Twitch 101: Choosing A Broadcasting Program
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)
[ 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!
[ 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!