The Broadcast Tab

Published 12/12/2023

Learn how to use OBSKUR to broadcast live to your favourite streaming platform.

Set up broadcast settings, scenes, audio and sources with this tutorial.

Please find the full transcription below.

Video Transcript

0:00 Welcome to the Broadcast tab.

0:02 In this overview, you'll learn about OBSKUR's Broadcast tab and section of the application.

0:08 If you would like to learn more about environments using characters or VTubers interactions, or the Marketplace, please click on the links in the help page.

0:18 If you are looking for an overall guide on using the application, please see our Getting Started or Quick Start guides.

0:27 The hamburger menu is universal to all parts of the application.

0:32 We will focus on the parts of the hamburger menu relevant to the broadcast section.

0:37 In file you will have options for your project and the option to quit.

0:43 Selecting Quit will close the application.

0:46 A project is specifically the broadcast settings, scenes, audio, and sources.

0:52 When you save or open a project file, it will be a save of everything regarding the Broadcast tab.

0:58 in addition to the interactions. With Edit, you can either undo or redo any changes you make in the broadcast.

1:07 You can also use the Undo and Redo buttons in the top right of the application.

1:13 The Import option provides the options to import a JSON scene from other broadcast applications.

1:20 On Import, OBSKUR will automatically convert your JSON scene to work in our Broadcast tab.

1:26 You may need to make small adjustments in your scene after the import to make the scene to your liking.

1:33 In View, you will have several options in Broadcast.

1:37 Selecting these options in the View menu will allow you to open and show these broadcast windows.

1:43 By default, most of these windows will already be open, such as the Twitch chat window, Sources window, Scene window, Stream Control window, and the preview window Twitch Chat.

1:57 The Twitch chat window allows streamers to keep track of chat events and use Twitch commands while live preview.

2:06 The preview window shows what will be streamed out to the platform of your choice output.

2:14 The output window is mainly used in Studio mode.

2:18 This output window works in tandem with the Preview window.

2:22 When the output window is present in studio mode, the preview will show a scene you are currently selecting, allowing you to preview or change sources without these changes being pushed to your live stream or recording.

2:35 The output window will show what is currently being recorded or pushed out to the live stream scene list.

2:42 The Scene list allows you to view, remove, and create stream scenes sources list.

2:49 The source list allows you to layer different capture sources, remove and add them audio capture.

2:57 The audio capture list allows you to monitor audio and add other audio sources.

3:03 Stream Controls Stream controls allows you to start and stop live streaming, begin and end recording, transition to different scenes, access stream settings, and toggle studio mode on and off.

3:17 Web browser The web browser is not a default window.

3:21 The web browser allows you to have a dockable browser window so you can dock any web page or web source that you need while creating content.

3:30 In the Tools menu you have three options, Default, OBSKUR Layout which will reset the changes to the broadcast layout back to normal.

3:39 Save Layout, which will save the layout changes you've made in the broadcast.

3:44 This will not save any scenes or sources you've added or changed.

3:48 This only applies to the window layout in the Broadcast tab and Reset Layout, which will revert your layout changes back to the last.

3:57 Save Settings are accessible in the hamburger menu or in the Stream Controls window.

4:04 Here you can change your stream and recording settings.

4:07 Enabling broadcast test will allow you to stress test your streaming setup without actually going live to your streaming platform.

4:15 The custom RTMP option allows you to live stream to other platforms.

4:21 Here you will need to have the stream URL and the stream key which can be found through the streaming platform of your choice.

4:28 Canvas resolution will change the resolution of the stream preview and output window.

4:34 Please keep in mind the higher the resolution you set, the more system resources are going to be required for rendering and encoding.

4:42 The stream resolution can be the same as the canvas resolution, however there is the option to change it independently of the other.

4:50 The stream resolution is what's going to be pushed out to your live stream or recording.

4:54 For example, if you have a 1080p canvas but your Internet is not stable, streaming out a 1080P live stream could be very demanding on your Internet connection.

5:06 Instead, you can set your stream resolution to 1280 x 720 or 720p to reduce the load on your Internet connection.

5:16 Graphics quality changes the quality of the graphics in the character screen and the environments. Process Priority changes the system's resources to 1st go to OBSKUR, then other applications.

5:29 Changing this setting can help with OBSKUR performance issues.

5:33 Please be aware that this can affect other programs running at the same time.

5:37 Streaming kilobytes per second changes the encoding quality of your stream or recording.

5:43 Record Path changes the location of where the video recording will be saved.

5:48 You also see Key Bind, which changes the buttons you can press on your computer to change actions within OBSKUR.

5:55 Additionally, this is a great place to find all of the existing key binds and shortcuts you can use in OBSKUR.

6:04 Move Source will change how fast or slow objects in OBSKUR will move when you click and drag or move them around with the arrow keys.

6:16 The lock icon, when pressed, will toggle the location lock of each of the sections in the broadcast.

6:23 When unlocked, you will be able to freely move each of the docked windows in the broadcast.

6:29 Next to the lock icon is the Resource System and Stream Information bar.

6:34 Here you can find information about your computer, resource usage and stream information.

6:40 If you wish to hide any of this information you can click on any of the boxes to toggle each of the boxes visibility.

6:47 Next is the stream category for Twitch.

6:50 If you click on the edit button you will have the ability to type in the category area once your changes are made.

6:57 If you press enter you will have the option to accept or cancel the changes and the top right of the top bar is the version number telling you the version of OBSKUR and your current logged in account.

7:10 The stream chat window functions just like the stream chat would normally in Twitch.

7:15 At the top you have your leaderboards and users in chat.

7:20 In the chat section. as a moderator or streamer you will be able to click on users to get additional information on the chatter.

7:27 Then there is the send message box where you can send a message to your own chat or type commands.

7:34 The channel Point icon will give you access to manage your Twitch channel points.

7:39 Please note this will only appear if you have access to Twitch channel points.

7:44 The shield icon will toggle Twitch chat shield mode on or off.

7:49 The highlight button will change the highlight chat options.

7:53 The gear icon will allow you to access all of your Twitch chat settings available to you as a streamer.

8:00 There are five buttons in the stream Controls. Stream will toggle the live stream to the chosen platform.

8:07 Note: if you have the broadcast test mode enabled in the settings, this will only stimulate the resources used for live streaming without live streaming.

8:17 Also by default OBSKUR will be set to live stream to the platform used to log into OBSKUR, in this case Twitch, and you can change this using the custom RTMP option in the settings.

8:31 Record toggle. All of the recording will save to the recording location set in the Settings Recording path.

8:38 By default, the transition button is grayed out.

8:41 This can only be used in Studio mode.

8:44 When Studio mode is enabled, the transition button will allow you to change from the preview window scene to the output window scene.

8:51 Settings will open the stream and quality settings that are also accessible from the hamburger menu.

9:00 Studio mode will open a new mode showing the preview window and the new output window.

9:06 Studio mode allows you to preview the next scene you want to change to or to edit a scene and sources without interrupting what is visible on your live stream.

9:17 In the audio window you have the ability to add audio sources and remove audio sources with the plus and minus button.

9:25 To add an audio source, press the plus icon and select an audio source you wish to add.

9:32 Once an audio source is added, you'll have the ability to change the volume level being brought into obscure.

9:39 There are two different kinds of audio sources, global and Local.

9:44 A global source will be an audio source available to all scenes and changes made will apply to all scenes.

9:52 A local source is only available in the scene which the source is added.

10:00 You will have the ability to toggle audio monitoring.

10:04 This will allow you to hear what the audio source will sound like to stream.

10:09 Or you can mute or unmute the audio source so the sound source can either be heard or deafened.

10:17 If you right click on an audio source you will have the option to delete the audio source.

10:23 You can also do this by selecting the audio source and pressing the minus button.

10:30 Hide the audio source so the audio source will be hidden but will maintain the last settings you've applied.

10:37 To unhide audio sources, right click in the audio window and select Unhide all audio sources.

10:45 If you want to access more advanced settings for your audio source, you can right click on Audio source and go to options and a new window will appear providing options for that specific audio source.

11:00 The gain will allow you to make the audio level louder or quieter.

11:04 So if you change the gain to 0.5, the volume will be 50%, but if you change the gain to 1.5, the volume will be 1.5 times louder than the original.

11:18 The delay will add a delay to your audio.

11:21 This can be used for effects or to sync audio with video.

11:27 EQ bands will give you the option to fine tune the audio to get the audio to sound exactly how you would like.

11:34 You can fine tune your audio by going into five band mode.

11:41 The Ignore in VOD checkbox means the audio will be audible in the live stream but would be absent in the VOD.

11:49 This can be handy if you're playing any copyright music on your live stream.

11:54 Adding a dynamic rocessor will allow you to add additional effects to your audio, such as a compressor, limiter, expander, and gait.

12:05 In the Sources window, you can add a variety of different sources.

12:10 Webcam Cature Card Source allows you to add webcams and cature cards to your stream.

12:15 Text Source allows you to add text to display on your stream.

12:21 Display Source allows you to capture an entire display on your stream.

12:26 Windows Source allows you to capture specific windows open on your computer.

12:32 Game Source is an optimized game capture mode providing better capture performance than the Windows Source.

12:39 Environment Source allows you to add an environment you've previously created and allows you to switch between all the cameras in the environment.

12:48 Character Camera Source will show the last character you have loaded in the Character tab.

12:54 Color Source will allow you to add a solid color to your stream.

12:58 Image Source will allow you to add standard image formats to your stream.

13:04 Media Source will allow you to add GIFs and other movie and media files.

13:09 Browser Source allows you to add browser sources such as external alerts, notifications, and websites.

13:16 Interact inside of the Browser Source by holding control while browsing.

13:21 Scene Source allows you to add other scenes as sources and DI Source is a network protocol allowing for network audio and video to be received.

13:32 This can be used in a dual computer setup without a capture card.

13:36 Or allows for the capture of cameras or other applications on the same computer or network.

13:42 Transition Source allows you to have more control as to how the transition between each scene will appear.

13:50 Slideshow Source allows the addition of multiple media files to be shown in a sequence.

13:57 Alerts is an OBSKUR built-in alert system to show coin alerts from the OBSKUR Twitch extension as well as Twitch Alerts.

14:07 Spout2 is a network video source similar to NDI that is commonly used by VTubing applications.

14:13 Group is a source which allows users to organize sources into manageable folders.

14:22 At the top of the sources section you can also use the icons to:

14:27 Add a group source, add a transition source, add a source, or remove a selected source.

14:35 You can also right click a source.

14:37 In the Sources section, you will have the option to copy and paste sources.

14:43 You can also arrange the order of the sources.

14:47 Alternatively, you can arrange sources by clicking and dragging them into place.

14:53 Sources are layered, meaning sources that are near the top of the list will overlap with any sources underneath.

15:00 Sources can also be copied from one scene to another.

15:05 Cloned sources keep all changes made to the original source and duplicates that source into the new scene.

15:13 A connected source, links to sources which maintains the changes between them.

15:19 You can also dock a source.

15:22 You can dock up to 10 sources by either right clicking on the source and going to dock it or undock it.

15:30 Alternatively, you can click and drag a source from the sources window to the dock.

15:36 Once you have your source docked, you can easily double click the dock source to hide or unhide those sources.

15:44 Docking sources allows you to easily toggle visibility of sources without having to dig through your sources list.

15:51 Docked sources are scene specific.

15:54 This is useful if your scene is very large or has parts that you need to alter often.

16:01 For each source there are three icons.

16:05 The eye icon will toggle the source's visibility.

16:09 The lock icon will lock the ability to click on the source and move, scale, or rotate it.

16:16 The gear icon will open additional settings deending on the kind of source you're interacting with.

16:23 There may be some different specific settings for the source, such as webcam, text window capture and display capture as a few examples.

16:31 All sources will have these transform controls.

16:34 If you want to manually change the position, scale, rotation, and orientation of a source, the sources will have opacity options as well as a few options for filters like cropping, image masks, and chroma keys.

16:51 Any of your sources not locked and visible in the canvas can be moved by clicking and dragging them, or rotated and scaled by moving your mouse to the edges and corners of each source in the canvas.

17:04 Hold shift while holding any handle to fine tune your changes.

17:09 Scenes are overall canvas layouts.

17:12 You can press the plus icon to add a new scene.

17:14 Select a scene and press the minus icon to remove a scene.

17:19 If you want to change the name of a scene you can click the text or right Click to rename then type in a new name.

17:28 The order of these scenes only impacts your own organization and does not change anything in regard to the broadcast layout.

17:35 The current active scene will by default be highlighted in red and say live output on the right hand side.

17:43 The best way to think of scenes is like a folder.

17:46 Cenes contain sources, like how a folder contains files.

17:50 For more helpful videos, be sure to check out the Knowledge Base in the Help tab and join the official OBSKUR Discord.