Before we dive into OBS.Live, it’s better to learn about OBS Studio first because they are related.
OBS Studio is an open-source live streaming program, also known as a software encoder that you can use to live stream your videos.
If you want to compress video content, this tool does that for you. It also converts it into a format that’s easy to read and send over the internet.
There are many things you can add during the editing process before you decide to go live. It’s not just a webcam or camera footage that you can use.
You can also use a microphone and interactive overlays. It lets you import a lot of different types of media and make changes to them before they’re put together and sent to a streaming platform.
One of the best things about OBS Studio is that it doesn’t use a lot of CPU. The program is actually very light, even though it has many features.
To top it all off, it’s also free, so there’s no need to worry about paying for anything. The software is strong because it has a great setup, a simple dashboard, and many filters for video sources.
OK, enough with OBS studio. So…
What is OBS.Live?
OBS.Live is not a standalone software encoder. It’s just a plugin that can be added to OBS Studio. It doesn’t do much.
The plugin is made by StreamElements and is meant to improve the live streaming experience.
You can use it in broadcasts on a wide range of platforms, like YouTube, Twitch, and Trovo, to show things.
With this, you can change the dashboard to have a chatbox and a list of recent events.
When it comes to CPU, it only has a small effect. At the same time, it works like a charm to make people more excited.
If you want to mute or skip a notification, you can also use a plugin that does that. You can decide how the alerts work with the system.
Other than that, it also gives you the chance to name your bot uniquely, and it’s free.
And since the plugin is developed to pair seamlessly with the OBS ecosystem, installing it won’t cause CPU usage to spin out of control.
How to add overlays to OBS.Live?
The way the question is phrased implies that OBS.Live is streaming software, which it is not.
So, if you’ve been led to believe that OBS.Live is a standalone program; let us put the truth straight.
It’s just a plugin that comes with the standard OBS installation. And that’s only if you want to use it; the plugin is entirely optional.
Hopefully, this has cleared up any confusion you may have had concerning OBS.Live. OBS.Live does not support overlays.
Instead, you add an overlay to OBS Studio that contains OBS.Live. You can refer to our previous article, which follows the identical methods.
And what we’ll cover today is how to install OBS.Live to OBS Studio.
- Visit the special page set up for the plugin on StreamElements.
- Scroll down until you see the download button with the Windows icon framed inside it.
- Click it to start the download process.
- Install the plugin.
- Once it’s installed, you can proceed with launching OBS Studio.
Sign in to the live streaming account you’ve created, and then sign in to your StreamElements account via the ‘StreamElements’ menu, which can be found on top of the page. The dock will now have a fresh new look with chat and activity feed windows on it. By the way, the StreamElements tab is a shortcut to a host of other settings.
- If you want to add an overlay you’ve made in StreamElements, here’s how to add it to OBS Studio.
- Head to the editor page of the overlay. Click on the chain icon to copy the URL.
- Go back to OBS Studio, create a ‘Browser’ source by clicking the ‘+’ under Sources.
- Label the new source, click OK.
On the next window, copy the link into the URL bar. Adjust weight and height accordingly, click OK. Don’t forget to clear the ‘Custom CSS’ field, and you’re good to go.
So, again, if you’re looking for a guide on how to add overlays to OBS.Live, it’s important to understand that OBS.Live is not a software encoder.
As a result, you can’t add an overlay on it.
OBS.Live is a plugin that may be used with OBS Studio. It is to the latter that you should apply your overlays.
OBS.Live is merely a plugin that extends the capability of the live streaming program.
Regarding the installation, we have it covered in this article.
We’ve also addressed how to import overlays you made in other platforms by utilizing the Browser source feature in OBS Studio.