Last Updated on January 10, 2021 by Michael Brockbank
XSplit Broadcaster is an easy-to-use app that lets you stream games to Twitch, YouTube, and various other platforms. It has a lot of potential to help you build an engaged audience. But how do you multistream with XSplit Broadcaster?
Today, I’ll show you how to set up multistream so you don’t have to worry about third-party, web-based applications.
It’s one of several ways to multicast your gameplay on several streaming platforms. And the developers of XSplit make this quite an easy process.
The hardest part is going to be keeping track of your chats from the different social platforms.
NOTE: According to the Affiliate Agreement of Twitch, you cannot multistream video if you’re in the affiliate program. This means that once you reach affiliate status, Twitch has live content exclusivity for 24 hours.
So, you’re not able to multistream to Twitch as an affiliate while showing the live broadcast on something like YouTube or Facebook Live.
How to Set Up Multistream in XSplit Broadcaster
NOTE: Multistreaming with XSplit Broadcaster requires a premium account.
Multistreaming in XSplit Broadcaster is actually incredibly easy. Essentially, you just add the sources and turn them on, one-by-one.
Step 1: Add Your Destination
From the dashboard in XSplit, go to Broadcast and set up a new output. You can also just use the ones you have if you’ve already connected services like Twitch or YouTube.
From here, you can choose the most popular video services. But if you don’t see your preferred platform, check the “Find more outputs” area.
Xsplit Broadcaster supports a wide variety of platforms, such as Restream.io, StreamShark, YouNow, and many more.
Add as many services as you’d like to multistream.
NOTE: The more services you stream to from XSplit, the more it’ll tax your computer and network. Activating too many may cause performance and lag issues.
Step 2: Open the Chat Windows (optional)
Chatting with your audience keeps them engaged. It’s how most successful streamers accumulate an avid viewer base.
Most streaming platforms let you “pop-out” the chat window. I would suggest doing this on any available platform and displaying it somewhere on your monitors to read the text.
For instance, I keep all my chat windows open on my second monitor. That way, I can play the game in full screen on one while keeping an eye on what people are saying on the other.
This is completely streamer preference, though.
I’m currently experimenting with different ways to integrate all chat windows into one screen. But until then, you may have to find the best methods that work for you.
Step 3: Enable Multistream with XSplit Broadcaster
Activate each of your outputs one-by-one to start multistreaming.
NOTE: When activating YouTube Live, XSplit Broadcaster will open a window to create a new live stream event. From here, you can edit the title, description, edit tags, and change video options. However, you can also connect to a predefined YouTube Live event you already have established.
Here is my YouTube video test run of using multistream from XSplit Broadcaster to both Twitch and YouTube.
While streaming to both platforms, I did notice a slight drop in framerate while playing. Though, it wasn’t enough to really cause an issue.
Why Should You Care About Multistreaming?
Multistreaming with XSplit Broadcaster is pretty easy. The only pain is really opening all the different chat windows. But like I said, I’m still working on something to bring all chats into one window.
If you know of something I can use while streaming from XSplit Broadcaster, be sure to let me know in the comments.
At any rate, multicasting your gameplay to different platforms gives you access to more than just one audience. Instead of just focusing on Twitch viewers, you can engage YouTube watchers as well.
Not to mention gaining an audience on Facebook and other platforms you might use.
As a streamer, you want to engage as many people as possible. And something like multistream can help you double, even triple your viewership across various platforms.
Plus, it helps by creating a library of video content on several platforms at the same time. Instead of moving or integrating YouTube with Twitch, YouTube can save its own version of the stream.
In reality, it’s quite a time saver.
Beware of Platform Agreements
Keep in mind that you need to adhere to the agreements of those platforms. As I mentioned earlier, Twitch affiliates are restricted by the live content exclusivity clause.
But, you can always upload your videos 24 hours later to something like YouTube or Facebook Live.
It’s probably a good idea to read the agreements of each platform you want to multistream. The last thing you want to do is build up an audience only to get shut down because of exclusivity clauses.
Engage Your Audience On More than One Platform
People who watch you on Twitch might not be aware of your YouTube channel. Someone viewing your live stream on Facebook might not care to use Twitch.
When you multistream from XSplit Broadcaster, you address a wider scope of audience needs and wants. In other words, you don’t alienate viewers based on the viewing platform.
Just remember that the more destinations you use, the more power and Internet bandwidth you’ll consume. And when you are capped by ISPs like Xfinity, every gigabyte of bandwidth counts.
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