June 5, 2020

Software first steps: Configuring OBS – Adding sources

When you have your scenes set up, it’s time to start looking at sources. Sources are devices, images, videos, audio or other things that you would like to add to a scene. Adding an image In most scenes, you would probably like to have a logo of your church so that people will know that your church is the one who broadcast this live stream. […]

June 3, 2020

Software first steps: Configuring OBS – Scenes

You have OBS set up and it’s a complete blank slate. You only see a window with some odd buttons and panes. What can you do with this, you might ask. What do all those buttons do? This looks complicated… But, actually, it’s not that complicated once you’ve run through it a bit. There are some things you will want to do, regardless of how […]

June 1, 2020

Software first steps: Installing OBS

Before setting up OBS, you will first have to download it from https://www.obsproject.com. You can download it for Windows, Mac and Linux. After downloading, install it in the regular way of your operating system. Next, just start up OBS. If this is the first time you are running OBS, you will be greeted with an “Auto-Configuration Wizard” screen. This will guide you through your first […]

May 29, 2020

Software first steps: Stream keys

In an earlier post, I suggested you first select a streaming provider. This could have been either YouTube, Facebook or Twitch. Before we can use software on the desktop to stream to these sites, you will need to get some information from them first. The information you need is the following: The RTMP key or stream key The RTMP URL or stream url, optionally Each […]

May 27, 2020

Using a laptop and camera – part 2

To connect the camera to the laptop, you cannot just run an HDMI cable from your camera to your laptop’s HDMI port. This port is normally output only and will not accept the camera’s signal. You will need a HDMI capture device. These can be purchased from about $100 to however expensive you want to go, depending on the amount of functions it has. You […]

May 25, 2020

Using laptop and camera

If you prefer to have a better setup than using a simple webcam to record at a better resolution and zoom capabilities, you can choose to use one or more camcorders, action cams or DSLR cameras. These cameras are more expensive than regular webcams but have clear advantages. Camcorders have very good zoom and allow a live streamer to be at the back of the […]