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Mixer is a rapidly growing platform for livestreaming. Some of the best Mixer tools out there are spread far & wide, and difficult to find. We found them.
With the move of a certain big-name streamer over to Mixer, the platform has seen a surge of interest & exposure. Many interested parties are flocking, and with them come questions about the platform.
We wrote an article that we strongly suggest to read, to bring you guys up to speed for the features of the main platform. But the fun doesn’t stop there. We’re talking Third-Party tools here: Bots, Stream tools and alerts oh my!
Interaction first Mixer tools
There are a number of really helpful tools out there for streamers; however, there are very few places where this information is located in one place.
Bots – Who said you needed to use a bot in a botnet DDOS attack?
Bots are used to expand the interaction possibilities in many different ways. Some bots are designed to interface directly with the Mixer API. Doing so results in advanced integration & functionality. Others simply remind you to take a drink & break every now and again with a time-based reminder.
Firebot – A fairly simple-to-use Mixer bot
This bot is one that we have the most experience with as far as mixer bots are concerned. With this bot, you can create buttons that play sound clips, video clips, display overlays when a user subs/follows/hosts & a few other notable features.
This bot, when configured correctly, can even replace Streamlabs for alerts if that is what you prefer. This particular feature, Events, is especially handy if you ban someone. You could have a judge gavel gif of “The Banhammer has spoken!” as it crashes down.
Our favorite feature is the ability to control OBS scenes by connecting a Mixer button to it, and have that button run a macro you defined. For a Streamer with multiple cameras in their setup, this could be a cool feature for your audience to play with. We recommend setting up a global cooldown timer to avoid abuse.
Fun Example we thought up, “The Scenic Wars”. There could be a scene swap war that you could stage, and be like “Oh, our newest follower initiated a Scenic war! Will you let this stand? TAKE CONTROL!”. You can disable the command any time you like if you want to take control back.
MixItUp – One bot to rule them all
From Overlays to Hotkeys, Chat integration & more, we have MixItUp, one of the most robust Mixer tools we have encountered thus far.
This bot supports Ovrstreamtm, which is a platform similar to Streamlabs. They offer overlays, alerts & more. Those who are transitioning from the Streamlabs dominated Twitch side of things will appreciate the added flair capabilities.
In addition, MixItUp supports OBS, XSplit & Streamlabs OBS for controlling scenes, just like Firebot. We strongly recommend this bot, as it has a lot of great features. It sports a huge following, & solid support from what the folks over at MixItForward have said.
It also supports Stream Avatars integration, which is another powerful Mixer tool. This tool shows your audience as little gifs that walk around on the screen.
Before you decide on this bot, give Firebot a try. You never know what works best for your setup. We recommend you read the features list they provided for all of the other features we haven’t talked about here.
Stream Enhancement Mixer tools
Let’s take a look at some tools with special functionality not found in the bot programs. We already mentioned a few, those being Ovrstreamtm & Stream Avatars. But those are not the only ones.
Stream Avatars – See your audience on stream as little animated gifs
This one isn’t free, but it may be worth it for you to increase the viewer’s interaction. Currently, Stream Avatars is being sold on steam for $14.99. This software features your audience as little gifs.
It comes with a default set, but you can download community-made avatars, or even make your own! (Or hire an artist to make one for you!)
A recent addition was that of the chat bubble. Yes indeed, your audience’s chat is displayed as an RPG Chat bubble above their heads. This can further entertain the audience, and evoke a sense of Roleplay for some.
There is even a battle royale mode, and your audience fights to the last. The winner is crowned, and can be a fun way to do a giveaway! This tool is not exclusive to Mixer, and in fact, works with Twitch & YouTube.
Ovrstreamtm – A sleek alert system
Ovrstreamtm is a program designed to do two things really well: Alerts & overlays. With that laser-focused goal in mind, they deliver.
Utilizing 3D animated motion graphics, create an eye-popping jaw-dropping experience. Motion activates strongly in our peripheral vision. Having the emote animate in a flashy way will quickly draw attention, and screams “High-level production”.
Just to be clear, Ovrstreamtm is free for 60 days, and after that, it is $4.99/mo.
If you are looking for a more “Hype” type experience, Ovrstream should be your next consideration.
Streamlabs – The Granddaddy Streamer assistant
While Ovrstreamtm does offer, in our opinion, a better alert system as far as stylization, you don’t want to discount the OG in the room. Streamlabs is a collection of tools designed specifically for a streamer. One major benefit is that it is completely free to use. It is still around today, and there is a big reason for that.
Streamlabs is very stable, easy to use, and has a ton of powerful features. It is also widely supported by a number of other tools & integrations. For example the Elgato Streamdeck.
Also, Streamlabs OBS has Nerdordie overlay themes built into the program for easy preset overlay elements. However, did you know? You can still use your Nerdordie presets within OBS? Just copy over the source links into Media Sources, Image sources & browser sources!
One of our favorite features of Streamlabs is the Event List, which in our opinion, was far better than stream labels. There are many more features, including View count, end credits, & Monetization options. You’ll want to watch this video to learn more.
Streamlabs Creator Sites – Websites are mixer tools too!
Websites are a powerful tool if used correctly. They create a focal point to which to anchor your brand off of. Not sure what a brand is, or how to grow something as a brand? We have an article that might shed some light on that.
StreamLabs has launched something they call “Creator Sites” which is essentially a Drag & Drop editor. (WYSIWYG editors for the technically inclined.) It features a strong integration into the major streaming platforms; Mixer, Twitch & YouTube are the only three platforms supported at this time. We’ll let you know if that changes!
Create an organic source of traffic using StreamLabs Creator Sites
Streamlabs Creator Sites are an invaluable tool for any streamer. They offer a simple & effective Drag & Drop editor, as well as provide base templates to go off of. If you can’t afford the price of a Web developer, Streamlabs Creator Sites is the next best thing.
Using a tool not mentioned here?
We strive to provide streamers with the tools they need to succeed and Draw more attention. We covered some of the features that we thought made them stand out, but there is a huge quantity of tools to cover. Maybe that up-and-coming tool is way better than one of the ones listed here! Let us know if you have a tool you use for your streams.