What is Stream Overlay and how to use it?

If you are an aspiring streamer and are just breaking out, you will need all the help you can get to put the twitch chat in line. One way to do that is to make yourself look professional and respectable. And the best place to start is to make your twitch channel look dazzling and for that, you will need a twitch overlay.

The twitch overlay will cover the entirety of your screen and you can think of it as a sort of a frame.

There are pre-made overlays (that you can download on our website). Some of those are free and for some you will have to pay. It is surprisingly easy to install them on your twitch or youtube stream.

Firstly, you need to find a frame that you like. You can create one yourself in programs like photoshop or just find one that you like on the internet.

Overlays cover the entire screen and must have see-through parts (PNG) in order for your viewers to be able to see you playing the game.

Secondly, you need to add the overlay you made to your twitch channel. This is the easy part. Just go to the “Broadcaster Software” in OBS and add the desired image.

You need to click on the “sources box” and go to “add-image”. After naming your image, click browse and select the image from where you have previously stored it.

You can make your overlay completely or partially see-through by setting the “opacity” value. Make it lower than 100 if you want it to be fully see-through. Once you are satisfied with the way your overlay looks, simply press the OK button.

Thirdly, you should change the shape and size of your overlay by resizing the image.

Right click on the image in the sources box and go to “order” to move the image or “position/size” to make the image static.

If you wish to do this manually, you can simply go to “edit scene” and select the image from the sources box. This will allow you to position the image any way you like.

Once you are happy with how your overlay looks, exit the editing by clicking on the “edit scene” once again.

Simple enough, right?

You should keep in mind that each overlay should be different for each game you play and that you must keep in mind what parts of the screen must be visible for each game.

Best OBS Settings for Streaming

Video game streaming has grown into a broad new profession with impressive speeds. However, a streaming program is a necessary requirement alongside a powerful PC. For most gamers, an Open Broadcasting Software Studio (OBS) is the best option when it comes to live streaming of gameplay since its free and highly functional. This article will walk you through the best settings while setting up your OBS for twitch or youtube streaming.

General Stream Settings in OBS

Once OBS is running, you will need to change some general settings. Open the settings page by clicking on its button on the lower right corner. Under the General tab, you can set your preferred language and you can also create a settings profile if you feel like it. Here you can manipulate settings such as notification ones to avoid interruption while streaming. If you are a first timer, you can leave the default settings and change them later if you want to.

First and foremost, you have to choose the platform to use of your own choice as well as the server to use, preferably the one closest to you. Then you will require a stream key, this key is on the Twitch “Dashboard” which is under settings button. Under Encoding, where there is Video Encoding, select CBR which will control the quality of stream. With this function in play, the bit rate and quality of video stream are kept constant. You should also ‘Enable CBR padding’ and the Max Bitrate should be 3500 as the maximum value in the case where the internet connection is high. However, for those users with slow internet connection, a bitrate of 2200-2500 is recommended but this will give a low display of quality. For the buffer size, the recommended value should be the same as that you set for your bitrate. Always ensure that 80% of the upload is reserved for streaming since the game requires some bandwidth too.

Audio Settings in OBS

In the audio encoding section, the recommended settings are use an AAC codec. The bitrate should be that of 64 to 128 kbps.

Video Settings in OBS

Video adapter should be set to the default graphics card of your PC. Basic resolution should be the native resolution of your PC’s monitor. This will eliminate the unwanted edges in the live stream. In OBS studio, there is a setting that determines the resolution to stream the game on that enables OBS Studio to runefficiently and less bandwidth is consumed. Scaling filter improves the stream’s quality. The most iconic filter setting is the ‘bicubic’ but you can also try the ‘lanczos’ setting if your PC and Internet connection are powerful and fast. FPS rate of 30 is enough to get a high quality stream but you can go upto 60 FPS to increase the quality however it is not recommended.

Scene and Gaming Source in OBS

Creating a game scene is esay since all you will require is to click on the scenes box and click on Add Scene, name it then click OK to complete it. After creating the scene, you will require a gaming source. The gaming source will be the where the game will be displayed and there are three sources for this; the Window capture, Game capture and Monitor capture. To add a source, select the scene to create the source, then right click on the Sources box. Click Add and follow by choosing type of source, name it and click OK. After adding the sources, you can a webcam source too by going to Sources, click Add –> Video Capture Device and type the name of source. Choose the device from the dialog box that appears and tweak setting to fit your streaming preference.

Upon completion of these steps, you can preview the stream and see how everything will look when you start streaming. You can edit your scene here by moving and resizing elements until you are satisfied with the look of your stream. When you are done, exit the editing mode by clicking Edit Scene and now you can enjoy twitch streaming on OBS studio.

How to Edit Panels on Twitch?

Twitch is generally one of the world’s leading social and community video service mainly designed for gamers and is equipped with plenty of content for the users. There are millions of viewers across the globe can easily be able to gather through the platform and interact with video games, music, creative arts, among other media. Millions of others will also help in broadcasting within the same platform, To link people with social networks, you will need to add panels on your channel page. This article discusses on how you can edit panels on twitch to increase social links on your channel within the platform.

What are panels on Twitch?

If you are a new user in Twitch and are probably wondering how you can be able to increase social links within your channel page, then it is very important to know about panels. This is because the panels enable one to increase social networks where you can add your Facebook, Twitter, YouTube Channel, Instagram or any other social media profile link you have. Twitch has been customized as an app where it can be used across several platforms such as; Desktop computer, iPhone, Android app, Android (smartphones, tablets), NVIDIA shield, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Chromecast, as well as FireTV. You can either use the app with or without an internet connection although it is highly recommended to have a connection such that you can be able to stream videos, new films and even interact with other users worldwide.

If you already have a channel in Twitch and want to edit your panel so that you can increase social links, there are a number of procedures on how you can add and edit panels on Twitch as detailed below:

How to Edit personal Panels on Twitch?

To add or edit a panel on your channel within your channel page in Twitch is pretty simple as you will have all the required controls on your window; You will need to go to the sidebar and click on the ‘Channel button’.

Whilst on the Channel button, you will have a window where your video can appear (video section), and under it, you will find a little button ‘Edit Panels offline’. If you want to add a panel and title, you simply need to click on the ‘Add’ option. There will be a box with a ‘plus’ sign where you can click on to add a new panel. You will have an option to add the panel title as well as a description, such as a YouTube video link or even your social media link, such as Facebook profile link.

You will also be able to add an image, of at least 320 pixels wide, by clicking on the ‘Add Image’ button at the editable channel page. It will direct you to your files where you can be able to choose or select the image that you want and then click on ‘Done’ button when done.

To edit the panel, you will alternatively need to click on the ‘Edit’ button still on the same control window at the sidebar and edit or change whatever you want. Once done, you can then click on the ‘Done’ button found just on the editing window section. When you click on the ‘Edit Panels’ you will also need to switch from ‘Off’ option to ‘On’ option just below the video screen section, which will allow you to edit the panel as you desire. Once you are done, you can switch from ‘On’ to ‘Off’ so that you can get back to the normal view on the channel page and see how your finished edited panel will finally look.

Twitch has really been of benefit to millions of users worldwide, especially when it comes to interaction between users within the platform on different discussions, such as gaming, media, creative arts, among others. However, if you want to create popularity through links and grow socially, panels on the channel page will really be of great help. The only major problem that most users have experienced with Twitch will generally lie with editing and customize the panels within their channel pages in Twitch. It is however very important to understand how all the controls are used within your channel page such that you can be able to effectively customize your page and increase your social networks.

How to add stream overlay to OBS Studio?

The OBS Studio is a software that’s compatible with several operating systems like Windows, Mac and Linux. It’s developed with the C and C++ language and is used for recording and broadcasting content. With a simple interface that has four basic categories, the software is one of the easiest to understand and use. The best way to download OBS Studio is using their official website.

The major categories in OBS Studio are Scene, Sources, Audio mixer as well as Transitions and Controls that perform different functions to make the software work. Scenes have recorded video and audio together with text while transition and controls can begin or end a stream as well as make the OBS look like a professional studio. The mixer is for regulating the volume and using different effects. Sources can help with the necessary editing required.

How to add stream overlay to OBS Studio?

1. Start by installing the open broadcast software in your machine. You can easily download the software from the internet before following the step-by-step guide for installation. The process is very simple with instructions that are easy to understand and only takes a few minutes. All you have to do is choose the features you want by clicking on them before clicking next.

2. The next step is to add a scene if it doesn’t open automatically. In most cases, the software creates a scene whenever you open it but in some cases, it might not be there. In rare occasion that’s it’s not there, right click on “scene box”, or the “+”. You will have a variety of scenes to choose from. Enter a name for your scene.

3. Once you have the scene that’s most suitable for you, the next step involves adding an overlay image. Click on “sources” to open it then right click the next window that pops up. Click on “add” then select “image” from the drop down window that comes up. You can also click on “+” to get the drop down menu. Enter a name in the pop window that comes up before clicking on the “browse” button. This opens a set of overlay options for you to choose from. Pick the one you want then select “ok”.

4. A new window opens up to allow you to move your image to the OBS. Click on “browse” once again then search for the folder that’s containing your overlay. Select your image then click “ok”.

5. The final step involves resetting the overlay to fit perfectly on your screen. Start by clicking on the “edit scene” button then select the overlay you had previously chosen. Right click on the image to get another pop up window that has a variety of options on how you can edit the overlay. Depending on what you need, whether it’s to reposition it or reduce its size, select the options that will help you get the result. For repositioning, you can click on the image and drag it to the right place. Another option for editing your image would be to click on “sources” then right clicking the image name. This gives you a drop down window that you can use to select “edit source” then following the same steps above.

In case you don’t see your overlay even after editing, check on the source button again to make sure there isn’t another window blocking it. This is usually the common reason why people experience such problems. To get best results, it’s advisable to save the overlay image as a .png file without any background. This makes it a lot easier for you when you finally add it to the OBS. If the image is in another file format, you can convert it using adobe Photoshop.

How to add custom fonts to OBS?

Those who choose to purchase the overlays separately may have to integrate fonts with the OBS. To do this, start by opening the software then installing fonts from your computer system. Open the folder that contains fonts, click on “all fonts” then right click the context menu. This will give you the “install” option that you have to click on. The next step is to bring the overlay to the OBS. Click on “scene selection” then “import” before selecting the name of your overlay file. In some cases, you may have to click on “sources” to get more options such as the “overlay layer” that will lead to the overlay file. Once you get to the file just click on it to bring it to the OBS. The OBS is very user friendly and can be modified according to the user’s wishes.

Why You Should Be Streaming With OBS Studio?

OBS Classic and OBS Studio are both viable options when it comes to streaming, but which one is truly the best option? To answer that question for you, I’ll be delving into the major, and some of the minor, differences between the two. If you’re new to streaming, you don’t need to worry about this article very much and can just go right ahead and download OBS Studio, but if you’re already streaming and have been using OBS Classic, you’ll want to give this a quick read through and see why you should look at making the switch from OBS Classic to OBS Studio.

OBS Studio vs OBS Classic – which is better choice?

The main reason why you should switch is not because of bigger and better software, but because OBS Studio has been re-coded from the ground up with the idea of creating better streaming and recording software. This means that OBS Studio is better suited for newer systems and should run a fair bit smoother. OBS Studio also used to be called OBS Multi-Platform because it was, and still is, able to be used on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

One of the main differences between OBS Classic and OBS Studio, is that OBS Studio, as the name suggests, has a studio mode. Studio mode gives you the ability to set things up in a “behind the scenes” fashion. This allows you to set up and edit your scenes, and at the press of a button, push them up live. This means you can make live updates without your viewers knowing what’s going on.

Another important feature is the filters. It could easily be argued that the filters are one of the most powerful features of OBS Studios. You can use the filters to customize practically everything from your video itself to your audio, as well as adding various effects. They’re easy to learn despite how intimidating they might seem to be, and they will bring your streams to the next level.

A couple more minor upgrades that do not make or break anything, but they certainly make things easier, are how the plug-ins and the sources are set up. In OBS Classic you had to manually install your plug-ins and manually assign your sources to be global sources. OBS Studio takes out this hassle with all the plug-ins you need already installed, and all your sources are pre-assigned to be global sources, making it so every source is running at the same time and usable across scenes.

The reasons I have listed above are only the more major changes but there is also a multitude of smaller items unique to OBS Studio that makes it superior to OBS Classic. These range from increased audio tracks, the increased amount is six in case you were just a little bit curious, all the way to different encoders and bitrates. The most important ones, in my opinion, and based on my own experiences streaming and recording, would be:

  1. The better capture card support
  2. Different encoders for streaming and recording
  3. More hotkeys. You can hotkey pretty much anything you need.
  4. The ability to record in formats other than FLV and mp4
  5. Timers for automatic shutdown of streams and recordings
  6. Scrollable preview when using preview scaling (hold space)
  7. The support for fractional FPS values (Capture cards 29,97, 59,94 for example)
  8. The ability to have multiple audio devices (Global 2 Desktop / 3 Mics, unlimited non-global devices)
  9. Different resolutions for streaming and recording

There are far more, but since it would take far too long to list all the bonuses that you get from upgrading to OBS Studio, these nine are some of the more important additions, in my experience, that are for the Studio version of OBS only. Perhaps it would also be best to point out the things that aren’t yet implemented into OBS Studio (compared to OBS Classic). Some things may be deal breakers and some things might not be needed depending on just exactly what is it you’re trying to stream and how.

  1. You don’t have the ability to capture layered windows
  2. You don’t have the ability to change the video adapter that OBS Studio is running on
  3. You don’t have the ability to change the volume of the video capture devices when using “Output to desktop or monitoring” option without affecting the stream or recording
  4. You can’t copy scenes to other scene collections
  5. There is no DV/HDV support (firewire)
  6. DWM Monitor Capture (more efficient Monitor Capture for Windows 7)
  7. Individual filters for sources based on unshareable resources (Webcams and Game Capture for example)
  8. Option for enabling encoding while only the preview is showing (OBS Classic does this by default)
  9. Per-scene volume (without adding audio sources manually to scenes)
  10. Start recording from “Replay Buffer” (turn the Buffer into an ongoing recording)
  11. Sub region selection
  12. XINPUT devices (XBOX 360 controller for example) for hotkeys
  13. The ability to disable/hide the program controls
  14. The performance with OBS Studio is better vs Classic as reported by many users

Despite all of that, OBS Studio is still superior in what it can do compared to OBS Classic. The above list is simply things that haven’t been re-implemented from Classic to Studio. If one of the things mentioned in the list above is a deal breaker, I would still greatly recommend checking out OBS Studio, even if it’s just for a couple of streams, to see if it’s something you really needed or if you need the extras that come with OBS Studio more.

While OBS Classic has familiarity for many people, it is also outdated. It’s no longer being updated and it’s in the process of being phased out. Even if OBS Classic is working for you, it won’t be soon, and it would be better to move onto OBS Studio sooner rather than later so that you have a chance to learn it before you’re in hot water. OBS Studio is being updated regularly by the developers and has many patches and bug fixes, and if something does slip through the radar, it gets dealt with quickly, and while OBS Studio is missing a couple of the things that make OBS Classic familiar, it also has more to offer and more to come.