Choosing a program to run the core of your stream can be a daunting task. We’ve compiled a list of the top programs used by streamers from large to small and the pros and cons of each!
OBS Studio – Open Broadcaster Software
Open Broadcaster Software (known as OBS Studio) is by far the most common streaming application out there. Promoted as “[…] free and open source software for video recording and live streaming.” OBS has been around since 2012 and has supported the streaming community for a very long time. OBS Supports Twitch, and Mixer as well as hundreds of other streaming sites across the globe. They have great setup tutorials at https://obsproject.com/wiki/OBS-Studio-Quickstart
XSplit Broadcaster is one of the most popular and widely used applications for live Internet broadcasting, with a user base ranging from hobbyists to prominent professional casters around the world and is available in multiple languages.
XSplit allows users to record or live stream any type of media, while taking advantage of Live TV production features that anyone can learn to master.
Streamlabs OBS allows you to view multiple windows like chat box, video editor, Streamlabs dashboard etc in one place. This walkthrough will show you exactly what each window provides and how to utilize the window to improve your stream.
The Player Desktop App is a free application that allows you to stream and record your gameplay with thousands of professionally, customizable overlays, an in-game control system for switching scenes and accessing your chat and streaming events without disrupting your gaming and a video editor built-in.
Bebo was a great all-in-one application for bringing all pieces of a stream into one single application. Unfortunately after this article was written Bebo changed their model to no longer be a streaming application but a tournament platform. Unfortunately this means they don’t have a product to stream anymore, we really thought they had a great product maybe someday they will return to the broadcaster landscape.