Since opening our official XSplit Discord server, Nyx has been a standout member with knowledge of not only XSplit products but also tech in general surrounding streaming and technical PC know-how. It really didn’t take long before she was promoted as a moderator with the responsibilities of helping us out in responding to members and keeping the various channels in order.
Get to know more about her with this interview.
Tell us a little about yourself, your favorite games, your background and what you're up to?
Nyx: Hi, My name is Thea Nyx Petersen but I'm more known as Nyx. My background is in IT, and I have a big passion for the tech industry as a whole, I’ve been gaming for as long I can remember with my first game being Giana Sisters on the Commodore 64. I mostly prefer RPG’s and platformers ranging from Crash and Spyro to World of Warcraft, Guildwars2, or classic offline RPG’s. Right now I’m still setting stuff up to get back into a consistent streaming schedule.
When and how did you first stumble upon XSplit and how long have you been using it?
Nyx: I actually stumbled upon XSplit quite a few years ago right after I had started trying out streaming. Back when I first used it, I was very inexperienced when it came to the streaming scene, but the thing that immediately hit me with XSplit was how the stream looked a lot more out of the box, that I liked!
What makes you use XSplit over other streaming applications? What are your favorite features?
Nyx: I’ve tried almost every streaming application on the market ( some that don’t exist anymore ) and I always fell back on XSplit for 2 reasons.
The first is the chroma key tool makes my life so much easier! Secondly I like the aspect that I’m not bound to my stream settings, I can easily stream at 720p and do a 1440p recording at 2 different frame rates at the same time, might not be what most need but it makes me happy to know I can produce a local recording that’s completely unbound by my stream settings.
What do you think is the most interesting part about the video creation and streaming community?
Nyx: See this is where my approach is probably a bit unique, I’m not very good at editing or stuff like that, however, my time in the streaming scene I’ve always been a bit of a perfectionist, which has caused me to get very familiar with x264 as a whole, which has also allowed me to tweak my encodes to a point where I personally am much happier with the raw quality of my streams. It’s been 4 years and I still regularly come up with new ways to improve, I guess part of it is the excitement of a challenge and being able to see the work pay off immediately.
What do you find most rewarding and most difficult about being a moderator on the XSplit Discord server?
Nyx: I think that a lot of people have come to rely on me for technical advice when it comes to the streaming scene, I’m always happy to share my knowledge, I could probably preach to the end of the world about the more technical aspects of encoding. I also find it super rewarding when I manage to teach people new stuff, especially when they come back to let me know the information I gave helped their streams.
But also I’d like people to be aware that I’m not flawless, I’ve been tinkering with this stuff for years, so it doesn’t mean I don’t make mistakes. I sometimes worry that when I say stuff that doesn’t apply to everyone that people reading through will be taking that for themselves giving them a worse end result instead of them reaching out asking if X applies to their setup as well.
For anyone reading this, let them know where they can find you; social pages, YouTube and streaming channels?
Nyx: Heh, I’m usually horrible at managing social media but the two main destinations to find me would be my personal discord or my Twitch channel. I sometimes manage to update my twitter but it’s not as often as I should, the channels are linked below:
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