OBS Studio Tutorial: How to Stream to Twitch for FREE in a Nutshell with OBS Multiplatform

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OBS Studio Tutorial: How to Stream to Twitch for FREE in a Nutshell with OBS Multiplatform

hello everyone my name is anna-marie bells box and welcome back to another OBS multi-platform or OBS studio and a glance tutorial i’ve been covering the software very in-depth in a series of videos the playlist for these videos will be in the description below and I highly recommend you go through them to find out everything you need to know about OBS multi-platform or OBS in general and more in depth however I’m going to be doing a shortened version of just a quick let’s get start to finish streaming on Twitch in this video and in this video we are covering twitch.tv live streaming now there are a couple links you’re gonna want to be aware of first of all to download OBS multi-platform from OBS project calm the one on the right here link will be in the description below download it for your platform and install it you’re gonna want to run a speed test from speedtest.net right here run a speed test and find out your upload speed it’ll run through and it’ll have your download speed and then your upload speed you’re gonna want to take a look at your upload speed and that’s what we’re gonna use for your bandwidth in a minute you’re gonna want to know your twitch TV dashboard once you’re logged into twitch go to your user name and hit dashboard you’re also gonna want your channel and you get to that by going to your username and clicking channel and my two you twitch channel is twitch.tv slash a post box if you want to come give us a follow and support our live streams man I will give shoutouts for following and donating and stuff in the live stream itself your twitch TV dashboard is something you really want to learn your way around it’s where you’re gonna find a lot of information and how you’re gonna control and monitor your stream a couple things I want to note about it here this is where you title your stream so like here it’s called Sunday stream time this is where you put in your game my game currently is set to destiny you can put it in English and then click update once you’ve changed everything your chat preview will appear here as well as your video preview however this is very important if you are previewing your video stream you’re gonna want to mute it or else it will echo through your stream and people will hear a constant echo of your stream and it’ll drive them insane and nobody will want to listen because it won’t be listened to but if you have really low bandwidth or a really slow computer or you just don’t want the video preview at all hit hide video preview and it won’t show it at all and you don’t got to worry about it you can also get to your video manager here for your past uploads you can check permissions of other streaming apps with the streaming apps option look at activity and statistics on your previous live streams here from your dashboard and then you can also view your stream key this is basically a password to access your twitch TV stream and you will want to make sure you know where this is very very important because if I hit show key here never ever ever share your stream key with anyone not on stream not if somebody says they work for twitch never your stream key gives someone permission to stream to your channel and you don’t want them to be able to do that okay let’s move into OBS multi-platform next once you have it installed it’s going to look somewhat like this actually yours is gonna look like this but I have it on the dark theme which I changed under Settings General and I went to dark because it shows more contrast it looks better for the audio meters etc I’ve totally reset it back to normal and we’re currently on 0.11 point for 64-bit you may be on 32-bit that’s okay so we’re gonna set you up a live stream to stream your desktop to stream video games webcam face cam etc this is a very very powerful piece of software much better than the original OBS and there’s a lot of settings that you will want to learn more about and go into the more in-depth videos that have done for those first and foremost we’re gonna set up what’s called a profile and a scene collection a profile is basically a preset of all of your streaming settings so you can set up different ones for twitch hitbox recording etc we’re gonna set one up for twitch here by going to profile and clicking new and I’m just gonna call it twitch click okay same thing for scene collection scene collection is going to be basically a preset collection of your scenes and sources scenes are collections of sources sources are your various video inputs such as images your video capture card your desktop your webcam etc so having different sets of those can be very useful for managing multiple streams or multiple projects etc for the purpose of the purposes of this we’re going to be doing a 720p 30 frames per second live stream but if you’re streaming in a different format you can you know change all that yourself if you like by default which non partners people who aren’t partnered with which get down scaled to the 30 frames per second so there’s no point in streaming at 60 until you’re a twitch partner really next we’re gonna go to scene collection new and type in twitch again and click OK or hit enter alright now that part’s ready let’s jump into your settings there’s a Settings button down here go ahead and click it make sure your language is set and your theme alright stream tab is our big thing here

by default twitch is pretty much always selected because at the moment it is the most common next you’re gonna want to select the server closest to you what state are you in find the server closest to you Chicago is the closest to me next you’re gonna want to put in your stream key this is from that stream key page here on your dashboard that I told you about before just hit show hit I understand again make sure you don’t show it to anyone or else you have to reset it and then copy it and paste it in here and then click apply alright that’s all you need to really get activated streaming to twitch but we’re gonna change your bitrate and stuff so you get a decent quality next jump down here to output this is if you want a recording copy a recorded copy of your live stream go ahead and change the format to mp4 always do mp4 it is the most compatible with YouTube and video editor software and things like that always do YouTube we’re gonna leave output mode and it’s simple and then for recording path just tell it where to record I have a specific harddrive and folder setup for OBS recordings so I’m gonna tell the deal there you can pick your video photo or whatever so when you’re done streaming your final recording will go in this folder that you choose next up are your bit rates this is what you need to run a speed test for run the speed test and you’ll see right here it says for me that I have a upload speed of 4.6 eight megabits per second that’s about 4.5 is what I’m gonna estimate it as so go over here the OBS estimator again link will be in the description below you’re gonna need that bitrate and I’m going to put 4500 and then some specs about your computer your processor your graphics card etc I put in my information here put in your computer’s information you can find it on like the box of your computer or control panel things like that and then what you’re actually what you’re actually streaming in terms of size we’re doing a 720p stream here because it’s a lot easier to stream 720p especially on lower in like laptops and stuff but you could even do a 480p stream because it would still look really good as long as you have a decent bitrate and then click recommended settings it’s gonna give you some advice of what you can set it says set your FPS to 25 I don’t really agree with that because 30 is the standard so that’s really what you need anyway but then it’s gonna tell you right here this is all you really need it says you can do 720p or 1080p and it says recommended bitrate 3000 so I’m gonna knock about 200 off of that because we’re gonna use a audio bitrate of either 128 or 160 never really go below 128 but you don’t really need above 256 but we’re gonna use 160 so I’m gonna really just put my bitrate at 2500 just to be safe because sometimes if something else is going in the background on my internet you don’t want it to cut your stream out because you’re using up too much bandwidth once you’ve figured that out hit apply and you’re good to go on that end next up is your audio devices this is gonna be your game sound and your microphone for sample rate always have it at forty four point one kilohertz or 48 kilohertz you should never use twenty 2.05 unless you know exactly what you’re doing for channels put it as stereo just do it for desktop audio device in 90% of cases on windows default is going to work because whatever is set as default in Windows is going to play your game sound or your computer sounds etc if you know specifically that you’re sending audio out to a specific separate device then you can choose that but there’s no reason to for the purposes of this tutorial leave desktop audio device to microphone and microphone two and three disabled there is a more in-depth video you can go watch in the playlists that’ll explain this but essentially OBS has the ability to add multiple audio devices so if you’re setting up music or say like Skype or teamspeak Skype or teamspeak can run through desktop device too and so let’s say you have a headset that has two different outputs one for chat one for game then you can choose your game chat as desktop device and then your or Skype chat as desktop device – and then balance it in the mixer down here which we’ll get to in a minute but for most streams you’re just gonna have game sound in your voice so just leave that those three as disabled same thing with three microphones in most cases you’re only going to have one microphone input you need to stream your microphone audio device is going to be a little bit different because the default may not be right for you if I click it here you’ll see that I have a webcam I have a line in I have a microphone in and then I have my USB interface for my professional-grade microphone if you have a USB microphone such as a snowball or a blue Yeti then it’s actually gonna say blue Yeti it may say microphone but next to it’ll say like blue Yeti or blue snowball choose that one if you have a webcam it should identify it as well if you’re using like a normal headset microphone with a 3.5 millimeter analog input then it may just say microphone Realtek high-definition audio if you don’t know what you’re using exactly just pick something you know start picking some and doing trial and error and if you see in the mixer down here you have an audio level for your microphone as you’re talking so just keep picking different ones and talking into the microphone and one of them

should work if your microphones hooked up correctly in your system and you’ll see audio a little green audio bar bouncing around here the mine set up correctly I’m going to put it at my line in USB audio device and then you can enable push to mute or push-to-talk push-to-talk is pretty standard and like teamspeak and Ventrilo and stuff because you hold down a key in order for your microphone to be hurt so if you don’t want your microphone always to be going in the stream for whatever reason you can do that that gets pretty problematic in a game however and so what you can actually do is instead do push to mute so instead of having to hold down a key while you’re playing a game to talk you can instead only have to hold down a key when you’re just you know needing to mute yourself for whatever reason so if you’re enabling those and no matter what go ahead and hit apply but if you’re enabling those go over here to hotkeys and set up some hotkeys for this now all you literally have to do is click in the box and press the key that you want to use and then if you put the same key for something like start and stop recording then it’ll toggle it so you only have to hit plus just start recording then the plus again to stop recording I go a more in-depth on the hotkeys in another video however if you’re you if you’ve used other software like this you should be good to go alright lastly in the settings here go to video renderer for most people direct3d or Direct X it may say something something direct basically should be the option you choose that that that should be it for most people that’s pretty much all you should be using it may not say eleven but it should be direct3d or Direct X for video adapter I only have one graphics card in my computer so I can’t actually show an example of this but in computers with multiple graphics cards or computers with or laptops where it has Intel graphics and an Nvidia graphics card or Intel graphics and dedicated AMD graphics card you know where your processor also does graphics then you’ll want to pick the either AMD or Nvidia graphics if you have that available otherwise it’s gonna cause a black screen for your games however if you’re recording your desktop you’re gonna want to choose the Intel option or the AMD option for your actual processor it’ll be like integrated graphics or Intel HD 3000 or something like that the issue here is is if you’re using a laptop with dual graphics then you’re most likely not going to be able to record both your desktop and your games without getting a black screen because the computer actually uses the two different graphics cards for those two different devices so that’ll be something you’ll have to keep in mind if you’re on a laptop and if you have trouble with it check out the OBS Support Forums links will be in the description below to that for your resolution here this is what either your desktop is that or what your games are going to be at in an ideal world it’s gonna be 1920 by 1080 in a lot of cases it’s not going to be if you click it here it’ll show you your monitor resolution options most likely I have three different monitors I have a 1440p monitor a 4k monitor and a 1080p monitor choose the one that you’re gonna be streaming from if you’re unsure of your resolution go over to your desktop right click and if you’re on Windows 7 or 8 you can go to screen resolution instead of display settings here it’ll say screen resolution on Windows 10 to see your screen resolution right-click the desktop go to display settings and then go to advanced display settings and it will show your resolution for your various monitors here you just have to click a couple extra times I’m actually for the sake of this video I’m going to use my 1440p monitor as my base resolution so I’m gonna select the 25 by 1444 scaled resolution since we’re doing a 720p stream we’re doing 1280 by 720 and then you can choose your framerate again if you’re a twitch partner you can use 60 frames per second if you’re not a twitch partner you have to use 30 frames per second also keep in mind that it requires a really powerful computer to do 60 frames per second as well now something to keep in mind if you have a four by three aspect ratio monitor or a 16 by 9 aspect ratio monitor that means your resolution is gonna be something crazy like 1440 by 900 or 800 by 600 or 1280 by 102 for you know something that’s not sixteen by nine widescreen resolution you’re gonna end up with some black bars issues you can either tell your games to run at that sixteen by nine resolution so for example on a 1440 by 900 monitor you can actually tell the game to run at 1280 by 720 then your work out fine but otherwise you’re going to have black bars and there’s no way to fix that other than stretching it and stretching it’s gonna make it look really distorted and ugly that’s just how it works you don’t have a widescreen monitor so it’s not going to look widescreen there’s no real getting around that so keep that in mind go ahead and hit apply and then okay cuz we’re done alright now we’re ready to tackle the bottom part of the screen here and actually set up your video you know your video inputs and then you’re good to go to start live streaming so take a look at the interface here and I go over everything in the interface more in-depth in another video in the playlist but over here you have the audio mixer this is how you’re gonna balance your microphone and your game audio which we set up in the audio settings you have two different volume meters here which will show the active

volume and if I play a Windows sound real quick you’ll see the desktop one go up there we go and then my microphones going up because I’m talking into it now if you’re talking too loudly you can turn that down and then what you’re really gonna want to mess with is turning down your desktop audio this should stay fairly low as your game audio is going to very easily overpower your voice you don’t want that so you will have to do since you don’t have a live audio preview unless you do like a little test stream to yourself you’re gonna have to do some trial and error to try to see what your audio levels are at and just you know get it to a sweet spot and save it there that way you don’t end up overpowering your voice because you don’t want to be deep into a stream and notice that your stream viewers are saying hey your volumes too loud if they are you can just come sit here and turn it keep turning it down and find the right spot but you’re gonna want to do some testing to figure out where that is and unfortunately that may even depend per game that’s just kind of how it goes next to this you have your controls to start and stop streaming and recording down here at the bottom it will tell you how long you’ve been streaming or recording and how much processor power you’re using so if you’re up in the 80s 70s 80s or 90s you’re probably using too much power and your computer is probably making your live stream or recording lag over here on the left you have your scenes and sources sources are your various video inputs and overlays and things like that such as your video capture card your image overlays your webcam your desktop etc scenes our collections of those sources so if you have a scene set up with your webcam overlay on top of your game play that’s a scene and you’re gonna want to set up multiple scenes to put together a decent live stream that is entertaining for your viewers and has some variety all right to get started we’re gonna delete this empty scene here by clicking the minus button yes and we’re gonna click the plus button to add a new one this one’s gonna be called strim starting okay now this is just going to be a still image to put up when I’m first setting up my live stream to tell people that the stream starting in a minute but not show my webcam or my screens in case I’m showing passwords or something like that and so to add that image which is already pre created by my designer Blizzard ball you can find his link to deviantART and stuff like that in the description below I did a whole video talking about making these things check that out in the playlist as well go ahead and click plus in your sources and add image we’re gonna call this start strimm click OK and then we’re gonna find it and mine is up under some funky folder here so we’re gonna go find this channel projects it’s actually under the hitbox folder starting soon dot PNG doesn’t matter for fullscreen images if they’re PNG BMP or jpg because they’re not they don’t need a transparent background but for overlays which we’ll cover in a second you’ll need a transparent background right-click your image and go to transform and fit to screen just to make sure looks nice and full we’re gonna do another scene here click plus and call it BRB we’re gonna click plus under the source image verb 1 and we’re gonna do the same thing for the be right back screen ok and then you’ll notice here there is a box here it says unload image when not showing now this essentially keeps the image out of system memory when your scene is not up you may want to do this if keeping it in your you know if not having this checked causes your system to lag if you don’t have a lot of RAM memory in your computer or if you’re storing the images on a networked hard drive like I am you want to keep it in memory because if you lose connection to that network hard drive when you switch back to the scene it’ll either not show the image or it’ll take a minute to actually show it which you don’t want that little hiccup so I’m going to uncheck that and then right click transform fit to screen same thing on the starts trim 1 I’m actually gonna uncheck that box as well alright next we’re gonna set up a desktop scene just like plain desktop so I’m gonna click + again I’m gonna call this desktop and in this version of OBS it’s actually called display capture so when I go to add a source it’s called display capture so I’m gonna add that and call it desktop 1 and then it’s automatically picking up my 4k monitor here but that’s not the one I want so it has this box right here which lets you choose which monitor you want so I’m gonna choose that 1440p one I talked about earlier and then it’s automatically fitted to the screen for me but if not we can change that in a second and then capture cursor or not capture cursor depending on what you’re doing you may not want to capture your cursor for me I do so click OK and then if it’s too big you can use the little red box here if you click it the red box to change the size move it around or right click transform fit to screen now this is where if you have a 4 by 3 monitor or a 16 by 10 monitor you can right click go to transform and actually hit to stretch to screen and it will stretch it to fill up the whole screen without having black bars for most uses other than something like maybe five nights at freddys this will make it look very very bad you generally don’t want to do this however in certain situations

like five nights at freddys you can do that and it might look okay alright let’s do a webcam a webcam is actually a video capture device so we’re gonna add a scene i’ll call it web cam deddi and then add a source and instead we’re gonna go to video capture device i’m gonna call it webcam and then it’s gonna pop up an option to choose our video capture device you may have a bunch here you may only have one you may have a couple mine is my logitech webcam now with this you can choose your custom resolution up to what your webcam supports by instead of having device default you can choose custom and then I’m gonna go up to 1920 by 1080 and it’s going to match the framerate to what it can in my live stream and then I can transform fit to screen and I have a full webcam view something to keep in mind here is that you cannot change your webcam resolution here and then have it be something else in another scene for your entire scene collection here the webcam resolution has to be the same or it’s gonna change it across all your scenes alright so let’s make a face cam scene so I’m gonna make a new scene desktop with face cam actually we’re not gonna make it a desktop with face cam so I’m gonna remove that scene with the minus button click plus again game-game face cam we’re gonna add our webcam again by going to plus video capture device but instead of creating a new one we’re gonna click and add existing and choose our webcam next we’re gonna hit + and go to game capture and then we’ll just call this game capture and this works differently than it did in previous versions of OBS instead of having to choose whatever game you want you can actually tell it to just capture any fullscreen application so as soon as your game goes full screen it’ll catch it and show it to your stream now this may or may not work for you depending on the compatibility of your game you may have some issues where your game only shows a black screen or something like that so you’re gonna want to test that check your video stream preview etc and figure that out if it’s not working then you can uncheck that and actually manually choose your game I’m gonna leave it checked for now and then go down here and actually choose whether or not you want your cursor captured keep that in mind if you want your cursor uncaptured you can unchecked that and click OK now I don’t actually have a game running so this isn’t gonna show anything so I’m under my sources here I’m gonna click this little eyeball icon to turn that off so you don’t see it and then I’m gonna go ahead and add another desktop capture for the sake of this video so display capture at existing desktop one all right now you see that my game or my desktop here is over top of my webcam so here if I choose webcam and use these arrows I can move it up and down so I’ll move the webcam up on top of this and then I can use this red box here to change the size and position of it and just drag it over here now I have face cam setup and then if you want to add an overlay for face cam what you can do is add an add that as an image now an overlay image needs to be a PNG file with a transparent background you can talk to a designer like Blizzard ball or someone else to make one for you or you can make it yourself in a free program such as or paint.net or even Photoshop however keep in mind it needs a transparent background and to be safe as B&G so we’re gonna go add image we’ll go call it overlay click OK find our image which is that one’s in my Dropbox and then uncheck unload image and then transform a transform fit to screen and then we’ll adjust our webcam here to fit within our overlay so that way it looks nice and good as a facecam with our overlay and boom now we have a way webcam face cam overlay of stuff and you can do that with all sorts of images and things like that or you will notice because of a setting I chose by adding my webcam and actually added a webcam audio slider if you’re using a webcam or a microphone that isn’t your webcam I actually just want to turn that down that way you’re not getting an echo we’re not having two of you talking so it’s gonna be the same thing in my webcam only scene you just want that in your mixer turned all the way down so nobody has to hear it alright lastly we’re gonna add a capture card I’m gonna use my live gamer extreme from avermedia as an example here so I’m gonna go to add a new scene I’m going to call it LG X click OK and then add video capture device a V LG x for my live gamer extreme and then instead of my webcam we’re going to choose avermedia video capture now by default since it says it’s using the devices default resolution it’s like whoa what up you don’t got anything going through it but I have another monitor I’m looking at here running through it so I’m gonna go to custom resolution set it to 1080p and click OK and there we go it has my other monitor here and you can see my OBS OBS crazy preview and then any other time you want to add that source go to add video capture and then you can add existing and add that you can add a couple other different things here you

have a text source you can add you can just add new text so we’ll create new text and then you can type something out shout out to a post box ftw and then you can change the font you can tell it whether or not you want it to read from a file that’s how some of the plugins work for displaying what song is playing or your top donators or something like that so you can tell that and then browse and find the file you can change the colors of your text at an outline etc and then if we add that over top of here and we have a big of text that we can display over top of our stream obviously you’ll want to change the font size so that it doesn’t look all pixelated but it works pretty freakin cool if you want to add specific windows to capture instead of just the display the entire monitor itself you can add a source of window capture and then choose a window that you want to stream so for example I could use explorer.exe that doesn’t like Explorer ok that’s fine I’m gonna use Windows Store which isn’t even open it’s gonna show a lot of stuff that isn’t even necessarily open and that can be kind of a pain so we use core champ here there we go so my temperature monitor for a lot of window capture stuff unless you’re using it like an 8 or toriel fashion you don’t want capture or capture cursor on and then I can add for whatever reason if I wanted this window over top my stream I can add it there and it cuts off the title bar but shows the contents of the window so everybody can look at my computer speed and how hot it is etc pretty cool you can add overlays or overlays for like follower alerts and things like that using plugins like sub alert or what I like to use which is twitch alerts and twitch alerts but it only works with twitch but keep in mind that that is but those are a bit more advanced and I may cover them more in depth in other tutorials I did cover twitch alerts in its own video so keep an eye out for that and then lastly you can set up nightbot if you go to nightbot dot TV link will be in the description tell it to join your chat and then in your stream chat on your dashboard if we go to live here when nightbot when you tell nightbot to join your chat then you have to make it a moderator so type once your chat loads good there we go type slash mod nightbot it’s gonna it tells me that it’s already a moderator but it’s gonna make it a moderator that way it can help control spam i kick people from your chat for doing stuff you can run giveaways through it you can have it automatically play songs that people request with this auto DJ function all you do is leave this open and if you have your desktop audio picking up sound it’ll start playing the music that your viewers suggest and things like that and then you can also run giveaways with it through nightbot so that’s pretty cool link to this will be in the description below it’s fairly straightforward to set up I do hope this video has been helpful for you this is probably the longest OBS multi platform tutorial that I’ve done again everything’s covered more in depth in the other videos in my video playlist link in the description below if you enjoyed it be sure to smash that like button smash that subscribe button check out our other channels in ways you can support us such as following us on twitter be slash equals box checking out our patreon campaign where you can support us by a monthly contribution get early access to all of our videos etc and I will catch you in a future video bye bye