The popularity of live streaming has exploded recently. A live stream is simply a video broadcast in real-time over the internet. It's a great way to connect with people directly, whether for a gaming session, a cooking show, or a Q&A.
Many reasons are there for which why you might want to live stream and record at the same time. For instance, keep a record of your gameplay or stream highlights for future editing or use your live stream to generate content for your YouTube channel.
Whatever your reasons, this article will show you how to do live streaming and recording at the same time using three different methods.
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Way 1. Use OBS To Stream And Record Video At The Same Time
OBS, or Open Broadcaster Software, is a free and open-source tool that allows you to stream and record video at the same time, which can be useful if you want to live-stream your gameplay on Twitch or record a tutorial for YouTube.
Key Features of OBS
- Compatible with Mac OS X, Linux, and Windows operating systems.
- Requires at least 4 GB of storage space and an Intel i5 2000-series processor or higher DirectX 10 capable graphics card.
- High-performance video capturing and mixing in real-time.
- With Custom Transitions, you can set up an unlimited number of scenes you can switch between seamlessly.
- Intuitive audio mixer.
- Easy-to-use and simple configuration options.
Here's an easy and quick guide on how to use OBS Studio to stream and record videos simultaneously:
Step1 Download OBS Studio from the official website and install it on your computer or laptop.
Step2 Launch OBS Studio and go to the Settings menu. Find the Recording section under the Output tab.
Step3 Click "Start Recording" to manually start the recording or head to the General Tab and checkmark the box before "Automatically Record When Streaming."
Step4 Finally, click "Apply" to save your settings. Now when you start your stream, the recording will also begin simultaneously.
Way 2. Use Twitch To Save Your Streams
Twitch is the most popular and best live streaming platform that allows gamers to broadcast their gameplay to a live audience and also gives them the ability to save their past broadcasts, or "streams."
This feature can be useful to save your live stream for later viewing or share your stream with someone who missed it.
Twitch offers a variety of features that make it a unique and powerful game streaming platform. Some of the most notable ones are:
- Live streaming: Twitch allows gamers to share their gameplay in real-time with other gamers around the world. This live aspect of the platform makes it unique and engaging.
- Social interaction: Twitch offers a variety of features that allow gamers to connect with each other, including chat rooms, forums, and user-generated content.
You can save your stream on Twitch in two ways:
- Use the "Highlights" feature, which allows you to save specific moments from your live stream.
- Download your stream's entire VOD (video on demand) after it has ended.
Here are the quick steps to saving a stream on your PC from Twitch. But first, you need to enable Twitch VODs before starting your broadcast in the following way:
Step1 Visit Twitch and sign in to your account. Now, click the "Profile" icons and go to "Creator Dashboard."
Step2 Head to Setting from the left-sidebar and click the "Stream" option. Scroll down and find the VOD Settings. Toggle the buttons next to "Store Past Broadcasts."
Step3 To publish your VODs instantly after broadcasting, toggle the button next to "Always Publish VODs."
Now, to download the recordings of your broadcasts to your PC, do the following steps in sequence:
Step1 Head to the Creator Dashboard, find the "Content" section in the left sidebar, and click "Video Producer."
Step2 Find the stream (VOD or Highlights) you want to download and on the right side, click the three dots.
Step3 Finally, click the "Download" option and let Twitch prepare your video. You will then get the stream's recording in MP4 format.
Way 3. Use Screen Recorder To Record Your Streams
Using a screen recorder is a great way to record your live stream because it lets you capture the full screen of your PC. Although there are many different screen recorders to choose from, we recommend using Filmora.
Wondershare Filmora is a powerful editor with easy-to-use screen recording capabilities, giving you everything you need to record and stream your video at the same time. The software is free to use and has an intuitive interface.
Features of Filmora
- Support for both Mac OS X and Windows operating systems.
- Ability to record your PC screen, audio, and webcam all at once
- A variety of video editing features
- An easy-to-use interface
Here's how to use Filmora for recording while streaming:
Step1 Head to the official Filmora website, download the software and install it on your PC.
Step2 Launch Filmora 11 and click "New project" in the main interface. Click "File" from the top toolbar and scroll down to "Record media." From the drop-down menu, select "Record PC Screen."
Step3 A new "Wondershare Screen Recorder" window will pop up. You can set up a full screen, custom or target screen recording, speaker, and microphone settings. If you want more Settings, click the drop-down icon.
Step4 Click the Start icon to begin your recording. Afterward, click the Stop icon to stop the recording, and your stream will be saved in the selected destination.
In this article, we've discussed three step-by-step methods to help you do live streaming and recording at the same time. With these solutions at your disposal, you'll be able to save your VODs with ease.
It is best to choose only one software to start with to avoid the time-consuming trial-and-error process. If you want to add another tool, do so later; otherwise, you will waste your precious time and resources.
Give these methods a shot, and eventually, you will find your groove—and become accustomed to just how easy it is to record and stream a video simultaneously.