To begin broadcasting your Mac games on Twitch, first you'll need a Twitch account. Once you've signed up for a Twitch account, visit your dashboard or channel page to enable your account for broadcasting. Next, you'll need a moderately powerful Mac, along with broadcast software.
Starting with your Mac, here's our recommended specifications.
- CPU: 2.3 GHz Intel Core i5
- Memory: 4GB DDR3 SDRAM
PROTIP: It's best to utilize a Mac with a dedicated video card, such as one with an AMD Radeon, as the built-in Intel HD Graphics will take away from valuable CPU power.
To broadcast to Twitch, you'll need broadcast software. For Mac, the only all-in-one solution is Wirecast, with other options requiring a combination of webcam software such as CamTwist or ManyCam, in combination with Adobe Flash Media Encoder.
To utilize Adobe Flash Media Encoder, you'll need a .XML file that can direct your stream to your Twitch channel. To acquire this, visit here. From there, find the Flash Media Encoder section and select the "Config" button. This will download a Twitch .XML file, which you will then open in Adobe Flash Media Encoder.
Once you've downloaded the broadcast software of your choice, take the time to explore the settings and then feel free to experiment. Choose your favorite Mac game and host a few practice streams. Utilize the Twitch dashboard to view both your stream and chat room to monitor your success. When you're finished, visit your channel and review the VOD of your last broadcast and continue to tweak and improve your stream.