The best software for streaming can depend on your goals. There is a variety of streaming software out there, each of them has some pretty compelling strengths. So let’s go through some of those strengths, and help you decide which one fits your style.
OBS (Open Broadcaster Software) is the best for streaming for free
OBS is extremely well known among streaming communities. It’s also one of the most widely used for one very good reason: it’s free. When you’re just beginning your channel’s journey, you’re probably not making a lot of money. So paying for broadcasting software at that point might not make a lot of sense. In addition, because OBS is open-source software, plugins can be added to expand its capabilities. That said, it’s not known for being the most user-friendly broadcasting software out there. While the learning curve isn’t too sharp for all you savvy streamers, we’ve got more choices available to us that are more feature-rich and ready to go.
Streamlabs OBS is regular OBS but with all the party tricks
Being that OBS is open-source, SLOBS (Streamlabs Open Broadcaster Software) was bound to exist. SLOBS was created in order to bring all the fancy aspects of a stream together in one program. While most of the features you would get in regular OBS are free, you can really elevate a few aspects of your streaming if you pay for Streamlabs Prime. Here are some of the features you can get with what we think might be the best software for streaming.
- Thousands of professional stream layouts.
- Over 40 unique add-on applications to improve and elevate your stream.
- A custom domain and website at www.YourUsername.TV
- A custom merchandise store.
- Disconnection protection when streaming on mobile. They keep your stream live during those rough cellular spots around town.
XSplit Gamecaster and XSplit Broadcaster
This may be the best software for streaming if you like the way it feels. Not everyone likes the layout and setup of OBS or SLOBS. The XSplit software suite is some of the cleanest and easiest to use. The Gamecaster is more simple and straight to the point and will have your game up on Twitch as quick as possible. While the Broadcaster is closer to what you get out of SLOBS and OBS. Additionally, if you purchase the full software suite, you also get VCam. The VCam software allows you to adjust the color tones and even remove your background without a green screen. Here are some of the features of XSplit broadcasting software.
- Ability to use Skype video calls as a source for presentations.
- A streamlined preview editor to edit your next live scene.
- Broadcast to multiple services simultaneously.
- XSplit’s entire software line up available including
- XSplit Gamecaster
- XSplit Broadcaster
- VCam Camera Software
Whatever your decision, I fully endorse all three of the broadcasting software mentioned. Think there is another program we should be considering? Let us know in the comments.