ArcelorMittal Will Share Liberia Iron Ore Rail with Guinea Miners

first_imgArcelorMittal will have to share the Liberian rail line it is using to export iron ore with Sable Mining and others miners in Guinea who request access, Liberia’s finance minister Amara Konneh said on Wednesday.Liberia, which neighbours Guinea, has an existing rail link to the Buchanan port in the Atlantic and offers a far shorter export route from deposits such as the giant Simandou project and Mount Nimba in Guinea, which is vital for mines to be profitable at current prices.The rail line is currently operated by ArcelorMittal, the world largest steelmaker.”ArcelorMittal is open to the multi-use of the rail because it is enshrined in the mineral development agreement signed with them. The government of Liberia would like to use its rail as much as possible for economic integration that is going to benefit both sides,” he told Reuters.”So this year I will be travelling between Guinea and Liberia bringing all the stakeholders together so that we can close this deal (between Sable and ArcelorMittal).”The Guinean government has so far granted permission to export through Liberia only to Sable Mining (SBLM.L), which is aiming to start production in 2015 and hit 5 million tonnes per year output after that.To allow more companies to use the line though works need to be undertaken to expand its capacity and the companies wishing to use such lines will have to pay the bill for that, the minister said.Adding a second rail line is also an option, he added.A spokeswoman for ArcelorMittal said the firm is willing to discuss availability on the Yekepa to Buchanan railway with third parties who may want to use available surplus capacity without interfering with ArcelorMittal Liberia operations.It is unclear whether ArcelorMittal currently has spare availability for third parties but the steelmaker is ramping up its iron ore mining operations in Liberia and expect its production will grow from around 4 million tonnes a year to 15 million in 2015.MOUNT NIMBAThe Guinean government granted iron ore miner Sable permission to export through Liberia in October, which could increase the viability of its Nimba project.Sable then signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in November with the Liberian government.”The two government have agreed that they (Sable) will use Liberia and the Buchanan port to export ore from Guinea but just need to get the two companies to agree on the costs,” he said.Export through Guinea is also critical for the other Mount Nimba deposit owned by major miner BHP Billiton (BLT.L) and gold miner Newmont (NEM.N).BHP has been in talks over its 40 percent stake in the deposit with mining venture B&A Mineracao, co-founded by the former boss of Brazil’s Vale (VALE5.SA) Roger Agnelli, over the last few months.A source close to the deal said the possibility to have an export route through Liberia is vital to the sale.Konneh said the other companies developing the Mount Nimba deposit are also welcome to export through Liberia.”The question is about increasing the capacity so that the coming of these companies doesn’t hinder ArcelorMittal operations in Liberia,” he said.”We are discussing on how to make that increase happen. The companies who want to use (the rail) will finance that.”Rio Tinto had also initially looked at exporting iron ore from its slice of the massive iron ore deposit Simandou through Liberia.Rio Tinto however has late agreed with the Guinean government to develop a trans-Guinean route which would provide wider benefits to Guinea but would take longer to develop and involve multi billion investment.Guinea’s president Alpha Conde said in November he was confident of investor commitments to fund the costly infrastructure.Liberia has “medium-term” plans to launch an international bond but will first seek a debt rating, Konneh told Reuters in an interview on Wednesday.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Looking forward to 2016 – Lori Ackerman

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — It should come as no surprise to anyone that, in looking ahead to the New Year, Mayor Lori Ackerman sees this city’s number one priority as economic growth and the challenges associated with it.However, in a year end interview, she took a look at those issues through a lens which she focused on quality of life and quality of experience.- Advertisement –last_img

Firms in holiday mode

first_imgNEW YORK – Big companies like L.L. Bean and Hallmark are already in holiday mode, sending out catalogs and putting merchandise on display. Small-business owners might want to follow their lead. Although Christmas is still three months away, doing some holiday planning now will make life – business and personal – a lot easier come December. That includes thinking about year-end staffing and parties and buying gifts now. It can also mean getting customers ready. At Pooch Chicago, an upscale day-care, kennel and spa for dogs, owner Robin Tomb began reminding customers in July that they need to book early for the holidays, or risk not being able to board their pets when December arrives. “We have found over the past several years that come early December, we’re completely booked, and people haven’t planned,” Tomb said. Some of her best customers were surprised when they called Dec. 22 and learned it was too late to board their pets. To try to avoid such disappointments, the Pooch Hotel is sending another reminder this week “so we can take care of clients now,” Tomb said. Many companies have learned that planning holiday-staffing levels – including who’ll be off and at what times – is best done early to avoid conflicts between employees, and to be sure that customers and clients are taken care of. At PR by the Book, an Austin, Texas-based publicity firm, planning means asking employees how much time they need to take off for the holidays, and then coordinating the company’s workload accordingly. Owner Marika Flatt says the company won’t take on more projects than it can handle during the holidays because “we all have young kids and we all want to spend time around the holidays with our families.” “We like to prepare for that in advance; the worst thing we can do is overcommit and not deliver,” Flatt said. That can mean turning away some new business, but Flatt said that because two-thirds of the company’s clients are book-related, for the most part their needs can often be handled before or after the holidays. So she’ll arrange in advance with clients to do the work when it’s not the height of the holiday season. Early planning for holiday parties is critical if owners want to ensure they hold their events at the locations they want on the dates they want. Basho Strategies Inc., a Burlington, Mass.-based company that provides sales training, has picked dates for its client and employee holiday parties, and already booked a spot for the latter event. “It’s absolutely essential to start looking” early, said Renay Picard, Basho’s vice president of marketing. “If we had waited any longer, it would be too late.” Like many companies, Basho learned the hard way that it should have planned in advance, Picard said. Planning has also become critical because the company has grown so much; now, an executive assistant handles many of the details. Because Bridget Cavanaugh’s business planned early for its employee party, “we had all the choices of weekends – Friday and Saturday nights. Everything we were looking at, we had all the choices,” she said. Cavanaugh, co-founder of O’Berry Cavanaugh, a Bozeman, Mont.-based advertising agency, said the company waited too long last year, so planning became a very hectic affair. “We made a commitment as a company that we were going to nail down next year’s holiday party,” she said. Planning is also necessary if you’re looking to give client, vendor or employee gifts that are more unique and have a bigger impact than mugs or calendars. “Now is the time to really sit down and think about the kind of gifts I want to give my clients,” said Jennefer Witter, owner of New York-based The Boreland Group Inc., a public-relations firm. “I don’t like to rush; I want to think about who they are and what their interests are, and that takes time to put together.” After she comes up with some ideas, Witter said, she has an assistant who helps her track down the best places to find the gifts. She also tries to personalize the more than 200 cards she sends – “something so that it won’t be a rote holiday card.” That will also require more time than just stuffing identical cards into envelopes.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgA brave St.Johnson mum of four is ticking off all the things on her ‘most wanted’ list after she beat cancer.Determined Denis Brown always dreamed of fulfilling her ambitions like recording her own CD, visiting New York and climbing Croagh Patrick.But when she was struck down by cancer in 2002 she never thought she would live to see those dreams come through. But now that she has beaten the dreaded disease, she is grabbing life by the horns.Denise, who now lives in Raphoe, revealed she was so convinced she was going to die that she wrote partner Paul a letter and even bought birthday cards and wrote them for her children right up to their 18th birthday.“That’s how scared I was. I didn’t just want to leave them on their own. I wanted to be with them on their birthdays.“I also knew that Paul would need some help so I wrote him out a letter of all the little things he needed to do for the children. I even told him that I didn’t mind if he met another woman as long as she was good to the children,” revealed Denise, 39.  But despite being told by consultants at Letterkenny General Hospital that she might only have six months to live, she battled on.She had a mastectomy and had to undergo chemotherapy and even asked her children to shave off her beautiful blonde hair so they wouldn’t feel left out.Denise said her battle with cancer made her have a completely different outlook on life.She remembers people coming to repossess her car and not having enough money to pay the electricity bill but they were small things compared to her cancer.“All Paul and me were concerned about was helping me to live so we could continue to be a family together. People talk about the Celtic Tiger and how tough things are now. We never saw the Celtic Tiger because all out money went on cancer treatment and running to hospitals,” she laughed. As well as recording her CD and scaling the pilgrimage to Mayo, Co Donegal woman Denise also has a raft of other items on her ‘bucket list.’She plans to visit New York, wants to run in this year’s Dublin City Marathon, learn how to play golf and also wants to see Donegal life the Sam Maguire cup at Croke Park.But the inspirational woman has completed a few things already on her bucket list.She promised herself an old Mercedes car and moved to a bigger house. And she has also walked on the beach in Gweedore in her bare feet touching the sand. But the biggest thing on her list was having more children and seeing her eldest daughter Erin, now 13, making her First Communion.“Seeing Erin in her dress was something I honestly thought I would never see. The arrival of my two other children after the cancer, Conrad and Regan, are just the icing on the cake. Now my life is complete,” she said.Or perhaps almost complete.Denise also revealed that when she had her surgery, partner Paul arrived in the hospital with a ring and asked her to marry him.She told him she would when her blonde hair grew as long as she could grow it.“It’s now down my back and I don’t think it can get any longer. We don’t need to be married to know that we want to spend the rest of our lives together.“But maybe he might get the hint now that my hair is really long and ask me again,” laughed Denise.EndsDREAMER DENISE STARTS ‘BUCKET LIST’ AFTER CONQUERING CANCER was last modified: March 3rd, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgFANCY winning a fabulous Christmas night out for you and your friends?Well Donegal Daily and the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny have come together so that one lucky winner can take NINE friends on a wonderful night out on Friday, December 12.Abba Reunion returns due to popular demand to the Mount Errigal Hotel that night. And we have a table for ten to give away. Celebrating Abba’s 40th year of Flares, Fame & Fabulousness! This is THE best Abba tribute in Europe, this group have toured the world and stars the original Frida from the West End!The Christmas Party Package includes:* A Warm Welcome By Your Dedicated Party Host* Bellini Cocktail By The Lobby Fire * 4 Course Meal to include the Mount Errigal Hotel’s Famous, 10oz Josper Sirloin Steak* Abba Reunion, superbly accurate harmony vocals, stunning replica costumes & excellent visuals.* Followed by Disco by Donegal’s best DJ – John Bosco.So how do you win this fabulous prize?It’s simple. Log on to to see their fabulous Christmas Party Line-up. Answer this question:How many nights will Abba Reunion play at the Mount Errigal Hotel this Christmas?Then send an email to giving your answer, name, contact number and where you’re from! Simple.Closing date for entries is next Wednesday, November 26th at noon. Usual competition rules apply. The prize is for Friday, December 12th. No alternative dates are on offer and there is no cash alternative. Good luck!WIN AN ENTIRE CHRISTMAS PARTY NIGHT OUT FOR YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS! was last modified: November 20th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Abba ReunionMount Errigal Hotelwin a christmas partylast_img read more


first_imgTragic teenager Martina Maguire has arrived back home in her native Co Donegal after losing her battle with cancer.Brave Martina, 16, passed away at Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children in Dublin surrounded by her family including mum Sarah, dad Michael and brother Michael.Large crowds have already started to gather at Martina’s home in Barkillew, Ardara to pay their final respects to Martina. Her funeral will take place on Monday at the Church of the Holy Family, Ardara at 11am.Interment will take place afterwards in the adjoining cemetery while the house is private from 11pm to 10am on the morning of the funeral.Those wishing to make donations can send them to the Intensive Care Unit at Our Ladies Hospital for Sick Children c/o any family member or Derek McCade Funeral Directors, Ardara.Martina was only diagnosed last year with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and was undergoing treatment at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital. The brave youngster was a 5th year student at St. Columba’s Comprehensive School before she fell ill and even received the best Junior Cert results in her year.Just a few weeks ago the people of the town came together in a touching display of community spirit to raise funds for her care.Hundreds of tributes have flowed in for the much-loved teenager. TRAGIC MARTINA ARRIVES BACK HOME TO DONEGAL was last modified: January 22nd, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Ardaramartina maguirelast_img read more


first_imgBank Holiday Monday, 5th May promises to be a landmark day for Lifford Athletic Club when it officially opens its long awaited Mondo track.Replacing the old cinder surface, Mondo’s international standard surface (the same as that supplied to the London Olympics and the Mary Peters Track in Belfast) is designed for superior athletic performance, which when added to the sheltered surrounds of the Lifford facility should make it one of the fastest tracks in Ireland. This exciting new development for the border club is the culmination of a ten year long project which has seen over €1 million spent on the club’s infrastructure which, in addition to the Mondo track, includes a new clubhouse, fully equipped gymnasium, fitness suite and floodlighting.The guiding light behind Lifford AC for over 30 years was Ben O’Donnell, in whose memory the newly opened facility is to be named.A former Gaelic footballer from his native Dungloe, Ben O’Donnell was a founding member of Lifford AC as well as being a founding member of the Donegal Athletics Board and a long serving official on the Ulster Athletics Board.Ben was also considered ahead off his time in coaching and guided many athletes towards national success and international representation. To celebrate the new track, Lifford AC will host a week long Festival of Athletics which starts on May 5th with the Opening of the Ben O’Donnell Athletics Stadium and finishes with the Strabane/Lifford Half Marathon on May 11th.During the week, the club will also host an evening of Graded Miles for Seniors and Masters, as well as hosting Donegal Juvenile Track and Field Events, and a cross border Primary Schools competition.The Track and Field evening meeting planned for May 5th will incorporate a quality Senior and Masters Track and Field programme and is being used by many athletes as a warm up event for forthcoming Championships as well as by those targeting Youth Olympics, World Juniors and Commonwealth Games qualification standards. Electronic timing will be in operation. Events for men and women include sprint hurdles, 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, Mile, 3,000m and 4 x 400m Relay. Field events include Long Jump, High Jump, Shot and Javelin. A €500 prize has been included for the first person to break the 4 minute mile in Donegal.Entries are now being invited for the Senior/Masters programme by emailing which should include details on recent best performances. Entries close on the 25th April. To celebrate our Opening, there is no entry fee either for athletes or spectators. Further details, please contact Brendan O’Donnell on +353 86 6007847.A juvenile programme from Under 13 to Under 17 will take place earlier in the day. Entries for the juvenile programme (limited to 2 track and 1 field or 2 field and 1 track event) are also invited, with entries closing on the 25th April.We would be delighted if clubs from across Donegal and Ulster would join with us to celebrate such a landmark occasion for our club. As well as athletes from across the country taking part, we are keen to showcase the best of local talent, be it club, from County Donegal, or across Ulster. RED LETTER DAY FOR LIFFORD AC WITH OPENING OF NEW TRACK was last modified: April 13th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:LIfford ACOPENINGtracklast_img read more


first_imgDrumkeen Parish Sale of WorkThe parish committee would like to thank everyone who helped make the Sale of Work a fantastic success. A special word of thanks to the local businesses and everyone who donated towards the sale. Drumkeen Youth ClubYouth Club this Fri 15th Nov from 7:30-9:30 pm. Leaders on duty this week: Patricia Doherty, John Conaghan, Geraldine Sweeney. Foroige Level 3 training for 5 of our leaders takes place in Bundoran on Fri 15th and Sat 16th Nov. Well done to our members who attended the committee training on Sat last in Drumkeen hall.St. Vincent de Paul We would like to thank everyone who attended our 5K fun walk recently. Over 60 people took part in the walk in glorious sunshine. Special thanks to all the youth club members and their parents who made the walk a real family affair.Irish Conversational ClassesClasses continue in St. Patrick’s N.S. from 7-9 pm. and is part funded by Donegal ETB (formerly VEC). The course is fully booked.Charlie Daly & H-Block Martyrs Sinn Féin Cumann DrumkeenLotto Results 06th Nov 07, 08, 17, 19. No jackpot winner. 1 winner Mark Mc Cafferty, Drumkeen €100 Next weeks jackpot €625. Go raibh maith agat.Jiving LessonsJiving lessons continues in St. Patrick’s hall every Mon night at 9 pm, everyone welcome. Parish HallAnyone wishing to book the hall should contact Charlie Quinn on 91/34010 or 087 7728608Drumkeen NotesAnyone wishing to have material included for next week Please Email: or text 086 4083625 (Deadline Fri @ 8pm) Please note the new deadline.DD LOCAL – DRUMKEEN SALE OF WORK A HUGE SUCCESS was last modified: November 10th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Drumkeen newslast_img read more

FNB, Silicon Cape partnership will boost SA business activity

first_img15 October 2014A three-year R1-million per annum partnership deal between First National Bank (FNB) and the Silicon Cape initiative will boost business activity and is a step forward in transforming Cape Town into the Digital City of Africa.Alexander Fraser, the outgoing chairperson of Silicon Cape, said FNB’s endorsement was a vote of confidence for tech-entrepreneurs and every start-up business in the Western Cape as well as the rest of South Africa.“Big business has a crucial role in ensuring that entrepreneurs have the necessary support to create jobs and boost economic growth. FNB’s backing will certainly bolster our efforts to build a better ecosystem for tech-entrepreneurs. This investment and long term commitment will enable Silicon Cape to scale and build additional value in our ecosystem,’ she said.Silicon Cape initiativeThe Silicon Cape initiative is a non-profit organisation that was started by Dragons Den entrepreneur Vinny Lingham and venture capitalist Justin Stanford in 2009. It aims to improve the ecosystem for tech businesses, by providing a platform for the community to collaborate, share resources and amplify tech innovation.The initiative to date has been completely volunteer driven and includes tech- entrepreneurs, developers, angel investors and venture capitalists that are passionate about entrepreneurship in their community. Silicon Cape has over 8 500 registered members and is one of the largest entrepreneurial networks in Africa. The collaboration with FNB is Silicon Cape’s first long-term partnership since inception.The partnership with Silicon Cape advances FNB’s contribution to creating an enabling environment for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in South Africa, said Stephan Claassen, FNB business provincial head for the Western Cape.“Through its diverse membership, Silicon Cape has been at the forefront of efforts to minimise barriers in doing business among tech-entrepreneurs. The partnership will also enable us to share best practice and contribute towards better positioning of tech businesses to potential investors,’ said Claassen.Sustainable tech ecosystemFNB’s partnership with Silicon Cape will create a sustainable holistic tech ecosystem in a country where it is not easy to get started, according to Heather Lowe, head of Vumela Enterprise Fund at FNB.She said the funding will be used to scale up tech-entrepreneurs and start-up businesses up. In addition, FNB will bring on board a full-time operations and marketing officer at the bank’s expense.“Silicon Cape members will also have full access to the new FNB Portside building [the tallest green building in Africa], where they can use our slow lounges and work cafe for meetings, as well as our events facilities.’Members will also have access to the Vumela Enterprise Fund and the bank will be able to give early stage equity funding for specific start-ups.Digital City of AfricaCity of Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille said the City was aiming to become a sophisticated digital city that had the infrastructure and environment for tech start- ups to thrive. “We want to become the Digital City of Africa. We can become a growing and thriving centre for our region, with multiplied effects for our economy,’ she said.The City of Cape Town has so far rolled out over 350 kilometres of broadband fibre optic cable and aimed to increase that to 700 kilometres, a fundamental development in reaching that vision. De Lille said the City encourages and supports start-ups with digital ideas, something that requires by-in from organisations like Silicon Cape and the private sector.“This means directly supporting those who need time and support to make their good ideas great and to add real value to our economy,’ she said. “These are just the building blocks for a long-term project.“Our vision is to use the unique infrastructural assets of our city to create a new digital centre and, in so doing, we will make Cape Town one of the most important investment centres in Africa.’The partnership was also welcomed by Tim Harris, the City of Cape Town’s Director of Trade and Investment. “This is an important collaboration between FNB and the tech sector in the city region. Cape Town is poised to become a leading technology hub in Africa, and partnerships like this will catalyse the growth of the sector helping to drive economic growth and create jobs in our city,’ he said.Source: Fin24.comlast_img read more

How to Choose and Use a Capture Card for Your Gaming Needs

first_imgWhether you want to stream current games or create a YouTube gaming channel, having a capture card is essential to making that dream a reality.Why You Need a Capture CardStreaming on Twitch or YouTube has become a lucrative career for gamers with big dreams and even bigger personalities. So, exactly how lucrative is it? Between sponsorships, ad revenue, member subscriptions, and other forms of revenue, the top ten Twitch streamers each make over $1 million a year, if not more, according to an independent study from Mediakix.But, before you start shouting “What’s up, guys” into a microphone, you’re going to need some equipment. A high-end PC is a must, in addition to a microphone, webcam, and (most importantly) a capture card. A capture card is a device that allows you to record and stream games from your video game consoles — an integral component for any streamer worth their salt.Which Card to PickImage via Elgato.Your budget will determine what kind of capture card you can buy, but there are several options for neophytes and experts alike.For around $150, you can buy a great card like Elgato’s HD60 S, which comes with everything you need to start streaming at 1080p and 60 frames per second (FPS). This capture card is mobile, and you don’t need to install it on your PC’s motherboard — the HD60 PRO and 4K60 PRO require this installation. You can even use this card with your laptop, so long as it’s relatively powerful. That means you can keep your consoles where you want them and bring your laptop around whenever you want to record. I had to move my consoles closer to my PC and it was a hassle.Image via AVerMedia.If you want to remove the PC from the process altogether, the AVerMedia Live Gamer Portable 2 Plus can capture footage onto itself, thanks to a MicroSD card slot that accepts cards up to 128GB. Apart from its unique PC-free mode, it can also record and stream footage the normal way, which makes this a much more versatile card. Although, it is more expensive.When it comes to sheer value, the HD60 S gives you the most bang for your buck, and it is extremely easy to set up. The HD60 S is a perfect capture card for beginners. But, if you want to step up your game, Elgato’s pricier cards require some installation. These more expensive models have added features like higher streaming resolution and bitrate. However, for beginners, it may not be worth the extra money.How to Set UpIf you get a capture card like the HD60 S, all you have to do is run an HDMI cable from your console to the card’s input port, then run another HDMI cable from the card’s output port to your monitor or TV. Finally, plug in the USB cable to your computer and your capture card. That’s it. The other cards, however, have a couple more steps. It’s nothing hard, but you’ll have to open up your PC.Image via Elgato.To install the capture card, you’ll need access to the motherboard, so it’s best to shut off the computer and cut the power. If you’re installing a card like the HD60 PRO, hunt down a spare PCIe x1 port and insert your card. The 4K60 PRO uses a PCIe x4 slot, so slots may vary by card. Make sure it’s in there snug, and screw the card onto the case. If it turns out you have no available slots, it may be best to go with a card like the HD60 S. Upgrading your motherboard is another option — albeit an expensive one.Once you’ve installed your card, it’s time to download some software, fiddle with settings, and get one step closer to streaming or recording.SoftwareCapture card manufacturers sometimes have their own proprietary software, but I found Elgato’s Game Capture HD software to be clunky and unintuitive. I can’t speak to other manufacturers’ software, but most professional streamers opt for software like OBS Studio or XSplit. The former is completely free to download and use.After a frustrating hour with Elgato’s software, I downloaded OBS Studio and recorded footage from my Nintendo Switch in a matter of minutes. It’s all really simple to configure, but here’s a quick guide if you want to record from your console:Open OBS Studio.On the bottom left-hand side, where it says “Sources,” click on the “+” button.Select “Video Capture Device.”Name the device and click “OK.”In the “Properties” window, select your capture card from the drop-down menu named “Device.”If using an Elgato product, click on “Configure Video” and select your console, if it hasn’t already been detected. You can also adjust audio levels and video resolution. Click “Done.”Back in the “Properties” window, click “OK.” You can always click on the gear icon in the “Source” box to change any settings.On the bottom right-hand side of OBS Studio, click on “Start Recording.”To change where your recorded footage gets stored, click on the “Settings” button under the recording button. Select “Output” and make your changes, if needed. You can also tweak your streaming settings in this window.Speaking of streaming, the process is basically the same as when you’re recording, except that you’ll need to select the “Start Streaming” button. Before you do that, however, you’ll need to link your streaming account with OBS Studio. Twitch, Mixer, YouTube, and Facebook Live are all compatible. To link your account, go to the “Settings” menu again, select “Stream,” and choose your preferred streaming service. This will prompt you to log into your account.OBS Studio is simple to use but hard to master. This is just a basic guide, and, if you’re serious about streaming, you need to be comfortable with the software you use. Mastering hotkeys will help your stream run more smoothly, and investing in eye-catching overlays will attract users’ attention. Now, all you have to do is be yourself and play games on camera. Just don’t expect the money to come in right away.Becoming a StreamerUnlike the video games that we all know and love, there are no cheat codes to becoming a top streamer. That comes with patience, hard work, and creating quality content that attracts and entertains users. Having good equipment won’t propel you into superstardom per se, but it’ll make the ascent that much smoother.For tips on how to build a PC for video editing, check out The Comprehensive Guide To Building Your Own Editing PC. Our blog has all you need to know about editing video, camera gear, and much more.Need music for your stream? Check out our near-endless collection of royalty-free music, which can make for an awesome intro song. And, to stand out from the pack, read Power Up Your Gaming Videos and Twitch Streams with Royalty-Free Music. It has a great curated playlist that’ll make your stream even better.Cover image via AVerMedia.Looking for more on tips and gear for streaming? Check these out.E3 2019: How Video Games Are Changing Cinematic StorytellingHow To Fix Out-of-Sync Audio on a Video Game Screen CaptureVideo Games vs. Feature Films: Why Adaptations Usually FailThe Blackmagic eGPU: The Graphics Upgrade Your Mac NeedsThe Lowdown on Facebook’s New Streaming Servicelast_img read more