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  • Meta Plays Casting Tool and Map Intro Release


    Hi everyone,

    Now that we had 1 event of each supported launch game, it is time for us to give content creators access to our media assets. We are doing this in order to help the community produce higher quality, more professional-looking content.

    If you can credit us in your content when using these, we would appreciate it. The following would be a good way to do so:


    Map Intro Clips, Score Board and Player Intro Panels courtesy of Meta Plays. https://meta-plays.com/news/site/meta-plays-casting-tool-and-map-intro-release-r7

    While the intro videos are our content, created by Ippert (AoM) , Maguro (SC2, WC3), PF2K (Info Panels) and myself(HW2), as a commission for Meta Plays, we will not be chasing people down for not crediting, nor will we be claiming monetized videos, naturally.

    However, please do not remove the logo branding during the map intro videos. We will be taking action in cases of abuse (e.g. re-branding of the intro clips). By using the clips and the casting tool, you agree to the above.

    You can integrate these into your streaming app by or downloading them from the below link. From here, we recommend using a unique scene for each of the intros, and switching between them with hotkeys, ideally via a tool like Touch Portal on mobile devices, or physical macro devices, such as the Stream Deck.

    The Meta Plays Map Intros Can Be DOWNLOADED HERE

    Youtube Playlists for your viewing pleasure:

    Download the Meta Plays Casting Tool Here:

    Meta Plays Casting Tool.zip


    We are also pleased to share with you the Meta Plays Casting Tool, developed by Maguro and PF2K! They worked on it as a commission for Meta Plays, and this is a modified variant of the Starcraft Casting Tool
    The goal of this software is to increase the quality of tournament streams by adding high quality score boards and player introductions with an easy GUI to control it all.

    Everyone is welcome to make use of it. We would appreciate if you could set up stream commands or link to this post in Youtube, for those that may be wondering where to get this.

    Supported Games: 

    • Age of Mythology
    • Halo Wars 2
    • StarCraft II (Intro panels only)
    • Warcraft III

    Extra Supported Games (we may not support these on the site, but we love them!):

    • Age of Empires Online
    • Spellforce 3

    First Time Setup:

    After downloading and extracting the tool, simply launch the executable. I recommend placing it in its own folder, and adding that folder to antivirus exceptions.

    To start off, create your own profile. This will update your casting tool with the latest art assets for all our supported games. Feel free to delete the default profile.


    Next up, select the game you want to use the Tool for. This will select the correct factions available for the dropdowns. You can freely cycle this at any point.


    Next up, you will need to add 2 browser sources to your streaming software - one for the intros, another for the score board. The browser sources menus contain the URLs that you can copy directly from the app. Make sure that the source resolution matches your base resolution (the art is designed for full screen).


    You will need to set the style for the intros and the score board separately to match their art to your game.



    You may optionally activate a robo voice that reads out the player names and the faction they are set to, as well.



    You can optionally connect the app with your Twitch channel for automated title updates. Make sure to be logged into your account on twitch using your default browser.

    Restart the Casting Tool app now to avoid running into issues with this next step.


    Enter your twitch account's username, and click the "Get" button. Save & Close once your browser window tells you to. The Title Template can be changed to suit your needs, of course. Once this is set up, the "Update Twitch Title" button is available. You'll need to manually click this, for example when you are entering the next match - but you can also automate this, if you choose.


    Triggering Intros, Updating Scores and Factions

    1- update the faction of the player on the matching side

    2- grant a win to the player on the matching side

    3- alter the size of the series

    Note: updating the faction of matches that were already played will update all future matches. You want to update the appropriate match's faction to get everything displaying correctly.


    With the above setup, you should be seeing something like this in your streaming app!



    If you are NOT seeing the above, please go back to the Source Styles, and toggle your games to another, and then back. This happens when you accidentally don't do your initial setup in the order presented in this guide. 

    Feel free to post here about any questions, or technical issues that you are having! Or post good practices for others to make use of.

    Also please share the tool with others that may benefit from it - we want this tool to have as wide of a reach as possible to increase the quality of all community streams! It's as much for you as it is for us!


    Known Issues:

    • When changing styles before adding the browser source to your streaming software, the style doesn't apply properly. 
      • While it's best to avoid this by following the order of things in this guide, you can apply the style of a different game, and then apply the one that you actually wanted.
    • Default start-up game is Warcraft 3, and the past instance isn't saved.
      • There is currently no way to go around this.
    • Reset score button won't reset all scores. 
      • Use the reset match data button instead.
    • A restart is required to make the Twitch connection work at first time setup.
    • Starcraft II: Red player is left, red intro is first
      • All other games: Blue player is left, blue intro is first

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    • Head Staff
    11 minutes ago, Guest 3antozz said:

    and the hotkeys don't work if im in game (age of mythology)

    That's an original AoM problem only. It will block any external apps, including this (they fixed this in EE). You need to have a second screen and tab out to trigger it there.

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    • Head Staff
    12 minutes ago, Guest 3antozz said:

    The sound of the intro plays way earlier than the card actually popping in, what's the fix to that

    Can't reproduce this. Naturally you wouldn't want a whoosh when the panel is not moving. I have the animation duration set to 3sec.

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    34 minutes ago, Nakamura said:

    Can't reproduce this. Naturally you wouldn't want a whoosh when the panel is not moving. I have the animation duration set to 3sec.

    im streaming rn can u come and see?

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    39 minutes ago, Nakamura said:

    That's an original AoM problem only. It will block any external apps, including this (they fixed this in EE). You need to have a second screen and tab out to trigger it there.

    Lundberg gave me the solution to this, just run the casting tool as administrator and the problem is solved!

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    I am not getting the styling, and I have tried switching the game to another and back. Any other ideas for a fix?


    Edit: just had to have obs open while making the switch

    Edited by strausshaus
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