If you’re into streaming, chances are you know that you need a unique stream key from a platform like YouTube, Twitch, or Facebook in order to broadcast content. This means that you have to choose one or the other to stream your content.
One solution to this dilemma is to use a paid streaming app. These apps let you stream simultaneously—but you usually have to pay for a premium account. However, there is a way to get two streams for free. So, if you are interested, read below to know how.
Set up your stream on Streamlabs
Before you start working on your multistream, the first thing you should do is set up your streaming app. While you can use pretty much any popular streaming app, we’re choosing Streamlabs for this example because it gives you access to premium features as well as tons of features for free if you choose to subscribe. does.
If you’re streaming your entire screen, yourself, your computer’s audio, and your microphone, you’ll need to create four separate sources. To share what you’re seeing on your monitor, you’ll need to set up a display capture source. You will also need to create an audio output capture so that your audience can hear what you are listening to on their computer.
Don’t forget to set the video capture device source and audio input capture source if you want your audience to see and hear you.
Once you’ve set up everything you need, input the stream key from one of your chosen platforms—such as Facebook. Now you are almost ready to go live on that social media platform but don’t click on Go Live just yet.
It’s time to create the second stream that you will use to access your other streaming platforms.
Download and Install OBS Studio
This program is another popular streaming app. This completely open-source streaming app provides many powerful features at zero cost to the user. In addition, you can get a number of different plug-ins to further enhance your streams.
Once you have downloaded and installed OBS Studio, go to your secondary streaming platform like YouTube and get your unique stream key. Once you’ve copied the code, go to Settings > Streams.
From there, go to the Service dropdown menu, then select your supported platform – YouTube – RTMPS in this example. Under the Server dropdown menu, make sure you’ve selected the primary YouTube ingest server.
Click the Use Stream Key (Advanced) button to reveal the text box where you need to input your stream key. After pasting the code, click OK.
Capturing a Streamlabs feed on OBS Studio
After installing both Streamlabs and OBS Studio, it’s time to duplicate your video stream from the first one to the second. To do this, on the Streamlabs app, go to Settings > Virtual Webcam. Click Start Virtual Webcam. After doing this click on OK.
Then you have to open OBS Studio and capture the virtual feed of Streamlab. Go to the Source section, click the + sign, then click Video Capture Device. In the Create/Select Source window, click the Create New radio button, then type an appropriate name for it, such as Streamlabs Virtual Camera. Click OK.
In the Properties for [source name] window, go to the Device dropdown menu, then select Streamlabs OBS Virtual Camera. Press OK.
You should now see the video output of Streamlabs on OBS Studio. Don’t forget to add the same audio input you set up on Streamlabs in OBS Studio. This is because the first doesn’t transmit audio data to the latter—only video. Once you’ve configured both of your streaming software, it’s time to start streaming.
Going live on both platforms
On Streamlabs, click the Go Live button to start your stream. Then on OBS Studio, press the Start Streaming button to start broadcasting on your secondary platform.
Now, don’t forget to test each stream on an independent device using a third-party account to make sure both streams are working correctly. You can use another computer or your mobile phone to ensure that you are viewing and listening to your streams correctly on both platforms.
Hardware requirements for multistream
Streaming can take up a lot of system resources. If you are trying to multistream using two independent streaming apps, you may face some problems if you are using an older or less capable computer.
So, before attempting this, make sure you have a properly equipped system. It’s best to have at least 16GB of RAM, a discrete GPU, and a recent processor on your computer. Also, you must have a stable and decent internet connection, as you are using twice the bandwidth compared to streaming on only one platform.