How do we set OBS up or Open Broadcaster Software to get the very best experience for our viewers on Facebook live gaming? If you would like to see how to do that, will you please watch and enjoy this because this might help you get a higher quality stream and this might save you some time setting this up yourself?
OBS Setup for Facebook Live Gaming Star and Share Alerts with fb.gg!
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I’ve been doing things like this online for a lot of years. It took me about three or four hours to get all of this set up and I’m hoping this will help you do it in the same time or faster. I was using another live-streaming software before, which I’m using now to record this while I’ve got OBS in the background. I highly recommend to use OBS because it’s free and it works really well with Facebook gaming.
What you can see, to begin with, you might want to know what it is and where to download it.
OBS Studio is a software.
You can get it on Windows, Mac or Linux. It’s free and open source. There are tons of updates all the time. There are tons of plugins. There are tons of tutorials and guides, and I will give you everything that I think is critical to get started with on here.
It works really well for multiple streaming destinations and I am just loving using OBS here. I’ve got an Elgato Stream Deck that controls my OBS, so I can just move shots around really quickly on it and it’s so helpful.
I can just move my face over at the top right or left, in the middle, and change it back very quickly just by hitting buttons on OBS. I can move my face all around on the stream really quick. It’s so nice.
How do we get started in OBS?
First, to get started in OBS you want to take a look, there is the Start Streaming, Start Recording, Studio Mode, Settings, and Exit options, and then you have got the two different microphones I put in.
First, my talking microphone is on top, then I’ve got the game audio on the bottom, which I’ve turned down if the game is loud, so that my voice clearly goes over it.
Then, you have got your Sources over here and your Scenes.
Your scenes are your arrangement of sources. That means, for example, I’ve got this follow page set up over here, so that whenever there is a drop in the action on my stream or let’s say a game ends and all of a sudden there are 500 people watching, then I just punch the “Follow” button real quick and I tell people how to set up all this to make sure to see my stream, to say, “Hey, will you please hit that follow button.”
This helps people to know what they need to do in order to make sure to see all your streams and this is a nice way to ask for follows.
So, I’ve got this on. This is one scene, then all the rest of my scenes are basically just different moves with me around the screen.
I’ve got all these different positions in OBS for my scenes and that way no matter what’s going on with the game, I can put my game in the specific section.
So, I’ve got five different scenes plus then I’ve got one follow scene. The follow scene is great also if let’s say something suddenly happens and I need to take a quick break.
You can also set up additional ones of these to even play videos and you don’t want to make a significant portion of your stream pre-recorded content, but if let’s say you need to be right back or something like that you could hit that really quickly.
I recommend having your face in the upper right. It seems to be an ideal spot for most games. If you go over the upper left side, then you have also got the Facebook live.
Now, what you just see triggered off on my channel, I’ve got a Streamlabs hook-in on one of my sources, that whenever someone subscribes on YouTube or follow on Twitch, or makes a donation, it then pops up in the middle of the streams.
But most importantly for gaming on Facebook, you want this Facebook Alerts URL. This is the most critical thing to set up if you want your streams to have a good shot at going viral, you really need this Facebook Alerts set up and here is how you do it.
So, what you do, you just add a source in here.
I will show you how to add one from scratch.
You go over here, add a source, you hit “Browser” and what you do, you can just create a new source.
I recommend to call it “Facebook Alerts” or something like that.
You hit “Browser,” then you hit “OK.”
Then, what you need to do in here is put the URL in that you get from Facebook, and size it the way you want it.
So, on Facebook, you have got a URL that you get on the alerts tab.
So, if you go over to your alerts tab on Facebook and you click on the gear it will give you the alert pop-up URL. Go over to your gaming, it is at Facebook.com/gaming/streamer.
This is where you go to get this.
Then what you do, you go over in your gaming streamer, you click on this gear button, then you go to the “Alert Popup” over here.
This is absolutely critical if you want to get your streams to go viral because what happens, one person will share it, then the alert will pop up on the screen, and then someone else will see that alert and share it just because they want that alert to pop up.
Then two people seeing that two people shared, “Wow, this is really good. I’ll share it too.”
Then the third share happens because of the first two, then the fourth. I’ve had a hundred shares in a row happen because of these alert pop-ups.
Before I used alert pop-ups, I had a fraction of the shares on my stream and now, thanks to the alert pop-ups, what you will often see is a string of shares all at once and this happened to me on one stream. I got a hundred dollars of stars on that stream. The same thing happened, the alerts pop-up, someone wanted to one up another donor, they drop the bigger stars, they dropped a bigger one and a bigger one.
So, what you do you get this URL out of the “Alert Popup,” you grab that URL, and then you take that URL and you put that in your browser source.
You drop the URL right in here in your Browser source.
Now, you also need to size this exactly how you want it. You can see on mine I’ve sized it 480 by 270, and then I’ve got it in the 480 by 270 because it fits nicely in that little box.
Then it crams the whole alert in that one little box, and then if you have got my camera on me in the upper right, if you have got the camera on in the upper right, the alert box will pop up just right with that camera in the upper right.
So, I got my alerts in the upper left, I’ve got my face in the upper right, then the game stuff can go on in the middle.
Now, one of the challenging things I had to google for this, when you actually go to put it up there, you will need to interact with it.
So, there is this little option, this little tiny option called “Interact” and you will need to interact in order to log in.
Now, if you have got a really long secure Facebook password like I do, this took like five minutes to go through and put my login in here, but once you have put the login in, because when you first put your URL up, it will tell you to login, then you put your URL up, you hit “Interact” in here, then you log in, then it will look correct.
So, I’m going to delete this Browser source I just added.
Then what will happen, nothing will show on here until you get a Star alert, and then this is what happens.
You can go test the Star alert to make sure you have got it set up correctly. Props to Facebook for getting this little test alert, and you can’t do this while you are live to fake stars.
So, you click “Test Star Alert.”
Now, look what happens.
Look how amazing that is.
See then, you get that little star alert up there, and then that often triggers people off to want to give more stars, and it pops up that little sound so people know and get used to hearing that this is a star alert. Then, even something like a free star drop can pop up and trigger someone off to drop a large number of stars.
I’ve got as much as $30, three thousand stars at once in my stream, and it might have even been triggered off initially by a free star drop, and then several people just got going and one-upping each other to be the top donor after that.
There weren’t even that many people watching.
So, this Facebook alerts is the most critical thing you want to do to get your stream set up correctly and your gaming streamer has all the stuff you need to do in here to get these alerts to pop up.
Now, if you just click on this a bunch of times, it will get a little bit behind sometimes and that’s okay. I highly recommend when these are coming up, to read them every time for every person, every name, every profile.
“Thank you, Jerry Banfield, very much for the nine thousand five hundred and thirty-eight stars. Thank you Jerry Bandfield for the four thousand four hundred and ninety-nine stars. Thank you very much, Jerry Banfield, for the seven thousand one hundred and forty-eight stars. I love you. You are awesome. I appreciate you helping me stream.”
Thank every single person that pops up on these alerts because I know, I donate on streams a lot, when this does not happen it sucks and I probably never donate again, and I even remember.
“I donated twenty dollars in your stream and you didn’t even say anything at all for the next twenty minutes about it.”
Make sure you say something, at least thank the person, say thank you for getting that star alert. If you can wall mount your monitors directly above your camera and have the comments on them like I do that helps a lot to see it in real time.
You can also just watch your OBS monitor and get it at the corner of your eye when it pops up.
So, the Facebook alert is the first critical thing you want to set up. You can also use something like Streamlabs to accept additional donations on there, and the setup for that is the same basic thing once you have got a Streamlabs account as it is for the Facebook alerts so we are not going to talk about that.
There are three more critical things we need to cover.
First, obviously, you need your camera set up.
So, you get your camera set up.
It is so easy, you literally just go in to add a video capture device.
You pick from your list of video capture devices, and you can just hit “OK” on there.
Then, you can also do a “Display capture” depending on how you have got it set up, but for me, I just hit “Video capture device.” I hit “OK,” then I can see my two options here to put the camera in, and then a preset.
I use mine at 1920 by 1080, and then I downscale my setup.
So, I downscale it so that I can stream at a lower quality to Facebook, and then a higher quality over on my recording.
Then on my recording, I go with 1980 by 1020 at 60 frames. I can put highlights up at maximum resolution while I stream on Facebook at a lower resolution for the frame rate.
You set up your camera, and then you set up your monitor. The ideal way to do this is to have a BenQ monitor because you just put the Xbox and the PlayStation or the PC that you are gaming on directly into the monitor, then you just take the audio out of the monitor and put that in your streaming source, and then you just add both capture cards in as streaming sources.
That’s really simple this way to have it set up in OBS.
Now, once you have got all these different sources set up in OBS, then you obviously need to get your stream to actually go out to Facebook. When you go live, Facebook will give you a stream key, and what you can do to get to this, you go to your settings, and then in your stream you will have your stream key and thankfully it keeps it private, so I don’t have to edit this video, but it’s a really easy setup.
When you open OBS, it will ask where you want to stream with or if you set it up as something else, just put it in as Facebook live, then when you click “Go live” on Facebook it will give you a stream key that you drop right in here.
That has been pretty easy.
It seems like most of us can set that up pretty quick.
Now, for your output, I use this x264 encoder. I rescale output for the streaming to Facebook, and then I keep the bitrate at 3500 key frame interval. That seems to work pretty well with Facebook.
Then on recording, I use a separate recording.
I do a MOV file for Mac Pro.
I use the same encoder. I don’t rescale the output.
Then, I put a 10,000 bitrate, so I can get really high-quality recordings out of my live stream.
That way, the live stream is 60 frames per second, 720 while the higher quality recording I can do then for highlights.
On audio, I’ve got different audio sources and I put my microphone in. The Scarlett 2i2 interface goes into one. Then I put my capture cards audio into the second one, which keeps it fast.
I’ve got video settings, 1920 by 1080. I’m imagining I will get to stream at that soon on Facebook, but we are not currently there yet. It’s not working that well for viewers so far when I do it that way.
Finally, the thing that stuck me the longest is the audio property.
In just the regular audio properties, you don’t get anything and in the advanced audio properties, you actually don’t get what you need to either. What you need to do and this is important for the quality of your stream.
You go over here to “Filters” on whatever your game is coming out of.
You need to stick a limiter on your audio because if you do something loud like a clap, or scream, or some explosion happens in the game, you can clip the audio and I hate it when I’m listening to audio and it clips.
There is this little pop sound, especially when learning how to do music and listening well, I hate it when something clips.
Please put a limiter on your stream because if you notice your little audio bar going into the red ever, then that’s clipping. You don’t want that to happen.
The problem is you think, “Okay, well why don’t I just turn the volume down?”
You want the volume to be as loud as possible without clipping.
For example, on my voice, I want it hitting in between the 20 to 25 decibel range. I want it coming in there so that my audio is nice and loud and clear because it is really annoying if people are talking too quiet and you can barely hear them.
You want your audio to be good and loud, but you don’t want it to clip.
After checking a bunch of limiters and options, I just looked for the LoudMax VST2 plug-in, and dropped that on as a limiter.
I will open the plug-in interface for you. It’s really straightforward.
You just crank the threshold back a little bit on each of these, so that under no circumstances does my audio go into the clipping range.
Once you have got your limiter on, then you want to put that on both of your audio sources. On your microphone, you may also want to do a noise gate, especially if you have got something like an air conditioner like I do, or consistent background noise.
What you can do with a noise gate is you can trigger your mic only while you are actually talking. This way, if you are silent and you have got something like an air conditioner, it doesn’t hum for five minutes while you don’t say anything and make a significant sound over the stream.
I added a noise gate in my filters.
I just click on plus, and select “Noise Gate.”
I put the threshold on -32, put the open threshold on -21, and attack time on 25. These are pretty much default. Hold time on 200, release time on 150.
Then, I’ve got all these set up so that whenever I start talking it immediately triggers.
If you look at my audio down here on OBS, it pretty much starts triggering as soon as I start talking, and then as soon as I stop talking, give it two tenths of a second, it starts to turn off.
So, as soon as I stop talking, I get silence out of my microphone, which is nice especially with the air conditioner running or depending on whatever background noise you have you may need to adjust those settings based on how loud your microphone is.
This allows me to be as loud as possible while I’m talking without clipping, plus it allows me to have the ideal experience then. There are no additional sounds while I’m not talking. The only audio is me talking or the game audio.
Finally, I recommend getting a little follow page set up like I’ve got on the background here because this little follow page is where you educate new followers.
You ask people directly to follow and/or like the page because Facebook’s terms do not allow you to ask directly in the post for any kind of engagement. It is allowed and encouraged to do it during the live stream and to do it in a natural context.
For example, I have a zombie game where things are going really well, then I go down and die.
I then say, “Thank you very much for watching.”
You know, I’ve got the game on right here. I’m going on and on.
Often up on the right, I will be playing the game, I will die, I will put it in the center of the screen.
“Oh, my God!”
Big huge reaction.
Then over to the follow page right before I sign off.
“Thank you very much for watching. I love you. You’re awesome. I appreciate you being here. If you’d like to see these streams again, will you please do all of this because you may not see them otherwise? Will you please hit that follow button, and then in the following click on ‘see first’ and turn those notifications on?”
I’ve got the desktop interface on the right and the mobile interface on the left. I’ve also got my Facebook page URL on there.
This follow page then allows me to mostly convert people who are new into following or to get people who already are following to set their live notifications.
I’ve seen lots of people come on my streams, “Hey, I haven’t seen your stream in a while.”
I pull the follow page up and say, “You haven’t seen my stream in a while? Do you have live notifications on? Do you have me ‘see first’ in the top of your newsfeed? Because if you don’t have all of those on, you’re probably not going to see my notifications or see me in the newsfeed even if you are following.”
So, you want a page to educate because especially as new as Facebook gaming is, a lot of people don’t understand how this works, even those who are live streaming. It took me a while before I even realized that I needed to show people how to do this.
People are saying, “Jerry, I followed you.”
And I thought, “Okay, that’s great.”
But I realized no, they need those things if they want to make sure not to miss my streams.
Now, everyone is not going to want to make sure to see every one of your streams, but some people will really want to make sure to see everyone.
In that case, you want to educate those people because that’s your core group of followers.
When you have got your core group of followers, then the core group draws in a casual group of followers. The casual group of followers draws in the mass, the huge amount of not following casual viewers and discovery.
So, to do this, I recommend you create your own.
Just go in, take some screenshots. You can just screenshot. What I did, I took these screenshots on my phone, and then I took a screenshot with print screen on the desktop. I put these little arrows in with Snagit, which is what I used to take it on the desktop, and then I just highlighted these and stuck my Facebook page.
Just really quick.
All right, it probably took me an hour. I drilled up this little page, and then I don’t put that on for most of my stream, but then whenever it’s appropriate, then I drop this on and start educating people.
Now, the people who have already followed and done all these things are likely to feel good that you are helping more people figure out how to do it.
So, you want to use a page like that in moderation, you don’t want to just be constantly spamming that the whole time, but I think it is important to just be open-hearted with your viewers and say, “Look, will you please follow me because if you’ve got to this point on the stream I think you’ll love watching more?”
I think it’s critical to stop and ask viewers with an open heart and say, “Look, will you please follow me and turn on live notifications and set ‘see first’ on your newsfeed because if you’re enjoying this stream I think you’ll love watching some more here with me?”
That setup with the “will you please because” tends to work really well because the “will you please” with the call-to-action “follow me” makes the request very clear, and the “because” hits people on both the rational and an emotional level.
There is a rational reason to do this and the way the request is made satisfies the emotional requirements. You are honored as an equal partner in life who has a right to make a request, and then it’s okay for people to say no.
“If you don’t want to follow me, please do not follow me.”
I make that clear too.
“If you don’t like this, then I don’t recommend following or coming back. If you are wondering what the F this is doing in your newsfeed, probably don’t follow me unless you want to wonder that again and again.”
I just want people to follow me who are excited to be here and who want to be a part of the community.
When you ask it like that, then it works well to build followers that way who are genuinely enthusiastic about what we have got to share.
So, thank you very much for looking at how to set OBS up.
I hope this is helpful for you to get from start to finish setting OBS up from scratch, to getting the most critical thing on there like that Facebook alerts tab. Throw your camera on, you can drop Streamlabs on it if you want.
Set up a little follow page to help educate viewers how to follow you, get that limiter on your microphone and on your game audio, get that noise gate on so your mic doesn’t trigger when it doesn’t need to.
And if you really want to hit the next level, you can try doing the Stream Deck option like I do, that just has push buttons that make it really easy to just move everything around the screen really fast in order to keep a dynamic workflow.
I appreciate you watching or reading all the way and getting through this entire tutorial.
I love you.
You are awesome.
I appreciate you enjoying this and I hope this is helpful for you.
Edits from video transcript by Michel Gerard at www.michelgerardonline.com.