Part of any good stream is getting alerts to pop up when certain things happen. Tips, follows, subscribers, and more are easily shown to your audience. Today, I’ll show you how to add the Streamlabs Alerts to Gamecaster to engage your viewers.
This is for those who are using the newer version of XSplit Gamecaster, Version 4. There is a world of difference between 3 and 4, so make sure you’re using the correct software for this tutorial.
It’s easy to tell the difference. Gamecaster 3 is a simple overlay and HUD while Gamecaster 4 is a much larger and feature-rich platform.
I’m also going to assume you already have it installed and running. You will also need a Streamlabs account.
Adding Streamlabs Alerts into Gamecaster Streams
OK, let’s dive into adding our alerts.
Step 1: Edit Your Main Overlay
Hover the mouse on the main overlay of your stream. It’s where you’ll want the alerts to show up during the live video.
Click on the “Edit” icon.
This will launch the Gamecaster Scene Editor.
Step 2: Add the Streamlabs Widget
From the Scene Editor, click the “Add Widget” button on the top left.
A new screen will appear where you can add all kinds of elements to your stream. There are actually quite a few things you can use to enhance your stream from the widget page.
Just make sure you’re not using too much. You don’t want the video to appear cluttered.
By default, you should be on the “General” tab. Click the “Streamlabs” option at the bottom of the list.
Once you click Streamlabs, you’ll be taken back to the Gamecaster Scene Editor where you can modify your alerts.
Step 3: Customize Your Alerts Box
Using the points of the alert box, you can use drag-and-drop to shape and move the alerts any way you wish. You can also use the manual fields on the right to move and shape the box to exact pixels.
NOTE: It probably wouldn’t be a bad idea to disable the built-in Gamecaster alerts. This way, they won’t interfere when you’re trying to move the Streamlabs alerts around in the Gamecaster Scene Editor. You can do this by clicking the toggle switch next to the main “Alerts” option.
Step 4: Add the Streamlabs Alerts URL
Open a web browser and go to your Streamlabs Alert Box. You can click to show the Widget URL if you’d like, but it’s not necessary.
Click the “Copy” button next to the URL of the widget.
Go back to the Gamecaster Scene Editor and paste the Widget URL in the space on the right.
Click the “Save” button in the top right corner.
You can now close the Scene Editor.
Step 5: Test the Streamlabs Alerts in Gamecaster
It’s always a good idea to test your alerts before going live. In this case, go back to your Streamlabs browser window.
Click any of the test buttons available. In my case, I’m going to test “Follow.”
You should be able to see your alerts from Streamlabs pop up in Gamecaster. This will include the sound of such alerts. I suggest testing all of the alert types in Streamlabs just to make sure everything is sized and positioned correctly.
Why Test Your Alerts Before Streaming?
When setting up Gamecaster with Streamlabs alerts, you want to make sure everything is running smoothly. You don’t want to be in mid-stream and find out that something isn’t working right.
It can be a bit embarrassing.
Besides, you want to make sure the alert box is in the perfect location and is the right size for what you’re showing.
Maybe you don’t want the alert in the middle of the screen. Perhaps the alert is covering up a vital piece of the overlay or something important to the game.
Whatever the case, it’s always good to spend a bit of time to make sure the alert is precisely where you want it.
What About the Alerts That Come With the Overlays?
The overlays I’ve seen in Gamecaster will come with built-in alerts. Personally, I’d rather use these instead of Streamlabs simply because the alerts are designed to go with the overlay.
It just looks nicer overall. But, this is just personal preference.
When you first install a Gamecaster overlay, the theme-specific alerts are already activated by default. You don’t need to connect it to anything as they will launch when the event occurs during the stream.
And as you would guess, Gamecaster lets you customize those alerts as you see fit.
Are Gamecaster Alerts Better Than Streamlabs?
To say which one is better between Gamecaster and Streamlabs alerts really comes down to personal preference.
From a convenience standpoint, the overlay-specific alerts are built to function while streaming. This means there is no need to copy and paste URLs or make adjustments on a third-party site.
Not to mention the alerts are tailor-designed for that specific overlay. And since you can add custom sounds, fonts, colors, and more to the Gamecaster alerts, they are just as flexible as Streamlabs.
However, not all alerts are accounted for in Gamecaster.
For example, there is no option if someone donates to an Extra Life account. Currently, Streamlabs supports this functionality. This means everyone is alerted if anyone donates to your Extra Life page.
On the flip side, not everyone utilizes all of the alerts in Streamlabs anyway. So, again, it comes down to personal preference.
Personally, I’d rather have the alerts that match the overlay. It provides a sense of symmetry and doesn’t appear disconnected as I’ve seen on many Twitch streams.
I’ve seen some alerts that simply appeared to be out of left field somewhere.
Streamlabs Alerts Can Boost Gamecaster Streams
There’s no doubt that having alerts appear on your stream can influence viewer behavior. Some people will join because the fear-of-missing-out will strike them. Others will simply do it to show support and be part of the community.
In any case, they can make your stream stand out to viewers while showing appreciation for their support.
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