How to Stream With Open Broadcaster Software

Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) is a little more complicated, but completely free. Once you’ve downloaded and installed OBS from here, you’ll need to log in to Twitch first. OBS does not support the ability to log in to Twitch directly, so you’ll need to obtain a “stream key” from Twitch, which you can get here. This key changes periodically, so you may need to update it each time you stream with OBS.

Once you have it, follow these steps:

  • In OBS, click the Settings button in the lower right corner.
  • Select “Broadcast Settings” in the left-hand pane.
  • Next to “Streaming services,” select Twitch.
  • Next to “Play Path/Stream Key,” enter the key you acquired from your Twitch dashboard.

The first time you set up OBS, you may be prompted to change some video settings, depending on your setup. These will be displayed at the bottom of the window in red text. If any of these exist, fix them before moving on.
There are plenty more settings you can adjust here based on your video needs, l. When you’re done, you can move onto setting up broadcasting. Starting a stream will require a little more setup than XSplit, but it’s still fairly straightforward. To get started,

Follow these steps:

  • Open the game you want to stream.
  • In OBS, right-click in the “Sources” box.
  • In the Add > menu, choose “Window Capture.” (You can also use “Desktop Capture” if you want to be able to share more than just your game window, but for now we’ll keep it simple.)
  • Name the source and press Enter.
  • In the dropdown at the top of the next dialog box, choose the window of your game. Click OK.
  • When you’re ready to begin broadcasting, click Start Streaming.

You can add additional Window Capture sources to add things like your own webcam. OBS also has a collection of plugins here that can extend the app’s functionality. While OBS is a bit more complex to use, it also has a lot more features and customization options than the free version of XSplit, so it’s up to you which you want to use. If more information.

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