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Streaming or Recording your PC Games

Learn the basics of streaming/recording your PC games in this guide

XSplit Broadcaster is a great way to get creative with your streams and videos. It provides you with awesome features that will make streaming and recording videos convenient and easy. Here are some quick and easy steps to begin streaming and recording your PC Games on Broadcaster.


1. Adding your PC Game Screen

There’s a couple of ways you can capture your PC gameplay using XSplit Broadcaster. You’ll need to add it to your scene first through the Add Source menu.

Screen Capture

This option lets you immediately capture what’s on your monitor through Monitor while Apps will let you capture application windows on your Desktop.

Showing Desktop Capture options found in the Sources Menu

It works great if your PC setup has multiple displays and we suggest using Screen Capture if you’re trying to capture games that aren’t compatible with Game Capture such as browser games.


Game Capture

Game capture will automatically detect any game running on DirectX 9-12, Vulkan, or OpenGL and will be added to your scene right away.

Showing Game Capture options found in the Sources Menu

Once you’ve chosen how to capture your game, you can resize and position your game source on the stage.


2. Adding a Webcam Device (Optional)

Showing available camera devices under Add Source > Camera/Capture card

Next, you may also want to add a live video of yourself by using a webcam though this is optional. Go to Add Source > Camera/Capture Card and select your video device. Just the same as the game source, you can drag and resize your webcam source to set it on your stream.

Hiding Sources and Source Settings

To hide a source, just click on the eye icon next to it on the source list.

An eye icon is shown to the right of each source in your source list. Clicking this icon toggles source visibility.

Right-clicking on your source will open the source settings window where you can change various settings and properties of the source. Selecting it from the source list then clicking on Settings will also make this window appear.

Source settings shown will vary depending on the source. For a game source like shown, settings such as special optimization and capping the game framerate will be available.


3.1 Livestreaming Setup

With your game and other sources added, you’re ready to set up your Broadcast outputs. First, go to Broadcast then Set up a new Output. Just select the streaming services you’ll be using and a setup wizard will be launched to help you create your Broadcast output.

A variety of streaming services can be selected by default when creating a new Broadcast output.

We have articles on how to set up your outputs for popular streaming services:

If you don’t see your preferred streaming platform, click on Find more outputs and you’ll be redirected to the Plugin Store where you can find more integrated broadcast outputs to install.

For other services that don't have an output plugin, you can stream using Custom RTMP instead. You can click here for more information.


Starting your Livestream

Once you've set up your broadcast output, click on Broadcast again and select the output you've created. A red status bar will appear at the top of the XSplit Broadcaster window indicating that you’re streaming live.

Created Broadcast outputs will be shown inside the Broadcast menu.


3.2 Recording

Choosing to record gives you the chance to edit it before uploading it to your gaming channel. To start recording, go to the Record menu then select Active Scene. This will record whatever scene is active or showing in the preview.

Recording the currently active scene will be available under the Record menu by default.

You’ll also be able to stop and pause your recordings through the same menu as well.

Alternatively, you can click the Stream or Record buttons at the top bar to start either of your mainly selected stream and recording outputs.

Stream and Record buttons shown on the XSplit Broadcaster window provides easy access to start streams or recordings.

Recording Properties

Clicking the gear icon beside Local Recording will open up your Local Recording Properties.

A gear icon is shown to the right of Active Scene under the Recording menu. Clicking this will open the Local Recording Properties window.

Click here to learn more about these properties as well as other options such as Multitrack Audio.

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