We are going to show you streaming software like OBS, XSplit, Shadowplay, Stream Elements and Streamlabs for livestreaming on Twitch or YouTube.
Open Broadcaster Software, or OBS, is the go to choice for the budget conscious since it’s absolutely free and works on Windows, Mac and Linux. It’s very reliable and doesn’t take up a lot of processing power to run and because it’s open source, there are constantly new plugins being released meaning you have tons of customization options. The downside to being open source means there’s no real customer support and it is a bit difficult to navigate for streaming beginners. That being said, I learned on OBS and can personally vouch for how awesome it is. Multiple scenes, sources, transitions, media types – the sky’s the limit.
Another popular streaming software is XSplit. XSplit has two versions – Broadcaster and Gamecaster – with Gamecaster being more basic and easier to use than Broadcaster but giving you less options overall. Both XSplit versions are beginner friendly with a “Setup Wizard” button that will figure out the optimal settings for your stream and when you are just starting out, that thing can be a lifesaver! They have great support and the free version will let you stream up to 720p without a watermark. The paid version is $60 annually, removes the watermark on higher res streams and adds features like stream delay, streaming to multiple services at once and more. In addition to scenes, sources, transitions and importing media, they also have a new VCam feature that will attempt to key out your webcam background mimicing a green screen but using software AI – in my testing it’s very hit or miss but feel free to try it out. VCam is totally free.
The last broadcasting software I’ll mention is NVIDIA Shadowplay, which comes bundled with NVIDIA’s GeForce Graphics cards. Shadowplay encodes using your GPU instead of CPU which can drastically help your stream quality. Shadowplay itself doesn’t offer any overlays or even scenes with multiple sources – ie a webcam in the corner of your full screen gameplay. There is a way to use Shadowplay with OBS however using the NvEnc encoder from NVidia. It takes a little more know-how but is a good option if you already have an NVidia graphics card.
Now let’s move on to apps that work alongside your software and there are many! These are what really personalize your streams – from animated tip jars, to loyalty point programs, to custom on screen notifications – and can be a HUGE factor in earning income from streaming, taking you from hobbyist to professional. Stream Elements and Streamlabs are probably the two most common and they are both completely free. Each have their diehard fanbase but will offer you monetization and personalization features out the wahzoo. In addition to those I listed above, you can do custom merchandise, on stream music requests, animated overlays and face masks, and the list goes on. Streamlabs even has an integration with OBS, called Streamlabs OBS or SLOBS, where you get all the features of Streamlabs right in your broadcasting software. Just like regular OBS it is open source, free and has tons of features, plus it uses less screen real estate and processing power. The downside to SLOBS is that it’s new and still beta-ish so you may run into some bugs or hardware incompatibility.
As you can see, streaming software is pretty readily available for low to no cost, so what are you waiting for? If you already stream regularly, which of these programs do you use? Let us know in the comments. I personally use XSplit to stream to Twitch and OBS to stream to YouTube with all my alerts and fun features setup through Streamlabs. I only haven’t made the switch to SLOBS because it’s not compatible with my current capture card, but I need to play around with it more. Make sure to check out our previous video on all of our streaming hardware recommendations.
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How to set up Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) to record gameplay on your PC. A very quick and simple guide to setting up OBS for game capture. This setup will guide you through the Settings and how to add Sources and Scenes to get you up and running to record games on your computer. While there are certainly more advanced features for optimizing your game capture recordings, this is a very easy way to begin recording your videos to edit, share with your friends, or upload to YouTube. Hope this helps!
OBS (Open Broadcast Software) – Week 4 covering several methods of getting your audio into an OBS mix – including an HOA or AV coming in via a capture card from another computer!
This is the fourth of a series of tech shows I’ll be presenting weekly. The software being discussed on this show is available at http://obsproject.com and is open source and free. It allows professional switching and composing of scenes with cameras and screen shares together that you can stream into YouTube Live Events among other streaming sites.
This week, we’ll discuss methods to get audio from an HOA or “Hangout-On-Air” into the show you are hosting, so they hear both your local microphone AND the participants in the HOA. (Actually, it could be an HVC or “Hangout Video Call” just as easily, but it is not a bad idea to have the HOA as a backup show in case the Live Event had problems and doesn’t record or stream optimally.)
This additional video shows how to use Voicemeeter to get audio into OBS (basic) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPh2_5m0cGA
And this one shows how to record a Skype call into a show where they can hear you but they do not hear their own voice echoed back at them:
Thanks especially to +Dan McDermott, the original inspiration behind these techniques, and to +Michael Mason and +Hosted Hangouts for pushing the envelope even further. Dan and Michael are truly producers-extraordinaire exploring the possibilities of these hybrid types of programs.
Next week and the following one we’ll be moving on to talking about Pixlr.com’s incredible editor and some things you can do with that.
Pixlr Trix – using with Pixlr Templates
Pixlr Trix – beyond basic color manipulation
Online Music Collaboration Methods – Non-Realtime
Online Music Collaboration Methods – Realtime
Online Music Performances – Performance, Marketing and Engagement Possibilities
Beyond the Blog – Integrating Video, Audio, Social and Blogging without going mad
WordPress, Child Themes, CSS and Firefox’s Firebug or Chrome’s Inspector Tools
ExpressionEngine – If/Then Tricks and Applications
Terry’s Tech Show – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9N879uPAD4
Terry’s Tech Show #2 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07TdbO9KTb0
Terry’s Tech Show #3 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLNNXEN323c
If you are an enthusiast and have your own tricks you’d like to share on the show, give me a few days notice by email so I can invite you in. I can hold up to 9 panelists/guests per show.