How did you get into shoutcasting?
My brother was one of the first big shoutcasters for StarCraft.
Around the WCG 2005, he began traveling all around the world doing
commentaries while I focused heavily on improving my play.
As influenced by my brother, I dabbled in some commentary (primarily on Team Liquid) and my role was primarily as an analyst.
What are your goals for each shoutcast? Are there certain
elements you try to cover each time, or is it something that you play by
For the daily, I study and prepare in advance to create a focused,
educational theme. I try to avoid just hopping in and saying "Hey,
let's analyze a game," and instead lean more towards watching a couple
of replays and selecting the appropriate ones that fit the daily's
The same prep even goes into Funday Monday's, except in that case the goal is to be funny. :)
Can you describe your process for creating a shoutcast? What tools do you use?
For the tools, I use a fairly rudimentary setup involving VH Capture
to grab the screen and Flash Media Encoder to encode to Justin.tv.
However, to actually formulate the replay, I generally have a bunch
of ideas floating in my head for what I want a daily's topic to be. I
will select one in the morning and try to structure the show around
Sometimes, I want to see how a matchup is evolving. Other days, I
want to talk about how to crack a certain strategy. I will end up
spending a while watching through a few replays quickly to narrow down
on a clear set to use on the daily. If I am just going to focus on one
specific game, I will re-watch it and sometimes compare it to other
There are always a bunch of replays the viewers never see that
influence the discussion of the replay or content in any given daily.
You'll always hear me say things like "he's heading to do X, Y, or Z,
but he COULD do A or B," and that is always a consideration for any
daily. The studies of the replays not shown are what gives me A and B.
Any tips for keeping track of everything going on during a match?
You have to play. A ton.
Playing StarCraft: Brood War for 12 years will train your eyes to
spend most of the time staring at the minimap, not the main screen, so
that makes it much easier to catch everything going on in a match.
The experience I have in StarCraft II as a player will also help
remind me of things: "Oh… he has X amount of sentries right now, zerg
should probably have Y roaches out by now."
In short, I think training as a player is really the only way to help you become a sharp observer.
What advice would you give to those who are looking to get into shoutcasting (or trying to improve)?
The most important thing is to keep doing it. Don't try to hide in
the shadows "carefully sculpting your craft." You have to iterate tons
and tons and tons. Improve publically, not privately.
Yes, playing the game and studying will help, but the best way to do anything is to just DO and not worry so much about it.
Comments and feedback can be very helpful for trying to improve, but
you should always be EXTREMELY careful and analytical when reading
comments. Sometimes vocal minorities will complain harshly while the
majority is actually very happy and satisfied. You have to do tons of
comparisons to what comments are like over time, compare them to the
casts that have the most hits, that sort of thing.
Just make sure you have a clear sense of what it is you’re working on and how you’re testing and measuring it with the public.
What is your shoutcasting/work schedule like?
Between the team members, it takes six to seven hours to produce a
show, two to five hours to prepare the actual content, two hours for the
streaming, and then generally another hour to do all of the associated
bookkeeping (uploading, descriptions, tagging, etc). Funday Mondays
generally take all day.
Sometimes we'll do a daily on very little prep, but that's about the
average. I do this Sunday through Thursday, and I also have daily
meetings with my team. We don’t meet on the weekends, since I am
generally casting other events.
When I'm not actively producing a shoutcast, I'm working on a couple other fun, StarCraft-related projects. :)
Basically, seven days per week, nonstop.
How did you get started on Daytv?
It was a bit of a process. The forums were a difficult media to try
to be an "expert" in, because so often the strong comments are drowned
out by chatter and opinionated players.
Absolutely some members will eventually gain social currency by being
consistent and offering strong advice, but I wanted something more
concrete. I tried to drift into audio podcasts to create a level of
Though initially successful, it wasn't quite true to the form of the
community (very malleable and interactive) and didn't match well with
the form of the underlying content (StarCraft is a game, it is very hard
to try to describe micro with just words and no video). Also, audio
podcasting took much longer.
So, one day I tried to experiment with the medium of live video
because it was faster, and the video allowed me to demonstrate
strategies on-screen. The live chat also made it a bit more interactive
and community oriented as well, and from there it continued to grow and
evolve into what it is today.
What's the most important factor in making a show like yours a success?
The biggest thing is commitment and dedication. I take what I do
very seriously and have never missed or "forgotten" a daily
accidentally. I have been sick, or missed due to school or other events,
but this is something that myself and my group of peers really put
Many of your broadcasts are dedicated to strategy and helping
players understand the intricacy of StarCraft II. What was your
motivation behind this approach?
Much of my motivation for the episodes stems from problems or curiosities that I develop from playing or watching the game.
I'm representative of what the hardcore competitors of StarCraft II
are like -- my show is an analysis show because I'm a player and I just
enjoy the act of analyzing. When I sit down and start analyzing a game
for a daily, I'm actually utilizing the same techniques that I use for
improving my own play privately. The only difference is I'm talking
while doing so.
At the end of each show, I feel like I've also learned a good bit, so
I take that knowledge and go play with it! It all comes back to the
fact that I am a player at heart and the strategy and training goes
hand-in-hand with that.
Do you have a favorite StarCraft II match (or daily)? Are there certain dailies that you hold near and dear to your heart?
My favorite match still has to be mana vs naama in game 3 from
Dreamhack. When things get really, really tense in live matches, I tend
to get excited and nervous -- it's just so tense and awesome! The whole
time I was just like "oh my gosh, is mana really going to pull this off?
IS HE REALLY GOING TO PULL THIS OFF?!"
As far as dailies near and dear to my heart, #100 will always have a
special place, because it's about my whole life of StarCraft. If you
want to know a lot about how much this game has meant to me you should
check out daily #100.
Funday Mondays are always fun, so I like those a lot. Another one
that stands out is #252, because I conveyed some awesome information
about new ways to approach and think about the game. That was a daily
that I took lots of time to think about and delve into the mechanics of
StarCraft II gameplay and training mindset and habits.
I also liked daily #233, TLO vs White-Ra. At first glance, it seems
weird, but if you slow it down and think about the steps the players
take, it makes a lot more sense. That one was also a bunch of fun
because I collaborated with Husky on it.
We'd like to thank Day for taking the time to talk to us. Check
out the links below to watch the dailies and videos referenced in the
Daily #100 - Day's life of StarCraft: http://blip.tv/file/3486428
Daily #233 - TLO vs White-Ra: http://blip.tv/file/4593518
Daily #252 - Secrets of Hotkeys, APM and Mouse Movement: http://blip.tv/file/4712303
MaNa vs Naama Game 3 from DreamHack: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9mCj9jFMSU
The Day Daily is shown at 7:00 p.m. PST Sunday through Thursday on http://www.justin.tv/day9tv.