Last Updated on May 5, 2020 by Michael Brockbank
Debating which XSplit software is the best for your recordings or Twitch stream? XSplit makes two great pieces of software, but many find themselves debating over Broadcaster vs Gamecaster. In the end, it really depends on what you’re trying to do.
After a recent update, both pieces of software record games relatively well. But how far do you want to take your stream or YouTube recording? What if you don’t want to record games and simply want something good for video playback?
Let’s take a closer look at what both of these apps give you.
Looking at Broadcaster vs Gamecaster
Although both of these systems have similar properties, they are very much different. In the gaming space, you can use either one to stream on Twitch or YouTube live. However, both have functions superior to the other depending on the purpose.
The Gamecaster software is more geared towards streaming gameplay. It’s exceptionally easy to use and takes very little time to customize. Although it has a few worthwhile functions, such as minor overlay capabilities, its primary function is nothing short of recording and streaming games.
XSplit Broadcaster is designed to be more of an all-in-one platform. Not only can you stream games, but its layout is ideal for changing scenes in video development and has the capacity to add far more tools and features. For example, you can add a variety of text, web or graphic elements quickly in Broadcaster.
Gamecaster has the basic settings you need to stream or record. You can choose the type of codec to use, how screenshots are saved, what microphone to use and more. It also comes with several built-in methods to connect to various services such as YouTube, Twitch, uStream and Daily Motion.
Broadcaster also comes with the same settings capabilities. However, you have the option to add far more through plugins deployed by XSplit. For example, you can quickly install the Extra Life plugin for Broadcaster in moments – something not available in Gamecaster.
Adding Graphics to Video
XSplit Gamecaster only allows for one extra image to show during gameplay. So if you wanted to add a bunch of special graphics to enhance your Twitch stream, you’re out of luck. However, you can directly share saved screenshots during the recording or even use the mouse to draw onto the video.
This image is in addition to a URL link. So you can still have your Streamlabs Alert Box show in addition to a single graphic.
With Broadcaster, you can add as many images as you want and style them to fit your stream. For example, it wouldn’t take much to create a stylish border around your game to give your stream a bit of visual appeal.
Adding Streamlabs Alerts Box
Both XSplit Broadcaster and Gamecaster can easily adopt the Streamlabs Alerts Box. All it takes is using the URL you get from Streamlabs in the proper widget. Unfortunately, Gamecaster only allows for one URL-based widget during a broadcast.
For most novice and basic streamers, this is probably enough. But many people like adding other external functions and overlays into the stream, and many use URL-based functions. In this instance, Broadcaster is much better to use.
The measure of performance between both systems is very close. However, it seems to me that Gamecaster uses far fewer resources and operates better for streaming, especially on older computers and laptops.
This might have to do with how Broadcaster is designed. You’re using resources to essentially display a copy of your stream or recording in the app. I usually have this on my second monitor so I can see how well the Twitch stream is being delivered.
Gamecaster is nothing more than an overlay that doesn’t have a second screen using graphic or CPU resources outside of streaming or recording.
From my experience, the frames per second are better in Gamecaster than in Broadcaster – even if it’s a slight improvement in some games.
Ease of Use
Gamecaster is perhaps the easier software to use between the two. It has less functions to worry about and most features are available from a single display. There’s no need to minimize the game or move outside of the stream for things like updating Twitter, changing the stream name or watching the chat screen.
Broadcaster has more to it, which also makes it a bit more difficult to operate. It has far more features, but that also means more can go wrong with it. Broadcaster is probably better suited for those who want to explore some of the advanced settings and abilities.
One of the things I want to point out is how XSplit Broadcaster gives you a better ability to play and stream from retro gaming consoles. So, perhaps if you have a favorite game on the original Sega Genesis, Nintendo or Sega Saturn, you can easily play while live on Twitch.
For example, I have an Elgato USB adapter to use with my older game systems. Using the preview display in Broadcaster, I am able to see the game while I stream. Essentially, I use the preview as the game display.
It cuts out the need to install and run another piece of software so you can see the game on a computer monitor. In other words, I cut out the middleman of video software.
Because of the nature of how the adapter works with older game systems, I just don’t have that ability with Gamecaster.
XSplit Broadcaster vs Gamecaster: What to Use?
When faced with the decision of Broadcaster vs Gamecaster, it really depends on what you want to do with your stream or broadcast. It all comes down to what bells and whistles you want others to see whether you’re live or recording.
If you just want a stream or recording of game footage, Gamecaster is probably the more efficient. It’s basic and doesn’t require a great deal of setup to create something worthwhile.
Broadcaster has a lot more “meat” to its software giving you the ability to add all kinds of things. If you want to add a lot of flair and pizzazz to your live show or recording, this is the better choice.
Before you decide between Broadcaster vs Gamecaster, write down what you want to show during your stream or recording. Is it something full of flare or just basic and easy?
Once you get an idea of adding more to the video, there’s nothing wrong with switching from one platform to another. In fact, you can use Gamecaster and Broadcaster under a single paid premium account.
I often bounce back and forth depending on what I am streaming that day.
It All Depends on Your Goals
In reality, comparing Broadcaster vs Gamecaster depends on what you want to accomplish. While one has more flexibility, the other is better suited for a specific purpose. It’s really up to you to determine which is going to be the superior system for your needs.
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