What broadcasting software should you use?
If you have an idea of what content you want to produce and have thought about how it all should go along, finding the right broadcasting software is the next step. In just a minute, you will learn about different broadcasting software.
This article is based on statements, personal experience, and the overall market opinion. We recommend that you try more than one of the following software to test which suits your needs the best. With that said, let's jump right into it.
Open Broadcaster Software
The uniqueness of "OBS", as it is called for short, is that it is an Open Source project. This means that everyone has access to its code to see how it works and everyone is able to extend to it — of course with some supervision of the original coders.
New features will be added on the go and people with the right experience will be able to push their features up for validation and potential implementation to the original code. If not, they can simply compile their own version of the program.
Enough with the nerd stuff. OBS is a fantastic program because they have packed a lot of advanced feature into a very simple and user-friendly software. With a little messing around and understanding, everyone can get to know and feel comfortable with OBS.
If you want to check them out, head over to obsproject.com to download the software and play around with it.
As the name suggests, this is a variation of OBS. Streamlabs have taken most parts of the code from the original OBS and created their own software. This is in some cases a great thing and in other cases not so great. Let me elaborate why.
"SLOBS", as people call it, is great for people who just want an "all in one" package, which this software provides; IF you are a Streamlabs user. It will give you quick access to Streamlabs features, options, themes, alerts, and whatnot.
On the other side, as Streamlabs is using parts of the OBS source code, not everything works as intended and some things don't work at all. The basic features and functionality is working, but advanced features have not been transferred or integrated yet.
Updates are pushed out regularly and the software may be fantastic compared to when this article was written. Go to streamlabs.com and check it out for yourself!
One of the oldest if not first broadcasting software that reached the masses is XSplit. Before the era of OBS, people were using XSplit to produce their live content. In contrary to OBS and SLOBS is XSplit not a completely free software. So what do you get for the money?
If you are utilizing the free version of XSplit you will see many of the features of OBS with a lack of a few features. Are you on the other side subscribing or buying a lifetime license you receive much more tools for content creation.
If you go to their website, you will quickly realize their aim is more focused or specific, as they have tools and software for more things included in their package. Their system is more stable and has better performance due to the focused areas where OBS is a little more at all places due to its community-based approach.
As stated earlier, we recommend that you try 2 if not all 3 software to see what suits you the best. Just be aware that the free version of XSplit does not show its full potential, so maybe a 1-month subscription would be worth the try.
To get your hands on a XSplit product, head over to their website xsplit.com and try it out!