How to Stream Twitch from PC
Broadcasting from a PC requires special broadcast software. Twitch has several selections here. XSplit is one of the easiest options, but it also requires a monthly subscription for some of its more advanced features, such as custom logos and annotations. It will work for the casual game, but it will also cover open Transmitter Software (OBS) for those who want a more powerful free tool and do not mind a steep learning curve.
To start using XSplit, simply:
- Create an account and download from the XSplit server. If you already have a Twitch account, you can do it here.
- Start XSplit and connect to your twitch account.
- Open the game you want to spread.
- Press Ctrl-Tab to open the XSplit interface.
- Click Broadcast to start streaming.
- XSplit interrupts the transmission if the game is closed or alt-tab. You can also use the
- XSplit overlay to add your webcam sequences, microphone or off your sound system or chat with your Twitch channel. If you are using the paid version of XSplit, you can also use this template to add custom annotations or logos.
How to save games to PC
To save the game mode on the PC, you can use one of the applications we discussed in the broadcast section. Both have simple screen recording options as well. However, XSplit is an additional cost to save on something beyond 720p without watermark. It may not be a big problem for some, but since we have a completely free option with OBS, we are going to focus on it. To save the game with OBS, follow these steps:
- Select the “Settings” button in the lower right corner of the OBS.
- Click “Broadcast Settings” in the left pane.
- Next to “File Path”, select the directory where you want to save the output files.
- If you want to broadcast and record at the same time, select “Automatically save current to a file.”
- Click OK.
- Open the game you want to play and add it to the main panel.
- Click Start Recording.
- Your game will be saved to your hard drive while you are playing, and will be available for viewing or editing as soon as you click “Stop Recording.” It is possible to retouch the recording settings you need if you find that the video quality is not up to snuff. Keep in mind that you are playing with high-intensity graphics of video games and saving them on the same machine. This may be the one that is set on the computer, so either reduce the graphic quality of the game resolution is recorded, or both if you find the video pulls or omits too.