Xsplit Broadcaster 1.3 – Guide for Starters

You want to start streaming? Have not used a software similar to XSplit before? Are not sure where to start? Then you have come to the right place. I will try to explain, step by step and in an useful order, how to get started and setup your XSplit for streaming.

First of all, let us take a look at what we will need for XSplit (1.3), the minimum requirements:

  • Windows XP SP3, Vista SP2 or later
  • .NET Framework 3.5
  • DirectX 9.0c
  • Internet Explorer 7 (for Delay server support)
  • Adobe Flash Player for IE (for legacy source plugins)
  • Processor :
    • Intel Dual Core or equivalent
  • Graphics Card :
    • With support for 3D acceleration

XSplit also has a recommended setup for 720 and 1080p:

  • Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8 **
  • .NET Framework 3.5
  • DirectX 10.1 or better
  • Internet Explorer 9.0 (for Delay server support)
  • Adobe Flash Player for IE (for legacy source plugins)
  • For HD 720p Recording/Streaming
    • Processor :
      • 2nd Generation Core i5 or equivalent
  • For HD 1080p Recording/Streaming
    • Processor :
      • 2nd Generation Core i7 or equivalent
    • Graphics Card :
      • GeForce/Radeon Class (DirectX 10.1 or better), Intel HD4000

If you meet those requirements, you can grab the XSplit 2.0 beta installer on their forums and after the installation is finished we are ready to go on. You will of course also need an XSplit account (test it before you buy a license) now to log into XSplit for the first time:

After the login finished you might be prompted to get updates for your XSplit plugins. Just click yes and let XSplit restart quickly after it finished. You might also see this dialog:

The free version of XSplit has some limitations, 720p is the maximum resolution (1280×720), 25 the maximum framerate, only 4 Scenes and no Stereo sound is available. But especially to see if your System is capable to run XSplit you can live with these limitations for some time. Let us now take a look at the main interface:

From bottom to top:

  • Blue: File / View / Broadcast /Announce / Tools / Help Menus
  • Pink: Preview Area
  • Violet: Microphone and Desktop Volume
  • Red: Sources Area
  • Green: Scene Selection

The File menu gives us the options to load and save our current presentation (Scene and Source setup of XSplit) as well as creating a new empty presentation. You can also add all types of sources to the current scene using this menu. And using the “more sources” button you can install plugins for “more sources”. But later more on that.


In the View menu we can select our Streaming resolution, framerate, transition, transition speed as well as the projector output and viewport options. The transitions are used to switch scenes with a nice animation, the projector (not available for free users) can be used to view a fullscreen output of your XSplit scene on a secondary Monitor and the Viewport options allow you to turn of / hide the preview or change its size. This is important as you cannot resize the XSplit window.


Now we come to the broadcast menu, this allows us to setup our different streaming channels as well as the local recording settings. If a channel or services is not yet listed you can install a plugin for it using the “More” button under “Add channel”:

xsplit_broadcast_menuIf you plan to stream to Twitch.tv you XSplit also offers a nice Wizard that will guide you through the setup of your Twitch channel settings. The announce menu lets you announce your stream on facebook or twitter for example.

Last but not least, in the Tools menu you can access the General settings, your Recordings and activate the Stream delay server (premium feature). The general settings allow us to change a few quite useful options:

You can disable the Virtual Camera output as well as the game source feature if it causes problems as well as disabling the new render mechanism on older systems. On Windows 7 and Vista you can let XSplit disable your Aero theme to save ressources and also hide itself from a Screen-Region capture.

In the Audio menu we have the option to select a different Microphone device. You can also delay your audio and activate the Silence Detection for your Microphone. Silence Detection turns off your Microphone input unless it reaches the selected Threshold.


And the Hotkeys tab, well, it lets you set up Hotkeys for each Scene or to Start and Stop your stream. On the Profile tab you can change your Birth date and other XSplit account related stuff and on the Resolutions Tab you can add custom resolutions if necessary.

Now you are ready to add your first sources. Use either the add button in the red marked area from earlier, or in the “File” menu. You can add text, images, a capture of your whole desktop or just a desktop window as well as webcams and or capture cards. As mentioned earlier you can use 4 Scenes in XSplit so you could do a setup like this:

  1. Welcome
  2. Game
  3. Pause
  4. End

Or of course change the order to your liking. For an easy start you can probably just use the Wizard to setup your XSplit for Twitch.tv, but in some cases you might want more information on finding the best settings:

You can then use the little wrench icon at the end of your channel to access its settings:


From here on it depends on what you want to do, what hardware and capabilities you have and on your will to invest time and learn. I hope you found this guide useful and would like to hear your feedback! Check out my other guides to find more information on all kinds of topics related to streaming.

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