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- Oct 5, 2014
How to Use the 72 Clock in Your OBS Studio Stream
Have you ever wanted to use that fancy countdown clock made by @Geit that All The Cool Streamers™ are using these days? Of course you do! This handy guide will help you set up and customize your very own stream countdown in OBS Studio.
THE 2023 TIMESTAMP IS: 1695056400
How to get the clock:
1. Download, install, and setup OBS Studio
2. Right Click the stream preview (or click the little + in the sources section) and go to Add -> BrowserSource. (I'm doing this tutorial on MacOS, but it works the same on Windows and Linux)
3. Name it whatever you like and click OK
4. Put in the URL (https://countdownclock.tf2maps.net/jam/?targetTime=1695056400), then set the width to 320 and height to 150. Leave the rest of the settings alone.
5. Click OK. It should look like this. You're done!
For the 2022 72 Hour Jam, you should use this URL to ensure the clock is counting down to the right time: https://countdownclock.tf2maps.net/jam/?targetTime=1695056400
Neat, but how do I make it even cooler?
Use this link instead: https://countdownclock.tf2maps.net/jam/?targetTime=1695056400&TVImage=http://orig11.deviantart.net/e380/f/2014/100/3/8/b1_in_hd_by_tomajko-d7dz8iy.png&TVColor=black
In all seriousness, Geit made the countdown customizable using the URL's Query String! In other words, add a "?" to the end of the URL and then add one of the following parameters. You can add multiple by adding "&"s between them. Please note that these are case sensitive!
- noaudio - Stops audio from playing
- targetTime - Changes the date/time the countdown is counting down to. These are Unix timestamps, use this to convert human dates in to Unix timestamps if you need to change it. The correct time for the 2023 Jam is 1695056400.
- TVImage - Link to an image to use as the TV background
- TVColor - The background color of the TV, set to transparent if you'd like to put something dynamic under the screen in your stream.
- transform - Use CSS transforms to change the size, rotation and shape of the countdown. Recommended for advanced users. You can use any of the values here: http://www.w3schools.com/cssref/css3_pr_transform.asp - for example "transform=rotate(-10deg) translate(0, 50px)" gives the clock a slight rotation. You will need to modify the height/width to make this fit.
Yes you can! Here's what mine looks like; it's not obvious at first but mine says 7.2 HR and there's a few words that are upside-down.
If you want to customize your clock farther and re-skin it to fit your needs, head over to this other post by @fubarFX:
Special thanks to @Geit for making the clock and the original setup guide. This is an updated and improved version of his guide, as his was written for the old version of OBS. Find it here.
Thanks to @saph and @ProfHappycat for figuring out/confirming the timestamp for the Summer 2018 Jam, and @Khuntza for figuring out the correct one for the 2019 Jam!