XSplit is one of the most popular broadcasting programs on Twitch and comes highly recommended. XSplit is considered an all-in-one solution as it allows the broadcaster to edit their stream with multiple camera shots, graphical overlays, chroma key, and picture-in-picture effects, as well as encoding the video feed with highly flexible range of quality options.
- Built-in Encoder: Login with your Twitch account and broadcast directly to your Twitch channel with highly flexible and efficient quality settings
- Video Mixer: Add and edit multiple video sources such as desktop screen capture, webcams, capture cards and more
- Simple Audio Mixer: Capture computer and microphone audio simultaneously
- Twitch Ingest Point Tester: Find the best location on the Twitch network to broadcast from wherever you are
XSplit comes in a variety of free, Personal, and Premium versions, each with its own advantages. Please refer to the XSplit site for up-to-date information on its current status.
Getting Started with XSplit
After finishing reading this guide, there’s more information available in the XSplit Beginner's Guide on YouTube.
Step 1) Adding Sources
For PC games, you have two choices on how to capture your gameplay. Either by capturing the screen region, or by achieving a direct feed via game source (only available in XSplit Personal and Premium).
Screen Region Method
- Go to Add > Add Screen Region
- Select the region of your desktop you'd like XSplit to capture by left clicking somewhere in the game window. You can also click the desktop or task bar to select the entire monitor.
- The selected area will now appear in your XSplit window for further editing
Game Source Method (Requires XSplit Personal or Premium)
- Games that utilize the DirectX or OpenGL platform can be enabled for direct capture, or Game Source. This sometimes results in better performance when compared to the screen region method and supports games in fullscreen mode.
- To to Add > Add Game and select the .exe of the game you'd like to capture
- The selected game will now appear in your XSplit window for further editing
Capture Device (Xbox, PlayStation 3, Webcam, etc)
- Go to Add > Add Camera
- Select either the capture device or webcam you'd like to use
- The selected device will now appear in your XSplit window for further editing
Step 2) Understanding XSplit Audio
XSplit accepts two audio sources simultaneously.
- WWindows 7 default playback device (desktop audio) essentially what comes out of the default speaker
- The currently selected microphone in the XSplit user settings under Tools > General Settings > General Tab > Audio
- Each audio source has its own volume that you can manually adjust - right-click the source and use the properties provided
- Sources that tend to have audio settings include webcams, capture cards, video files, etc
- Using the Windows Audio Mixer, typically located at the bottom-right hand corner of your Windows taskbar, you can adjust the volumes of these devices individually
Note: All audio sources added in XSplit rely on your Windows 7 Default Device for audio to your stream. In other words, if you can hear it over your speakers, your audience will too.
Step 3) Quality Options and Broadcasting
Basic Broadcast Settings
- Go to Broadcast and click the right side gear symbol for your Twitch channel.
- Click the Wizard button in the lower left corner and follow the two steps. When it’s done probing your internet speed and computer hardware, click Finish to use the recommended settings.
- Optional: View > Scale Viewport > 50.
- Feel free to adjust the wizard settings based upon your own personal preferences and experience broadcasting to Twitch. You can also seek out tips in the XSplit community forum.
Step 4) Go live and interact with your audience!
Connecting to Twitch
- Go to Broadcast > Twitch Username.
- Open your web browser and go to http://twitch.tv/broadcast/dashboard to view both your channel and your chat window.