As we learned last week streaming isn't always fun and games. There is an unbelievable amount of thinking and decision making required for you to produce a good, high quality stream. As a streamer you will be required to make several either/or choices. The first truly important choice will be how you want your stream to be shown to your viewers. I'm sure you have heard of OBS and/or X-Split and I'm almost 99% sure you are using one or the other to host your stream right now! Both of these programs have their advantages and disadvantages and we'll get into that below.
I personally had no idea about either one when I started streaming and once again my Google-fu kicked into overdrive. I realized that there were 2 or 3 versions of x-split including a "pro" version that will cost you a pretty penny. I ended up going with the basic, no frills, free version of x-split because the majority of people online said it was more user friendly. It took me an hour or so to get it installed and set up and I was still confused and very overwhelmed.
My good friends, and fellow streamers Malicee and KerryGames were kind enough to volunteer their time and knowledge to do a small write up about OBS and X-Split and how to set it up properly for your stream.
If you have any questions on these programs please post them below in the comments and one of us will answer them for you. Next week, I’ll explain all about green screens and proper lighting and techniques.
Until next time…