Getting Started with XSplit Broadcaster
Thank you for choosing XSplit Broadcaster!
Get started with setting up everything you need to create and share your content using the program with this guide.
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Setting Up the Stage
The Layout Wizard
XSplit Broadcaster needs to be downloaded and installed on a system that meets the system requirements to run properly. Follow these steps once the program is installed:
Run XSplit Broadcaster
Click the Sign In or Sign Up button. This will open a new browser tab where you can sign in using your XSplit account.
Once you have successfully logged in, the sign in process will continue and you will be greeted by the XSplit Broadcaster Stage.
Setting Up the Stage
The XSplit Stage shows you a preview of your scenes, as well as the tools you need to take control of your presentation.
Setting the Stage Resolution
You can create multiple, fully-customizable scenes in a single presentation. Let’s try to set the XSplit Stage’s resolution and frame rate to your liking first. In most cases, the resolution/frame rate setting you set in the XSplit stage will be the same default setting in your recording/stream.
To do this, click the drop down arrow at the upper right corner of the program. Here you can set the XSplit Stage’s resolution and framerate.
In the same menu, you can choose between two different workspaces: Classic Mode and Split Mode.
Classic Mode - this workspace shows you only the active scene in the XSplit stage at any given time, in which all changes are live and the same as what will be shown during your broadcast or recording.
Split Mode - the workspace is divided between a Preview and Live stage. Any changes you make in the preview stage will not be shown live until you click the Push Live button.
For this guide let’s stick to Classic mode as we go through the basics.
To the bottom-right corner is where you can switch between different scenes. A Scene is a collection of sources working together. Click here to learn more about Scenes.
Need more detailed information about the Stage? Click here to learn more.
The Layout Wizard
This option is only available in Classic Mode workspace.
The option to get started with a layout is displayed on the XSplit Broadcaster Stage’s welcome screen whenever you create a new presentation. The Layout Wizard is a built-in feature that allows you to quickly add laid out sources based on your content preferences.
You can also access the Layout Wizard anytime in Tools > Layout Wizard
Click the Get started with a layout button
There are a total of 6 different layouts available. Choose one that fits your needs.
For this guide, let’s use Solo Presentation as an example.
The Layout Sources pane is where you can select which type of source you want to add. Let’s try to add your camera as Source 1. Click the drop down icon then go to Camera/Capture Card > Select your Camera.
You should see your camera on the Layout Preview screen to the right.
For Source 2, let’s assume you want to show your computer’s desktop screen. Click the drop down icon then go to Desktop Capture > Desktop.
Your desktop should appear behind your camera source.
The Background source adds more aesthetic value to your presentation. Click the drop down icon then select Preset Background. Choose from a selection of templates to suit your preferred look and feel.
Alternatively, you can select Custom Image… to use your very own background image.
If you prefer to add your own sources manually, you definitely can! Click the Add Source button located at the lower left-hand corner of the XSplit Broadcaster Main Window and start putting together your very own scene.
Click here to learn all about the different sources XSplit Broadcaster has to offer.
Now that you've set up all the sources you need for your scenes, it's time to learn about recording or streaming your presentation
You may skip to Streaming if you want to learn about Streaming your presentation instead.
XSplit Broadcaster allows you to record a video your presentation, which is great if you want to upload your content at a later time.
Go to the menu bar at the top portion of the app then click Record > Active Scene.
The program will begin recording whichever Scene is currently displayed on the XSplit Stage’s preview window.
Want to record two or more scenes simultaneously? Click here to know more.
The pause feature (Record > Pause Icon) allows you to freeze the recording session. Go back to the same menu to resume your current recording by clicking the Play Icon.
To finish the recording, simply go to Record > click on Active Scene (in red). XSplit Broadcaster will process and save the recording in your local drive.
Where to find your recorded videos from XSplit Broadcaster
Go to File > My Recordings to open the My Local Files window where it shows the list of all the recordings you’ve done using XSplit Broadcaster.
Click Open Folder to open a window where your recordings are located.
Click here to learn more about how local recording works.
XSplit Broadcaster is built with plugins that makes livestreaming to the most popular platforms easier than ever. Let’s set up your first streaming output to get started.
Go to Broadcast > Set up a new streaming output then select your preferred platform. If you don’t see your chosen platform from the list, go to Broadcast > Set up a new output > Find more outputs to download and install the output so long as they’re included in XSplit’s list of output plugins.
For this guide we’ll use Facebook Live. But do not worry, as you should find that the instructions for creating an output and streaming are very similar across all platforms.
The Facebook Live properties should appear prompting you to login with your Facebook account. Follow the on-screen instructions and allow all permissions when asked.
Once done, The Facebook Live properties window should indicate that you’re already logged in.
You can change whether you want to stream to your own Timeline or a page you manage, the format (Resolution and frame rate), encoder, as well as the bitrate. If you’re not very sure about which settings to use, it’s best to keep it to its default settings.
Click Continue when done. The Broadcast Details window should appear next.
Here you can add your stream’s Title, Description, Tags, etc.
Click Start Broadcast and the livestream should begin thereafter.
Stopping the livestream is very easy. Just go to Broadcast > Select the active livestream (in red) and that's it!
It's possible to record and stream simultaneously! All you have to do is to follow the usual steps as mentioned above. (e.g. Start the stream, then start the local recording while the stream is active.)
Here are some detailed guides on how you can stream to popular platforms, as well as to websites that don’t have their own Output plugins:
Streaming to YouTube Live
Streaming to Twitch
Streaming to Facebook Live
If the website you want to stream to isn't listed in XSplit Broadcaster's supported outputs list, or if you want to stream to a website that supports Custom RTMP, then this guide should help as well.
Updated on: 15/08/2022