So you have gone ahead and got the gear necessary to livestream to Twitch.TV. If you haven’t go check out our gear list here. We are going to run you through everything you need to do to get your livestream up and going.
Software Setup For Livestreaming
First thing you are going to want to do is get your settings on Xsplit or OBS right. For this tutorial we are going to be using the program Xsplit. If you want to use OBS check out our settings guide here. Now depending on your internet speed, select the quality you would like to stream in. We recommend using speedtest.net to get an idea of how fast your connection is. Check outour guide for streaming quality guide to get your settings right based on your speed.
Hardware Setup For Livestreaming
So now that you have your quality set up, you need to set up your Hauppage HD Pvr with Xsplit. First thing you are going to want to do is open up Total Media Extreme. Open up record video so you know have a preview of what your HD Pvr is going to record.
You can adjust the size of Total Media Extreme by dragging to the top of your screen or to either side. Once you have it adjusted to your liking head back into Xsplit and select add screen region. Now take that rectangular box and select the preview in Arcsoft Total Media Extreme. Once you have done that, adjust the box in Xsplit so that it takes up the full screen. When done it should look like this.
Now that you have the video set up, lets take a look at the audio. When streaming it is important to speak to your Twitch.Tv viewers which requires you to have a mic. Xsplit will pick up just about any mic that is plugged in to your computer. Any mic will do but if you wish to make your stream better it is important to invest in a decent mic. If you plan on playing music on your stream while you play, Xsplit should pick up the music being played through your speakers or headphones. A good music service to use while streaming is Spotify. Alternatively you could build a youtube playlist or use any other type of music streaming service. To adjust the volume of your mic and music on your stream, use these volume adjusters.
Now everything should be good to go. It is important to do a few test streams and adjust your stream accordingly. Make sure to interact with your chat as much as possible to keep viewers interested.