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    How To Stream On twitch.tv

    Streaming GRO games is really cool, and it is not hard to do. There are a lot of different ways you can do this, but a common one is to use Open Broadcaster Software and stream live on twitch.tv. Here are instructions on how to do this -- for teams that are entering any of the tourneys, this is strongly encouraged, so people can watch your gameplay!

    This is take from several sources and edited together, but a HUGE thanks to BOURNE, most of this is pulled from a couple of posts that he made that you can find here (thanks Bourne!).

    There are three major steps:
    I. Set up the Open Broadcaster software so that it records properly on your PC
    II. Set up a twitch.tv account
    II. Modify the settings in OBS to send the recorded stream to your twitch.tv stream

    Here are the details:

    I. Setting up OBS

    1. You need to download and install the OBS software. You can find it here.

    2. Open OBS and go to settings:
    a. Create a new setting profile "Local Recording" and hit Apply
    b. Encoding you can set Quality to 10, Bitrate & Buffer Size to 20000 Audio leave it on AAC 128 bitrate hit apply
    c. Broadcast Settings - Mode = File Output Only, File Path (location of the hard drive you are using preferable secondary hard drive) Stream Hotkey- optional hit apply
    d. Video = Custom, Resolution Downscale None (####x####) FPS 30 or higher depending on your system but if it's for youtube 30 is the max hit apply
    e. Audio = Audio Device - default or ur headset (ur choice), Mic is the one u use for game, push to talk u can key bind, rest of the option no need to touch. hit apply.
    f. Advanced = under video check "custom x264 Encoder Settings" and on the blank line type crf =18
    3. Create Scenes and sources
    a. On Scenes right click and say add scene and give it a name.
    b. On the sources page right click and add game capture (make sure you have GRO running when you do this, otherwise it won't detect the game) and choose GRO.
    c. Uncheck the capture mouse cursor and hit ok.
    d. If you click on preview you should see GRO. If you don't try changing GRO to windows mode for the settings to take effect then change it back once you have it working.
    4. Create a sample GRO recording
    a. Record a test bit of GRO gameplay. Remember that these files get to be huge, so you don't need to do it for too long.
    b. Open up the test recording and watch it to make sure there aren't any problems
    c. If you experience lag while recording play around with the settings like reducing the quality, or Resloution downscale those can help you reduce lag.

    II. Set up a twitch.tv account

    5. This is pretty simple, just go to twitch.tv and click Sign Up

    6. Ideally you will name your stream something simple that combines your clan tag and your IGN, like: twitch.tv/DmFStarman

    7. Get your broadcast key by going to the page: twitch.tv/broadcast. Near the top on the right side is a button Show Key, click that and copy and save your broadcast key

    III. Add twitch stream to OBS

    8. Open OBS and go to settings:

    9. Make the following settings changes:
    a. General create a new setting profile "Twitch stream" and hit Apply
    b. Encoding you can set Quality to 6 or 7, Bitrate & Buffer Size depends on your upload speed. To find out your upload speed go to www.speedtest.net
    - Once you know your upload speed for example if it's under 4mb try starting at 2000 kbs for both. Audio leave it on AAC 128 bitrate hit apply
    - You can always increase or decrease the Bitrates if you are lagging or lacking quality which ever.
    c. Broadcast Settings - Mode = Live stream, Streaming service = Twitch/justin.tv, Stream Key- Put in the twitch.tv stream key that you copied before, u can set delay if you want too, on the bottom u can set hotkey to start & stop your stream, hit apply
    d. Video = Custom, Resolution Downscale 1.5 (####x####) FPS 30 or higher depending on your system (start at 30) hit apply
    e. Audio = Audio Device - default or ur headset (ur choice), Mic is the one u use for game, push to talk u can key bind, rest of the option no need to touch. hit apply.
    10. Do a test stream. If you see a solid green on OBS & you are not dropping frame rates that means you are not lagging but if your game play feels laggy you can always lower the bitrate, resolution downscale or FPS those are the 3 things that help you avoid lag.

    That's it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ArchiePHL View Post
    Streaming GRO games is really cool, and it is not hard to do. There are a lot of different ways you can do this, but a common one is to use Open Broadcaster Software and stream live on twitch.tv. Here are instructions on how to do this -- for teams that are entering any of the tourneys, this is strongly encouraged, so people can watch your gameplay!

    This is take from several sources and edited together, but a HUGE thanks to BOURNE, most of this is pulled from a couple of posts that he made that you can find here (thanks Bourne!).

    There are three major steps:
    I. Set up the Open Broadcaster software so that it records properly on your PC
    II. Set up a twitch.tv account
    II. Modify the settings in OBS to send the recorded stream to your twitch.tv stream

    Here are the details:

    I. Setting up OBS

    1. You need to download and install the OBS software. You can find it here.

    2. Open OBS and go to settings:
    a. Create a new setting profile "Local Recording" and hit Apply
    b. Encoding you can set Quality to 10, Bitrate & Buffer Size to 20000 Audio leave it on AAC 128 bitrate hit apply
    c. Broadcast Settings - Mode = File Output Only, File Path (location of the hard drive you are using preferable secondary hard drive) Stream Hotkey- optional hit apply
    d. Video = Custom, Resolution Downscale None (####x####) FPS 30 or higher depending on your system but if it's for youtube 30 is the max hit apply
    e. Audio = Audio Device - default or ur headset (ur choice), Mic is the one u use for game, push to talk u can key bind, rest of the option no need to touch. hit apply.
    f. Advanced = under video check "custom x264 Encoder Settings" and on the blank line type crf =18
    3. Create Scenes and sources
    a. On Scenes right click and say add scene and give it a name.
    b. On the sources page right click and add game capture (make sure you have GRO running when you do this, otherwise it won't detect the game) and choose GRO.
    c. Uncheck the capture mouse cursor and hit ok.
    d. If you click on preview you should see GRO. If you don't try changing GRO to windows mode for the settings to take effect then change it back once you have it working.
    4. Create a sample GRO recording
    a. Record a test bit of GRO gameplay. Remember that these files get to be huge, so you don't need to do it for too long.
    b. Open up the test recording and watch it to make sure there aren't any problems
    c. If you experience lag while recording play around with the settings like reducing the quality, or Resloution downscale those can help you reduce lag.

    II. Set up a twitch.tv account

    5. This is pretty simple, just go to twitch.tv and click Sign Up

    6. Ideally you will name your stream something simple that combines your clan tag and your IGN, like: twitch.tv/DmFStarman

    7. Get your broadcast key by going to the page: twitch.tv/broadcast. Near the top on the right side is a button Show Key, click that and copy and save your broadcast key

    III. Add twitch stream to OBS

    8. Open OBS and go to settings:

    9. Make the following settings changes:
    a. General create a new setting profile "Twitch stream" and hit Apply
    b. Encoding you can set Quality to 6 or 7, Bitrate & Buffer Size depends on your upload speed. To find out your upload speed go to www.speedtest.net
    - Once you know your upload speed for example if it's under 4mb try starting at 2000 kbs for both. Audio leave it on AAC 128 bitrate hit apply
    - You can always increase or decrease the Bitrates if you are lagging or lacking quality which ever.
    c. Broadcast Settings - Mode = Live stream, Streaming service = Twitch/justin.tv, Stream Key- Put in the twitch.tv stream key that you copied before, u can set delay if you want too, on the bottom u can set hotkey to start & stop your stream, hit apply
    d. Video = Custom, Resolution Downscale 1.5 (####x####) FPS 30 or higher depending on your system (start at 30) hit apply
    e. Audio = Audio Device - default or ur headset (ur choice), Mic is the one u use for game, push to talk u can key bind, rest of the option no need to touch. hit apply.
    10. Do a test stream. If you see a solid green on OBS & you are not dropping frame rates that means you are not lagging but if your game play feels laggy you can always lower the bitrate, resolution downscale or FPS those are the 3 things that help you avoid lag.

    That's it.
    Nice guide

    Thanks for taking the time to put it together
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    Starman posted a version of these instructions that is MUCH prettier and includes screenshots. It's here on the IGS website -- highly recommended.


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    Hi all, just joined the forums. Find this thread really useful though I usually find it easier to use X-Split rather than OBS. Will be streaming soon and putting advice to good use!
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