XSplit Broadcaster Software Manual

Sources

Screen Capture

To use Screen Capture

Go to Sources > Screen Capture then select the area of your desktop or target window with the targeting reticle that appears. Clicking captures the whole target area while clicking and dragging captures a region.

Desktop Capture

Adding a Desktop Capture source
  1. On the Sources menu, select Screen capture...
  2. Once the targeting reticle appears, click or hold the left mouse button and drag over the region of your desktop or window.

Desktop Capture Settings

Desktop Capture
Adjust captured region using the X, Y, Width and Height sliders.
Capture Options
Show mouse
Shows the mouse cursor when it's inside the captured region.
Show mouse clicks
Shows a visual cue whenever the mouse is clicked inside the captured region.

Window Capture

Adding a Window Capture source
  1. On the Sources menu, select Screen capture...
  2. Once the targeting reticle appears, click or old the left mouse button and drag over the region of your desktop or window.
Window Capture - Whole
Window Capture - Region

Window Capture Settings

Window Capture
Adjust captured region using the X, Y, Width and Height sliders.
Client Area
Only captures the client area of the window removing non-client area window elements such as title bars, menu bars, the minimize and maximize buttons, etc.
Stick to Title
Only captures windows with the same exact title. Disabling this will instead capture another window of the same process.
Window Source
Change the current captured window to another.
Capture Options
Exclusive Window Capture
Only captures the source window or window region even if other windows are on top. See below for more information.
Show mouse
Shows the mouse cursor when it's inside the captured region.
Show mouse clicks
Shows a visual cue whenever the mouse is clicked inside the captured region.

Exclusive Window Capture

Exclusive Window Capture allows you to show a window or window region’s contents regardless if other windows are on top of it.

Exclusive Window Capture ON
Exclusive Window Capture OFF
Any windows on top of a source with Exclusive Window Capture turned ON will not be captured.

Game Capture

Game capture uses the game source feature to directly capture your PC games and add them as a source in XSplit Broadcaster.
Game source works with PC games that run on OpenGL and DirectX 9-12.
(There is also partial compatibility on some DirectX 8 games.)

To add a PC game as a source

Go to Sources > Game capture then click the name of a game you currently have running. Selecting Auto Detect will automatically switch between games that are in focus.

Some games that run using DirectDraw, anti-cheat engines and mods are known to have issues with Game Capture.

Game Capture Options

You can access additional settings for your Game Capture source by right-clicking on it.

Show Mouse
Enabling this will make the mouse cursor visible in the capture.
Enable Special Optimization
Enabling special optimization lessens stuttering issues and improves fps for games (especially DirectX 9ex and 11 games).
Note that some games require this to be disabled to be properly captured.
Enable Frame Smoothing
Removes frames to maintain a smooth framerate of capture.

Click here for information about Color, Layout and Effect options for sources.

Devices

Device capture allows you to add video devices sources such as webcams and capture cards connected game consoles or SDI cameras as well as audio devices such as microphones and other audio recording devices.

Video Devices

To add a video device such as a webcam or capture card:
  • Go to Sources > Devices (webcam, capture cards…) > Video then click on your preferred device.
Video Device Settings
Playback
Audio Input - Allows you to select an audio recording device to use instead of the device’s built in audio input. Audio Output - Allows you to choose from System Sound which routes the audio to the default playback device or Stream Only which routes the audio the stream or recording only. Setting this to Stream Only is recommended for USB2.0 capture devices. Offset - Note that this is different from delay, as delay is used to sync various sources on the stage.
Camera Source
Change the current video device to another. Device Configuration Configure different settings specific to your device. Available settings will differ from device to device as illustrated above.

Audio Devices

To add a recording device such as a microphone or line in:
  • Go to Sources > Devices (webcam, capture cards…) > Audio then click on your preferred device.
Audio Device Settings
Audio Output
Allows you to choose from System Sound which routes the audio to the default playback device or Stream Only which routes the audio the stream or recording only.
Audio Source
Change the current audio device to another.
Device Configuration
Configure different settings specific to your device. Available settings will differ from device to device.
Silence Detection (for microphones)
Enable/disable automatic muting of the microphone within the set threshold and silence period.

Text

Text sources lets you display text with customizable colors, fonts, animation and more. You can choose to create or load your own custom script, or select from the available script templates.

Adding a Text source
  • Go to Sources and click on Text...

Text Source settings

Content
This is where you will input the text you want to be displayed. You can also choose to use a custom script that will change how your text is displayed.

You can use the
tag to add line breaks for your text as well as use BBcode for formatting, color and other effects.

Format
This is where formatting options such as the font, text style and alignment can be changed. Options for adding outlines, shadows and changing the text opacity are available as well.
Animation
This is where you can set a scrolling or fading animation to your text sources.
Scroll
Direction - The direction the text will be scrolling.
Speed - The speed of the scrolling animation at pixels per second.
Line Limit - The number of lines to be displayed for vertical text scrolling.
Fade
Delimiter - Character or characters that will be used to separate the text into segments to be shown per face effect.
Interval - The length of time that a text segment will be shown before fading.
Fade speed - The length of time that the fading animation lasts.

Webpage

Adding a webpage as a source
  1. Go to Sources then click on Webpage...
  2. Enter the URL of the webpage you want to use a source on the prompt that appears then click OK.
    You can also click Browse to load a locally saved webpage.

Webpage Settings

Display - Choose to use the webpage’s original resolution or a custom one. Transparency and scrollbars can also be removed. Custom Code - You can override the webpage source’s default CSS and use custom Javascript.

Media File

You can add images, videos and audio files to your presentation. Useful for placing your personalized overlay, or adding a running video clip.

Adding a media file as a source
  • Go to Sources then click on Media file (videos, images)...

You can also drag and drop media files on the XSplit Broadcaster stage to add them as sources.

Media File Settings

Streams

You can add livestreams as a source using different protocols such as RTMP, RTSP and even Newtek’s new NDI.

Flash Stream (RTMP)

Adding an RTMP source
  1. Go to Sources > Streams then click on Flash Stream (RTMP)...
  2. You will be prompted to input the RTMP address and the stream name (stream key).

IP Camera (RTSP)

Adding an RTSP source
  1. Go to Sources > Streams then click on IP Camera (RTSP)...
  2. You will be prompted to enter your IP camera’s RTSP address.

You can learn more about properly formatting the RTSP address by clicking on the link below:
How to format the RTSP address for IP Camera Sources

Newtek NDI Stream

Newtek's NDI or Network Device Interface allows sending video sources through IP within a Local Area Network.
Examples of improving your XSplit streaming content with NDI can be as simple as showing multiplayer gaming content by capturing multiple XSplit Gamecaster streams per computer or as complex as using multiple NDI enabled applications to enhance your production workflow.

Adding a Newtek NDI source
  • Go to Sources > Streams then click on NewTek NDI™ Stream (Beta)

Newtek NDI™ source is still in beta. Learn more about Newtek NDI here.

Source Options

Keep source in memory
When enabled, the source will be kept cached in system memory. This allows it to be a global source where devices like capture cards will be linked.

Color

Picture

Adjust color controls such as brightness, contrast and hue as well as adding compositing through chroma and color key.

Brightness - Adjust the overall darkness and lightness.
Contrast - Adjust the separation between the dark and light areas of the source.
Alpha - Adjust the opacity of the source.
Hue - Change the colors used by the source along the RGB color space.
Saturation - Adjust the saturation of colors.
Background Color - Adds a background color to transparent areas of the source.
Full dynamic range - Increases the color range used by the source from 16-235 to 0-255.

Keying
Chroma Key

Best suited for compositing out a range of a specific color. Example use would be for removing green screens and other non-uniformly lit backgrounds.

Key Color - Choose which color from Red, Green or Blue to composite out.
Anti-aliasing - Smoothens the edges of compositing.
Threshold - Increase or decrease the range of the shades of the key color to composite out.
Alpha smoothing - Smoothes out transparency of composited edges.

Legacy Chroma Key

The old version of Chroma Key from earlier versions of XSplit Broadcaster.

Color Key

Best suited for compositing out a very specific color. Example use would be removing colors from images to use as overlays.

Eyedrop Tool - Used to copy the color from any part of the source to use a the key color.
Anti-aliasing - Smoothes out jagged edges from compositing.
Threshold - Increase or decrease the range of the shades of the key color to composite out.
Red - Adjust the Red value of the keyed color from 0-255.
Green - Adjust the Green value of the keyed color from 0-255.
Blue - Adjust the Blue value of the keyed color from 0-255.

You can copy and paste Chroma and Color key settings by right-clicking on the Keying settings pane.

TriDef SmartCam

TriDef Smartcam allows you to create a virtual green screen using your web camera or intelligently blur your camera background to improve privacy. You can easily replace your background with an image or video, or overlay yourself on top of your gameplay.

Remove Background
Blur Background

Quality - Improves the quality of the background removal. The higher the quality, the higher the CPU usage. (1-low/5-high)
Edge Smoothing - Edge Smoothing improves the foreground cut-out appearance (0-disable/1-low/6-high)
SmartBlur - SmartBlur improves privacy and makes you stand out by intelligently blurring the background (1-low/14-high)

You will need to purchase TriDef SmartCam separately to enable this feature.

Layout
Position

Adjusts the size and position of your source on the stage.

2D/3D Transform

Adjusts the rotation of your source on the X, Y and Z axes.

Cropping

Adjusts the cropping of your source on the stage.

Effects
Masking

Shape Mask - Applies an opacity mask to the source which can be defined through presets and shape sliders. Outline and shadow effects can also be added to this mask.

File Mask - Applies an opacity mask from the alpha channels of an image file. Applying the Mask to Stage, resizes the file mask to the resolution the stage is set in while applying the Mask to Source scales the file mask to the source’s size.

Transitions

Applies transition effects to sources upon scene enter or exit as well as when they are hidden or shown through the source list. Setting the scene transition to ‘None’ overrides any of the transitions set here.

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