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)


[ 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!

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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Lori Garcia is a graphic/web designer and illustrator from Austin, TX. She loves making illustrations, playing video games & taking her digital camera around. Follow her @GirlHeroLori! If you have any questions/comments, please feel free to contact me!