XSplit Broadcaster Software Manual



  • Disable Aero theme
    Disables the Windows 7 Aero theme. (Only for Windows 7)
  • Enable game source
    Enable/disable capturing a DirectX/OpenGL game or media player source.
  • Copy link to clipboard when starting a broadcast
    Enable/disable automatic copying of a link to your broadcast output to the clipboard.
  • Optimize Scene Transition
    Enable/disable smoother transitions between scenes. Requires some graphics resources.
  • Thumbnail Preview
    Provides options for showing a preview window when you hover on scene button. Requires some graphics resources.
  • Screenshot capture
    Choose between JPEG or BMP image formats for your screenshots.
  • Log system information
    Store system information that will be useful for XSplit Technical Support.


The Audio tab is where you can set which devices XSplit Broadcaster capture audio, set audio capture delay and volume control range as well as enable features such as audio preview and microphone silence detection.

  • Audio Preview
    Choose an audio playback device to monitor the final audio output from the presentation.
  • System Sound
    Choose an audio playback device that XSplit Broadcaster will capture audio from.
    Delay - Enable and set a delay from which XSplit Broadcaster captures audio from the above device.
    Volume Range (%) - Allows you to increase the range you can set the System Sound volume on the stage. (Up to 300%)
  • Microphone
    Choose an audio recording device that XSplit Broadcaster will capture audio from.
    Delay - Enable and set a delay from which XSplit Broadcaster captures audio from the above device.
    Volume Range (%) - Allows you to increase the range you can set the Microphone volume on the stage. (Up to 300%)
  • Silence Detection
    Enable/disable automatic muting of the microphone within the set threshold and silence period. More information below.
  • Microphone mono mix
    Sets how audio from a mono microphone source will be distributed to the left and right audio channels.
  • Audio Mixing Sample Rate
    Allows you to manually select the sampling rate of your final audio output. Useful for those that a specific sampling rate for their recordings or output sources or matching the sampling rate of legacy audio devices that cannot accommodate 48KHz.

Silence Detection

Enabling microphone silence detection allows you to limit unwanted background noise by automatically muting the microphone. The threshold set allows you to control the minimum volume level of sound to automatically unmute the microphone while the silence period is the amount of time before the microphone is muted again.

To learn more about Silence Detection and how to use it, click here.


The Hotkeys tab is where you can set keyboard shortcuts to various XSplit Broadcaster actions and their behavior.

To assign a hotkey, select an action then check and select your desired key combination below.

Or, you can double-click an action and press your desired key combination.

Setting a hotkey to Push to Talk will automatically mute your mic until the hotkey is pressed. You will need to remove the Push to Talk hotkey to disable this.

You can remove a hotkey binding by clicking the X beside it.

Hotkey Options

Select hotkey mode

  • Basic
    Allows hotkeys to be assigned from your Windows keyboard only and requires combinations with modifier(s).
  • Advanced
    Allows hotkeys to be assigned without modifiers and from MIDI devices.

When switching from Advanced to Basic mode, you will need to change all your advanced hotkeys to basic hotkeys.

Change the behavior of hotkeys

You can set how XSplit Broadcaster listens to your assigned hotkeys.

  • Global
    Assigned hotkeys can be triggered anywhere, such as in a game or another application.
  • Application
    Assigned hotkeys only trigger when XSplit Broadcaster is in focus.
  • Disabled
    All assigned hotkeys will not be triggered.


The Accounts tab is where you can authorize your Youtube account to upload your recordings and allow sharing of your livestreams and uploaded Youtube videos to Facebook, Twitter and Player.me.


Make sure to proceed with caution and consult the hints provided when making changes to these advanced options.

  • Video processing mode
    Let’s you choose to prioritize using CPU or GPU resources for video processing.  Changing this option is only available on Windows 8.1+.
    Legacy Mode
    The default video processing mode for XSplit Broadcaster. Allows the following options below:
    Use hardware acceleration for video playback - Enable Microsoft MF engine for the playback of supported video files (MP4, WMV, AVI, and ASF). Using the MF engine will enable DXVA2 hardware acceleration and should use fewer CPU resources.
    Use hardware acceleration for USB2 capture devices - Enable the use of DXVA2 hardware acceleration to decode video from USB 2.0 capture devices such as AVerMedia LGP, Hauppauge HD PVR, Elgato Game Capture HD and HD60.
    Prefer CPU for video processing
    Recommended for lessening the load on the GPU while playing PC games on the same hardware.
    Prefer GPU for video processing
    Allow XSplit to take advantage of your GPU's functions for accelerated video decoding and other GPU processing
  • Enable WASAPI audio render (experimental)
    Forces DirectShow to use WASAPI audio renderer instead of DirectSound. May resolve audio cracking and stuttering
  • Allow broadcast plugins to specify their own network adapter
    Allows you to choose which active network adapter to use for each of your streaming outputs.
  • Browser Source Special Optimization
    Allows Website sources to render animations in both 30 and 60 fps. Note that this may not work perfectly on some systems and may end up just showing a black or empty Website source. Click here for more information about this feature.
  • Enable script security for sources and extensions
    Enables Permissions window which will require you to confirm sources and extensions to execute scripts.
  • Enable developer mode
    Allows XSplit to perform additional logging, enable plugin debugging and allow unsigned DLLs to be loaded by plugins.
  • Enable DX12 game capture
    Allows DirectX 12 games to be captured as sources. Option only available on Windows 10 Anniversary Update and above.
  • Projector screen selection border
    Choose between always showing the Projector screen’s border during screen selection hover, to show only when the Shift key is pressed, or to never show the border on screen selection hover.
  • GPU Anti Aliasing
    Allows the use of GPU resources to smooth edges of sources. This option is experimental and may be changed or removed in future releases.

For MSAA, we recommend using maximum settings of Sample Count 4 and Quality 0 to avoid excessive GPU usage. MLAA is a post process shader and may require less resources, but may also have a visually different effect.

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