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How Do You Get Ready to Livestream on Twitch?

Updated: Sep 13, 2022

How Do You Get Ready to Livestream on Twitch?


One of the most appealing aspects about Twitch is how simple it is to get started streaming. Twitch's broadcasting technique is basic and uncomplicated. One of their key characteristics is that anyone, regardless of technical knowledge, can quickly and easily get up and running on their platform. When you combine it with Lightstream, it becomes much easier!





Consider the many streaming genres. Twitch is more than simply a gaming platform (Although, trust us, there are plenty of those). Twitch has a community for everything, from Dungeons and Dragons to cooking channels. And we all understand the value of community.


Choose a few streamers who inspire you and learn from them!


Now for the technical part, which isn't as intimidating as you might think:



Register for a Twitch Account



Setting up an account on Twitch is the first step in going live. Without one, you won't be able to use the platform's features.


How to Make a Live Streaming Account on Twitch


Twitch has a simple method for setting up an account on their platform. The procedure is broken down into three steps:


  1. Please review the Community Guidelines.

    1. Before making an account on Twitch, it's necessary to understand the community guidelines. You'll be better positioned to avoid penalties and keep your stream operating if you're aware of the actions that constitute violations.

  2. Sign up using your desktop or mobile device.

    1. On both the desktop and mobile platforms, Twitch makes it simple to create an account. Simply go to their website on a computer or look for Twitch in your mobile app store. Follow the instructions after clicking the "sign up" button.

  3. Two-factor authentication is enabled.

    1. To begin streaming, you'll need to enable 2FA after you've created an account. Make sure you've got your phone with you!


Why? We promise it will be worth it, even if it is a hassle. This adds another layer of protection for you, preventing your stream and data from being hacked.


Choosing Your Software for Twitch Streaming


Now that you've set up your account and are ready to start playing, it's time to choose the software to use to encrypt your broadcast. What exactly does this imply? Encoders, in a nutshell, create a digital copy of your inputs that may be transmitted over the internet.


Although hardware encoders are available, we nearly always prefer software encoders when you're just getting started with streaming (they're much less expensive and easier to use). However, most of these alternatives do necessitate some computational power - the better your laptop or computer, the better the results! (Don't worry, we'll give you some recommendations below!)


When it comes to software encoders, there are numerous alternatives. Here's a rundown of the most popular options on the market to get you started:


Software for Open Broadcasters (OBS)


Simply stated, OBS is the original. OBS is a free software encoder for Windows, Mac, and Linux that is suited for multi-platform broadcasting and has changed the way we think about streaming. Nothing does PC game capture better than this.


Despite the fact that the interface isn't as user-friendly as others, many beginners prefer this software because to its popularity and history. Every streamer knows, loves, (and occasionally curses) OBS, and Lightstream even employs one of the original creators!


We all owe OBS a huge "THANK YOU" for all of their hard work, but a few competitors have now stepped in to improve the programme and make it more consumable and feature-rich.


Lightstream


A feature-rich, cloud-based broadcaster that eliminates the requirement for a powerful computer or a specific operating system. Gamers and talk show hosts alike adore our ability to quickly construct distinctive, personalised layouts. Plus, we're cross-platform—from Windows to Mac, Chrome to Firefox, Lightstream delivers exceptional quality.


Rainmaker can even assist you with alerts and locating the finest games to broadcast!


Desktop StreamLabs


This custom version of OBS, formerly known as StreamLabs OBS, connects directly to StreamLabs and is perfect for designing custom layouts to conveniently manage your streams. StreamLabs Desktop is exclusively accessible for Windows users.



XSplit


Many people think XSplit to be one of the simpler software tools to use because of its straightforward and user-friendly layout. It should be noted, however, that this software is only accessible for Windows.




What Hardware Should You Use When Broadcasting?


Hardware plays an important role in Twitch streaming. Many successful YouTube and Twitch streamers use the most expensive equipment available, but there are plenty of easy, low-cost alternatives.


Here are some things to think about when purchasing hardware for your Twitch streaming setup:


Console or computer


Below, we'll demonstrate how to broadcast from both choices. The processor and graphics card, which both console and PC have, are the most significant components. Both solutions have advantages, so don't feel constrained if you can't afford a gaming PC right now!


Microphone


A good microphone may make a huge difference in your Twitch streaming setup. One of the most critical aspects of keeping visitors engaged and interested in your material is having a clear, smooth voice. Although the built-in microphone found in most laptops and headphones is theoretically adequate, we recommend investing in an independent microphone as soon as possible.


Webcam


Dedicated webcams are another excellent option to give your streams more depth and personality. Even the best cameras are useless if the film isn't accompanied by adequate lighting, so consider lighting your scene first before upgrading. Looking for some ideas? We even created a video about it!


You may also want to consider purchasing a green screen, a stream deck, and/or a hardware encoder. These aren't required for you to broadcast, but they can undoubtedly help you improve your output.



How to Twitch Stream from a PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S


Because many popular games are only available on certain platforms, it's no surprise that cross-platform gaming and streaming are popular among Twitch users. Here's how to use the most popular devices to stream on Twitch:


How to stream PS4 games to Twitch


  1. Disable HDCP as well as other options.

  2. Because Twitch is pre-installed on the PS4, all you have to do is tweak a few settings to get streaming. Specifically:

  3. Go to Settings > System and disable HDCP.

  4. Adjust audio levels and your PlayStation Camera under Settings > Devices.

  5. Enable audio in-game by going to Sharing and Broadcast > Audio. Audio Sharing Settings > Broadcast Settings > Advanced Settings

  6. In-game, go to Sharing and Broadcast > Broadcast Settings > Advanced Settings and enable "Display Messages to Spectators and Spectators' Comments."

  7. Lightstream Outputs from PS4 Setting up console streaming on PS4 is simple if you use Lightstream. Log in with your Twitch account to Lightstream Studio, choose the Gamer plan, then tweak your project parameters. Then:

  8. Select Custom, Automatic, Do Not Specify, and Manual under Settings > Network > Set Up Internet Connection.

  9. Enter 13.89.104.171 (or 52.143.11.150 for European users) and click 'Do Not Use'.

  10. Connect your PlayStation 4 and Twitch accounts.

  11. Streaming on a PS4 is relatively simple once you've modified the above parameters. Simply open your game, press the share button on your controller, and connect your account. Simply scan the QR code that appears on the screen to do so. If your smartphone doesn't support QR codes, go to twitch.tv/activate.


Begin streaming! You're all set to go! You have complete control over the broadcast. Enjoy yourselves!


How to stream from an XBOX to Twitch


  1. Download the Twitch App.

  2. Twitch can be downloaded via the Microsoft Store. Simply go to the App Store and search for 'Twitch.tv' to get the app.

  3. Connect your Twitch account to your Xbox app. You must link your Xbox account to your Twitch account in order to sync your Xbox streams. To do so, go to twitch.tv/activate on your phone, tablet, or computer and input the code that appears on your console.

  4. Lightstream your Xbox outputs Getting your console to broadcast from Xbox to Lightstream is straightforward if you're using Lightstream. Simply sign in with your Twitch account in Lightstream Studio, choose the Gamer plan, and tweak your project parameters as needed. Then:

  5. On your Xbox, launch the Twitch app.

  6. Go to the 'Broadcast' section.

  7. Set the destination to 'Lightstream.'

  8. Connect your microphone and camera A high-quality stream requires good peripherals such as cameras and microphones. Connect your devices to the rear of your Xbox and make the adjustments listed below. Customize: Settings > Account > Privacy & Safety > Xbox Live Privacy

  9. Change the 'You Can Broadcast Gameplay' setting to allow it.

  10. 'You can share content created with Kinect or another camera' should also be allowed.

  11. Select 'Everybody' under Online Status & History > Others Can See If You're Online.

  12. Start playing your broadcast with a title!

  13. Start the broadcast. Twitch can typically determine whether you're playing automatically. You can also generate a title manually, after which it will begin broadcasting.



Using a Desktop Computer to Stream to Twitch


Streaming from your desktop is dependent on the software platform you have installed. Regardless of whether you're using OBS, Lightstream, XSplit, or something else, the steps will be comparable.


  1. Install the applications you want (& make an account if necessary)

  2. Though Lightstream is great for console streaming, it may also be used to stream high-quality footage directly from your desktop in some instances.

  3. Lightstream was created primarily to solve streaming from consoles. If you'd rather stream from your desktop, OBS Studio, StreamLabs Desktop, or XSplit are all excellent choices. Adjust your project settings according to the platform's instructions, then add your media sources (audio, video, and so on) and proceed to the next stage.

  4. Connect your camera and microphone Make sure your computer is connected to your microphone, camera, and any other auxiliary devices.


Begin streaming! You're all set to go! It's time to begin your streaming adventure.


How to Twitch Stream from a Smartphone


  1. Install the Twitch App first. Download the Twitch app for your smartphone from either the App Store or the Google Play Store.

  2. Visit the Twitch website and sign in. Twitch will either ask for your phone number or give you a text message utilising 2FA (two factor authentication). Use that code to double-check your log-in.

  3. Press the 'Live' button. Go to the upper right corner of your screen and click your profile picture. You'll be directed to a page with a large 'Go Live' button. Click that, grant your microphone and camera access, and you're ready to go!

  4. Give your programme a name and begin broadcasting! All you have to do is title your stream, same like on other devices. You can also choose a content category and a specific camera on the desktop version, then click'start stream' to get started.



How to Improve Your Twitch Streams


There are numerous aspects that go into creating the greatest Twitch streaming setup possible.


Here are some suggestions for improving your broadcasts:


  1. Become acquainted with your software. The more experienced you are with the software encoders, gaming consoles, and controllers you use when streaming, the easier it will be to make changes on the fly or fix issues as they arise.

  2. Keep your hardware in order. Wires, cords, and cards can easily become tangled. To keep them from becoming twisted or dirty, try bundling them together or taping them down. While streaming, we also recommend having everything customizable within reach of where you're sitting. That way, if you need to adjust your volume or press a button on your stream deck quickly, you can do it without leaving the camera frame.

  3. Before going live, double-check the audio and video. Many users make the mistake of starting their stream without testing to verify if their audio or video is working out of a desire to save time. As a result, individuals may play for hours before noticing a blank screen or a malfunctioning microphone. You may avoid such predicament and spare yourself a headache by testing ahead of time.


Congratulations! You've learned how to stream on Twitch now.

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