OBS Studio has no compatibility issues with Windows 10, but today we’ll provide a tutorial on how to stream on Twitch on a Windows 10 PC without using this open-source encoder.
Of all choices, we highly recommend XSplit Broadcaster because it’s powerful and feature-rich compared to other premium alternatives.
Without further ado, let’s get right into it.
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Windows PC: How to Live Stream on Twitch Without OBS?
- You’ll need an XSplit account to access the full features. Please navigate to the XSplit website, and then click ‘Dashboard’ at the top right corner. Insert your email in the ‘Email Address’ field, hit ‘Continue’. This will take you to a verification page where you need to input the 6-digit code or OTP sent to your inbox. Also, read the terms and conditions before clicking ‘Continue’ to confirm the account creation. Once successful, you’ll be able to view the dashboard.
- After having an account, the next essential step is to install the program. XSplit offers several services, but for streaming, you’d need to install the Broadcaster software. During the download process, a notification will come along asking you if the program can make any changes to the system. Click ‘Yes’ to grant access.
- You can now launch the program. Click ‘Broadcast’ from the top menu arrangement > Set Up a New Output. In a nutshell, this option allows you to link the software to a new streaming service. Select Twitch because that’s the platform we’ll connect to this time.
- Next up is ‘Channel Setup Wizard’ which will guide you through the setup process. Click on the ‘Next’ button each time you encounter it to proceed to the next step. In the end, you’ll need to click ‘Authorize’ to allow exchange of information between platforms.
- Following the verification, the new account will be listed under the ‘Choose Twitch Account’ tab. Just click to continue with the app configuration. For the record, users can register more than one Twitch account, but only one will be active at a time, meaning that you can’t do concurrent broadcasting from several accounts.
- As a friendly reminder, Twitch determines a server for each user. It provides suggestions on optimum settings for the platform. That being said, you can still tweak the settings if there are adequate resources to run the program on higher settings.
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- The next important step is to adjust the frame rate and resolution of the live stream. To do this, click on ‘Resolution and Frame Rate’ on top right-hand side of the page. Scroll down to the part that reads ‘Resolution’. Hover the pointer over this option to explore the available resolutions. Please select one from the list. We suggest you go with either 1920 x 1080 (16:9) or 1280 x720 (16:9).
- Changing the frame rate is the same. This menu is right below ‘Resolution’. Positioning your pointer over it will let you view all available options. To make it easy, pick a fixed value like 30fps or 60fps. But if you want to set your own value, go with ‘Custom FPS’.
- Scenes and Sources are two vital elements of a live stream setup. You’d need to include them in the project. Click on the ‘+’ sign next to the ‘Scene’ button. Type in any name you want.
- To add a new source, click on ‘Add Source’ at the bottom of the window. This will launch the file explorer. From there you can locate the file saved in a specific folder.
- In case you’ve used OBS before, assets from this program can also be imported to XSplit. Linking both programs is easy, but make sure to save the existing scene in Xsplit beforehand.
- Fire up OBS Studio, click ‘Profile’ from the top menu bar, and then choose ‘Export’. Pick one location to which you want store the assets.
- Go back to XSplit, select ‘Tools’ > ‘Permissions’, and tick the box that says ‘OBS Scene Importer’. Click ‘Import From OBS Studio’, followed by choosing scenes you want transfer. Browse them through the Explorer, hit ‘Open’ to confirm your selection. The last step is to click on ‘Import’ to initiate the process.
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- Adding a webcam overlay is also important because it brings personality to your broadcast. What you’re gonna do is choose Add Source > Device > the name of your webcam / recording device. Or alternatively, you can select XSplit VCam if you use the service.
- Something feels lacking when a live stream doesn’t show the streamer’s commentary. After all, that’s what makes a broadcast more exciting to watch. You can blend your voice with the stream setup by plugging a microphone and navigating to Add Source > Devices > Audio. After that, choose the microphone. There’s a mixer at the bottom for controlling audio balance.
- Another essential element of a live stream is the gameplay since viewers also want to watch you playing games, not just chattering. Just load any game and while doing so, return to XSplit, choose ‘Add Source’ > ‘Game Capture’. The system will automatically detect the game you’re playing.
- The game window can later be adjusted by holding the edge and dragging it across the screen.
- Once you’re done with the settings, it’s time send the feed to Twitch by hitting the ‘Stream’ button.
Wrap Up: Twitch Streaming from a Windows 10 Computer
That’s how to stream on Twitch on a Windows 10 PC.
As announced on the official site, the program no longer supports older Windows versions, so make sure you keep it up to date to run this software smoothly.
For more details about system requirements, please check them out on the XSplit site.