Hi everyone! I’ve seen some discussion pop up on how to stream using LiquidSky. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how you can stream using LiquidSky and your local machine. Here’s what you’ll need:
- VB-Cable Driver
- OBS Studio/Xsplit
- Twitch account
- Webcam (optional)
Follow these steps and you’ll be up and streaming in no time!
1) Get your mic working! The great part about this is that it will allow you to use your mic in-game as well as for your stream. Doing this steps properly will also keep you from hearing your own voice since you will need an instance of Discord (or other chat program) active on both your local computer and your SkyComputer.
a) On your SkyComputer, download VB-Cable Driver (or similar program) that acts as a digital sound card.
b) Unzip and run “VBCABLE_Setup_x64.exe.”
c) Open your sound options, and find the recording devices tab.
d) Disable “Microphone” and enable “CABLE Output.”
e) Open an instance of Discord on both your local computer and your SkyComputer using two different accounts.
f) Join the same server or set a private call (just voice or video) between the two accounts! Mute the microphone on your SkyComputer to prevent an echo.
g) Ensure that the output device on Discord is set to VB-Audio Virtual Cable. (Settings -> Voice & Video -> Output Device)
(Private call w
fith video will allow for the use of a webcam in later steps if desired.) If you plan to show your webcam on stream, turn off hardware acceleration in Discord (Settings -> Appearance -> Hardware Acceleration).
2) Get your stream set up! These steps are going to be on downloading and basic configuration for your OBS/Xsplit.
a) Log into your Twitch.tv account.
b) In the dropdown on the top right of Twitch, go to your dashboard.
c) On the left-rail menu under the Settings tab, select “Channel.”
d) Click on where it says “Stream Key.” Note: DO NOT SHARE THIS WITH ANYONE! Access to your key will allow someone to stream as you.
e) Download your preferred streaming application, for the sake of this article, we will be using OBS Studio.
f) Once OBS has been installed, open it up and click “Settings.”
g) Under the “Stream” tab, select “Twitch” as your service, select the server closest to your SkyComputer’s data center, and enter the stream key which you copied from your Twitch account.
h) Under the output tab, select “Advanced,” to show additional options. This is where you’re going to have to find the sweet spot to ensure your stream looks good and doesn’t spend time buffering for your viewers. I personally use the x264 encoder, CBR Rate Control, 5,000 bitrate, and CPU Usage Preset set to ultrafast. You can find more information about this from Twitch here.
3) Adding scenes and going live You’re almost there. These are going to be the finishing touches to make sure everything is just the way you want it.
a) Add your scenes! Each scene represents a fresh screen setup, so you can swap between things like a “Going live soon” page, your favorite game, your second favorite game, brb screen, etc.
b) Within a scene, the two sources you need to add are a window capture and a display capture.
i) Add the display capture. It should automatically pick your SkyComputer’s screen. Check capture cursor so your viewers can see your mouse.
ii) With Discord open and your two accounts video calling each other, add a source called “Window Capture.” The “Window” section should be Discord.exe (do not minimize Discord on your SkyComputer).
iii) Resize and crop your webcam. Clicking on the red box and dragging should resize your webcam (or any source). You can crop it my holding the ALT key on your keyboard and dragging the sides or top to crop the unimportant stuff from Discord.
Congrats! Your streaming career is ready to get started.