I asked @Marion and she said it would be alright for me to make some guides to share on this forum! I wanted to start off with the basics for any budding content creators out there. If you're using a Legion, chances are you're ready to stream some HD or even 4K quality content on your chosen platform. Rather than going into ideal hardware set up, I thought I'd advise on the bare minimum requirements to get yourself live and I can add more details for those more robust set ups, down the line.
What do I need?
Well, it's up to the creator really! But if you want to just straight up stream PC games, here are my tips:
- A good machine, ideally with solid state drive. You'll need your internal drive for running the game and the ssd for streaming, if you don't want to sacrifice performance.
- A good internet connection - ideally connected with ethernet to minimise disruption.
- If you would like better camera quality, I recommend buying a USB HD camera that you can manipulate. In-built cameras on laptops can be quite good but you don't get the ability to pivot and move around as much, should you want to alter your set up or stream consoles/mobile devices too.
- I would recommend also investing in a USB microphone so you can be heard clearly and so you can control background noise/levels against your game more easily. For my microphone, I use a free tool called Audacity. In the next tutorial I can teach you have to remove back ground noise with this software too.
- And for the main event - how to capture that gameplay! There are two main schools of thought for streaming/capturing the gameplay. Those that use OBS and those that use Xsplit. I am the latter. I tried quite a lot to use OBS but I could never balance my hardware timing in a satisfying way.
- Download Xsplit broadcaster from xsplit.com (note, it only works on Windows machines atm so Linux and Mac are out the window.)
- Make sure to register on their website else you won't be able to use the software. There are paid upgrades which allow you to stream at high resolutions and frame rates otherwise the max is 720p and 30fps - this is fine if you're just practising. You can use your email or other social media to login
- Get it installed and sign in
- So now you can stream your game! Get your game fired up in the background (it's easier if you launch in windowed mode.)
- Have you got your camera and microphone connected to your machine? Good!
- In the bottom left hand corner of your software you'll see Add Source. Go ahead and click that.
- Now chose, Devices
- You should see your microphone and webcam there, so go ahead and them
- Your image should appear once the webcam has initialised! You can resize it like any image by clicking and dragging. If you want to trim the shape of you camera image, hold down alt until your cursor turns into an upwards arrow - this will now crop you screen shape.
- You can have even more fun with your camera by going into its Properties. Generally, for a stream you don't need to add any delay. You can play with the options and change lighting, colours and, if you have a green screen, perform a Keylight and mask so you have no background! I'll go into detail in another guide.
- Ok so, where's the game? Go back to Add source and choose Game Capture.
- You should see your game as an optional program to add to the broadcaster such as Monkeyisland.exe
- If you don't see it or if you're not using something like GoG or Steam, you can go ahead and capture the whole desktop (though this can be a bit funky and start and end of streams.) Choose Add Source and choose Screen Capture. Choose entire screen. (Cue strobe seizure)
- So now we have your camera and your game ready to stream! Are we streaming on Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, or maybe some other platform?
- Twitch is the easiest for beginners, and is mostly a dedicated audience to gaming so this is what I'll go through today. To make a Twitch channel, go ahead and register at twitch.tv
- Looks a bit scary doesn't it? Don't worry - the given settings are comprehensive enough for a beginner! All you need to acquire is your Stream Key from Twitch - you can find it in your personal settings on your account. Remember never to share it with anyone else as they will be able to hack your stream and your account!
- On the broadcaster, click Broadcast and there will be a little cog for you to Add new stream
- Choose Twitch and you will be presented with the above screen
- Where is says Account, click the text and you will be taken through the set up where you can input you Stream Key and authorise Xsplit to stream to your Twitch account.
- Once it's all done, go ahead and hit OK on the above screen.
- Whatever is showing in your Broadcaster will now be streamed, LIVE, to your Twitch channel!
- When you're finished, go ahead and hit Broadcast and End Stream.
- You can download your streams from Twitch for up to 14 days after your go live, unless you save them as your Showreel or unless you are a Twitch Affiliate or Partner (future guide coming soon!)
Thank you for reading, I hope to check out your streams soon! If you have any questions you can ask here or ask on my twitch.tv/omegazippyfins.
I'm looking forward to sharing some more tips soon!
Last edited by Omega; 28-05-21 at 16:02. Reason: there was a gap
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