set up twitch stream

Twitch streaming can be a difficult process. I know this. It takes a decent amount of technical know how as well as a burning desire to succeed. This entire page is dedicated to Twitch stream tutorials as well as other video production secrets.

All tutorials will be done using Open Broadcaster Software (OBS).  This page will continue to be updated as software is updated and new options become available, so be sure to check back frequently!

If this page has helped you, I ask that you link back to this page under your Twitch Stream or YouTube videos. Let’s spread the word and educate others so we can all game our faces off!

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Now let’s get to the stream set up.

Setting Up Your Stream

First you have to link your Twitch channel to your OBS software. You can do this by clicking Settings > Settings > Broadcast Settings. It will open you to a screen that looks like this…

obs stream key twitch

The following settings must be made…

Mode: Live Stream

Streaming Service: Twitch

FMS URL: Should be set to the location closest to you

Playpath/Stream Key: You need to copy and paste your stream key here. To find it Click HERE. Once the dashboard opens, click “Stream Key” at the top and then the “Show Key” button. Copy and paste the key in the Stream Key settings of OBS.

File Path: This is where streams are recorded and archived on your hard drive. You can also select the file type. I use .mp4, but use whichever works best for you.

Stream Presentation

The stream presentation is a crucial component of gathering viewers. Think about your own experiences. You usually enjoy and follow streams that have a clean, professional presentation, right? Exactly.

Luckily, many of the newer consoles (Xbox One and Playstation 4) offer the ability to stream in high definition. This is a major convenience. Unfortunately, these consoles don’t allow for graphical overlays, personal customization or any other types of presentation enhancements.

That’s where capture hardware and streaming software comes into play.

The three most popular capture devices are Hauppauge 2 Arcade Edition, Elgato Capture Card, and the Avermedia Game Recorder.

All three of these devices essentially do the same thing. They capture video and sound from your console and split it between your TV and your computer. This allows you to play games on your TV while the footage and sound is recorded through your PC or laptop.

Each of these capture devices comes with it’s own software. These software programs have rather limited capabilities so using streaming software like Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) is ideal. OBS is fully customizable and allows for the most enhanced presentations. If you really want to have an awesome Twitch stream or video presentation for YouTube, OBS is definitely the way to go.

Here is an in depth tutorial for setting up your Twitch stream using OBS. This OBS tutorial details how to display a background image, game capture, webcam and a transparent chat.


The next video touches upon many things the prior video touched upon, but it also includes levels and layering. Basically, it shows you how to move images over or under one another. This is key when using an overlay and integral to most stream and video set ups. This information can be found at 4:20.

Also at 5:20 it discusses how to crop, resize, and cut images and video capture footage in OBS. These are important to know and understand because it will help you clean up the look of your stream and the overall layout.

Stream Lag, Specs and Optimization

If your PC is a monster, optimizing the quality settings may not be an issue for you. I suggest having at least 8 gigs of ram, a high end processor, and a dedicated graphics card.

Your internet speed, particularly your upload speed, also plays a huge role in the quality of your stream. To learn more about optimizing your Twitch stream quality, check out this video below.

Syncing Audio and Visuals

When you stream everything has to be in sync. If you are talking and your words don’t match your mouth, that can be a huge problem and annoyance for viewers.

Also, certain hardware naturally has a delay that occurs. There are fixes for these issues. You can delay both the audio and visual feedback for all game footage as well as webcam footage.

Here is how….

**Side Note**
With an HDMI input Hauppauge delay is only 2 seconds. This video was done using components which adds an extra second delay, making it 3 seconds. Each type of streaming hardware may be slightly different.

You can also Stream using your Hauppauge WITHOUT using a screen capture. The new OBS software is called OBS Multiplatform. It is basically the same thing as the original OBS, except most of the menus are moved from the top to the right side of the program. Here is a video of me showing you how it works.

You can download the OBS Multiplatform software HERE.

Twitch Profile Setup

Setting up your profile is integral to provide your viewers with information. This can increases your follower count and give your viewers some insight as to who you are. The video below covers how to set up your Twitch profile as well as link your panels.

You can find the Twitch Markdowns codes HERE to customize your text.

Follower Notifications

Coming Soon!