Last Updated on September 24, 2019 by Michael Brockbank
Ready to show off followers, donations and subscribers using Stream Labels in XSplit Broadcaster? Using Streamlabs Stream Labels is a great way to add more umph behind your live stream while acknowledging those who help grow the channel.
It’s all about showing your fans some love…even if it’s just a recent followers scrolling list.
In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to add Stream Labels to XSplit Broadcaster. It’s a quick and easy setup that’ll have you showing off your patrons in no time.
I’m going to assume you already have XSplit Broadcaster and are ready to set up your labels. I’m also going to assume you have a Streamlabs account. If you don’t, I suggest you make one before continuing.
It’s free and loaded with all kinds of goodies for broadcasters.
Installing Streamlabs Stream Labels
From the Streamlabs dashboard, scroll down and click “Stream Labels” on the left.
Click the download button for your OS. At the time of this article, Stream Labels only supported Windows and OSX. However, the developers promise a Linux version is coming.
Your system will then download the install file. It shouldn’t take long as Stream Labels isn’t all that big of an application.
Once the program is downloaded, just install it as you would any other.
Using Stream Labels
Stream Labels uses basic text files updated in real-time. These files are saved on your computer and is how your streaming software collects data.
When you run Stream Labels, you’ll connect it to your Streamlabs account. In the first screen, sign in as you normally would with Streamlabs.
You’ll also need to assign an Output Directory. This is where the system saves the text files.
Before we can add Stream Labels to XSplit, we need to know the exact file to use.
Finding the Stream Labels File
Launch the Stream Labels software and click the “File Settings” button on the top toolbar.
Use the drop-down box to select the file you want. For instance, you would access “Session Followers” if you want to show the most recent followers of your channel.
Stream Labels uses a lot of different data. You can show followers, donations, cheers, subscribers and much more. It all depends on what you want to show on your broadcast.
For this tutorial, I’m simply going to create a recent followers scrolling list.
Take note of the filename you’re using. In this tutorial, I’m using “session_followers.txt.”
Make any adjustments in how you want the data to display. For instance, you can control how many recent followers are available, the separator character and if you want a text message to appear before the list.
In my example, I am just going to show the most recent “5” and I’m using a hyphen in between the names.
Click the “Save Settings” button on the top.
Now, we’re ready to add the label to XSplit.
Adding Streamlabs Stream Labels to XSplit Broadcaster
From XSplit Broadcaster, go to Add Sources and click, “Text.”
By default, the text is going to be pretty big. You’ll have to make a few adjustments in the size, font and style you want to show. However, I’m going to do this later.
For now, let’s add the Stream Labels file.
Click the box next to, “Use Custom Script.”
Click the “Edit Script” button. It’ll highlight after you select the custom script box.
Use the drop down box and select, “Load Text from Local File.”
Click the ellipses to browse your computer. If you know the file path, you can also just type it in directly.
Find and add the file you want from Stream Labels. As you can see, mine are stored in the “Documents” folder. This will depend on where you have your files stored.
Click the “Update Text” button on the bottom.
Now, we need the text to scroll and give it some movement. Select the “Scroll” radio button.
A new segment will be available. You can now change the direction of the scroll or set how fast the scroll is in terms of pixels per second. I’m just going to keep it at default for the moment.
Click the “OK” button on the text editor.
Streamlabs Stream Labels will now show the text file in XSplit Broadcaster.
But what if you want to make the text smaller?
Resizing Streamlabs Stream Labels in XSplit
Grab the text box from the display panel along the top white line.
Drag it down to the size you want.
You can also drag it from the sides.
This lets you resize the text scroll to fit perfectly in your design. For instance, what if you had a small background banner for the text? You could resize the information to fit great along the dimensions of that graphic.
Fine Tune Your Settings
XSplit Broadcaster comes with an array of custom options for showing text. At any point you can right-click the text on the display or in the scene sources. This will open the text settings.
From this window, you can make all kinds of adjustments. You can change the color so the text appears easily over top of your game or other graphic. I personally like to change the font according to what game I like to play.
For instance, a scary scratch type of font looks great when playing something like Diablo.
Spend time going over these settings and making the perfect adjustments for your stream. Since there’s quite a few things you can customize, you can really make your broadcast stand out.
Streamlabs Stream Labels comes with a myriad of different files you can use in your broadcast. Just add a text source in XSplit and link the proper text file.
Resetting the Display
One more thing I want to bring up is how to reset the text file. What if you just want to show your top donators for the day?
First of all, you would use the Session Donators text file.
When you want to start with a fresh list, click the “Restart Session” button.
This will clear data from a lot of different files including recent followers, cheers and other types.
Add Life to Your Broadcast
Using stream labels in XSplit boosts the activity of your Twitch broadcast. It’s just one of those things that helps the engagement of your content. Now, you don’t need to add all of Stream Labels text files…that would probably be too much.
However, accentuating the live feed with info of your patrons could go a long way to acting like a call to action. It may inspire others to interact with your live feed.
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