Nico Live "How To..." for English viewers
Hi to all niconico vieweres outside of Japan.
I've been doing something called Niconico Namahoso, which is Niconico's live streaminig fairly new feature of Nico video.
Since I've gotten a comment regarding Nico Live, I tried to search for translated sites first, but couldn't find any... so, I've decided to write about it myself.
I will try to explain how to watch Nico live with translations and pictures.
05/03/10: Another article about Nico Live Seating Number & identifying IDs.
If you are interested, please click on "continue>>"
Here's a link to a official guide to Nico Live for those of you who can read Japanese.
First of all, there are generally two types of Nico Live; 1) Official Nico Live and 2) User/member Nico Live. You will find #1 mostly on the TOP page shown below. Anything with color hilights is usually one of them. Mainly, I will be showing #2, though general flow is pretty much the same.
Here's the TOP page for Nico Live.
I will break down the main parts. You can try exploring other stuff too :) A button, which is not shown here on the very bottom right corner, is to start broadcasting just so you know. Also, only premier members can broadcast with it.
This line shows categories just like when you watch videos. From the left they are, "Top" "Live Time Table" "General" "Yattemita (singing, playing inst., drawing, DJs etc.)" "Games" "Introducing uploaded videos" "Web Cam (showing a face of the broadcaster)" "Skype me (I think...)" "On‐the‐Spot Broadcasting (viewing Japanese shows and leaving comments on it, but must be living and owning a TV in Japan...)"
Right underneath is a current live broadcast table. You can click on the category or the time table to see what's on. You can start watching any one of them by clicking on a Thumnail or the title.
If you see this, these are the general entrances. You must click on one of them to start watching. A white door is for general users and the gold is for premier users. I'm guessing that most of you will be using the left one.
Let's move on to a community's page. If you want to see a particular user's Nico live, you can go to the community's top page.
If for mine, you will see something like this. This is when nothing is going on.
When there's a Nico live going on, a new headder will appear above this.
Just like this one. I've translated a few lines directly on the pix. You can click on a title or a red button, "Start Watching," on the bottom right.
Once you click on it, you will see a page like this sample. Very similar to when you watch Nico video. Comments on the right side. There's a box to type in underneath the screen.
Numbers on the bottom right are a sum total of viewers and comments.
This is the general flow as far as I know.
Now, there's something called Time-shift reservation viewing too.
You will find this on the right side of the top page. I've translated most of them here too. The orange button is pretty much the same as starting a broadcast.
If the broadcaster reserves a time to do a Nico live, it will appear like this as you can see in the pix. By clicking on the Time-shift button, you will get chances to watch the live broadcast again afterwards within a week (After an hour from the start of broadcasting, you will be able to watch it). Note that you won't be able to comment on it.
When the Nico Live is not reserved, you can go to "the most recent live" and look for the yellow button and click on it to watch it. It will disappear after a week (3/19/10 I've sort of checked how it works with the regular member's status and turned out that
there's no difference between premier and regular members of how many times you can watch and whether or not the Live must be reserved ahead to use Time-shift = Many times & don't have to be reserved. 3/21/10 I'm so sorry! I've re-checked it and found out that non-premier members must reserve ahead to be able to watch the Time-shifted broadcast...:( ).
I think I covered the main parts... I'm no expert, but there are ways of leaving different comments that are probably easier to just watch and learn what they mean. At least I know "@3" means "3 min. left."
3/21/10: Here's a good tool you can use. Download Nico Alert. It alerts you when someone in the Niconi-Community that you belong to starts Nico Live. On the bottom of the page you see, there's a button, "agree and install." Click to install it. The application will pop up. From the left, they are "Open," "Save," and "Cancel." Preceed to however you usually do to intall programs. From here, just follow the pictures. Should be easy enough so good luck:)
This will show after you click on "Open" or "Save."
You will see the white box once you finish installation.
If you have any questions, just leave me a comment here. I will try my best to answer them or translate it for you. If you know the answer to it, you are welcom to leave a comment as well :)