Broadcast Software Options for Going Live

Video Mixing/Production/Broadcasting Software

Video mixing/broadcasting programs can be used to simultaneously mirror a lightboard video feed, overlay graphics if desired, output a live video signal (displayed locally or streamed online) and record a local copy. They can even transition to other cameras and visuals sources, in addition to the lightboard.

Some options include:

  • OBS (free, open source) as discussed in our OBS setup and image overlay guide 
  • VMix ($60 for 1080p capability). Windows-only based program, can run in Bootcamp on a Mac. 60 day free trial.
  • ProPresenter ($400) Popular with religious services, includes functionality to create native slides and transitions. Unlimited demo use with watermark, 2 week no-restriction trial. Does not have a function to mirror the lightboard video feed.
  • Wirecast ($700) Pro-level production software. 30-day free trial.

Configuration

If using OBS to flip, stream, and record a local copy-with or without overlays-then you will broadcast your video live from there. For the most stable streaming, we recommend dedicating a physical monitor to the full-screen output from OBS and this can be your confidence monitor. While in theory, you can live stream from just a window (or a screen that’s shared with other programs), that can produce some glitches. To send your composited video from OBS to a full-screen output, right click on the video window and select Fullscreen Projector (Preview) and then select a display. Use a screen-sharing option in your streaming platform to select that display so your viewers see the resulting OBS video.

OBS Full Screen Projector

See our image overlay guide for more information on configuring OBS. If you are overlaying graphics and streaming live, having 3 monitors offers smooth workflow:

  1. Confidence monitor (full screen output from OBS)
  2. Full screen slides (not essential)
  3. All other programs including streaming platform

Always test hardware and settings prior to a live audience presentation to ensure everything functions as planned. If communicating with a specific audience in another location, do a live test run with that site to validate the setup and data connection on both ends.

If you have Zoom (or similar) installed, you can easily broadcast your OBS output by clicking the Share icon and then selecting the appropriate display.

Zoom Ribbon in OBS

The same workflow can be used for sharing on other platforms: YouTube, Facebook, Periscope and more.

There are some technical considerations when going live. See them here. Questions? Contact us!