiar with. Feel free to add your suggestions down below.
Helpful Threads And Articles That Can Help With Your Cammodel Business:
How To Soften Your Webcam Settings: https://www.stripperweb.com/forum/sh...Light-FOR-C920
The All About Cammodel Lighting Thread: https://www.stripperweb.com/forum/sh...About-Lighting
Travel Camming, Hot Spots, AirBnB & Hotels: https://www.stripperweb.com/forum/sh...B-amp-Hotspots
Sex Toys & Toy Safetly: https://www.stripperweb.com/forum/sh...and-Toy-Safety
I'm running out of steam and it's getting late. But If I missed anything please fill free to add to this thread. One last point that I'd like to make before I log off is, you DO NOT need the latest and greatest Cammodel Technology in order to make money in this industry. However if you want to remain competitive and earn more money, it's important to learn more about your technological capabilities as well as your shortcomings.
Caveat: Our camming styles and personas can vary from person to person and that at times can be the factor that propels a model towards success. This is subjective territory and for that reason I decided to focus on Cammodel Technology vs. the IT FACTOR. We can have that convo on another day.