This is an open plea to pinball manufacturers to add easily accessible video-out ports for streaming purposes!
I had hoped this would get easier as games moved to LCD displays. But, for example, Aerosmith does not have standard video connectors. Streamers are forced to record the screen, which usually becomes over-exposed and unreadable. The streamer must spend time fiddling with their camera settings for a sub-par capture.
In an ideal world:
(no game does this yet, AFAIK)
Out of the box, there is an easily accessible HDMI port somewhere on the outside of the cabinet. Game audio would also output over the HDMI connection. The streamer only needs to connect an HDMI cable to their capture device.
(many newer tables do this because they are PC-based)
The game internally uses some standard connector for the display (HDMI, DVI, or VGA). A splitter can be used to grab the video signal. Additionally, a 3.5mm jack is available to grab the audio, either from inside the cabinet or from a headphone jack outside. A 3.5mm splitter may be required.
The game does not use any standard connectors for the display. An extra camera setup or external hardware is required to capture the display.
Check out @kdeangelo’s streams to see the awesomeness of direct AV from the table.
I realize this is a tall order. Streamers make up a tiny segment of an already tiny audience, and this adds cost to the table. Maybe there are licensing issues involved. But I hope manufacturers will know there is some demand for this!
Streaming is an awesome marketing tool. Look at how many orders Spooky received for TNA during @DEADFLIP’s stream! Ensuring that your game looks as great as possible on stream can only help to make pinball more popular.