OBS Multiplatform Tutorial: How to Stream to YOUTUBE GAMING for FREE in a Nutshell with OBS Studio

hello everyone my name is anna-marie people’s box and welcome to another OBS multi-prong out multi-platform or OBS studio tutorial this is a new version of over yes that is a lot more powerful and it’s a it’s really really cool I’ve covered OBS multi-platform very extensively in other videos so check out that playlist along with tons of helpful links in the description below but in this video we’re going to do a very quick run-through of start to finish setting up a YouTube gaming livestream profile let’s get started so first and foremost you will want to know your way around your YouTube Live dashboard at youtube.com slash live underscore dashboard you can get to it from your video manager click live streaming you do have to have it enabled from your channel you may have to talk to your network if it’s not enabled for you but it’s pretty simple to set up you literally just say I agree and set it up and then know your way around this platform Center profile here we’re going to go ahead and hit new profile new and call it YouTube gaming that way we have a totally separate profile of our streaming settings for YouTube gaming for seeing collection we’re going to do the same thing we’re going to go to scene collection new and call it YouTube gaming now let’s go ahead and open up settings you can do so by clicking the Settings button down here and then go to Stream we’re going to go under service we’re actually going to choose YouTube now pull up your YouTube live dashboard you can get to this from your Creator studio from like your video manager go to live streaming and then down here under encoder setup you may have to agree to the terms of live streaming if you’ve never been here before copy your stream name slash key here you want to make sure that you never ever ever ever ever ever ever show this to anyone if you do you will have to reset it Andrey put that into your OBS because this is basically just a password to give anybody permission to stream to your channel and you don’t want that so go ahead and paste that key in this box here hit apply and hit ok now for the sakes of this tutorial we’re going to be doing a 720p 30 frames per second live stream to be most compatible with everyone’s computers however if you have a really really powerful computer you can do 60 frames per second live stream as well by default you can do up to 1080p 30 or 60 frames per second live stream with YouTube gaming but I’ll show you in the settings when you can change that but for the purposes of this we’re just doing 30 frames per second at 720p next jump down here to output this is if you want a recording copy a recorded copy of your live stream go ahead and change the format to mp4 always do mp4 it is the most compatible with YouTube and video editor software and things like that always do YouTube we’re going to leave output mode at simple and then for recording path just tell it where to record I have a specific harddrive and folder setup for OBS recordings so I’m going to tell it to go there you can pick your video folder or whatever so when you’re done streaming your final recording will go in this folder that you choose next up are your bit rates this is what you need to run a speed test for run the speed test and you’ll see right here it says for me that I have a upload speed of 4.6 eight megabits per second that’s about 4.5 is what I’m going to estimate it as so go over here to the OBS estimator again link will be in the description below you’re going to need that bitrate and I’m going to put 4500 and then some specs about your computer your processor your graphics card etc I put in my information here put in your computer’s information you can find it on like the box of your computer or control panel things like that and then what you’re actually what you’re actually streaming in terms of size we’re doing a 720p stream here because it’s a lot easier to stream 720p especially on lower in like laptops and stuff but you could even do a 480p stream because it would still look really good as long as you have a decent bitrate and then click recommended settings it’s going to give you some advice of what you can set it says set your FPS to 25 I don’t really agree with that because 30 is the standard so that’s really what you need anyway then it’s going to tell you right here this is all you really need it says you can do 720p or 1080p and it says recommended bitrate 3000 so I’m going to knock about 200 off of that because we’re going to use a audio bitrate of either 128 or 160 never really go below 128 but you don’t really need above 256 but we’re going to use once see so I’m gonna really just put my bitrate at 2,500 just to be safe because sometimes if something else is going in the background on my internet you don’t want it to cut your stream out because you’re using up too much bandwidth once you’ve figured that out hit apply and you’re good to go on that end next up is your audio devices this is going to be your game sound and your microphone for sample rate always have it at forty four point one kilohertz or 48 kilohertz you should never use twenty two point oh five unless you know exactly what you’re doing four channels put it as stereo just do it for desktop audio device in

90% of cases on windows default is going to work because whatever is set as default in Windows is going to play your game sound or your computer sounds etc if you know specifically that you’re sending audio out to a specific separate device then you can choose that but there’s no reason to for the purposes of this tutorial leave desktop audio device to microphone and microphone two and three disabled there is a more in-depth video you can go watch in the playlists that will explain this but essentially OBS has the ability to add multiple audio devices so if you’re setting up music or say like Skype or teamspeak skype or teamspeak can run through desktop device too and so let’s say you have a headset that has two different outputs one for chat one for game then you can choose your game chat as desktop device and then your Skype chat as desktop device – and then balance it in the mixer down here which we’ll get to in a minute but for most streams you’re just going to have game sound in your voice so just leave that those three as disabled same thing with three microphones in most cases you’re only going to have one microphone input you need to stream your microphone audio device is going to be a little bit different because the default may not be right for you if I click it here you’ll see that I have a webcam I have a line in I have a microphone in and then I have my USB interface for my professional-grade microphone if you have a USB microphone such as a snowball or a blue Yeti then it’s actually going to say blue Yeti it may say microphone but next to it’ll say like blue Yeti or blue snowball choose that one if you have a webcam it should identify it as well if you’re using like a normal headset microphone with a 3.5 millimeter analog input then it may just say microphone real tech high-definition audio if you don’t know what you’re using exactly just pick some you know start picking some and doing trial and error and if you see in the mixer down here you have an audio level for your microphone as you’re talking so just keep picking different ones and talking into the microphone and one of them should work if your microphones hooked up correctly in your system and you’ll see audio a little green audio bar bouncing around here so mine setup correctly I’m going to put it at my line in USB audio device and then you can enable push to mute or push-to-talk push-to-talk is pretty standard in like teamspeak and Ventrilo and stuff because you hold down a key in order for your microphone to be heard so if you don’t want your microphone always to be going on the stream for whatever reason you can do that that gets pretty problematic in a game however and so what you can actually do is instead do push to mute so instead of having to hold down a key while you’re playing a game to talk you can instead only have to hold down a key when you’re just you know needing to mute yourself for whatever reason so if you’re enabling those and no matter what go ahead and hit apply but if you’re enabling those go over here to hotkeys and set up some hotkeys for this now all you literally have to do is click in the box and press the key that you want to use and then if you put the same key for something like start and stop recording then it’ll toggle it so you only have to hit Plus just start recording then plus again to stop recording I go a more in-depth on the hotkeys in another video however if you’re you if you’ve used other software like this you should be good to go alright lastly in the settings here let’s go to video renderer for most people direct 3d or Direct X it may say something something direct basically should be the option you choose that that that should be it for most people that’s pretty much all you should be using it may not say eleven but it should be direct 3d or Direct X for video adapter I only have one graphics card in my computer so I can actually show an example of this but in computers with multiple graphics cards or computers with or laptops where it has Intel graphics and an Nvidia graphics card or Intel graphics and dedicated AMD graphics card you know where your processor also does graphics then you’ll want to pick the either AMD or Nvidia graphics if you have that available otherwise it’s going to cause a black screen for your games however if you’re recording your desktop you’re going to want to choose the Intel option or the AMD option for your actual processor it’ll be like integrated graphics or Intel HD 3000 or something like that the issue here is is if you’re using a laptop with dual graphics then you’re most likely not going to be able to record both your desktop and your games without getting a black screen because the computer actually uses the two different graphics cards for those two different devices so that’ll be something you’ll have to keep in mind if you’re on a laptop and if you have trouble with it check out the OBS Support Forums links will be in the description below to that for your resolution here this is what either your desktop is at or what your games are going to be at in an ideal world it’s going to be 1920 by 1080 in a lot of cases it’s not going to be if you click it here it’ll show you your monitor resolution options most likely I have three different monitors I have a 1440p monitor a 4k monitor and a 1080p monitor choose the one that you’re going to be streaming from if you’re unsure of your resolution go over to your desktop right click and if you’re on Windows 7 or 8 you can go to screen resolution instead of display settings here it’ll say screen resolution on Windows 10 to see your screen resolution right-click the desktop go to display settings and then

go to advanced display settings and it will show your resolution for your various monitors here you just have to click a couple extra times I’m actually for the sake of this video I’m going to use my 1440p monitor as my base resolution so I’m gonna select the 2560 by 1440 4 scaled resolution since we’re doing a 720p stream we’re doing 1280 by 720 and then you can choose your framerate again if you’re a twitch partner you can use 60 frames per second if you’re not a twitch partner you have to use 30 frames per second also keep in mind that it requires a really powerful computer to do 60 frames per second as well now something to keep in mind if you have a four by three aspect ratio monitor or a 16 by 9 aspect ratio monitor that means your resolution is going to be something crazy like 1440 by 900 or 800 by 600 or 1280 by 102 for you know something that’s not sixteen by nine widescreen resolution you’re going to end up with some black bars issues you can either tell your games to run at that sixteen by nine resolution so for example on a 1440 by 900 monitor you can actually tell the game to run at 1280 by 720 then your work out fine but otherwise you’re going to have black bars and there’s no way to fix that other than stretching it and stretching it’s going to make it look really distorted and ugly that’s just how it works you don’t have a widescreen monitor so it’s not going to look widescreen there’s no real getting around that so keep that in mind all right now we’re ready to tackle the bottom part of the screen here and actually set up your video you know your video input and then you’re good to go to start live streaming so take a look at the interface here and I go over everything in the interface more in depth in another video in the playlist but over here you have the audio mixer this is how you’re going to balance your microphone and your game audio which we set up in the audio settings you have two different volume meters here which will show the active volume and if I play a Windows sound real quick you’ll see the desktop one go up there we go and then my microphones going up because I’m talking into it now if you’re talking too loudly you can turn that down and then what you’re really going to want to mess with is turning down your desktop audio this should stay fairly low as your game audio is going to very easily overpower your voice you don’t want that so you will have to do since you don’t have a live audio preview unless you do like a little test stream to yourself you’re going to have to do some trial and error to try to see what your audio levels are at and just you know get it to a sweet spot and save it there that way you don’t end up overpowering your voice because you don’t want to be deep into a stream and notice that your stream viewers are saying hey your volumes too loud if they are you can just come sit here and turn it keep turning it down and find the right spot but you’re going to want to do some testing to figure out where that is and unfortunately that may even depend per game that’s just kind of how it goes next to this you have your controls to start and stop streaming and recording down here at the bottom it will tell you how long you’ve been streaming or recording and how much processor power you’re using so if you’re up in the 80s 70s 80s or 90s you’re probably using too much power and your computer is probably making your live stream or recording lag over here on the left you have your scenes and sources sources are your various video inputs and overlays and things like that such as your video capture card your image overlays your webcam your desktop etc scenes are collections of those sources so if you have a scene set up with your webcam overlay on top of your game play that’s a scene and you’re going to want to set up multiple scenes to put together a decent live stream that is entertaining for your viewers and some variety alright to get started we’re going to delete this empty scene here by clicking the minus button yes and we’re going to click the plus button to add a new one this one’s going to be called strim starting okay now this is just going to be a still image to put up when I’m first setting up my live stream to tell people that the stream starting in a minute but not show my webcam or my screens in case I’m showing passwords or something like that and so to add that image which is already pre-created by my designer Blizzard ball you can find as link to deviantART and stuff like that in the description below I did a whole video talking about making these things check that out in the playlist as well go ahead and click plus in your sources and add image we’re going to call this start strimm click OK and then we’re going to find it and mine is up under some funky folder here so we’re going to go find this channel projects it’s actually under the hitbox folder starting to PNG doesn’t matter for fullscreen images if they’re PNG BMP or JPEG because they’re not they don’t need a transparent background but for overlays which we’ll cover in a second you’ll need a transparent background right-click your image and go to transform and fit to screen just to make sure it looks nice and full we’re going to do another scene here click plus and call it BRB we’re going to click plus under the source image verb 1 and we’re going to do the same thing for the be right back screen ok and then you’ll notice here there is a box here it says unload image when not showing now this

essentially keeps the image out of system memory when your scene is not up you may want to do this if keeping it in your you know if not having this checked causes your system to lag if you don’t have a lot of RAM memory in your computer or if you’re storing the images on a networked hard drive like I am you want to keep it in memory because if you lose connection to that network hard drive when you switch back to the scene it’ll either not show the image or it’ll take a minute to actually show it which you don’t want that little hiccup so I’m going to uncheck that and then right click transform fit to screen same thing on the starts trim 1 I’m actually going to uncheck that box as well our next we’re going to setup a desktop scene just like playing stop so I’m going to click plus again I’m going to call this desktop and in this version of OBS it’s actually called display capture so when I go to add a source it’s called display capture so I’m gonna add that and call it desktop one and then it’s automatically picking up my 4k monitor here but that’s not the one I want so it has this box right here which lets you choose which monitor you want so I’m going to choose that 1440p one I talked about earlier and then it’s automatically fitted to the screen for me but if not we can change that in a second and then capture cursor or not capture cursor depending on what you’re doing you may not want to capture your cursor for me I do so click OK and then if it’s too big you can use the little red box here if you click it the red box to change the size move it around or right click transform fit to screen now this is where if you have a 4 by 3 monitor or a 16 by 10 monitor you can right click go to transform and actually hit stretch to screen and it will stretch it to fill up the whole screen without having black bars for most uses other than something like maybe five nights at freddys this will make it look very very bad you generally don’t want to do this however in certain situations like five nights at freddys you can do that and it might look ok alright let’s do a webcam a webcam is actually a video capture device so we’re going to add a scene I’ll call it web cam deddi and then add a source and instead we’re going to go to video capture device I’m going to call it webcam and then it’s going to pop up an option to choose our video capture device you may have a bunch here you may only have one you may have a couple – my logitech webcam now with this you can choose your custom resolution up to what your webcam supports by instead of having device default you can choose custom and then I’m going to go up to 1920 by 1080 and it’s going to match the framerate to what it can to my live stream and then I can transform fit to screen and I have a full webcam view something to keep in mind here is that you cannot change your webcam resolution here and then have it be something else in another scene for your entire scene collection here the webcam resolution has to be the same or it’s going to change it across all your scene all right so let’s make a facecam scene so I’m going to make a new scene desktop with face cam actually we’re not going to make it a desktop with face cam so I want to remove that scene with the minus button click plus again game game face cam we’re going to add our webcam again by going to plus video capture device but instead of creating a new one we’re going to click and add existing and choose our webcam next we’re going to hit plus and go to game capture and then we’ll just call this game capture and this works differently than it did in previous versions of OBS instead of having to choose whatever game you want you can actually tell it to just capture any fullscreen application so as soon as your game goes full screen it’ll catch it and show it to your stream now this may or may not work for you depending on the compatibility of your game you may have some issues where your game only shows a black screen or something like that so you’re going to want to test that check your video stream preview etc and figure that out if it’s not working then you can uncheck that and actually manually choose your game I’m going to leave it checked for now and then go down here and actually choose whether or not you want your cursor captured keep that in mind if you want your cursor uncaptured you can unchecked that and click OK now I don’t actually have a game running so this isn’t going to show anything so I’m under my sources here and we click this little eyeball icon to turn that off so you don’t see it and then I’m going to go ahead and add another desktop capture for the sake of this video so display capture add existing desktop one all right now you see that my game or my desktop here is over top of my webcam so here if I choose webcam and use these arrows I can move it up and down so I’ll move the webcam up on top of this and then I can use this red box here to change the size and position of it and just drag it over here now I have face cam setup and then if you want to add an overlay for face cam what you can do is add and add that as an image now an overlay image needs to be a PNG file with a transparent background you can talk to a designer like Blizzard ball or someone else to make one for you or you can make it yourself in a free program such as or paint.net or even Photoshop however keep in mind it needs a transparent

background and to be safe as PNG so we’re going to go add image we’ll go call it overlay click okay find our image which is that ones in my Dropbox and then uncheck unload image and then transform a transform fit to screen and then we’ll adjust our webcam here to fit within our overlay so that way it looks nice and good as a facecam with our overlay and boom now I have a way webcam face cam overlays stuff and you can do that with all sorts of images and things like that or you will notice because of a setting I chose by adding my webcam it actually added a webcam audio slider if you’re using a webcam or a microphone that isn’t your webcam I actually just want to turn that down that way you’re not getting an echo we’re not having two of you talking so let’s give me the same thing in my webcam only scene you just want that in your mixer turned all the way down so nobody has to hear alright lastly we’re going to add a capture card I’m going to use my live gamer extreme from avermedia as an example here someone go to add new scene I’m going to call it LG X click ok and then add video capture device AV LG x for my live gamer extreme and then instead of my webcam we’re going to choose avermedia video capture now by default since it says it’s using the device default resolution it’s like whoa what up you don’t got anything going through it but I have another monitor I’m looking at here running through it so I’m going to go to custom resolution set it to 1080p and click OK and there we go it has my other monitor here and you can see my OBS OBS crazy preview and then any other time you want to add that source go to add video capture and then you can add existing and add that you can add a couple other different things here you have a text source you can add you can just add new text so we’ll create new text and then you can type something out shout out to a post box ftw and then you can change the font you can tell it whether or not you want it to read from a file that’s how some of the plugins work for displaying what song is playing or your top donators or something like that so you can tell that and then browse and find the file you can change the colors of your text at outline etc and then if we add that over Java here then we have a big of text that we can display over top of our stream obviously you’ll want to change the font size so that it doesn’t look all pixelated but it works pretty freakin cool if you want to add specific windows to capture instead of just the display the entire monitor itself you can add a source of window capture and then choose a window that you want to stream so for example I could use explorer.exe that doesn’t like Explorer okay that’s fine I can use Windows Store which isn’t even open it’s going to show a lot of stuff that isn’t even necessarily open and that can be kind of a pain so we use core champ here there we go so my temperature monitor for a lot of window capture stuff unless you’re using it like in a tutorial fashion you don’t want capture or capture cursor on and then I can add for whatever reason if I wanted this window over top my stream I can add it there and it cuts off the title bar but shows the contents of the window so everybody can look at my computer speed and how hot it is etc pretty cool you can add overlays or overlays for like follower alerts and things like that using plugins like sub alert or what I like to use which is twitch alerts twitch alerts but it only works with twitch but keep in mind that that is hurt but those are a bit more advanced and I may cover them more in depth in other tutorials and that’s it thanks so much for watching my OBS multi-platform YouTube gaming in a nutshell tutorial this is of course one of my longer tutorials I’ve done tutorials for this for both twitch and hitbox as well links to those will be in the description below and in the OBS multi platform playlist otherwise thanks so much for watching be sure to comment like and subscribe come check out our patreon campaign our twitch channel subscribe to our other YouTube channels things like that and I will catch you in the next video