XSplit Gamecaster Guide for Beginners

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Installation

1. Go to www.xsplit.com, select Gamecaster, then click the Download Gamecaster button.

XSplit Gamecaster Guide for Beginners

 

2. Install XSplit Gamecaster after downloading.

XSplit Gamecaster Guide for Beginners

 

3. Run XSplit. XSplit will ask you to connect to your streaming platform ( Facebook, YouTube, Twitch, Mixer) or connect using your XSplit account.

XSplit Gamecaster Guide for Beginners

 

4. In our case, we opt to connect using our XSplit account. XSplit will open your default browser where you can log in using your XSplit account.

XSplit Gamecaster Guide for Beginners

 

5. If successful, XSplit will authorize your account to use XSplit Gamecaster. Your account will be automatically signed-in on XSplit app.

XSplit Gamecaster Guide for Beginners

 

Setting Up Streaming Devices

1. On first use of XSplit Gamecaster, XSplit will guide you to set-up your streaming devices – camera, mic, and speakers.

XSplit Gamecaster Guide for Beginners

 

2. Select stream Any Game on this PC option then click Next.

XSplit Gamecaster Guide for Beginners

 

3. Select your camera or webcam on the drop-down list then click Next.

XSplit Gamecaster Guide for Beginners

 

4. Select you microphone on the drop-down list then click Next. Do the same for Speakers.

XSplit Gamecaster Guide for Beginners

 

5. At the end of streaming configuration, click the I’LL STREAM LATER option. We will set-up our sets and scenes before we start streaming.

XSplit Gamecaster Guide for Beginners

 

Setting Up Sets and Scenes

A Scene is how the your stream would look like while Sets are a collection of scenes. You would like to have a different Set for different games you stream and have multiple scenes for each sets. Let’s create your first set.

1. Click the Create Set button (+) on the left side of Gamecaster app.

XSplit Gamecaster Guide for Beginners

 

2. Type in the name of the game for this set, select an icon, and click the Create button.

XSplit Gamecaster Guide for Beginners

 

3. Your Set is now added. To add a scene, click the Add Scene box or the Add Scene button (+).

XSplit Gamecaster Guide for Beginners

 

4. XSplit will offer you to create your own scene or choose from their library of themes. These are premade scenes with color schemes, camera, and other widgets all set. Let’s choose a theme.

XSplit Gamecaster Guide for Beginners

 

5. You will be directed to themes library. Select a theme that fits the color and design according to the genre of your game (sci-fi, fantasy, sports, etc.)

XSplit Gamecaster Guide for Beginners

 

6. Upon selecting a theme, you will see how each scenes look like, the color schemes available, along with other details about the theme. Click Add to Studio to continue using the theme.

XSplit Gamecaster Guide for Beginners

 

7. The scenes are now added. You can take a look each scenes. If you wish to edit a scene, click the Edit button (pencil icon) of the scene.

XSplit Gamecaster Guide for Beginners

 

8. Most of the widgets you need when your stream are already added. If you wish to add widgets (text, background audio, image, etc), just click the Add Widget button. If you want to turn off widgets, just click the toggle button. If you want to delete a widget, select the widget then click the trash bin icon.

XSplit Gamecaster Guide for Beginners

 

9. On to the right side of the window, you will have access to Color scheme, Advanced Mode, and Potato Mode options. If you want to change the colors, just click the Color Scheme button to access available color schemes.

XSplit Gamecaster Guide for Beginners

 

10. Turning on Advanced Mode will unlock other settings for you to fully customize a widget.
Potato Mode will turn off animations to minimize the load and processes causing FPS drops. Turn this On if your PC is not fast enough or you need to maintain high FPS especially when playing fast paced games like CSGO.

XSplit Gamecaster Guide for Beginners

 

11. Click the Save button to save all the changes you have made.

XSplit Gamecaster Guide for Beginners

 

12. Test Center allows you to view and test a scene with its widgets. Click the Test Center icon to launch Test Center.

XSplit Gamecaster Guide for Beginners

 

13. To see how each widget would show up in your stream just click each widget. Click the Back button to go back to Scene Editor.

XSplit Gamecaster Guide for Beginners

 

14. If you are done doing the changes, click the Save button and click the X button on the top-right of the window to close the Scene Editor window.

XSplit Gamecaster Guide for Beginners

 

15. To change the transition animation between scenes, select from the drop down list and click between scenes to view its animation.

XSplit Gamecaster Guide for Beginners

 

Link XSplit to Your Social Network Account

We will now link your XSplit account to your social network account where you want to go live.

1. Click the gear icon at the bottom-right corner or click you account at the top-right corner then click Settings.

XSplit Gamecaster Guide for Beginners

2. Click the Accounts tab then click a social network where you will go live. Your default browser will open.

XSplit Gamecaster Guide for Beginners

 

3. XSplit will launch you default browser and direct you to YouTube (or Facebook). Do not click the Cancel button.

XSplit Gamecaster Guide for Beginners

 

YouTube

4. Select your YouTube account then click the Allow button.

XSplit Gamecaster Guide for Beginners

 

Facebook

5. Click the Continue button on the first pop-up window and select Public on the second pop-up window.

XSplit Gamecaster Guide for Beginners

6. On the third pop-up window, click Choose what you allow to manage which one of your Facebook Page will be linked (if you have more than one ) and what will be posted on Facebook through the XSplit app. Click OK when you are done.

XSplit Gamecaster Guide for Beginners

7. Your Youtube and Facebook accounts are now linked to XSplit. You can do the same for Twitch, Mixer, and Spotify if you have accounts for them.

XSplit Gamecaster Guide for Beginners

 

Stream Settings

1. Go to Settings, click the Streaming Tab, and select one of your linked account from the drop down list.

XSplit Gamecaster Guide for Beginners

2. Select the Custom option.

XSplit Gamecaster Guide for Beginners

3. Select the following values for each settings

    • Resolution – 720p HD, or 1080p Full HD if you have a faster computer
    • Codec – AMD VCE if you have and AMD Graphics card, HD 7700 or higher
    • NVIDIA NVENC if you have NVIDIA graphics card, GeForce GTX 650 or higher
    • Intel Quick Sync if you have Intel HD graphics, 2nd Gen Intel Core processor or newer
    • Frame Rate – 30 FPS, 60 FPS if you have a faster computer and faster internet
    • Bitrate – bitrate depends on your internet upload speed. You can check your internet upload speed on speedtest.net and fast.com

XSplit Gamecaster Guide for Beginners

 

Below is our recommended bitrate for each internet upload speed, resolution, and frame rate.

XSplit Gamecaster Guide for Beginners

 

Google, Facebook and Twitch have their own recommended streaming settings. Click the following links to take a loot at it.

YouTube – https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/2853702?hl=en
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/help/1534561009906955
Twitch – https://stream.twitch.tv/encoding/

 

4. Turn-off Stream delay and Record locally options. Here is our stream settings.

XSplit Gamecaster Guide for Beginners

 

5. Go to Hotkeys tab. Input keys for In-game HUD and Switch to scenes 1 and 2. Click the + button if have more scenes then close the window.

XSplit Gamecaster Guide for Beginners

 

Going Live

1. Select your Start scene then click the social media icon.

XSplit Gamecaster Guide for Beginners

 

2. Select the account where you will publish your livestream then close the window.

XSplit Gamecaster Guide for Beginners

 

3. Click the Stream button.

XSplit Gamecaster Guide for Beginners

 

4. Fill-in the fields for the details of your livestream. Select Public for Privacy setting then click the Go Live Button. For Facebook, select your Facebook Page where you will go live. Click the Checkbox so you will not fill-in the fields again for your next stream.

XSplit Gamecaster Guide for Beginners

 

5. A notification will appear when the streaming started.

XSplit Gamecaster Guide for Beginners

 

6. You can view your livestream through your browser.

XSplit Gamecaster Guide for Beginners

 

7. Press the XSplit HUD hotkey (Ctrl+Shift+H) to brin up the HUD. TheHUD willshow you Stream Events, Chats, and Stream Info. You can also change some settings, stop your livestream, and switch scenes.

XSplit Gamecaster Guide for Beginners

 

8. To end your livestream, click the stop button from the HUD then close your game.

XSplit Gamecaster Guide for Beginners

 

9. At the end of your livestream, you will be asked for a rating. You can skip this by clicking the Cancel button.

XSplit Gamecaster Guide for Beginners

 

Setup Tipping

1. Go to Settings.

XSplit Gamecaster Guide for Beginners

 

2. In settings window, go to Tipping tab, then set your username and your PayPal email address. Click here if you don’t have a PayPal account. A PayPal Personal Account would do.

XSplit Gamecaster Guide for Beginners

 

3. You now have your tipping page. Copy your tipping page link to your stream description and social media channels.

XSplit Gamecaster Guide for Beginners

 

4. This is what XSplit tipping page look like.

XSplit Gamecaster Guide for Beginners

 

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