This is where most of the configuration for XSplit Gamecaster is done:
- Automatic - if you use Automatic Settings, XSplit Gamecaster will provide the recommended stream settings based on your PC specifications and internet upload bandwidth.
Custom - if you feel like experimenting, choose a custom resolution to open the Custom Stream Settings Window:
This is the Custom Stream Settings Window:
- Server - lets you specify a target server for streaming.
- Resolution - allows you to select different stream resolutions for XSplit Gamecaster. The higher the resolution, the more upload bandwidth and CPU usage is required.
- Codec - available codecs will be depend on the PC’s hardware components. x264 is recommended for streaming.
- Frame Rate - lets you set the framerate for your stream. The higher the frame rate the higher the CPU usage.
- Bitrate - describes the rate data is transmitted in a given amount of time, measured in kilobits per second.
- Stream Delay - lets you set a delay for your stream, which is useful for hiding gameplay from opponents watching your stream.
- Save to Hard Disk - allows you to save your live stream in the same locations as your recordings folder. Please note this is a carbon copy of your stream and will only output an FLV file. This feature is also available in automatic mode.
- Split Files - allows you to set XSplit Gamecaster to split your saved live stream based on size (MB) or time (Minutes)
- Automatic - if you use Automatic Settings, XSplit Gamecaster will provide the recommended recording settings based on your PC specifications.
Custom - if you feel like experimenting, choose a custom resolution to open the Custom Record Settings Window:
This is the Custom Record Settings Window:
- Resolution - allows you to select different recording resolutions for XSplit Gamecaster. Choosing a higher resolution will increase CPU usage and upload bandwidth requirements.
- Codec - available codecs will depend on your PC’s hardware components. A hardware codec like NVENC is recommended for recording.
- Frame Rate - lets you set the framerate for your recording. Higher frame rate uses more CPU.
- Quality - determines the encoding parameters for your recording. The higher the quality, the higher the CPU usage and the larger the file size.
- Split Files - allows you to set XSplit Gamecaster to split your recordings based on size or time.
Allow Game Switching
With this feature enabled, you can switch PC games without ending your stream or recording. When there is no PC game, XSplit Gamecaster will switch to the BRB screen. If BRB is disabled, then the last scene from the previous game or a black screen will be recorded or streamed:
Recording devices connected to your PC will appear in this dropdown menu. You can find volume controls for the microphone and system sound on the left side:
Webcams are connected to your PC will appear in this dropdown menu. When you select a camera, a preview will be shown in the left side of XSplit Gamecaster:
BRB graphics are what appear if the user minimizes their PC game. Once activated, the user’s audio also gets muted, unless “Allow audio in BRB Mode” is checked. If the user has a personal or premium license, BRB graphics can be customized and disabled. BRB graphics are always disabled when using the console viewer:
These control the usernames that will be displayed in your default BRB Graphics social network links:
Inside your gameplay you will be able to monitor the Game FPS and/or CPU usage. You can select from one of six monitor positions:
Scroll down the Settings Tab and you will see the list of hotkeys and their current keyboard assignments:
- Overlay (Show / Hide): shows or hides your XSplit Gamecaster HUD
- Stream (Start / Stop): starts or stops your stream
- Record (Start / Stop): starts or stops your recording
- Record (Pause / Resume): pauses or resumes your recording
- Benchmark (Start / Stop): starts or stops a frame rate benchmark. This can only be used when you are not live streaming or recording.
- Screenshot (Capture): currently captures a screenshot of your game and its annotations. Camera, image overlay, and other elements will be added in a future update.
- Status Bar: changes the location of the status label in-game to the next pre-defined location (check out Status Label in the previous section to see where these locations are)
- Microphone (Mute / Unmute): mutes or unmutes your microphone
- System Audio (Mute / Unmute): mutes or unmutes your system audio
- Push to Talk: allows you to unmute your microphone while this hotkey is pressed
- Camera (Show / Hide): turns your camera on or off
- BRB Graphics In-Game (Show / Hide): shows or hides your BRB graphics while inside your game
- Start Annotation: enables annotation mode. This mode allows you to use a variety of illustration tools to annotate your gameplay. The annotations you create will also appear in your live streams and recordings.
- Run Ad: If you are a partner on Twitch, you can select a hotkey to run an ad.
- Stats (Show / Hide): shows or hides streaming/recording and system stats in the overlay
- Insert Cue Point: inserts a cue point for your recording
- Stats (Copy): copies all the streaming/recording and system stats to your clipboard