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OBS Multiplatform Setup Guide for Windows

This guide will walk through the process of setting up Open Broadcaster Software [OBS] correctly to stream on
Watch this video to set up your stream or follow the guide below.

step 1

Download OBS and run the installation.

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step 2

Once installation has finished, run OBS and you should see this screen

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You can see here we have the two control buttons and two tabs, scene and sources. A scene is a mashup of sources. A source can be a video camera, desktop, or even a single window. We will show you how to add sources, but first we are going to set some basic settings. So start by clicking the 'Settings' button

step 3

Click on the 'Stream' tab. You don't need to worry about all the settings here - we will go through the most important ones now, you can leave the other settings as they are.

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Here are the settings you need to enter on this page:
Stream Type: Select 'Custom Streaming Server' option
URL: Copy the FMS url from your channel dashboard settings.
Stream key: Enter your stream key, which you can find on your Dashboard under Channel Settings.

step 4

We recommend you do a speedtest using and set your video bit rate to a minimum (75% of your upload speed or maximum 2000).

Then navigate to 'Output'. Here we will just make these changes:
Video Bitrate: 2000kbps
Audio Bitrate: 64kbps

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If you stream at more than 2.0mbps your stream may be terminated automatically.

step 5

Then navigate to 'Video'. Here we will just make these changes:
1. Set your base resolution in OBS exactly to your desktop native resolution.
2. Divide your first resolution size by the second one, e.g. 1920 divided by 1080 gives 1.7777 or 2560/1600 = 1.6 If you get 1.7777, set downscale resolution size to 1920 * 1080. If you get 1.6 set it 1280 * 800
3. FPS: 20. It is device specific, so you can test between 10-30.

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step 6

Exit the settings, then right click on the 'Sources' box and add 'Display capture'. If you want to also show your face in a webcam, right click on source and add 'Video Capture Device'. Select under device your webcam and click ok.

If your stream doesn't cover the whole screen do this:
1. Right Click on Display Capture
2. Then Click on 'Transform' and select Fit to Screen

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step 7

Press 'Start Streaming' and you should see something like this, you are streaming! Check your streaming profile on to see if you are live. If you see and hear your stream YOU ARE LIVE! Pause your stream on to prevent echo, but still follow the chat.

Run a 5mins stream test and check if:

  1. It plays smoothly for you
  2. If it's buffering
  3. If audio is loud enough
  4. If the livestream breaks

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