1. Customizable controls
The Stream Deck's primary function is to aid broadcasters, whether they're on YouTube, Twitch, or any other site.
There's a lot to be claimed about the control flexibility this device provides. Simple controls help you stay professional.
If you need to eat or converse with a family member who's walked into the room, it may be an easy-access button that rapidly shuts your webcam or mutes your microphone.
Alternatively, you may use Discord's mute and deafen buttons to temporarily silence your pals and allow you to speak to your audience without interruption.
2. Easy audience engagement
The Stream Deck comes in handy when you need to engage your audience quickly.
By using a button, we can broadcast prepared messages on Twitch at any moment throughout the stream.
If you see that you're getting a lot of questions on a particular topic, you could write a response that you could then submit to chat with a single button press.
In our situation, we have a YouTube video with tips and techniques for the game we're playing. And we can use that button for advertising the video when people ask for help with the game.
Other basic Twitch controls include easily clipping a stream, placing a highlight marker for future editing, playing an advertisement, erasing the current chat, or switching the current chat mode to follower, remote only, or slow chat.
These simple controls make it much easier to keep track of your stream without complication.
3. Smart home controls
Another feature of the Elgato Stream Deck that we enjoy is controlling smart home lights from the UI.
It works with Philips Hue and Nanoleaf, as well as Elgato's Key Lights. So you can program the Stream Deck to control various lights in your home with a single touch.
We set it up to control two Philips Hue lights and buttons to modify brightness, switch between scenes, and even start Philips Hue Light Sync.
You could use the multi-action buttons to turn on lights in different rooms, alter the brightness, and more.
These activities can be done using the regular app or a voice assistant. But they are not always as quick or satisfying.
4. Folders within folders
The Stream Deck comes with 15 buttons in its regular size. A mini six-button version is also available, and the huge 32-button Stream Deck XL.
With folders, you may add even more controls to either option. Each Stream Deck setup photo in this post has an up/back arrow on the top-left button, as you may have seen.
This is possible because Elgato allows you to create folders and place commands within them.
It's even possible to construct folders within folders. For example, we have a sub-folder full of gifs in our Twitch commands folder.
These gifs can be viewed on the stream using Streamlabs OBS by clicking on them.
With only a few keystrokes, you could make gif folders for particular moods and have all sorts of relevant replies to what's going on in the stream.
5. Video editing
We've also been editing videos with the Stream Deck, like Elgato Stream Deck.
You may add controls for everything from splitting video tracks to cutting the beginning and finish of clips, activating multi-camera editing, eliminating useless clips, storing, and more.
You can use it in place of keyboard shortcuts. It allows you to use the Stream Deck to improve your video editing efficiency.
Multi Actions also gives you the option of customizing a sequence of various actions with just one click.
With just one button press, you may open your video editing software, start the folder on your machine containing all the video files, open a project, open audio software, and more.
It's also not software-specific, so there are a lot of options.