XSplit is a live streaming and video mixing application initially released in 2012 by SplintmediaLabs. The application quickly gained popularity and became the norm for streaming live gameplays on different video sharing websites. XSplit features include recording, live mixing of videos and seamless switching between video sources.
XSplit Uses and Features
XSplit comes as two different and separate products, the XSplit Gamecaster and the XSplit Broadcaster. Since the XSplit Broadcaster is more complex, we will use it in our guide.
The XSplit Broadcaster can be used as a video mixer, since it allows content creators to switch between different media configurations while mixing different sources such as game captures, video cameras, images and other types of media. These sources can be used to create content for either live or on-demand distribution with the help of streaming platforms.
XSplit Gamecaster is a much simpler app designed around gaming live streams and recordings. The application is meant to give content creators the possibility of streaming with minimal need for tweaking settings or other details.
All in all, either XSplit application is a great solution for streamers who want to:
- Stream live gaming sessions
- Record their live stream and offer it as a VOD
- Create dynamic content from different cameras or sources
To stream with XSplit, you will need a working WordPress website with the WpStream Platform installed. If you’re not sure how to install WpStream to your website, you can check our quick guide available HERE. You will also have to install XSplit to your device and lastly, create a streaming channel on your website.
To create a new free streaming channel with WpStream, go to your website’s dashboard, then hover over “Free Live Channels / Free Videos On Demand”. Now simply click on “Add New”.
You will be redirected to the channel creation page. Here you will have to add a name for your channel, as well as other details you might want to include. Once you’re done, simply click “Publish”.
After creating the channel, click on “Broadcast to Channel” and wait until it starts. You can also tick the “Record?” box if you want to keep a copy of the live stream on your website.
Our channel is ready to start broadcasting our live stream. Click on “Broadcast with 3rd Party Software” to get your stream key and stream URL.
XSplit & WpStream
Now that we created the free channel, let’s see how we can start our stream by using XSplit. After opening the streaming app, we can see it already offers some pre-determined configurations and templates depending on the type of stream we’ll broadcast.
With XSplit, media sources are called “Scenes” Let’s start by adding a scene to our stream by clicking the “Add Source” button.
After adding the source of our stream, go to “Broadcast” in the top menu, then “Set up a new output”, then click on “Custom RTMP”.
Add a name for the Custom RTMP, your RTMP URL and your Stream Name. In the “Stream Name” section you will have to add your Stream Key from your WordPress channel.
After adding your details, click “OK” and then click “Broadcast” and select the stream you want to broadcast to.
Let’s check the channel we just created and check our stream.
Our stream is live and running, excellent!
XSplit Gamecaster is the perfect streaming application for casual and professional gameplay streamers who want to get straight to streaming in under 10 minutes, without having to tweak a lot of settings. The XSplit Broadcaster allows for more complex setups, making it the perfect tool for a wide range of live streams.