To customize your streaming settings, select Custom () in Stream Settings then click on the icon:
And it will open the Custom Stream Settings window:
Here is a breakdown of what each field is for:
- 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.
However, unless you have clear reasons for doing so (e.g. you want to stream at a resolution lower than your machine is capable of), please take note that it is recommended to use XSplit Gamecaster’s Automatic mode for optimal results.
Note that you can choose to delay your broadcast (via “Stream Delay”) and save it to your hard disk, even if you have selected “Automatic” as your Resolution.
Here are the descriptions of what each field is for:
- 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.
However, unless you have clear reasons for doing so (e.g. you want to record at a resolution lower than your machine is capable of), please take note that it is recommended to use XSplit Gamecaster’s default settings for optimal results.
If you want to be able to switch games "on the fly" while you are streaming or recording, check the box of "Allow game switching":
How Game Switching Works
If "Allow Game Switching" is checked, the active game (what you currently see on your screen) and will be streamed or recorded. So, if you switch to another game, that game will be streamed or recorded because it becomes the active game.
But, if you don't have any game active, the BRB Graphics (see BRB Graphics section for more information) will be streamed or recorded. And if you have disabled BRB Graphics, either a blank screen or the last scene from the previous game will be recorded or streamed
Please note that Streaming or Recording will not be stopped automatically, even if you close your game, if you have "Allow game switching" enabled.
In this region, you can select your desired microphone:
What you see in the list depends on what devices you have properly connected and configured in your PC. If you don’t see your desired device in the list, please open your recording devices list in the Windows Sound Menu (Start > Control Panel > Sound > Recording and make sure that your desired device is detected and it is not disabled and not disconnected (right click in the Recording list to show the list of disabled or disconnected devices):
In this region, you can select your desired camera:
What is shown in the list depends on the cameras you have properly connected and configured in your PC. You can open Device Manager (Control Panel > Device Manager > Imaging Devices) to check the status of your devices:
Once you’ve selected a camera, you will see a preview in the upper right corner that can help you position your camera:
In the camera preview window, you can activate and adjust chroma key by clicking on the “v” button next to “Background” and selecting “Chroma Key.” Here, you can select your backdrop from “Key” and adjust the chroma key threshold until it reaches an optimum level.
To learn more about chroma keying, please take a look at section 3.2 Chroma Key.
BRB Graphics (Be-Right-Back Graphics)
BRB Graphics are activated when you alt-tab or minimize your game. BRB Graphics will not work in Console Viewer mode. Check “Enable BRB Graphics” if you want to use it.
You can clear out the existing graphics by pressing Clear All:
Then you can add your custom graphics by pressing Add Image and browsing for your desired image:
Note that you can add more than one image by simply clicking on Add Image again.
Once you are finished adding your desired images, you can position/scale them within the editor by holding and dragging them around.
The BRB Graphics editor accepts a wide variety of image file types: .BMP, .DIB, .RLE, .JPG, .JPEG, .JPE, .JFIF, .GIF, .TIF, .TIFF and .PNG.
The Status Label allows you to monitor your CPU usage and gameplay FPS from within your game. To change its position, click on your desired place (represented by a dot) within the monitor mockup:
Scroll down the Settings Tab and you will see the list of hotkeys and their current keyboard assignments:
Setting and Deleting Hotkeys
You can use virtually any keyboard key as a hotkey along with using Ctrl, Shift, and Alt as modifiers for hotkeys. To set a hotkey, click on the function you wish to set (e.g. Stream, Record, etc.) and then press the key(s) you wish to use as its hotkey(s). To remove a hotkey, click on the function and press Delete or click on the X symbol at the end of the box of the hotkey:
Here is a breakdown of each function:
- 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.
- Status Label - 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
- 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.
- BRB Graphics In-Game (Show / Hide) - shows or hides your BRB graphics while inside your game
- Run Ad - If you are a partner on Twitch, you can select a hotkey to run an ad.
- Insert Cue Point - inserts a cue point for your recording
- Stats (Show / Hide) - shows or hides streaming/recording and system stats in the overlay
- Stats (Copy) - copies all the streaming/recording and system stats to your clipboard
Important Notes on Using Hotkeys:
You cannot delete the hotkey for the Overlay. However, you can change its assigned hotkey.
You also cannot use the keys “C,” “S,” “T,” “Del, and “Esc” individually because they are used for creating annotations (see Annotations in Inside the XSplit Gamecaster Overlay).
To reset all hotkeys to none and the overlay to [Ctrl] + [Tab], simply click on the “Restore Defaults” button.
A cue point is a marker of a precise time point in the duration of a video.
You can use cue points to help with quickly editing your videos in the express video editor (See Express Video Editor for more information).
Streaming and Recording Statistics
If you pressed the hot key you set for copying your streaming or recording statistics and would like to see them, simply open a word processing application like Notepad and click on “Edit” > “Paste” or press [Ctrl]+[V].