There seems to be a million different tools to do a million different tasks when broadcasting. Here is a list of the more often used tools to get you started as curated by our community. For any questions around them, drop a question via Ask A Question.
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XSplit allows users to live stream and broadcast directly to internet streaming platforms such as Twitch, Dailymotion, Ustream and YouTube Live, or make recordings for easy uploading and sharing online. Since the release of the public beta back in 2010, XSplit has helped cultivate a community of users from all walks of life, with everyone from indie upstarts to professional content creators using our software to reach out to their audiences.
Open Broadcaster Software is free and open source software for video recording and live streaming.
Strexm provides over 50 handcrafted, beautiful overlays all with integrated alerts and stream widgets that you can edit, tailor and store directly in the cloud. Fully customisable through our intuitive online interface, you'll never need to touch graphics editing software again.
StreamPro is a new and easy way to customize your Twitch stream. Within minutes you can setup everything including:
Nothing is more exciting for you and your viewers than having an alert popup on stream when you receive a $20 donation. TwitchAlerts strives to make adding popup alerts to your stream easy and fun. TwitchAlerts support multiple layouts, and the ability to customize the alerts to look exactly how you want. While TwitchAlerts give alot of configuration, it's also simple to get some atractive alerts up in a matter of minutes.
A powerful, feature-rich platform built to increase viewer interactivity and help build communities.
TeeBoard is a desktop alternative to the online Twitch dashboard, with the ability to:
- set your channel status (title, game)
- manage channels of which you are an editor
- watch and/or download your vods (broadcasts and highlights)
- run commercials, manually or on a set timer (Twitch partners only)
- track viewer count stats while streaming (chart)
The Twitch Streamer Assistant. The one stop shop for all your needs.
Nightbot is a chat bot for Twitch and YouTube that allows you to automate your live stream's chat with moderation and new features, allowing you to spend more time entertaining your viewers.
Moobot is a Twitch moderator bot that moderates your chat without the need for your constant interaction and attention.
Ankhbot is a small project built by an avid watcher of livestreams on Twitch. There were quite a few bots available for use but most of them limited the user with the amount of commands they could create because they were hosted off a big server and everyone was using the same one which had the same name in every channel. The goal of this project is to give streamers a tool without as many limitations. It has a large amount of customizability and gives the user a certain amount of freedom.
Similar to Nightbot, basic Twitch bot with commands and link protection etc...
All-in-one voice and text chat for gamers that’s free, secure, and works on both your desktop and phone. Stop paying for TeamSpeak servers and hassling with Skype. Simplify your life. You'll never go back.
TeamSpeak 3 offers the ideal voice communication tool for online gaming, education and training, internal business communication, and staying in touch with friends and family.
Ventrilo 3.0.0 is the next evolutionary step of Voice over IP (VoIP) group communications software. Ventrilo is also the industry standard by which all others measure themselves as they attempt to imitate its features.
RaidCall is a free, elegant and simple tool that allows you to instantly communicate with groups of people. It brings together elements of instant messaging, group communication and voice chat into a professional group communication software. Furthermore, it is the best choice of gamers while gaming. RaidCall devotes high quality voice service to gamers, bringing completely a new experience for its unmatched functionality and powerful features.
Rafflecopter makes it “mega simple” to launch and manage a giveaway for any brand, on any website, as much as you want, with no I.T. help required.
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Twitch Experience Tools
BetterTTV enhances Twitch with new features, emotes, and more.
FrankerFaceZ gives Twitch users custom chat emotes and introduces new features to improve the viewing experience.
Capture the livestream moments after they happen.
This is a small application that sits in the system tray and updates a text file with the currently playing audio track. It supports Spotify, iTunes, Winamp, foobar2000, and VLC.
If you choose to use iTunes then Snip will automatically launch iTunes. This is the behavior of the COM API and there's nothing I can do about it. If you only use Spotify then you don't have to worry about it.
To switch between players just right-click on the icon in the system tray.
Snip will write a generic format output to a file called Snip.txt within the same folder as Snip.exe. If you choose to save information to separate files then the files will be called Snip_Arist.txt, Snip_Track.txt, Snip_Album.txt, and if you choose to save track history then it will be saved to a file called Snip_History.txt.
Snaz serves as an extension to stream software like OBS, FFSplit, Xsplit or any other software that is capable of importing/reading text from text files. This toolkit will enable you to stream elements that are not integrated by default within most (if not any) streaming software.
Virtual Audio Cable software allows you to transfer audio (wave) streams between applications and/or devices.
It creates a set of virtual audio devices named "Virtual Cables", each of them consists of a pair of the waveform input/output devices. Any application can send audio stream to an output side of a cable, and any other application can receive this stream from an input side. All transfers are made digitally, providing NO sound quality loss (a bitperfect streaming).
TwitchTest that will test your upload speed to each Twitch server and report the sustained bandwidth. It's important to know what kind of bandwidth you can get so you can set an appropriate bitrate on your stream to avoid dropped frames. You'll want to leave enough room for your game and other data so don't just set your bitrate to the highest number, and keep in mind Twitch's maximum recommendation of 3500kbps.
Dxtory is a movie capture tool for DirectX and OpenGL Applications. Since data is directly acquired from a surface memory buffer, it is very high-speed and works with small load.
Chatty is a Twitch chat client for everyone who wants to try something new and different from the webchat, but doesn't want the complexity of an IRC client or miss out on the Twitch specific features.