It’s been awhile since we released our first tutorial and a lot has changed since then including our name. So, here’s a brand new one.
Welcome to Lightstream – the easiest way to go live right from the comfort of your own web browser. I’m going to start with how to setup a simple stream (webcam and logo), and then I’ll dive into how to setup something a little more advanced like a gameplay stream.
Let’s start off easy by just adding your webcam and a graphic to your stream. After logging in with your preferred platform, you’ll be presented with our editor. That black rectangle in the middle there is your canvas that you’ll want to add stuff to.
To add your webcam and graphic to the canvas, simply come up to the add asset button, add your webcam, and then go back to the add asset button to add your own image. You can either upload your own or select one of our pre-made overlays.
When you add these assets to your canvas, they start filling in to the left here. If you’re familiar with Photoshop’s layering system then you’ll know how it works.
Basically – the uppermost layer is above all the other layers. So if you swap these two, you’ll notice they swap positions. You can also move them around, crop them, scale them, change transparency, and of course delete them.
If you’d like to create a new scene – like a “starting soon” or “brb” screen to switch to, you would come down here to add one. You can create as many as you’d like, the option to scroll becomes apparent as you add scenes that stretch beyond your monitor width.
Lastly, to create a brand new project – all you need to do is click the arrow in the top left. Alright, now that we got the basics out of the way, let’s jump into how to setup a gameplay stream.
In order to capture your gameplay you’ll have to download our lightweight client that sits in your system tray. The client will give you a device code that you’ll need to copy and paste into your account settings. This basically enables your computer to send video feeds of whatever you’re playing or doing.
So now, let’s use Hearthstone for example. After opening the game, you’d go up to the add asset button and click Window – short for Window capture. Here you’ll find a list of all open windows on your computer and your capture quality settings.
Good and best performance are easy on your computer while good and best quality are tougher on your computer.
You would now select Hearthstone.exe from the list of opened windows and then it will appear in the canvas. Make sure that the game itself is on the bottom-most layer in your layers so your webcam and graphics will be above.
Now that we’ve got a game added to this scene, we’ll need to be aware of the game’s audio. So you’d go into the mixer and turn that down a bit so your microphone will be louder than the game’s audio. Also always make sure that your audio is paired with your capture or webcam to avoid desyncing issues.
Now, let’s double-check the stream settings before going live. Just click the little gear icon and you can then access your stream settings drawer. Here, you can change your resolution and choose your streaming destination.
To the right of the gear icon, you can change your stream title and either enter a game you’re playing or if you’re streaming to Facebook then add a description of your stream.
Once you’re live, you can change things just by moving them around or switching scenes and then pressing, “Send to Live”. This allows you to change things around behind the scenes without your audience seeing the changes until you’re ready.
You can also monitor your own stream or look at the chat in the broadcast panel to the right.This also includes our Green Room feature – the ability to invite a guest right into your stream just by sending a link.
Last but not least, if you ever have any questions then just click this circle and you’ll be instantly connected with our live chat support. Our average response time is around 10 mins.