Whether you’re a pilot or controller, streaming your flights or controlling sessions is a great way to inspire, educate, and entertain others. Ever since I started the controlling streaming group IFATCLive, we have taught valuable skills to aspiring controllers and inspired a number of community members to join IFATC. This is why I encourage others to explore streaming, both flying and controlling. It may seem like a difficult inconvenience, but in reality, it’s the exact opposite.
For the purposes of this tutorial, I will be using an iPad Air 3rd Generation, running on iPad OS 14. This tutorial will also focus on the streaming platform Twitch only. However, using a device that runs Android, or streaming on YouTube, are very similar.
To start, you’ll need to download the free Twitch app from the App Store on the device that you use Infinite Flight on and create a free account. After that is complete, you’ll be able to see the home screen, which is where the tutorial begins.
Tapping your profile picture in the top left is the first step to setting up your stream. You’ll see a menu that should like the one in the screenshot below.
From here, tap on the purple button that reads “Go Live”. You’ll then see two options, either “Stream Games” or “Stream IRL”.
Tap on the “Stream Games” option. A list of games should now appear. Using the search bar in the top right, search “Infinite Flight” and tap on it once it appears.
From here, you’ll be directed to the Stream Setup page. This is where you can edit the title of your stream, customize volume settings, and eventually go live.
Above you can find my desired settings. Infinite Flight tends to be quite underwhelming when set to Twitch’s default volume setting, so I’ve learned to drag the device volume slider to the loudest setting.
Also, as I don’t talk during streams, I’ve turned off the microphone volume altogether. If you do not wish to talk over your stream – this includes background noise – turn the microphone volume setting off. You’ll also see a button titled “Edit Stream Info”. Tapping on that button will offer more stream customization options, however, for simplicity’s sake, I usually leave them as is.
If you’re ready to stream, press the big purple button at the bottom of the page. This will open a new popup window, similar to the one in the picture below.
From here, you’ll tap on Start Broadcast, and just like that, you’re live on Twitch. As mentioned earlier, if your voice or background noise do not wish to be heard over the stream, make sure the microphone setting is set to off. To end the stream, swipe down from the top of your device’s screen, press the red circle, and following the prompt, tap “Stop”.
You’re now ready to begin streaming Infinite Flight on your phone or tablet. However, I’d like to add a few housekeeping tips to make your stream the best it can be.
- Use the show touches feature available in Infinite Flight to provide better insight and clarity for viewers. To enable this feature, head to Infinite Flight Settings -> General -> Show Touches.
- Turn on Do Not Disturb – streaming to Twitch will record your entire screen, including notifications, so mute notifications to avoid viewers from seeing your personal texts, emails, etc.
- Share your stream with your friends, groups, and communities – the best way to get yourself on the map and achieve your goals is to share your stream with others. Infinite Flight Community guidelines also allow posting of streams on the day of the stream in the Screenshots and Videos category.
Best of luck!