Technology is always advancing. One big example of how our society is changing is the shift towards putting everything on the Internet. Diaries have been pushed out of the spotlight by blogs and social networks. Photo albums have been replaced by image services like Imgur and Flickr. Visual media is starting to shift away from the television to Internet streaming.
There are many ways to utilize Internet streaming to your advantage. Live video podcasting is a popular choice these days, with shows like the Totally Rad Show. Professional gamers are streaming their play sessions on a regular basis on sites like TwitchTV so that fans can watch live. And let’s not forget about services like Netflix.
You can join in with this new trend by streaming your desktop right onto the Internet for everyone to see. Using a program called XSplit Broadcaster, it’s as easy as cake.
How To Install XSplit
Before you can download and install XSplit, you’ll need to create a free account. If you’re worried about privacy, don’t be. The only information you’ll need to share is your email address, your name, your desired screen name, and a password for the account. If you don’t want to share your real name, then don’t! It’s not vital and they don’t check.
Once you’ve made an account, you can download the installer file right from their website. Installation is a breeze. There are no difficult gimmicks or hitches to navigate around. If you’ve ever installed another program, then you should have no trouble here.
Streaming to the Internet has been possible for a good number of years already, but XSplit is one of the reasons why streaming has become as large of a trend as it is today. The beauty of XSplit is that it can stream to a bunch of services, including TwitchTV, Livestream, own3D, reGame, uStream, and BlogTV. Once you’ve selected which service you’d like to use, XSplit does the rest.
Easy Configuration & Customization
Even though XSplit is so easy to use, it’s highly customizable. Of course, if you’re a professional stream technician, you’ll probably miss out on a lot of the nitty gritty options to make your stream pristine. However, for the average Joe Schmoe who just wants to get his stream up and running as soon as possible, XSplit’s options are more than you’ll need.
Resolution. Frame rate. Global hotkeys. Audio and video sources. Audio and video bitrates. Codecs. Buffers. And if you know a bit of coding, you can whip up extra features through XSplit’s awesome plugin system.
Before XSplit came along, a lot of the freely available streaming software out there was very limited in terms of display. Most of the time, you had to be content with streaming your entire screen.
Thanks to XSplit’s scening system, you can create up to 12 scene layouts and switch between them at the press of a key. With a keypress, you could show a static image that tells your viewers that you’re on a break and will be back in 5 minutes. With another keypress, you can switch to a scene that displays your entire screen. Another, and you can show a split-screen view of your screen and your webcam.
ConclusionFor the very low price of free, you won’t find much better than XSplit when it comes to Internet streaming. Whether you want to broadcast yourself gaming or if you want to host a webcam-operated Internet show, XSplit can do it all. There’s a bit of a learning curve, but it’s not very steep and the reward is worth it.
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