I highly recommend you OBS as your first streaming software, there are reasons, why it is used by many streamers all over the world.
1. It is easy to download
2. It is easy to customize
3. It works with almost every streaming platform
4. It runs on almost every hardware
The program itself has user friendly interface, but you have to set it up completely. This takes some time and proceeds in several steps.
Best place, where you can download OBS is its official page, https://obsproject.com , on this page you can always find the actual version of the software. After installing you go through quick installation.
When you finish this process you will get to the OBS itself, now you have to set up the scenes. The best way is to start with only one, but in the future you can add more of them for every game. Adding scene + button is in the left bottom corner. You have to name your scene and start process of adding features to it.
Well done, you have now finished downloading and installing the OBS and adding a scene. Next step will be to fill this scene with a content, which your viewers can see on the stream.
OBS allows you to add many features to the scene, but several of them are key one.
Important note: The order, in which are the resources listed in the panel, is in which order are they visible on the screen, the upper one prevails over the lower ones.
CAPTURING THE GAME
The first source you shall add is the game capture, this can be done by several sources. The easiest one to set up is display capture. With this source your display will be seen in the OBS and transferred to the streaming platform.
How easy it is, it also have some disadvantages, since it captures all screen sometimes it can record and stream some personal stuff, for this reason, I recommend you to rather use other possibilities, how to record the game. Those are window capture or game capture. Difference for them is, that you have to set up OBS scene, while these are active. For some game works window capture for some game capture, so in this case you sometimes have to try both of them to see which works.
When you set them up, only the game will be recorded, when it is running, no other windows will be shown to the screen. If you still have to add your display capture, I recommend you to put it in the layer under the game/window capture and maybe even switch off visibility (by the small eye button next to the source). This will protect your display to be seen by viewers.
For the case you will start the stream and do not have the game running you can set up and image background. Image is added also in sources, by image option. If you put this image under the game capture layer it will be visible only if the game is not running.
Adding a webcam is simple, it is done by adding a video capture device in sources. After you move the webcam picture to desired location. You always have to think, where you shall place it and sometimes move it, when you play different games, not to hide features, which viewers wants to see in the game.
Adding sound can be simple or complicated. You add sound source by audio input and output.
Audio input is your microphone, which you chose to stream. In the mixer next to the sources you can change the volume. In the source’s properties, you can change the microphone activation threshold and add more features.
Audio output device records all the sound that goes through it. Usually it is default device of the computer, this is possible to change, with external programs, which allows you to separate different sound sources to different devices. Since this setup is quite complicated it will be in separate article.
Now, you have set up the basics for your OBS. But there a few more things you have to set up, before you go live.
First thing is to set up the quality, in which your stream shall transfer the data to the streaming platform. This depends on your computer hardware, basically the better computer (CPU or GPU) you have the better quality you can stream.
Streaming quality you find under FILE – SETTINGS – STREAM. On the screen bellow you can see example settings for the streaming. The lower CPU speed you put, the more it will require. With the Bitrate it works the other way, the more of bitrate you insert the more CPU will be required. Best way how to test which settings you shall use is to test it on live stream, but in overall about 2500-3000 bitrate and CPU set on fast are acceptable for streaming.
The next thing you have to do is to connect your OBS with the streaming platform you chosen. This is done in settings as well and you will need a key for it. As an example, you can see how to do it with Twitch.
And this is basic tutorial, how to set up the streaming settings, in the next Article you can read how to add more features to your stream to make it look more professional.