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Streamlabs (OBS) 2021 beginner to advanced

teacher avatar Ma'en Al-Zubaydi

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Lessons in This Class

25 Lessons (1h 26m)
    • 1. Introduction

      2:21
    • 2. Install Streamlabs (windows)

      2:08
    • 3. Scene Editor layout

      5:55
    • 4. Dashboard layout

      1:44
    • 5. General settings

      3:17
    • 6. Stream and output

      3:38
    • 7. Audio and video

      1:57
    • 8. Hotkeys and advanced settings

      1:41
    • 9. Scene collections and notifications

      1:08
    • 10. Remote control and virtual webcam

      1:20
    • 11. Game Overlay and installed apps

      3:01
    • 12. Mic setup and gain filter

      3:27
    • 13. Compressor, noise and expander filters

      6:55
    • 14. Add empty scene

      1:13
    • 15. Add game capture source

      2:07
    • 16. Add camera capture source and remove green effect

      3:45
    • 17. Viewer engagment alerts

      1:42
    • 18. Add an alert for follows

      4:13
    • 19. Create and add alert variations for donations

      13:22
    • 20. Create welcome Scene with video clip intro

      2:01
    • 21. Add second streamer camera source via Discord

      1:55
    • 22. Create Cutsom made alerts (gifs and music)

      9:30
    • 23. Add multiple platforms to Streamlabs

      1:58
    • 24. Managing a live stream

      3:04
    • 25. Prime features

      3:02
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This course will teach you how to configure Streamlabs settings and create professional looking scenes for your livestream. Avoid the mistake of learning Streamlabs as you go because producing low quality streams at the beginning of your streaming gig will cause you to lose on audience growth. By taking this course your first stream will look as good as the livestreams of professional streamers with years of experience!

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I am university lecturer with a PhD in Computer Science and four year teaching experience. I teach Java programming, cloud computing and game Unity game development. I have two Android apps active on the market (Novellectual) with 50k+ downloads.

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1. Introduction: Hello and welcome to stream labs masterclass. My name is mine. I am an academic and a streamer. And in this course you will learn how to operate and configure stream labs from a to Z. Stream labs is one of the most powerful streaming softwares in the market. It allows you to stream to multiple platforms at the same time. Create custom nation, thank you, alert, and produce visual and audio stream in the best presentation quality possible. This section provides a quick tour of stream labs features that we will discuss in depth later on. When it comes to successful streaming. Video and audio streaming quality is essential to viewer attraction and retention. That is why in the first section we will apply a strong comprehensive configuration of your account where no stone is left unturned. This will ensure your streams are presented with top quality video and audio. In the next section, we will create a basic setup of your scene with the minimum set of features necessary to produce a good stream. You will learn how to set up basic scene sources and create donation alerts and then test everything you did using the record feature. In the advanced setup section. Learn how to create multiple scenes and switch between them during livestream, learn how to add second streaming platform. How to add a second stream camera via Discord. If you're streaming with another person. You will also learn how to create variations of your donation alerts based on the donation amount you receive. And not only that, you will also learn how to create custom made alerts using your own gifts and sounds. Finally, we'll learn how to go live on multiple platforms at the same time. In the final section, we will have a look at complimentary alerts and some premium features of stream labs in case you are considering two, buy a Prime account with them. Please make sure you submit your questions in the Q&A section of this course. And remember that you can always increase the video speed using these settings button. Now, let's get started and happy learning. 2. Install Streamlabs (windows): Okay, so to install stream labs on Windows, go to Google and type stream labs. The first results will be the stream labs website. Click on the link and you'll be directed to their welcome page. From there, go to the white button here on the right upper side corner and click download. This file is not too big, so just wait for it to download. Once it is downloaded, click on the file and run it. You will then go through their installation wizard as shown here. Once it's installed, run stream labs and you'll be directed to their login page. You have a choice of platforms to log in with. The main ones are Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook. But you can select other platforms like pneumo TV. Let's start with Twitch and later merged and other platforms. So click on Twitch and here you put in your username and your password. However, if you do not have an account with Twitch, then go to the sign-up tab. Here you can sign up with your username, password, date of birth, and e-mail. Once you input your credentials, you will get a confirmation e-mail to confirm your account. And once you do that, voila, you have set up stream labs with Twitch and you are ready to start. 3. Scene Editor layout: All right, so let's break down the layout of stream labs desktop application. The first thing you see is the scene preview window or editor displayed in the middle here. This window shows you everything that your viewers are going to see when you go live. This brings us to what is a scene? A scene is a collection of visual elements that we call sources. So using your screen preview window, you can make sure that all your sources are in the scene and position where you want them before you go live. This panel is the scene selector. This is where you create and delete your own scenes and import ready-made scenes, which we will explore in the last section of this course. The middle panel is the source selector. Here you can add and remove sources that will go inside your scene. Sources can be your game capture, your webcam, capture alert messages that pop up whenever a user engages you with the like, uh, share a subscription, a donation, and many, many more, which we will also explore in sections to reinforce. And the right side panel is the mixer. This is where all your audio sources go into. So you will always notice that to default ones are the desktop audio and the mike. So the desktop or do captures everything that is running on your BC, including your game or your video calls. And the my captures your voice. There are other sources that you can add. However, these are the two sources that we will be working with. Moving to the bottom menu, this button shows you the performance metrics of your stream. Obviously, the better is your PC and your Internet connection, the less you need to worry about this. But in case you're suffering issues, this is a good place to have a look. This is the notification button just to check if you have new notifications. Test widgets will allow you to test the visual thank you messages you create to acknowledge people who followed or subordinated to your stream. Record button is for recording your streams. I usually use it to test the quality of my audio and video and also record gameplay that I later want to publish as edited clips on YouTube. The replay buffer stores the last set amount of time of your scene, which you can then choose to save the footage by pressing the save button here. You can also schedule your next dream within the next seven days. I never use this feature as I prefer to go live when I'm good and ready. Especially that sometimes your setup before stream takes longer than planned. The last one is the Go-live button, which you press whenever your setup is ready and you are ready to begin streaming. Now let's check the left side menu from the top. The first button is your editor here. You use it to return to this editor view. Next is your alert box library. This is a paid feature that allows you to import well-designed alert boxes. I myself, I'm a prime subscriber with stream labs yet I created my own custom alerts, which I will show you how to do in the advanced setup section. Next is artist designed scenes, widgets, and depths, themes that you can import into your editor, which we will also explore them in the last section of this course. But I have to say that I've seen many popular streamers that use basic setup see InDesign. So having a premium design is just an extra. The core value of your stream remains your entertainment delivery and your audio video quality. Then there is the App Store where you can download apps for music, channel growth, viewer interaction and much more. Again, we will explore them in the last section of this course. At the bottom side of the left menu is where you access your dashboard via your browser. We will explore this in the next lecture. Next is the layout editor where you change the layout we discussed in this video. For now, we will stick with the default layout as it does the job. This toggle button shows you your live stream so you can watch your live streams rather than open it from the platform itself, like from Facebook or from Twitch. Next button is dream lab support team, or you can check issues with the software and get help from the stream labs team itself. And last is the general settings which we will discuss in depth in the second section. This was a quick tour of stream labs. In the next video, we will tour stream labs dashboard. 4. Dashboard layout: This is a quick tour of the stream labs dashboard layout which you can access via your browser. Here is where you work on your alerts, branding, monetization, and account settings. In the drop-down menu, you can change the platform you want to view and configure. If you are working with multiple platforms connected to your stream labs, make sure when you are configuring the settings, you are on the right platform that you wish to configure. Alert box is where you configure your thank you messages for the donation, subscriptions, likes, and shares you receive. Every platform has its unique type of engagements, which you can view here when you select the platform from the top right corner. The brand segment allows you to make custom pages, create YouTube thumbnail, and which panels, among other things. In the merged section, you can upload images you wish to sell on clothing and other merchandise. Finally, the Account Settings show you the connected payment methods. Stream labs can transfer your donations to main one being PayPal. Note that your donation link here is generated from the twitch, Facebook, or YouTube account you created, and this link cannot be changed. This was a quick tour of the main things you will be working with in your dashboard. But we will revisit your dashboard again and configure it thoroughly in the coming sections. 5. General settings: Alright, let's go ahead and set up your stream lab settings. To start. Go to the Settings button on the bottom of the left side menu and click ones. First in the general settings is managing your cash. Here you can view your cache directory where your settings are stored. Deleting the cache will reset stream labs and you will lose all settings or scenes that you have created before. However, if you are logged in and you have uploaded your settings previously to the Cloud using this command here. Then when you restart stream labs, we'll import your settings from Cloud and you want start from scratch. Hardware acceleration of loads tasks from the CPU to the graphics processing unit, a GPU. This will result in a smoother user experience if your PC is outdated and your CPU is not powerful enough. Keep this one box unchecked. Here you can configure default devices such as your camera, which we will do later in later sections. So we will skip it for now. And going back to the general settings, OBS input will enable you to use your virtual webcam. So if you haven't imported OBS, click Import. And here you can set the software language to your preference. As for the output here, the first two checkboxes will show you a confirmation dialog when starting and stopping the stream. This is a good way of not accidentally starting or stopping stream. So if you want that feature in your stream, check these two boxes. This checkbox will allow you to automatically record your stream wildlife streaming. If you want to do that, make sure your CPU can handle the extra load. If it can't, just know that a lot of the platforms, we stream 2 will record your entire stream, which you can later download as a video file so that you can later edit into small clips for YouTube, for example. The last two are the stream buffer. These checkboxes will allow you to activated during and after your live stream. This is the source alignment checkbox. Keep it enabled for easier source placement in your scene. This is because when you arrange the sources in your scene, the sources will snap to the edges of your scene and other sources, which you can also control. In the last two checkboxes here. 6. Stream and output: Now let's move to stream settings. Here you can link all the platforms you stream to. Now, there's always a primary one that you cannot unlink or log out of, which is the first platform that you signed up with. However, the other platforms that you add later, you can unlink or link as you choose. Here, my primary platform that I cannot unlink is YouTube. The rest, as you see, is optional. Now, let's set up the Output tab, select the Advanced Mode, and stay on Streaming tab, and keep audio track at one. The encoder here converts your scene to a single video file and upload it to the platform you are streaming to so that your viewers can watch your stream. By default, the encoding is set to software x2 64, which means that the encoder is handled by your CPU. However, it is way more preferable if you set it to Link option, which means the encoding will be done by your GPU instead, leaving your CPU free to handle other tasks. Now, whether you choose x2 64, or NVENC, we will refer to twitch guidelines for the rest of the options. So the specs, we are going with our NVENC 10 ADP at 60 frames per second. And for this, keep this box unchecked. To CBR for rate control. Setback rate to 6 thousand kilobits per second. Change keyframe intervals to two seconds. Set preset quality and profile to high. Disable, look ahead. Enable virtual tuning. And said GPU at 0 and max B frames at two. If you kept the encoders set to software x to 64, then disable these two checkboxes. Set the bit rate to 6 thousand kilobytes per second. Disabled custom buffer size, set interval to two. Keep CPU usage at very fast. Remember here that lower means more CPU. So if you lowered the preset to medium, this means more of the CPU capacity is dedicated for encoding. So unless your CPU is ultra powerful, keep it at very fast, just to keep your stream smoke. Finally, set profile to high and keep tune at none. One final thing to learn is the destination folder where your recorded scenes are stored. For that, go to the Recording tab. And here you can set the destination folder where your clips are stored whenever you hit the record button down here. 7. Audio and video : Now for the Audio tab, you can add multiple devices for desktop audio on microphone. But it is highly recommended to keep one desktop audio device active and one for microphone. If you have multiple devices and you regularly switch between them, it is best to keep them all at default. And later on, we can change them from the audio panel. Now, go to the video tab. Here you can choose the resolution that you wish to stream with. When choosing a resolution, you need to take into account your Internet connection. Do a speed test on line and check if your upload speed is around 10 megabits per second or higher. If that is the case, then you can comfortably stream at 10 ADP with six megabytes per second. Betrayed. Don't worry if your viewers cannot view your stream at the set quality. In all major platforms, they can lower your stream quality if their Internet speed is not fast enough to view your stream in 10 ADP. And of course, for the frames per second, keep it at 60. If you stream board games like chess or go, then 30 frames per second is fine. But if you are streaming fast games like a shooter or a racing game, then you need to set your stream at 60 frames per second to keep it smooth. 8. Hotkeys and advanced settings: Let's go to the hotkeys dab. Here you can add keyboard commands to control stream labs instead of using the mouse. If you want to add a hockey, just press the keyboard key you want to use for this command inside the space. If you want to change it, just breast and other keyboard key. And finally, if you want to remove it, just press on the Minus button here. Here in the Advanced tab. Two things you need to change. First is your streamed lay in seconds, which is useful if you are a competitive game streamer and sometimes your competition use your live stream to get information about your location and what you are doing. In that case, it is recommended to change the delay to a minimum of a 120 seconds. However, if you don't worry about competition monitoring you, then it is best to remove the delay. This will improve your engagement with your audience, especially at the time that they send you gifts and expect you to acknowledge them on live. For. Now, scroll down to the network panel here, where you need to enable dynamic betrayed change. This keeps your stream smooth by changing bit-rate according to the fluctuations in your Internet connection. Instead of dropping frames and making your stream annoying to watch. 9. Scene collections and notifications: Scene collections is where you import or export seen collections. So if you are an artist and you design scenes to upload them to Theme Store, you can use the export overlay file to do so. Also, if you bought a scene from a third party designer and wish to use it in stream labs. You can import it using the import overlay file. As for the notifications, nothing to change here, so keep it as it is. In appearance. You can change stream labs interface theme and choose between dark and light themes. Personally, I use dark themes with all the software programs are used because it is easier on the eyes. But this is entirely up to your preference. Down here also, if you prefer to double-click on stream labs items instead of the default single click. You can change that preference here. 10. Remote control and virtual webcam: The remote control tab allows you to control stream labs from your mobile phone using an app called stream deck. All you need to do here is revealed this code in private. Makes sure nobody can see the code. And then scan it from your mobile phone to connect stream deck to your stream labs account and start controlling stream labs from your mobile phone. Okay, so moving to the virtual camp, this will enable you to stream your scene through a conference call software. So if you are on a video call on a program like discord and you want others in the conference call to see your stream, then you can switch to OBS virtual cam to do so. To set it up first, make sure it is important here in the general settings. Then go back to the virtual cam, click Start virtual webcam. Then simply go to your conference called software and change phase camera to virtual camera and voila. Instead of your camera, they can see your stream labs scene. 11. Game Overlay and installed apps: Game overlay allows you to view your stream labs, chat logs, and events over your game window. This will help you stream the game and engage with your audience on a single screen. If you have a multiple screen setup, you can keep this feature disabled. However, if not, then let's learn how to configure your game overlay. But before we start no, that this feature is only visible to you, which means only you, not your stream viewers can see the overlays. First step, click Enable in-game overlay here. This will open a list of options. The first two is chat and recent events. Only enable what you want to see over your game screen. If you want to see the chat log, only, keep it enabled and disabled the recent events. If you want to see both, then enable both of them. Next, enabled toggle positioning mode to change the placement of chat and event overlays wherever you want on the screen. Let's set them up like this for now. And next is the opacity. Because these overlays will be sitting on top of your game. They need to be somewhat transparent so that you can read the comments and events without blocking your game view. By default, the opacity is set to the highest, but you can lower it if you cannot see the overlays properly. Let's set it at 80%. But again, remember, is entirely up to your preference. Last thing you need to do is set the hotkeys for the in-game overlay. In order to activate them. To do this, go back to the hotkeys here and provide hotkeys. You don't normally use in your game. For toggle in-game overlay and for toggle overlay positioning mode. For now, I chose the subtract and add buttons. Now you are all set, just pressed the subtract key to display your overlays or the add key to change their placement on your screen. Last item in settings are managing the third-party installed apps that you have previously installed from stream labs App Store. Here. I downloaded a music library app and I can either disable it or enable it. As you see here, once it is disabled, it disappears from your left side menu. That is all for settings. Next, we will configure your stream sound settings. 12. Mic setup and gain filter: All right, so let's go ahead and set up your stream sound quality for demonstration purposes. I recorded sound tests from the mike that I stream with so that you can observe the improvement in sound quality as I configure audio settings and filters. First, start with your mic setup. If you have a condenser type Mike, then you can keep it at a distance away from your mouth. However, if you have a dynamic mic, then it needs to be around six inches away from you. So unless you're using a headset mic, check your MyType online to know what type it is and how it should be placed. First. Go to basic settings or do tab and select the My Q Stream width. For me, I stream with the Blue Snowball. So that's what I'll select. Now without any filters added to this, this is what your stream will sound like. This is a sound test. As you can see, the quality is substandard and needs work. Now in terms of filter setup, there is no one size fit all settings. So I will show you what filters you need to apply and how to tweak them. Then it will be up to you to make the tweaks that optimize your sound quality. So first step you need to do is to hear your voice when you speak into the mike. To do that, go to mixer settings here. Go to the mike you selected from basic settings and change audio monitoring to monitor and output. First, quality to check is your sound volume. Make sure it is maxed on PC settings. To do this, go to the bottom right corner. Right-click on sound, then choose sounds. Click on Recording tab, right-click your stream microphone. Select Properties, then go to Levels tab and set the micro-level at a 100. Also make sure your mike volume is maxed in the mixer. Also. Now speak normal into your mike and listen to the volume of your sound. If the volume is still low, then you need to set up the gain filter. Again, filter basically boosts the loudness of your voice. But remember, you only need this filter if you speak with mid volume tone like this. This is a sound test. Yet your sound output volume, you here is low, like this. This is a sound test. Otherwise you do not need it. 13. Compressor, noise and expander filters: Now, the three other filters you always need to set up are the compressor, noise suppressor and the expander. The compressor will narrow down the range of your sound volume. This means that when you whisper, it will raise your voice so that your audience can still hear you. And when you scream, the compressor will lower your voice so that you won't cause distortion. As for the noise removal filter, it will simply remove background noise and make here or sound quality clear. Finally, the expander makes quiet sounds even quieter. This means that subtle but audible noises like your keyboard strokes will be filtered out and your audience will not hear it. Now first to apply the noise suppression filter. Click on Settings and select filters. Then click on the Add button and choose noise suppression from the filter type droplets. Keep the filter name as is, or choose a custom name you want. And click Done. Finally, choose the RN Noise method and click Done. And you will immediately notice an improvement in sound quality. This is my sound output before adding this filter. This is a sound test, and this is after. This is a sound test. Now, let's add the compressor. Again, click on the Settings and select filters. Then click on the Add button and choose compressor from the filter type drop list and click Done. Let's quickly overview compressor settings. First, ratio determines the amount of gain reduction to apply when your sound volume crosses the threshold that you set here. Attack determines how quickly you want to reach the full gain reduction on your sound level exceeds threshold. And release determines how quickly you ought to reach full 0 gain reduction after sound level drops below threshold. Both are measured in milliseconds. You want the attack to be quicker and the release to be slower. Output gain brings up your sound level. If your speech volume drops, like when you whisper, for example. Now let's set up the values for these settings. Recommended settings are to set the ratio of two for attack to two milliseconds and release to a 100 milliseconds. As for the threshold and gain, these values should be determined by you. And that's how you determine the optimal values for your setup. Start with the threshold at rural and speak quietly into the mike and keep erasing the output gain until your signal reaches the middle of the yellow zone like this. This is a test, test, test. Test. Test. Test. Test. Now it's time to set up the threshold. Speak loudly into your mike and keep lowering the threshold until your signal reaches the middle of the yellow zone. Like this. This is a sound test. This is a sound test. This is a sound desk. This is a sound test. This is a sound desk. This is a sound test. This is a sound desk. Now, as you can hear, your sound volume will always be around the same level, whether you whisper or scream. This is me speaking quietly. And this is me speaking loudly. This is a sound test. Now, let's set up the expander. Click on Settings and select filters. Then click on the Add button and choose expander from the filter type droplets, and click Done. Again for attack to two milliseconds and release to a 100 milliseconds. And now you only need to keep raising the threshold until you can no longer hear your keyboard strokes like this. Now that your audio is all set, go back to the mixer settings and reset my audio monitoring to monitor. That is it for this section. Thank you for listening and I will see you in the next one. 14. Add empty scene: Welcome to section 3 of this course. In this section, I will show you how to set up a basic scene containing a game capture and a camera capture sources. You will also learn how to set up alerts in different variations using custom gifts and sounds from stream labs library. All right, now to get started, start with the space you already configured the mixer settings for. If you change to another space from the drop-down menu here, it will have a different default mixer settings and filters. Now, first step is to create a fresh seen from the scene panel. To do this, click on the plus sign here and give a name to your scene. If I'm streaming again, are usually named the scene after that game. If I'm just chatting, then I'll name the scene chat or something more specific related to the chat. Personally, I stream Pub G, so I'll create a scene for it and I will name it Pub G stream. So once you pick the scene name, click Done. 15. Add game capture source: Now let's add your first source to the scene. Go to sources panel, and click on the plus sign. The two most reliable sources are display and window Capture for capturing your gameplay. So I always go with them. On this instance, let's pick a window capture that streams a specific application window. Choose Window capture and click on Add Source. You will be given it a name here or leaving the default name suggested by stream labs. Click Add Source, and now you have a window Capture source added to the list of sources. To change the window, the sources capturing select the window from the drop-down menu to choose the window you want to capture. Since I'm streaming Pub G from game loop emulator, I selected game loop. And as you can see, it appears in the scene. Click Done to close the window, capture settings and resize the source to fit it perfectly into your scene by dragging the corners, do the scene edges here. If you cannot find the window you want to capture from the menu list or the capture fields every time you restart it stream labs. Then I suggest using the display capture instead. To do this, add a new source, select the Display Capture and click Add Source. Then double-click on the source and switch to the display screen. You play the game on the list of displays. Here. I find the source the most reliable, and I use it often even when more app-specific sources exist, like game capture source. 16. Add camera capture source and remove green effect: Now that we have the game capture setup, let us set our camera capture. Click on Add Source again and choose video capture device. Click Add Source. And now your camera window appears on your scene. Let's resize and position it to the right bottom corner like this. Click on one of the corners and drag to make it smaller. Then click and hold the middle to move it until it snaps to the edges of your scene. If you are using a green screen, you need to add the chroma key filter to your camera to remove the green color captured by your camera. But before you do that, make sure your cameras source sits on top of your window Capture in the sources list as shown here. Right-click on your camera and click filters. Click on the Add button here and select chroma key from the filter type drop menu. On chroma key settings slide dissimilarity left and right until you get a perfect picture for yourself. While all green items in your camera view, including the green-screen, become pitch black. Once you are done, click Done. And as you can see, all green items became transparent. You can see my green headset became transparent. And overall, this is how a green screen provided that the effect works better with higher-quality screens and with better lighting. Now to configure your camera, double-click on the source, and then click on Configure video. The video Proc AMP controls the color grading of your camera. While camera control controls the Zoom and focus of your camera. If the camera you own supports these features. The configuration set here, the settings are based entirely on your preference. The lighting, and the camera model you are using. Tweak these values until you get the best visual for your stream or otherwise leave the settings as default values. 17. Viewer engagment alerts: Now let's create a custom alert for two types of engagement in Facebook. And then you can set up the remaining engagement as they all follow the same method. To start, click on Dashboard. Select the platform you want to customize alerts in the top right corner. And under stream essential select Alert box. For Facebook, you need to customize alerts for page follows, donations, stars, likes, support, support gifts and shares. And the beginning of your stream career, however, you will mostly get free engagements like follows, likes, and shares. So you need to customize these and not leave them at default. But as your stream gets more popular, you need to disable them because you will get plenty of them every stream. And basically the alert will spam your stream. Instead. You will start receiving donations, stars, and supports. And you need to make sure you set up custom alerts for them too. 18. Add an alert for follows: Let's start with follows. Click on follows and keep it enabled. Choose the layout you prefer. I personally like the default graphic visual with the text underneath. So I'll keep it as is Tuesday animation you want such as Zoom bound, slide and other. But again, let's start with the default fade in and fade out. And you can change them in the future according to your preference. First, this is to customize the message template that will display the name of the new follow along with the text message is now following. Let's change that to custom message. Let's say thanks. Brackets name for following me. Select text animation you prefer here, or keep it at default. And now select the GIF image you want to display. You can either upload a GIF or GIF websites. Select Upload and choose a different stream labs stock library. And in the next section we will upload custom made gifts. Now, go and select a sound alert that works well with the gifts you choose from the stock library. Keep sound volume at 50 percent, but you can increase that later if you want. As for the alert duration, it determined how long you want the alert message to show on screen. The general idea is to keep durations of free engagements short and for engagement. So let's set this at six seconds. As for delay, it determines how long after your alert appears, does the text message appear. Streamers kinda use this to create a sort of suspense for viewers like who donated the $100 amount and the name of the viewer WHO donated appear soon after the image appears or the alert appears. The alert display color is made of two parts. The text color displays the thank you message, while the highlighted color displays the viewer's name. Colors that contrast well. And for that, check the color wheel to see what colors work well together. I personally like the orange teal mix, so I'll change the text color to till and the highlighted text color to orange. Let's move to the next engagement. 19. Create and add alert variations for donations: Next we will learn how to set up the donations. As this one needs. Adding variations of your alerts that corresponds with the different amount of donations that you receive from your viewers. So click on donations. And here we will create different variations of your alert, as I said, be based on different donation amounts. This is our plan for the donation amount. We will add a different variations for 1.2.5.10.2150 donations. A $10 variation will trigger when a viewer donates at least $10. To explain this better, I organized them into a table. It shows the donation alert variation for each amount, and it also shows what amount range donated will trigger it. For instance, the $1 alert will trigger if a viewer donates from $1 to 1.99. If they donated $2, then the second variation will trigger and so on. So the ranges are determined according to the variations I created, and they are as follows. The $1 thank you message will trigger if a stream or donates between one and 19. 19 for the $2 to the nation must be between 2.994. Because once it reaches five, then the third variation will trigger instead, which is the five-dollar thank you message and so on. As you can see, the top donation that we set up for is 100, which means any amount above 100 will trigger this variation message. But if you add another donation variation, say for $100 donation to at least, then the 100 variation will only trigger for donations of value between one hundred and nine hundred and ninety nine point nine, nine, and so on. To start, click on, Add a variation with default settings. First, give it a descriptive name that reflects the donation amount it's set for. The condition drop-down menu. Select the option that says donation amount is at least amount. And as for the frequency, it determines the least amount value that must be donated to display this alert. Setup, the layout and animation you prefer and change the message template also to your preference. The values between brackets are placeholders for the name of the donator and the amount donated. Select an image and a short sound from library. Because this donation amount is low, keep the alert duration short. As the donations increase, we will increase the variation alert and durations. I'll set the duration at eight seconds and add a text delay of two seconds. Now, select the font type you like and set the size and weight to something appropriate to the alert image size. Same thing I did in setting up the follows alert. I will also set the text and highlight colors to teal and orange and click Save. Now let's set up the dollar variation. Duplicate the last variation you created. Change the name to change frequency to another image and sound. Alert duration up to 12 seconds, delayed 22 seconds. Font size and color to keep it consistent. But if you prefer a different font for every variation, that is up to you. So now we finished setting up two variations. Now duplicate the last variation and setup the $5 donation variation. I will set up the remaining variations. So follow along. But remember the images, the sounds, the alert durations that I choose are my personal preference and that you can choose your own. Finally, in order to display the alerts you created in your streaming scene, go back to sources. Click on the Add button and select Alert books from the widgets. On the right. Click on alert box. Click Add Source, click Add Source again. And then click Done. This is the green box that will show the alert inside it. Place it wherever you wish on your scene. I personally prefer to place it on top of my camera. So it will be placed right here. And now you are ready to test the alerts you created and view them while you're streaming. Okay, so let's stop these variations. As you can see, every donation amount has the corresponding message variation. And this is necessary because you need to sort of acknowledge and thank someone who donated a $100 more than someone who donated $1. You still need to take them both. But you need to display an alert message that appreciates the amount donated. So someone who donated $1, they get a short thank you message. But someone who donated a $100 get like a one-minute song with a thank you. So again, this is just a properly acknowledge and thank people for the amount of donations or contributions they made, two, for your stream. Now, donation alerts set up is complete. You have learned how to create an alert and how to make different variations on it that will show based on the amount of money donated. You are now ready to set up the remaining alerts by yourself. However, if you face any difficulty, you can ask on the forum. That's it for this lecture. And I will see you in the next section. 20. Create welcome Scene with video clip intro: Now, if you have an intro clip you want to play at the start of every stream. In this lecture, I will show you how to set it up. For this type of source. I prefer creating a dedicated see. So go to scenes and click Add Scene, name it into clip, and click Done. Now, click Add Source and select media source. As you see, the source supports many video formats like mp4, MOV, AVI and others. Click Add Source, give it a name. And click Add Source file checked and click Browse. Select the video file from the folder you're storing, get in, and click Open. Keep loop disabled unless you want the clip to keep playing over and over again. Keep restart playback active to restart the clip. Every time you activate the source. Check hardware decoding if you want this to be rendered by the GPU. Check show nothing to keep the last frame of your video displayed at the end of your playback. And finally, check keep close file to save CPU when the source is inactive. Now to play the scene, click on the scene or activate the source to play the clip. Once it is over, then you can switch to your stream scene. 21. Add second streamer camera source via Discord : In this lecture, we will learn how to add a new streaming camera. If you are streaming with another streamer. For this, you will need to have discord installed and in use. First thing to do on discord is open settings. Click on advanced and disable hardware acceleration. Then on Discord again. Open a video call with the streamer you are streaming with. Then maximize their call window. Now on stream labs, click on the scene. You want to add the second stream, Cameron. Click Add Source, select window Capture, and click Add Source. And click Add Source. Then go to Window and select discord with the name of the person you are on call width. If you can't see discord in the drop-down menu, then click on Window, match priority and change it to match title. Otherwise, find a window of the same executable. Resize the window and place it on one of. Your second camera is all set and you are ready to come stream with your friend. 22. Create Cutsom made alerts (gifs and music): In this lecture, I will show you how to film and edit custom made videos and add them to your stream alerts. Creating custom alerts makes your stream unique. It shows your followers that you have put more effort into your stream, which will incentivize them to support you even more. Let's break up this process into five steps. Step one, big copyright, free music or licensed music for your alerts. This one is essential as using copyrighted music into your stream will prompt streaming platforms to penalize your page, which will severely affect your audience reach. So never take risks with music. Always use either copyright free music that you are absolutely sure it's safe, or licensed music. With a simple copyright free music search on YouTube or Google search, you can access thousands of copyright free music that you can safely use in your stream. But again, be very careful with your choice and be absolutely sure It's copyright-free. Alternatively, have a Prime account with stream labs. You can access their music library shown here. Or you can subscribe to pretzel, which can also give you access to their library of premium music, which is a safer option than copyright free music. Because sometimes there are on that copyright-free music becomes copyrighted, will becomes owned, and then you get in trouble. Step number two is filming videos, where, for example, show you dancing to the music you selected. And if you want, the background removed, the news, a green screen. Otherwise film against whatever background you prefer, but makes sure it contrasts well with the foreground. Use a three-point lighting setup, but make sure you do not overexpose your film with excessive lining. You also don't need to film with a professional camera. Because first, your video file will be converted to a low quality GIF file. And second, because stream labs and give platforms have a limit on file size upload, so you need to keep your video file size below 100 megabyte. My recommendation is that you film using your smartphone with a max 720 P quality. And remember that because ultimately you will convert the file to give image file, you will lose the audio part of your film, which means you will need to upload it separately to stream labs. And they need to be in sync both the GIF file and the audio file. This means that the beginning of your music track and the beginning of your Gift Track must already be in sync before you upload them. And I will show you how to do that. Step number three is video editing. You need to cut both the audio and video files to make sure they are in sync and then need to convert the file into a GIF file. I'm using Camtasia to demonstrate the step, but you can use whatever software you are comfortable with. So in Camtasia, create a new project and import both the video file you created and the music file you chose. And then trim out the extras. To remove the green screen, click on visual effect and drag, remove a column, the video track, which you will then find it in Properties. Click on Color and select the eye dropper, then click on the green screen in the video scene. Then adjust the tolerance to remove the green edges. And finally export the file as four ATP. And when the file is rendered, converted using online or local tools to both give and then MP3 formats. Now you have both files ready to upload. Step number four is upload the gift and audio files to your alerts. Note that the max file size upload for stream labs is only 10 megabytes. So if your gift is larger than you can use Giphy instead, which allows for a 100 megabytes file size upload. And then you can link it using the link feature to link the gift to stream labs. So if the GIF file is below 10 megabytes, then upload it to stream labs directly. By clicking on alert box Tuesday engagement. You want to set up the alert for. Go to image and click Upload. Click on Upload stab, and then drag the GIF file. Finally, click on the file and click Select. If the file is over 10 megabytes, but under a 100 megabytes, then create an account on Giphy and upload the GIF there. Once it is uploaded, click on the chain to copy the link. Then go to stream labs dashboard. And this time click on the link. The link copied from GIPHY and click Submit. Now, it's time to upload the audio file. Click on Upload, select uploads tab, and drag the MP3 file, and then click on it to click Select. Finally, click Save Settings and you're alert is fully set. To switch between scenes while streaming. All you need to do is click on the Scene 2 activated. Start with the intro clip scene. And once the intro clip is done, click on the game streaming scene that you have already created. That is it for this section, and I'll see you in the next one. 23. Add multiple platforms to Streamlabs: In this section, I will show you how to manage your live stream, and then I will explore the premium features that stream labs offer in case you are considering to subscribe to their software service called prime. This is not an endorsement of prime. This is only to show you what the features are and help you make an informed decision to whether to subscribe or not. Stream lab prime features allow you to stream on multiple platforms at the same time. Axis premium themes, create thumbnails for your YouTube channel videos. Select Alert music from their music library and many, many more features. First prime feature I will show you, allows you to stream on multiple platforms. So if you are not a prime subscriber, make sure you sign up to stream labs with your primary streaming platform because you cannot add it later without a prime subscription. To string on multiple platforms, you need to add them first. To do this, go to your dashboard, scroll down to account settings, then click on Account Settings. As you see, YouTube is my primary streaming platform. But if I want to stream on twitter and Facebook at the same time, then you need to merge them. So click on Merge, enter your Twitch account credentials and login. And now, which is merged. Same for Facebook, click Merge and to credentials and click login. And now Facebook is also merged. 24. Managing a live stream: Now let's go live and manage our live stream. To start click on Go Live and first select the platforms you want to stream to. At this time. Let's enable them all. Now, enable advanced settings to configure each platform individually. First, edit the title and description to your choosing. I usually pick fun titles to attract viewers and write my social media links and donation link into the description. For YouTube set privacy to public. Choose the category that reflects your stream. Upload a thumbnail, set latency to normal but lower if you're not a game streamer. And as for the rest, keep them at default. On Facebook. Select the Facebook page you want to stream to, and the name of the game you are streaming. On Twitch lookup the game you are playing, and add tags to help viewers find your stream. Check the box here if you want to use a different stream title for Twitch. And then you're done. If you have a Twitter following, you can connect to Twitter to notify them that you are going live. This is an extra feature. At now you are all set. Click Confirm to go live. Now let's manage our settings while on live. First, make sure that you are on your anthracene. And as soon as you go live, activate the intro clip source like this. Let it play or keep it on loop while you are setting your stream. Then once it plays out, switch to your streaming scene by clicking on it like this. Now that you are streaming your game, you can manage the visual and audio sources while you're alive. For example, if you are speaking and getting many alert, click on the icon next to alert to disable them. If you want to leave your chair, just disable the camera the same way. If you're having a private conversation, you can mute your mic like this. And same for desktop audio. If viewers are complaining that they cannot hear you over the game sound, you can lower the desktop audio like this. And furthermore, you can activate desktop alerts from the test with just like this while you are alive. Finally, to end the stream, simply click on the stream and you are offline. 25. Prime features: And stream labs you can access professionally designed themes to enrich the visual aspect of your stream. To view the store, click on Themes. Select category that best match your stream, and then sort by most recent or most popular. Choose a theme you like and click Install seem to acquire it. Once it is installed, you can access it from the scene collections here. If you are a prime subscriber, you can also use stream labs ODU library to use for your alerts. This is again, a safer option if you do not want to risk using copyrighted music. Last Prime features I want to show you is the YouTube thumbnail Maker. First, select a template you like and click Customize. Click on Select background to add an image and then enable edit background to scale the image. Change the effect Gullah, according to your preference, and change the title and subtitle placeholders to match your YouTube video title. Any element you want to remove, just click on the garbage icon. And if you want to add extra elements, click on Add Element and select one from the drop-down list, and click on the element you want to add. This is the end of stream lab course. If you find it useful, please consider leaving a five-star rating and review. Thank you for learning and happy streaming.