OBS.Live – New Streaming Software by StreamElements

What's up, guys? Welcome back to the Gaming
Careers YouTube channel. In today's video, we're going
to be looking at OBS.Live, which is StreamElements spin
on the OBS Studio software. We're going to be talking about exactly what StreamElements is, what OBS.Live is, as well as
why some of the big streamers are moving across to this software. And, obviously, we're going
to go through setting up and installing the software
so that you can get the most out of it's features. If you are new around here,
I just want to quickly say please do have a look around at the rest of the YouTube channel. The whole channel is dedicated to helping you grow your livestream with tutorials on absolutely
everything you need to know. So do subscribe and turn notifications on, if you haven't already. So, before we jump into OBS.Live, I thought I would just quickly explain a little bit about StreamElements, who are the people that
have built OBS.Live.

Because I know that some of you might not have heard of StreamElements. Well, StreamElements is
a tool set of features that have been built for streamers. It's sort of a website
where you can integrate a lot of their platform with Twitch and a lot of their platform
with your streaming software. So they have the ability to, you know, display alerts on your
stream for new followers, new donations, bits, subscriptions, hosts, those kind of things. They have a chat bot
which you can customize with commands and timers, as
well as some auto-moderation.

Loyalty systems, the ability to be able to do contests and giveaways. They have overlays that you can customize, as well as, like, an overlay manager where you can build your own overlays. Song requests, leader boards,
you know the kind of things that happen with Streamlabs, who are probably a direct
competitor with StreamElements. But some of the bigger
streamers are moving across to using StreamElements. TimTheTatman, Shroud, and
Sodapoppin, just to name a few, have all moved across to StreamElements. So we're going to be
looking at the software. It's the first time we've looked at it on the Gaming Careers YouTube channel. And, with that little explanation, now let's have a look at what OBS.Live is. So OBS.Live still uses
the core of OBS Studio, so you're still technically
running OBS Studio, the latest version, and
OBS.Live just adds a couple of little extra features
into the software. And there's a big focus
from StreamElements on having as little impact
on performance as possible so that the features that they
build are very lightweight. They understand how important
that is for a streamer.

So there's a bit of a distinction here between having a fork of a software, such as how Streamlabs OBS does it, versus this way of adding
functionality via plugins. So having a fork of a software means that, when OBS Studio releases new features, they're going to take some
time to bring into your fork because you have to test them. You've made so many changes to
the front end of the software that you have to implement some of the functionality yourself whereas having a plugin,
such as how OBS.Live works, means that you always use the
latest version of OBS Studio and the features are just
added onto the top of that.

So you're always going to get the latest and greatest
features from OBS Studio, bug improvements and all
those kind of things. And OBS.Live just adds a few
little features on top of that that are super lightweight
and easy to run. This is particularly
useful for those of you that are very comfortable with OBS Studio. You make use of some of the plugins that are already available for it, such as, you know, the NDI
plugin or any of the others, but you still want to be able
to manage all of your stream, you know, your chat and your alerts, from within one window.

That really is the focus for OBS.Live, and today we're going to be having a look. So the first thing that you want to do is to click the link at the top of the description down below. That will take you to the
latest version of OBS.Live from StreamElements where
you can then download it for Windows. Download and start going
through the installation as you would with any other software. At this point, you'll be given the option as to whether or not you want
to also install OBS Studio. If you've already got
OBS Studio installed, then you don't need to re-download that, so you can just click install.

But, obviously, if you haven't
yet downloaded OBS Studio, tick that box as well. So, when OBS.Live launches,
you may have a window just asking you to
authenticate StreamElements with your Twitch account. Go through that as you would
with any other authentication and you should get a window that looks something similar to this. It's sort of a wizard asking
me to set up the chat bot and the tipping page. I'm just going to skip it for now because we'll come to
it a little bit later.

I want to show you the
main interface of OBS.Live. So I'm just going to click skip. Gives me a little warning here, but I'm going to click got it. I want to skip this as
well, and there we are. We're taken to OBS.Live. So you can see it's
exactly the same as OBS, but with these two windows either side. The left-hand side is the activity feed, so this is the feed of followers,
subscriptions, donations, hosts, all the things that
you need to see at a glance whilst managing your stream. And on the right-hand side you have your Twitch or YouTube chat, depending on which service
you're streaming to. Now one of the cool things
about this just being a plugin for OBS Studio is that
you can take advantage of OBS's ability to be able
to rearrange these windows however you like. So, if you come up to the view menu, go to docks, and untick the lock UI, you can actually move
around these elements to have the layout exactly as you want.

So let's say that maybe you
want to have the activity feed across here on the
same-hand side as the chat, and then you can rearrange
that exactly as you want. Maybe you want to have, I don't know, your mixer on the left-hand side because it's a vertical mixer. You can completely rearrange these to be exactly as you want. I mean, that doesn't look great, but maybe if you resized the whole bar. You can,
(laughs) my point is that you can
rearrange these windows to be however you would like, and that is one of the main
advantages of it being a plugin rather than a full fork of the software. You can even pop out these elements to be completely separate from OBS if you want to have them
larger and maybe on, you know, a second screen or something like that.

All you have to do is drag
the element out of OBS, and there you can see it's
a completely separate window that you can resize and
have easily available to you if you wanted to. Now I just wanted to quickly cover these elements individually. Obviously the right-hand element
is just your Twitch chat. Nothing too fancy there. You can reply to it. You can read all your
comments, and things like that. But the left-hand side,
this activity feed, allows you to be able
to see what has happened on your stream recently.

So you can see I haven't
streamed for, you know, a week or so, but I've had some
people following the channel in the background. You can filter out if you
don't want to see followers, or if you don't want to see
tips below a certain amount, or something like that. So you can customize this
to be exactly as you want, particularly when live streaming. Maybe you don't want to see when somebody has followed your channel. You just want events to show others. All you would have to
do is untick followers and click filter. You also have the ability to
be able to skip or mute alerts, as well as being able to reload overlays.

That's something that we'll
cover a little bit later. But you can see that, maybe if you missed an alert whilst you were taking a bathroom break or something, you could replay each alert,
whichever one you wanted, by hitting this refresh icon. Or you can skip alerts that,
you know, are taking advantage of text-to-speech or something like that, and you also have an option down here to be able to increase
and decrease the size depending on how good your eyesight is. And, finally, a little area
here in the bottom right which will show you how many viewers you have on your livestream currently. So loads of great info to
have at your fingertips, and more really at a glance as you look across to the OBS window. So obviously this is super helpful, but the real usefulness
comes when you start to integrate all of your alerts and your overlays through StreamElements, and then using this software as well.

So, if we head to the
StreamElements dashboard at streamelements.com, you click log in in the top right corner. You get taken to your dashboard,
which looks like this. It gives you some stats
about your recent stream as well as, you know, the ability to go through
some of their tutorials. I'm just going to swap it to dark mode because I'm an absolute lover
of anything that is dark mode. But let's have a look
at the themes gallery. This is a way of being
able to have overlays and all these different
scenes set up for you and you don't have to
host any of these files on your computer. They all come through the browser source. So there's performance benefits in there as well as the benefit of not having to manage
any of the assets yourself.

So let's find one that
we'd like a look at. Surely they have, like, a Fortnite themed one down here somewhere. Here we go, Llama. So I'm going to go with
the Llama animated one. You can click on it to view a preview as to what the five scenes that you get. I think you get five for each one, sort of a game one, a
chatting one, starting soon, be right back, and stream ended. So this looks good. I'm going to click create my overlay, give it a name, Fortnite,
and click create my overlay. And that is all I needed to do to be given the browser
sources that I then add in. So I'm just going to take one of these.

The idea is that you
take as many as you want and you add them to
individual scenes in OBS. I'm going to take the talking one. Just click copy. Copy the link, and then
head back to OBS.Live. Come down to your sources
in the scene that you want. Add a browser source. Name it what you want. I'm going to name it Fortnite overlay. Hit okay, and then paste in
the URL that you just copied. Set the width and height to 1920 by 1080. They do support other resolutions. You can edit that in your settings. Click okay. Give it a second to get
it all, and there you go.

All the animations are in and live. I'm just going to resize my
camera because, obviously, I wouldn't be that zoomed in. So, if I come down here and just drag that a little bit smaller, yeah, something like that. And how quick was that? I've now got, I mean, it's not my taste, but I've now got a Fortnite overlay added by just adding one browser source. And you can edit all of this
data down at the bottom. So, if you see here, we have, like, our Twitch, YouTube, Instagram,
Facebook, and Twitter. If we go back to the dashboard and click see theme in my overlays, it'll take you to the my overlays
section of the dashboard, where you can then edit
each of the overlays that you've chosen. So let's find the chat one. Click edit. It brings up this web interface where you can edit every
single aspect of the overlay, and it will update live.

So you can come in here,
click on the YouTube thing, change the YouTube to
/gamingcareers, if I can spell. I would probably resize it a bit, but you get the idea. And this will all, when you click save, it will all update within your
streaming software as well. These overlays also come with
alerts already made for them. So, if I went and chose one of these, let's choose Partypooper. Congratulations, you're famous. And I replay the alert, it
will come up on my stream exactly as it is set up. So these have already been
built as well, the alerts. You can rearrange them, change the colors, all that kind of thing in the back end of the software just on the website.

You can do exactly what you want, customize how alerts are going to be, where they're going to be positioned, and all that kind of stuff. Super simple interface. Loads and loads of great overlays for you straight away for free. You just need to log into the dashboard and go into the overlay section. If you head back across to
the StreamElements dashboard, you can see that there's
a whole load of features down the left-hand side
that you can play with. And I don't have time to
go through all of them.

It's probably going to
require some separate videos. But a few things I did want
to mention is the chat bot. If you set up the chat
bot for your livestream, there is so much customizability for this. You can even actually
change what the bot name is if you download the software. But you can see some
of the default commands that it comes with. Loads of default commands
already set up for you which you can enable and disable. You know, things like uptime
so your viewers can see how long you've been streaming for, or follow age so they can see how long they've been followed for, or they can even test
somebody else's follow age. You can add all of your
own custom commands. Super simple to set up.

Loads and loads of customizability. And the other thing that I
wanted to quickly mention is they have these
modules for the chat bot. These are ways of having, like, cool features for the chat bot that work for your livestream. So one of the examples
I'd love to go through is chat alerts. If you enable this, then StreamElements will
actually post in your chat when somebody follows, subscribes, tips, all those kind of things. So you can actually have
it posted in your chat as well as posted in an alert
over the tops of your stream. This one is particularly useful
if you are an IRL streamer and you don't have the ability to be able to be looking
at a dashboard page or OBS or something like that, but you have the ability to look at Twitch chat on your phone. Well, then, StreamElements can tell you when somebody follows,
subscribes, or donates, those kind of things, if you
enable the chat alerts module.

Another cool one is Twitter. So you can set this up with a
few different Twitter accounts and it will post the
tweets in chat as a message whenever somebody tweets
on one of the accounts that you're following. There's some games, you
know, roulette, raffle. You can allow your viewers to
duel points with each other. They have a whole loyalty system
built into StreamElements. There's actually just
so much functionality that I couldn't go
through this in one video, but I did want to
quickly mention how great the chat bot functionality
is in StreamElements.

The last thing that I
quickly want to mention, it's not technically to do with OBS.Live, but, again, another advantage
of using StreamElements is that you can set up
your own tipping page that you can link to your
viewers if they would like to send you a tip or donation. You can customize this
to your heart's content with colors and images and exactly what text you want to show and what payment methods you accept. One of the really cool
things is that StreamElements is building a list of
troublesome users that tip and then chargeback, which, for those of you that don't know, costs you money through PayPal. So you end up paying a large fee, I think it's about $20, when
somebody does a chargeback on a tip that they sent you. So they might only send you a $1 tip, but, if they then chargeback,
you end up paying a large fee.

Well, StreamElements are tackling this by building a list of users that are known for doing this kind of thing and stopping them from
being able to donate. So it's a safer way. I think this is definitely
one of the reasons that bigger streamers are
moving across to StreamElements because they're finding that
they have less chargebacks. So, yeah, you can completely
set up your tipping page, customize it to your heart's content. Not technically to do with OBS.Live, but I just thought I'd mention it quickly. So I know we have covered a
lot in a short amount of time, but really I just wanted to get across what OBS.Live is all about. How lightweight it is in terms of you still
get to use OBS Studio.

You still get to use all of
the plugins that are built in or that you've downloaded for OBS Studio. You get to use the latest version. It's really just a
lightweight couple of features with the activity feed and the chat window that integrate so nicely with
the StreamElements backend. It's just a really interesting project. I'm definitely going to be checking it out and using it on my live
streams for the next few weeks and seeing exactly how I find using it and managing my stream with OBS.Live.

Thank you guys so much for watching. If you have enjoyed the video and you want to check out OBS.Live, please do use the link at
the top of the description. That will help the guys
at StreamElements know that I have sent them over to you, and they'll help me keep
creating videos like this for their software. If you are new around here, I
did say it at the beginning, but please do check out the
rest of the YouTube channel. Subscribe with notifications
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of those that joined me in my last livestream. I had a hell of a lot of fun. Some frustrating moments as well, but it was great to meet so many of you after the Black Friday deals. Thanks as always to my Patrons who are supporting the
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And I will see you all in the next video. Peace..

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