Configuring XSplit for Twitch
XSplit Broadcaster is one of the most popular broadcasting programs on Twitch, next to OBS. It's considered an all-in-one solution, as it allows the broadcaster to edit their stream with multiple camera shots, graphical overlays, chroma key, and picture-in-picture effects — as well as encoding the video feed with a highly flexible range of quality options.
- Easy setup: Log in with your Twitch account and let the built-in wizard walk you through your optimum stream settings. You will be live on Twitch in less than 5 minutes.
- Use multiple scenes: Add and edit multiple video sources such as desktop screen capture, gamesource capture, titles, webcams, capture cards and much more.
- Simple Audio Mixer: Capture computer and microphone audio simultaneously. Audio sources can be delayed to match capture card latency.
- Twitch Ingest Point Tester: Always find the best location on the Twitch network to broadcast to, no matter your location.
Click here to create a free XSplit account and download the XSplit software.
XSplit comes in a variety of free, personal and premium versions, each with its own advantages. Please refer to the XSplit website for up-to-date information on its current status.
Getting Started with XSplit
Let's get XSplit up and running!
Step 1. Adding Sources
For PC games, you have two choices on how to capture your gameplay: either by capturing the screen region, or by achieving a direct feed via game source (only available in XSplit Personal and Premium).
The screenshot below details where you can find the drop-down menu to add sources:
Screen Region Method
- Go to Add > Add Screen Region
- Select the region of your desktop you’d like XSplit to capture by left-clicking somewhere in the game window. You can also click the desktop or taskbar to select the entire monitor.
- The selected area appears in your XSplit window for further editing.
Game Source Method (Requires XSplit Personal or Premium)
Games that utilize the DirectX or OpenGL platform can be enabled for direct capture, or Game Source. This sometimes results in better performance when compared to the screen region method and supports games in fullscreen mode.
- Go to Add > Add Game and select the .exe of the game you’d like to capture.
- The selected game appears in your XSplit window for further editing.
Capture Device (Xbox, PlayStation 3, webcam, etc.)
- Go to Add > Add Camera
- Select either the capture device or webcam you’d like to use.
- The selected device appears in your XSplit window for further editing.
Step 2. Understanding XSplit Audio
XSplit accepts two audio sources simultaneously:
- Windows 7 default playback device (desktop audio); essentially what comes out of the default speaker
- Currently selected microphone in the XSplit user settings under Tools > General Settings > General Tab > Audio
- Each audio source has its own volume that you can manually adjust . Right-click the source and use the properties provided
- Sources that tend to have audio settings include webcams, capture cards, video files, etc.
- Using the Windows Volume Mixer (typically located at the bottom-right hand corner of your Windows taskbar), you can adjust the volume of these devices individually
Note: All audio sources added in XSplit rely on your Windows 7 Default Device for audio in your stream. In other words, if you can hear it over your speakers, your audience will too.
Step 3. Selecting Quality Options and Broadcasting
Basic Broadcast Settings
- Go to Broadcast and click the right side gear symbol for your Twitch channel.
- Click the Wizard button in the lower left corner and follow the two steps. When it’s done detecting your Internet speed and computer hardware, click Finish to use the recommended settings.
- Optional: View > Scale Viewport > 50
- Feel free to adjust the wizard settings based on your own personal preferences and experience broadcasting via Twitch. You can also seek out tips in the XSplit community forum.
Step 4. Go live and interact with your audience!
Connecting to Twitch
- Go to Broadcast > Twitch Username
- Open your web browser and go to http://twitch.tv/broadcast/dashboard to view both your channel and your chat window.
This post is a modified and redesigned version of Xangold’s original post on the official Twitch Helpdesk. Special thanks to him for putting so much effort into the original!
Also, thanks goes out to Twitch Admin PIPe for sending over a screenshot to demonstrate sources.