Twitch 101: Choosing A Broadcasting Program

November 23rd, 2014
There are two main broadcasting software's that many Twitch streamers use. I'll share with you which programs are out there and which one I prefer to use. The two programs I'll be mentioning up are the ones I've used and had experience with. Open Broadcasting Software (OBS) twitch101-obs01

[ Download OBS ]

  • Better performance for streaming PC
    • So I've heard that the performance is better on PC than streaming console games - Honestly, I haven't had much trouble for streaming both with OBS!
  • Constantly being updated
  • Great plugin support
  • Great support / community / help forums
  • Best of all, it's FREE
Note: It takes a little bit of tutorial searching and experimenting around to get use to the features of OBS. Once you start getting the hang of it, there's so much to do! XSplit twitch101-xsplit01

[ Buy XSplit ]

  • Better performance for streaming console games
    • XSplit was decent for streaming PC games as well.
  • Clean UI design - Easier to navigate & use
  • Easier set up
  • They do offer a free version - It doesn't include a lot of the better features
  • Must pay to unlock ALL features
Note: In all honestly, OBS can be just as good as XSplit. It might not have that clean look that XSplit does, but you can definitely make it work out. I recommend OBS for anyone who wants to start streaming. It's being used by many popular streamers and is voted the most downloaded software for Twitch beginner. There's a great community for helping others who need help starting out and even I'd be happy to answer any questions when setting up your scenes. When I have a little bit more free time, I will be making short video tutorials on using OBS. It'll be simple videos like using the text features, adding images, video capture, using game capture and etc. Here is a great video by Stormreck TV that I found helpful!
Hope this was helpful for you guys on choosing a program. Next week I will have a post on which plugins I like to use on stream! :)

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