How to stream to the event platform with OBS

Streaming to the event platform via OBS

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How to connect to the event platform via OBS on PC

 

This guide aims to show you how to connect to the event platform and upload your content via OBS, Online Broadcasting Software. OBS is one of the most widely used streaming platforms, and although it appears complex at first, this guide will cover all the basics that you need to know. 

 

This guide will cover how to upload your URL and Stream Key into OBS so you will be able to broadcast by simply clicking Live. 

 

 

Once you have opened OBS, you will need to access the Settings menu. 

 

Click on File at the top of the left-hand-side of the screen. 

 

 

From the list that appears, you will then be able to click onto Settings

 



Once you have accessed the Settings menu, you will need to click onto the Streaming tab. 

 

Here you can select the option that you wish to stream with for the event. 

 



Click onto Twitch, beside Service, to access the menu and select the first option, Custom, bringing up the Server and Stream Key boxes, to enter the URL link and Stream Key

 

 

We use the Custom option because the event platform is hosted on our custom RTMP server, only services that will allow you to stream with a custom RTMP will work with the event platform.

 

 

To find your URL and Stream Key, you will need to go onto the event page and access the Admin Panel. 



You will do this by clicking onto Admin View, and accessing the Stream Keys tab. 

 



Then copy and paste the URL and Stream Key over to OBS one at a time, by clicking the Copy button and pasting them into their relevant boxes, URL into the Server Box and Stream Key into the Stream Key box. 





Click OK to apply it to your current profile on OBS, so that your broadcast on OBS is sent directly to your session when you go live. 

 

 

Never give your URL and Stream Key to someone else. This information would allow them to broadcast anything to your session, so keep this information private. 

 

Once you have set up your streaming links, you will need to set up your broadcast. 

 

First, you will need to go to the bottom left of your screen, and select Scenes, noticing that there is a Scene already set up. 

 

 

With OBS, you can have multiple scenes with different settings that you can switch between to, but first, you have to set up your sources.

 

Sources are what you include for your broadcast to be visible, and or audible on that scene. 

 



By clicking on the + button at the bottom of the Sources box, you will see a menu of different options to capture. 

 



There are two options for audio that you can see at the top of the list: Audio Input Capture and Audio Output Capture

 

The first option, Audio Input Capture, allows you to capture audio from your microphone for people to be able to hear you whilst you are broadcasting. 




When you click onto Audio Input Capture, you can rename your source to something more easily recognised when broadcasting, before confirming OK





Through the list, you can select your chosen microphone from the list and then select OK

 

 

Your microphone will have to be connected to your device for it to appear on the menu. 



Once you have selected OK, you will see that your Microphone has appeared in the Sources box. 

 

 

Next, you will need to add your Audio Output Capture, allowing you to capture the audio from your speakers or your laptop. For instance, if you were to show a video on your stream audio from that video will be heard. 

 

 

You can add your Audio Output Capture by clicking on the option, selecting the device, and confirming with OK

 

 

 

It will then appear in your Sources Box.

 

 

The next step is to add your camera. 

 

There are a few different Capture options in this menu. 

 

You need to select Video Capture Device, which is how you will capture your camera. 

 

 

Once you have selected your camera, you can see yourself in the background, and the menu you are on, with options to change your camera set up. 

 

You will want to make sure that your chosen camera is the first one selected in the Device menu before selecting OK

 

 

To change the camera size, all you need to do is click and drag on the red boxes on the outline of your camera screen to enlarge or reduce in size. 

 



You can also move the camera to a different part of the screen by simply clicking and dragging it to where you want it to be.

 



Now that your video and audio are ready, you will need to set up a new scene if you wish to share your screen. 

 

You’ll need to go over to the Add button under Scenes to create a new scene first, which you can give a name appropriately to remember when switching between them.

 




When you create a new scene, you will not have the sources you had previously set up.

 

 

You can re-add these quickly by right-clicking on the option, from the original scene, that you want to duplicate and choose Copy

 

 

 

You will then be able to paste that source. 

 

 

And it will appear in your new scene. 

 

 

You will notice that as you are changing between different scenes, the camera fades from the first scene when transitioning to the one we just created. Your broadcast will also show this transition. 

 

You can change the type of scene transitions, and the duration they take by going over to Scene Transitions and looking through the drop-down menu or adjusting the millisecond transition time accordingly.

 




When it comes to capturing and sharing screens on your devices, there are many options available. The three that this guide will cover are Browser, Display Capture and Windows Capture. 

 

With Browser, you can insert a link to a specific web page that will appear as part of your broadcast. 



To add a browser link, click onto the Browser option on Sources



 

Copy the URL link of the Browser Page that you wish to use into the Properties for ‘Browser’ Menu

 

 

Where it will then appear on the scene. 

 



With Display Capture, you can capture the display of your entire screen. 

 

For this, I would recommend having two screens to use this feature properly.

 

Display your screen by clicking on Sources and selecting the Display Capture option. 

 

 

Your display will then appear on the screen, where you will have the option to edit how it will appear on your broadcast. 

 

 

Once you are happy with how it looks, click on OK and it will appear on your scene. 

 

 

And finally, we have Window Capture, allowing you to choose a window to capture and show on the screen.

 

For instance, if you had a PowerPoint you wanted to share, you would first open up your PowerPoint and then add the Window Capture source into the scene. 

 

 

You must make sure the Powerpoint window is available on the menu before clicking OK, and adjusting the source accordingly on the screen.

 

 



Your Window Capture should then appear on your scene.

 

 

It is important that you make sure that your PowerPoint app is not minimised. when setting up a link to use it in an OBS broadcast. 

 

For more details for how to show PowerPoint slides from an OBS broadcast, follow this link 

 

If you want to remove a source or a scene, all you have to do is right-click on that source or scene, and from the drop-down menu, click on Remove.

 

 

You will then have to confirm that you are removing this source by clicking OK

 



When you are ready to broadcast onto the event platform, all you need to do is go over and click on Start Streaming

 

 

You should then be able to see yourself broadcasting into your event session.





Now your setup will be broadcasting on the platform, allowing you to make sure that your settings work and that everything is how you want to before officially streaming live by clicking onto Go Live

 

 

You will not be able to go live on the event platform until a few minutes before your session starts, where the Go Live button will be available to click. 

 

We recommended that you start streaming at least ten minutes before your session officially starts to make sure your setup is ready and good to go. 

 

Once you are broadcasting to the event platform, a notification will pop up to confirm this. 

 

 

The Live View will then look like this, and will show you how many viewers you have at the top left-hand-side of the broadcast window. 

 

 

When streaming from OBS to the event platform, there is a 30-second lag. Therefore, be aware of this when setting up your broadcast.



When you want to end your broadcast, return to the OBS Studio and click on Stop Streaming

 

 

After a moment, your feed will disappear from the event session.

 



There will be a slight delay between when you end your broadcast on OBS and when it ends on the event platform, so be aware of this when you finish your broadcast. 



Your scenes and sources will remain the same as they were when you last opened and closed OBS, allowing you to jump back in whenever you should like, including the stream settings you used for your last broadcast.



How to connect to the event platform via OBS on Mac

 

This guide aims to show you how to connect to the event platform and upload your content via OBS, Online Broadcasting Software. OBS is one of the most widely used streaming platforms, and although it appears complex at first, this guide will cover all the basics that you need to know. 

 

This guide will cover how to upload your URL and Stream Key into OBS so you will be able to broadcast by simply clicking Live. 

 



Once you have opened OBS, you will need to access the Preferences menu. 

 

Click on OBS, on the bar at the top left-hand side of the screen and click onto Preferences when the list appears. 






Once you have accessed the Preferences menu, you will need to click onto the Streaming tab. Here you can select the option that you wish to stream to the event platform. 



The option you will need to use is Custom

 

Click onto Twitch, beside Service, to access the menu and select the first option, Custom, bringing up the Server and Stream Key boxes, to enter the URL link and Stream Key

 

 

 

We use the Custom option because the event platform is hosted on our custom RTMP server, only services that will allow you to stream with a custom RTMP will work with the event platform. 

 

To find your URL and Stream Key, you will need to go onto the event page and access the Admin Panel

 

 

You will do this by clicking onto Admin View, and accessing the Stream Keys tab.

 



Then copy and paste the URL and Stream Key over to OBS one at a time, by clicking the Copy button and pasting them into their relevant boxes, URL into the Server Box and Stream Key into the Stream Key box. 

 

 

Click OK to apply it to your current profile on OBS, so that your broadcast on OBS is sent directly to your event session when you go live. 

 

 

Never give your URL and Stream Key to someone else. This information would allow them to broadcast anything to your session, so keep this information private. 

 

Once you have set up your streaming links, you will need to set up your broadcast. 

 

First, you will need to go to the bottom left of your screen, and select Scenes, noticing that Scene 1 is pre-set. 

 

 

With OBS, you can have multiple scenes with different settings that you can switch between to, but first, you have to set up your sources. 

 

Sources are what you include for your broadcast to be visible, and or audible on that scene. 

 

 

By clicking on the + button at the bottom of the Sources box, you will see a menu of different options to capture. 

 

 

There are two options for audio that you can see at the top of the list: Audio Input Capture and Audio Output Capture

 

The first option, Audio Input Capture, allows you to capture audio from your microphone for people to be able to hear you whilst you are broadcasting. 

 

 

When you click onto Audio Input Capture, you can rename your source to something more easily recognised when broadcasting, before confirming OK

 

 

 

Through the drop-down list that pops up, you can select your chosen microphone from the list and then select OK

 

Your microphone will have to be connected to your device for it to appear on the menu. 

 

 

Once you have selected OK, you will see that your microphone has appeared in the Sources box. 

 

 

Next, you will need to add your Audio Output Capture, allowing you to capture the audio from your speakers or your laptop. 

 

For instance, if you were to show a video on your stream audio from that video will be heard. 

 

You can add your Audio Output Capture by going onto Sources and clicking the + icon. 

 

You will then have to select the device you want to use from the drop-down list, and click OK

 

It will then appear in your Sources Box.

 

 

 

The next step is to add your camera. 

 

There are a few different Capture options in this menu. 

 

You need to select Video Capture Device, which is how you will capture your camera. 

 

 

 

Once you have selected your camera, you can see yourself in the background, and the menu you are on, with options to change your camera set up. 

 

You will want to make sure that your chosen camera is the one selected in the ‘Device’ menu before selecting OK

 

 

To change the camera size, all you need to do is click and drag on the red boxes on the outline of your camera screen to enlarge or reduce in size. 

 

 

You can also move the camera to a different part of the screen by simply clicking and dragging it to where you want it to be.

 

 

Now that your video and audio are ready, you will need to set up a new scene if you wish to share your screen. 

 

You’ll need to go over to the Add button under Scenes to create a new Scene first, which you can give a name appropriately to remember when switching between them.

 

 

 

When you create a new scene, you will not have the sources you had previously set up.

 

 

You can re-add these quickly by right-clicking on the option, from Scene 1, you want to duplicate and choose Copy

 

 

 

You will then be able to paste that option into the Sources box. 

 

 

 

Where the option will now appear. 

 

You will notice that as you are changing between different scenes, the camera fades from the first scene when transitioning to the one we just created. 

 

Your broadcast will also show this transition. 

 

You can change the type of scene transitions, and the duration they take by going over to ‘Scene Transitions’ and looking through the drop-down menu or adjusting the millisecond transition time accordingly.

 

 

When it comes to capturing and sharing screens on your devices, there are many options available. 

 

The three that this guide will cover are Browser, Display Capture and Windows Capture

 

With Browser, you can insert a link to a specific web page that will appear as part of your broadcast. 

 

Start by selecting the Browser option from Sources.

 

 

Then copy the URL link from the webpage you are using into the URL box.

 

Click OK to see it appear on the scene. 

 

 

With Display Capture, you can capture the display of your entire screen. 

 

For this, I would recommend having two screens to use this feature properly.

 

Click on the + icon on Sources and add Display Capture

 

 

Click OK to then add it to your scene. 

 

 

Display Capture will then appear on your scene. 

 

And finally, we have Window Capture, allowing you to choose a window to capture and show on the screen. 

 

For instance, if you had a PowerPoint you wanted to share, you would first open up your PowerPoint and then add the Window Capture source into the scene. 

 

You must make sure the Powerpoint window is available on the menu before clicking OK, and adjusting the source accordingly on the screen.

 

 

 

It is important that you make sure that your PowerPoint app is not minimised. when setting up a link to use it in an OBS broadcast. 

 

For more details for how to show PowerPoint slides from an OBS broadcast, follow this link 

 

If you want to remove a Source or a Scene, all you have to do is right-click on that source or scene, and from the drop-down menu, click on Remove.

 

 

You will then have to confirm that you are removing this source by clicking OK

 

 

When you have decided that you are ready to broadcast onto the event platform, all you need to do is go over and click on Start Streaming, you should be able to see yourself broadcasting into your event session.

 

 

 

Now your setup will be broadcasting on the event platform, allowing you to make sure that your settings work and that everything is how you want to before officially streaming live by clicking onto Go Live

 

 

You will not be able to access the Go Live button on the event platform until a few minutes before your session starts, where this button will be available to click. 

 

We recommended that you start streaming at least ten minutes before your session officially starts to make sure your setup is ready and good to go. 

 

Once you are broadcasting to the event platform, a notification will pop up to confirm this. 

 

 

When streaming from OBS to the event platform, there is a 30-second lag. Therefore, be aware of this when setting up your broadcast.

 

When you want to end your broadcast, return to the OBS Studio and click on Stop Streaming. After a moment, your feed will disappear from the event session.

 

 

There will be a slight delay between when you end your broadcast on OBS and when it ends on the event platform, so be aware of this when you finish your broadcast. 

 

Your scenes and sources will remain the same as they were when you last opened and closed OBS, allowing you to jump back in whenever you should like, including the stream settings you used for your last broadcast.