Review: XSplit Broadcaster

XSplit BroadcasterWhen you want to stream your games to services such as Twitch, you need broadcasting software. If you’re not technically inclined, you need streaming software that is easy to use. XSplit Broadcaster may be one of the easiest methods I have used for sending my games to my Twitch channel. As a large portion of the application is automated, people of all technical skills can benefit from this software.




Why Do You Need XSplit Broadcaster?

In order to send your games and other videos to services such as Twitch, you need software that can connect to those remote servers. XSplit Broadcaster does this for you. Once you have authorized the app to connect to those services, you can begin streaming everything from games you play to live showings of anything that is on your computer desktop.

Extra Features

XSplit Broadcaster allows you to set up multiple scenes during your broadcast. With just a click of the mouse, you can switch from the game itself to another input device or prepared graphic such as a “BRB” screen or background image.

This application is capable of using other apps such as TwitchAlerts for enhancing game streams. Using .txt files and URL submissions, you can set up a variety of alerts such as donations and followers. Virtually any streaming improvement app that uses .txt files or URLs can be included easily into XSplit Broadcaster.

Drag and drop graphics are a nice touch as you can simply pull an image out of a folder and plop it right into the stream screen itself. This is a great time saver and works with a wide range of the most common image file types. Personally, I use a lot of PNGs in my stream.

For those looking for an easy to use piece of software for making YouTube videos, Xsplit Broadcaster has you covered. Instead of selecting “Broadcast,” you can change to “Local Recording.” This gives you the ability to record game play or other videos using your webcam and a background. Personally, I use it to create my health videos at CrossingColorado.com. It utilizes the green screen quite nicely.

Overall, How Well Did it Work?

XSplit Broadcaster DesktopXSplit Broadcaster has a great deal of customization when compared to the smaller “Gamecaster” application. There is an abundance of tools and features that can help even the most novice of users develop a professional look to their productions. I was quite pleased with how well the application handled everything and have an incredible amount of fun adding graphics and texts to my games. In fact, it has become my mainstay for streaming. Don’t get me wrong, Gamecaster has a lot of nice functionality for the beginner user, but Broadcaster just has so many tools and abilities.

What One Feature Stands Out the Most
It’s difficult to put my finger on just one attribute that stands out the most. If I had to choose one, however, it may be the ability to integrate with other apps. Things like SNAZ and TwitchAlerts take broadcasting a bit further and XSplit Broadcaster uses these two apps like a champ. Virtually anything can be added to the broadcast, and you’re only limited by your imagination.

What is the Major Downfall of the Software?
So far, the only real downside I have experienced with XSplit is the way it handles game capture cards. My personal experience is using the Diamond GC500, which isn’t an expensive high-end capture device. Although this unit plays the old games near perfectly on the computer, the interface between the GC500 and Broadcaster is a bit lacking. The frame rate on the stream is very poor although the game play on the monitor is excellent. I’m not sure where the degradation occurs, but I am working on how to fix the frame rates for the GC500.

Pros

There are so many pros related to this software that it’s difficult to list them all. I don’t have a lot of time and want to get everything I can listed in this post.

  • Easy to use and almost nearly completely automated.
  • Drag and drop graphic integration
  • Third-party app integration through files and URLs
  • Many tools and features for complete customization
  • Advanced options for special fine-tuning
  • Quick response from technical support staff
  • Affordable when compared to high-priced alternatives
  • Your XSplit account works for both Broadcaster and Gamecaster – only one payment for both
  • Free to use personal license

Cons

No software or device is 100% perfect. Although XSplit Broadcaster does have amazing features, there are a few things that might need to be addressed in future updates.

  • Doesn’t agree with the Diamond GC500 very well
  • Handles social media updates to Twitter, Facebook and Google+ a bit haphazardly

Price Comparison to Similar Software

There are a few applications on the Internet that have similar capabilities, but not all of them are as well developed for ease of use and affordability. The only real piece of software that may be comparable is that of OBS, another common streaming application Twitch users love. Personally, I believe that XSplit Broadcaster is easier to use than OBS – but each to their own. OBS is a free open source project relying on forums for assistance.

Would I Recommend it to Friends and Family?

If you feel that $5 per month is an affordable cost for easy to use interfaces and professional-looking streams, then XSplit Broadcaster may be the right tool for you. Personally, I feel the application is well worth the expense as I don’t have to put much effort into customizing my stream.

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Michael Brockbank

I have been playing games for more than 30 years. I wouldn’t consider myself a hard-core gamer, but I have brought the pain in my day. Now that I am rounding the horn at 40, I still enjoy everything from booting up the old Commodore 64 to exploring new titles in Steam. You’re never too old to enjoy a good plot and mind-numbing graphics.

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