How To Livestream Your Games


How To Livestream Your Games

(Update: This is another very good Xsplit Tutorial!)

This lesson was brutal!  It took me a long time to learn how to broadcast games the way I wanted. My knowledge on this subject is very limited and I highly recommend this guide created by Sean “[Day9]” Plott. That’s where my journey started. Since I already declared my lack of knowledge, I can’t be a teacher. Instead I will show you what worked for me. Let’s get started!

In my quest for knowledge, there were many obstacles but none more greater than my own computer. If memory serves me right, I got my current computer around 2008. Good times but its age is clearly showing. While following Day9′s teachings, for some reason my computer kept rebooting or just “crapping” itself. That led me to focus on recording content locally but doing so was bringing my FPS to the ground. That’s how I discovered XSplit.

XSplit is quite a complete package. You can record locally or select several streaming services, add additional media and have complete control of your cast. Getting it to work like you want is a different story. After setting up my pre-order, I encountered several bugs. One of them was watermark that premium users were not suppose to be getting. The good thing is that the customer service, while slow, it’s decent. The community has a couple of guides to help the newcomers and it’s an overall nice experience.

Getting to stream to JustinTV or Own3DTV proved quite difficult in the beginning. All of this was due to my complete inexperience.  I was unaware that once you have your settings ready, you are ready to broadcast. You don’t have to do anything else. JustinTV will record your sessions inmediatly while OWN3DTV has its own recorder that you have to manually start.  At this point things started to get very interesting. I wanted to stream in HD but I could not do it.  My computer (a Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz, 3 Gig Ram ,Nvidia 8800GT) was not powerful enough. Several people, including a very nice CS rep from OWN3DTV, warned me that it takes a lot of CPU to stream at that resolution. They were right. My computer was going crazy. That’s when I found DXtory. This software is very easy to use but much better than fraps. It helps in keeping those very important frames per second. At this point I was getting better results but the streaming was very choppy. After several tries I gave up and tried to use other resolutions. I wanted something that at least could look decent. Not such luck. Everything was blurry and messy. Here are two videos from TyeWebb where he talks about DXtory and Xsplit.

That’s when I decided to format my computer (another post about this and Everquest 2 soon). Needless to say, my computer is performing much better. I re-installed everything and surprisingly, the stream looks good. Not like I really want it to look but it’s decent given my specs. Here’s what I am doing:

  • Playing and broadcasting my games on 1280 x 720.
  • Restarting the computer before streaming.
  • Xsplit and DXtory with no local recording.
  • While broadcasting in less than 25 FPS is not recommended, I try to broadcast as close to my actual FPS in-game. Example: 20FPS in-game/15 FPS in Xsplit. I am still playing with these settings.
  • GameBooster 3 seems to help a bit. Using this software is free.
  • Dual Monitor setup.
  • Specific display options for different games. I keep a notepad file with this information.
  • If you want to record your streaming session, I find it better to download it from the archives after it is ready to watch from your favorite streaming platform. Then edit it with your favorite video-editing software.
  • I use different Bitrate settings, depending on games and platform. VBV Max Rate Bitrate: 1800-2000 VBV Buffer: 3000-4000.
  • OWN3DTV works better for me than TwitchTV. I am not sure why and even though I prefer the chat format from Twitch, I will stream on OWN3D.
  • Since I only have 4 CPUs, two of them go to the game and the other two are for Xsplit. I wasn’t able to do this before the format.
  • In the forums I read someone suggesting Above Normal Priority to Xsplit and High to the game. This is something that I am doing as well.

Here’s my experimental Own3DTV Channel so you can see how my videos are looking. Granted, they don’t look perfect but I am still learning about streaming. For example, I need to reduce the Xsplit’s FPS for Oblivion because it kept lagging at 20. Maybe setting it up at 15 will make it smoother. Another big plus is that I can later on download them with a Youtube downloader and edit them.

Sorry about all the babbling. This was quite a mission! There’s nothing more rewarding than to achieve what you thought was once impossible.

For the TL;DR crowd:

  • Format your PC.
  • I am playing and broadcasting my games on 1280 x 720.
  • Restarting the computer before streaming.
  • Xsplit and DXtory with no local recording.
  • While broadcasting in less than 25 FPS is not recommended, I try to broadcast as close to my actual FPS in-game. Example: 20FPS in-game/15 FPS in Xsplit.
  • GameBooster 3 seems to help a bit. Using this software is free.
  • Dual Monitor setup.
  • Specific display options for different games. I keep a notepad file with this information.
  • If you want to record your streaming session, I find it better to download it from the archive after is ready to watch from your favorite streaming platform. Then edit it with your favorite video-editing software.
  • I use different Bitrate settings, depending on games and platform. VBV Max Rate Bitrate: 1800-2000 VBV Buffer: 3000-4000.
  • OWN3DTV works better for me than TwitchTV. I am not sure why and even though I prefer the chat format from Twitch, I will stream on OWN3D.
  • Since I only have 4 CPUs, two of them go to the game and the other two are for Xsplit. I wasn’t able to do this before the format.
  • In the forums I read someone suggesting Above Normal Priority to Xsplit and High to the game. This is something that I am doing as well.

 

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1 Comment

  1. CassieL /

    I am having problems with GameSource. It won’t start or it will lock up my system.

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