How To Livestream


Livestreaming can seem hard at first when you sit down and try it. We're here to help! We're going to go over how to use OBS Studio to livestream with In House Live in 4 easy steps.


1. Download OBS Studio


First, download OBS studio here. OBS Studio is a powerful open-source (free) software that people use to livestream from their phone or computer. It's sponsored financially by Facebook and Twitch and is highly customizable with exceptional community support online.


We provide a stream key that can be used in any video encoding software, so don't stress if you dislike OBS and prefer another one.


2. Add a Video Capture Device


Once you've downloaded OBS Studio, you need to add a way to stream video. To do this, you need to create a Video Capture device. Under sources, click + and choose "Video Capture Device", Create New, OK. Double click on "Video Capture Device" under "Sources" and select your desired web camera from the list. We highly recommend using a web camera rather than your built-in computer camera in order to stream in high quality. Phones are usually equipped with great cameras with 4K resolution. If you are able to plug your phone into your computer, you should be able to see it in the dropdown.


Once you've setup the Video Capture Device, you should be able to see your video stream in the main window. Make sure to drag the corners of the video window to fit the entire screen.



2. Add Audio Capture Device(s)


In order to have high quality audio for your livestream, we recommend connecting an audio interface into your computer, such as a Scarlet 2i2 or Thunderbolt. If those aren't available, you can default to your computer microphone.


Now click + under "Sources" again and choose "Audio Input Capture." Click "Create New", then OK. Double click on "Audio Input Capture" and select the audio interface to which you've connected you have connected your audio output device (such as an external microphone, a MIDI Controller, or an audio mixer). Or just select the computer input microphone.


Repeat this step so that you have 2 Audio Input Capture device sources.


3. Configure Your Audio


Now, open your OBS Preferences window by clicking on OBS then Preferences at the top of the window. Click on the "Audio" tab and in the "Channels" field and switch from "Stereo" to "Mono".


Finally, click the Edit tab and select Advanced Audio Properties. In this window you will see the name of your Audio Capture Devices. Make sure that each box under "Downmix to Mono" is checked.



(optional) 3.5. Configure Your Video


For high quality, 4K streaming, set your go into your OBS settings and select the Output tab. Under 'Streaming", set the bitrate to 50000 Kbps. Set your Encoder Preset to "Ultrafast."


Finally, click the Edit tab and select Advanced Audio Properties. In this window you will see the name of your Audio Capture Devices. Make sure that each box under "Downmix to Mono" is checked.



4. Add Your Stream Key


Once you've created a show, you can link OBS Studio with In House Live. You can find the stream key for your show in your Dashboard Click on "Settings" under "Controls" and select "Stream" tab.


Under "Stream Type", select "Vimeo." If Vimeo is not available, select "Show All..." and then select "Vimeo."


Paste your stream key into "Stream Key" and click "OK". You're now connected! Finally under controls, you can click "Start Streaming" when you're ready to go live. The green box on the bottom-right corner of your screen means the stream is proceeding.



You're Done


Congrats, you're all set to stream to your audience for upcoming shows! OBS Studio is a great tool with many, many customizable parts. You can learn more about what OBS offers here.


Have a great show!