There are several open-source options available for live streaming video. Some popular options include OBS (Open Broadcaster Software), ffmpeg, and GStreamer. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the steps for setting up a live stream using OBS.
- First, download and install OBS on your computer. You can find the latest version of OBS on the OBS website (https://obsproject.com/).
- After installing OBS, open the application and click on the “Settings” button in the lower right corner.
- In the “Settings” menu, click on the “Stream” tab in the left sidebar.
- In the “Stream” tab, select the streaming platform that you want to use for your live stream. Some popular options include YouTube, Twitch, and Facebook Live.
- After selecting your streaming platform, you will need to enter your streaming key. You can find your streaming key on the website of your chosen streaming platform. For example, on YouTube you can find your streaming key in the “Live Streaming” section of your channel’s “Creator Studio”.
- After entering your streaming key, click on the “Apply” button to save your changes.
- Next, you will need to set up your video and audio sources. To do this, click on the “+” button in the “Sources” section of the main OBS window. From the menu that appears, select the type of source that you want to add (e.g. “Video Capture Device” for a webcam, “Display Capture” for a screen capture, etc.).
- After adding your video and audio sources, you can use the “Properties” panel on the right side of the OBS window to customize the settings for each source. For example, you can adjust the resolution, frame rate, and bitrate of your video, or adjust the volume and audio format of your audio sources.
- When you are ready to start your live stream, click on the “Start Streaming” button in the lower right corner of the OBS window. This will begin the live stream and send the video and audio to your chosen streaming platform.
- To stop your live stream, click on the “Stop Streaming” button in the lower right corner of the OBS window.
That’s it! With these steps, you should be able to set up a live stream using OBS and any of the popular streaming platforms. If you have any questions or run into any issues, don’t hesitate to ask for help.