The stage or mixer is a visual representation of the various sources, such as games and images, added to a scene.
This is an empty stage (no sources have been added):
This is a stage with two sources:
Sources can be easily adjusted with the use of a mouse and some modifier keys.
Sizing and Positioning
You can resize a sources by left clicking and dragging it on any of its corners:
After resizing the source, you can left click on the center of a source and drag it to whatever position you want on the stage:
Up to 50% of the area of a source can be moved outside of the stage:
Snap to Grid
Snap to Grid lets you align sources more easily. To enable it, click on the downward arrow in the top left corner of the stage and, if it does not have a check mark next to it, click on “Snap to grid”:
Once this is enabled, white “grid lines” will appear when you drag your source to the center of the stage:
By holding the [Alt] key and positioning the mouse near the any of the four sides of a source, you can quickly crop a source with the mouse:
By holding the [Shift] key and left clicking and dragging the mouse on a source, you can rotate the source on a 3D plane:
The number keys at the top of a QWERTY keyboard can be used to quickly resize a source that is highlighted on mixer. When a source is highlighted on the mixer, you can also use the arrow keys on the keyboard to position the source, and hold down [Shift] to move the source in smaller increments.
Adjusting Resolution and FPS
This is where you can adjust the stage’s resolution and frame rate:
Here, you can set the base resolution for XSplit Broadcaster’s stage. If you do not see the resolution you wish to use, go to Resolution > Add resolution > Custom... and enter your desired width and height:
In this area, you can set the maximum frame rate for sources on the XSplit stage. Please not that setting a frame rate higher that the source will not upscale or modify that source to run at a higher frame rate. If you wish to set a custom frame rate, click on View > Frame rate > Custom FPS... and a window will open where you can set your frame rate. The maximum frame rate you can set is 240:
Stage Audio Controls
Near the bottom section of the stage are the audio controls for microphone (mic symbol), system sound (speaker symbol), and a link to the advanced audio settings (gear symbol). You can increase or decrease the volume levels along with quickly muting system sound and/or microphone audio:
To access XSplit Broadcaster’s audio settings, click on the gear symbol next to the Microphone and Speaker symbols below the stage:
This will open the audio settings window:
Audio preview lets you hear the final audio mix XSplit Broadcaster outputs to a stream and/or recording. Using the dropdown menu, select the system sound (Windows playback) device to output the audio preview to. Please note that you cannot use the same device used by system sound for audio preview.
In this section you can select which system sound (Windows playback) device XSplit Broadcaster will capture audio from. The recommended setting is to leave this set to default speakers as many programs only output audio to the default playback device.
Here you can activate and set a delay to the system sound audio being sent to the local recording or broadcast. This delay will appear in the audio preview.
Volume Range (%)
In this section, you can boost the system sound volume range. After boosting the volume range, you will need to use the system sound audio control on the stage to increase to the new volume range.
Here, you can select which microphone (windows recording) device XSplit Broadcaster will capture audio from.
This lets you activate and set a delay to the microphone audio being sent to the local recording or broadcast. This delay will appear in the audio preview.
Volume Range (%)
You can boost the microphone volume range in this area. After boosting the volume range, you will need to use the microphone audio control on the stage to increase to the new volume range
Silence detection allows for the microphone to be muted when the audio level falls under a set threshold level after a set period of time.
The threshold has a value range of 1-128. If the audio level from the microphone is not higher than the threshold level, then the microphone will be muted. If the audio level from the microphone is higher than the threshold level, then the microphone will be un-muted.
The silence period is a duration set in milliseconds that the microphone volume needs to be below the threshold level for the the microphone to be muted. For example, entering 2500 will cause the microphone to be muted only when 2.5 seconds of silence (based on the threshold level) are detected.
Microphone mono mix
This setting allows you to modify the audio channel of a mono microphone device. The available options are to copy left to right, copy right to left, or to average left and right audio.
Audio Mixing Sampling Rate
This allows you to choose between Automatic, 44.1 kHz, and 48 kHz as your audio sampling rate. You may need to experiment to find the appropriate sampling rate for your needs.
Adjusting System Sound and Microphone Audio
After adjusting your audio settings, you can adjust the volume of system sound and microphone audio on the main XSplit Broadcaster window using the controls above the source list. By clicking on the microphone or speaker symbols, you can quickly mute and unmute these sources. Finally, a meter below will show the volume level of each source.
At the bottom of the stage is the status bar. Here, you can see your FPS, CPU, GPU, and Memory Usage. This is useful for monitoring your hardware resource usage - if it becomes too high, you can try closing applications you don’t use when streaming/recording, lowering your streaming/recording settings, adjusting your game’s video settings, or removing sources from your scene.