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XSplit Gamecaster Guide

An introduction to using XSplit Gamecaster

Getting Started with XSplit Gamecaster
Accounts When you first launch XSplit Gamecaster, you are prompted to setup a Live Streaming account, however you can also do this in the accounts tab.
Live Streaming Using the drop down box you can select from a variety of live streaming providers. Aside from custom RTMP, each live stream provider will require you to enter your login credentials for that service in order to broadcast.
Video Sharing Here you can log into your YouTube account in order to upload your recordings directly to YouTube from XSplit Gamecaster.
Settings The settings tab is where most of the configuration for XSplit Gamecaster will be done
Stream Settings
Automatic Vs. Manual If you use Automatic Settings, XSplit Gamecaster will provide the recommended stream settings based on your PC specifications and internet upload bandwidth. If you feel like experimenting, click on the gear symbol to set custom stream settings.
  • Resolution This allows you to select different stream resolutions for XSplit Gamecaster. The higher the resolution, the more upload bandwidth and CPU usage is required.
  • Codec The available codecs will be depend on the PC’s hardware components. x264 is recommended for streaming.
  • Frame Rate You can set the framerate for your stream. Higher frame rate uses more CPU.
  • Stream Delay Here you can set a delay for your stream, which is useful for hiding gameplay from opponents watching your stream.
  • Save to Hard Disk This option will allow you to save your live stream in the same locations as your recordings folder. Please note this is a carbon copy of your stream and will only output an FLV file. This feature is also available in automatic mode.  
Recording Settings
Automatic Vs. Manual If you use Automatic Settings, XSplit Gamecaster will provide the recommended recording settings based on your PC specification. If you feel like experimenting, click on the gear symbol to set custom recording settings.
  • Resolution This allows you to select different recording resolutions for XSplit Gamecaster. The higher the resolution, the more upload bandwidth and CPU usage is required.
  • Codec The available codecs will be depend on the PC’s hardware components. A hardware codec like NVENC is recommended for recording.
  • Frame Rate You can set the framerate for your recording. Higher frame rate uses more CPU.
  • Quality This determine the encoding parameters for your recording. The higher the quality, the more CPU and the larger the file size.
  • Split Files You can set XSplit Gamecaster to split files per file size or by time.
Microphone Whatever recording devices are connected to your PC will appear in this dropdown menu.
Camera Whatever webcams are connected to your PC will appear in this dropdown menu.
Chroma Key If you have the appropriate backdrop (red, green, or blue) you can use chroma key to immerse yourself inside the gameplay.
BRB graphics are what appear if the user minimizes their PC game. The user’s microphone is also muted as well. If the user has a personal or premium license, then BRB graphics can be customized and disabled as well. Click on the gear symbol  to open the BRB Graphics editor. Here you can add, remove, and layer multiple images. BRB graphics are always disabled when using the console viewer.  
Status Label Inside your gameplay you will be able to monitor the Game FPS and/or CPU usage.  You can select from one of six monitor positions.
Game Switching With this feature enabled, you can switch PC games without ending your stream or recording. When there is no PC game, XSplit Gamecaster will switch to the
Hot Keys
Overlay This area is for  selecting a hotkey for opening your XSplit Gamecaster HUD.
Run Ad If you are a partner on Twitch, you can select a hotkey to run an ad.
Accessing the XSplit Gamecaster HUD: Please not that there are only two ways to use XSplit Gamecaster, with a supported capture card or by using Gamesource (Direct X9,10,11 and Open GL games supported). If what you are trying to stream does not support either option, it is recommended to use XSplit Broadcaster.
  1. PC Gameplay To access the XSplit Gamecaster HUD, just run the game and XSplit Gamecaster and will automatically hook on to the game. There will be a notification inside your game that shows how to access XSplit Gamecaster HUD. The Default hotkey is “ctrl + tab”. Once pressed it will activate the XSplit Gamecaster HUD.
  2. Console Gameplay If you have a support capture card connected, you can click on the “Open Console Viewer” button on the start tab to see the video feed from the capture card. From the console viewer you can access the XSplit Gamecaster Overlay.
Inside the XSplit Gamecaster HUD
Starting a stream or recording When inside the XSplit Gamecaster HUD you can click either stream or record. Depending on your settings, XSplit will make some calculations before starting the stream or recording.
Adjusting Audio To adjust your audio on a stream or recording go to your PC Game or the Console Viewer and open your XSplit Gamecaster Overlay there you will see the microphone and speaker icon.
The microphone icon will let you adjust the volume of  your microphone. You can adjust this by hovering or pointing your mouse on the microphone icon. Clicking on the icon will mute the audio.
Speaker icon will let you adjust the volume of your in game sound or whatever audio is coming through the default playback device. You can adjust this by hovering or pointing your mouse on the speaker icon. Clicking on the icon will mute the audio.
Activating Webcam To activate your webcam first you need to select the webcam you will be using. Go to your XSplit Gamecaster Settings Tab then select the webcam you will use.
Once you select the web camera go to your PC game or the console viewer and open the XSplit Gamecaster HUD. Click on the webcam icon to enable the web camera.
You can position and resize your camera inside the XSplit Gamecaster HUD. You can also activate chroma key and set visibility to inside your game and on a stream/recording.
Image Overlay This feature allows you to add an image to personalize your stream or recording.
Go to your PC Game or the console viewer window and press the hotkey you’ve set to open the XSplit Gamecaster HUD.
Click on this symbol to activate the image overlay.
How to replace the image of the Image Overlay. Hover on the Image Overlay and click on the replace image icon, a file browser will appear where you can locate the image you want to use as your overlay image. Please note you can only use one image at a time.
Annotations will you draw in game while streaming or recording. To begin open your XSplit Gamecaster HUD and click on the Annotation icon. Once you click on the Annotation icon you will enter annotation mode. Your mouse pointer will become your pen that you will use to draw/annotate on the Overlay. Press F1 to bring up the Annotation mode help menu.
Twitch Controls If you’ve signed in to your Twitch.tv account, you’ll see a Twitch icon in the overlay. When you hover over this icon, you will see three buttons.
Edit Twitch Broadcast Title and Game Name Pressing this button allows you to do exactly as the heading says – it lets you edit your Twitch broadcast’s title and the name of your game:
Show Twitch Chat Panel This opens XSplit Gamecaster’s integrated chat system. Here, you can participate in your channel’s chat. You can also use text commands to moderate your channel. You have the following options to customize the Twitch chat. 
Visibility To make your Twitch Chat window visible to both you and your viewers in your stream or recording., check the box called “In Stream/Recording.” And, to make your Twitch Chat window visible from within your game, even when the XSplit Gamecaster overlay is not open, check “In Game HUD”: 
Style Here you can choose the text color for your viewers, your messages, and you can also use the opacity option to create a background for your chat to make it easier to read: 
  1. Text Size Allows you to change your text size to small, medium, or large 
  2. Show or Hide Twitch Viewers List Lets you display or hide the list of your Twitch Viewers
Show Twitch Followers and Subscribers Panel This is where you can change the settings for your Twitch Follower and Subscriber notifications. To customize your settings for new Follower notifications, click on the Heart button.To customize your settings for new Subscriber notifications (Please take note that only Twitch Partners have access to Channel Subscriptions), click on the Window button.
Visibility To make your Twitch Follower/Subscriber notification visible to both you and your viewers in your stream or recording., check the box called “In Stream/Recording.” And, to make your Twitch Follower/Subscriber notification visible from within your game, even when the XSplit Gamecaster overlay is not open, check “In Game HUD”:

Style Set your Twitch Notification’s layout and theme by selecting from the options available, and configure the level of opacity by moving the slider until it reaches your desired level

Sound Click on the Bell button to enable sounds for your Twitch Notification alerts then click on “Browse audio file…” to select a custom sound for your alerts. Edit Welcome Message - Click on the Pencil button (on the top right corner, beside the X button) to edit your welcome message for your Twitch Followers.
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