Open Broadcaster Software or OBS is an open source streaming program designed by Hugh ‘Jim’ Bailey and a community of volunteers. It is also used as the basis for other streaming tools like, well, Streamlabs OBS.
Streamlabs OBS is an elegant framework built around OBS, designed to allow streamers to easily use features such as showing chat in the video window, or allowing them to add animated subscriber alerts and goals. charities without much effort.
Streamlabs Prime is a subscription-based add-on that unlocks a ton of new features, and there’s some pretty cool stuff included. Streamlabs OBS is already a powerful streaming tool that increases support for viewer interaction, chat management, and tip donations over its namesake. It’s further enhanced by Prime’s paid collection of widgets and gadgets that just make the role of a streamer easier, especially if you’re a newbie with little background in image manipulation or video editing.
These are, in our opinion, the main advantages of having Streamlabs Prime in conjunction with the Streamlabs branch of OBS…
After installing Streamlabs OBS and setting up your camera and microphone, the streaming software will offer you a selection of pre-defined overlays and themes. If you have Streamlabs Prime, you will have access to hundreds more created by professional graphic designers.
Overlay themes also tend to include animated transitions that allow you to switch between screen layouts in a sleek and elegant way. Installing an overlay or flow element only takes one click, so this feature is likely to be especially useful for someone new to the game who has yet to establish their own branding. You can use as much or as little of the overlay as you want, so if you just want fancy alert boxes, that’s an option too.
One thing we liked about setting up our feed was that you could easily duplicate layouts and drag and drop feed elements on the fly, depending on the game you were playing. It made things nice and simple when we had to move our camera around so as not to obscure the combat action on nWay’s Power Rangers: Battle For The Grid.
You can Multistream
Multistream is exactly what it sounds like. If you have YouTube, Twitch, and Facebook accounts, you’ll be able to stream them all at once in one app. It was incredibly easy to set up, and we were pleasantly surprised to find that the activity feed and chat updates were all in one place, regardless of what service people were using.
It might also be the best reason to use an onscreen chat display, as it will allow people using different video websites to interact with each other – and your feed – in real time.
You can use anything on the Streamlabs App Store
Streamlabs Prime includes all the apps from the Streamlabs App Store, some of which can really add to the production value of your live stream. We especially liked Hexeum’s “Lower Thirds” app, which is designed to quickly explain who people are and where you can find them on social media sites like Twitter and Instagram.
This type of app could be very useful for a podcast, or even a feed with many rotating hosts, and could save a video editor hours of asset creation or video editing. If this one doesn’t sound appealing to you, there are over 40 other apps on the Streamlabs App Store, so we’re sure you can find one that suits your needs.
There are paid sponsorship opportunities
After spending a few hours on Streamlabs OBS, we got a notification telling us about Pillar, which was previously called Athlane. Pillar is a platform supported by streamers Ninja & Y Combinator that provides live content creators at all levels with branded offerings. You get instant access to it with Streamlabs Prime, thanks to a partnership between the two companies.
Streamlabs Prime also offers immediate access to Powerspike, which also has branded offerings for companies like Coolermaster and Sazerac. We can’t promise that your channel will be accepted in marketing campaigns, but it’s good that there is an easy way to apply.
There is a logo maker and an intro maker
Streamlabs has a logo maker, which is great news for people who don’t know or understand Adobe Photoshop, but want a recognizable branding image. Streamlabs Prime users can quickly and easily create a logo with simple shapes and text, edit a starter template, or take it a step further and use the tools to remix their uploaded graphics. While it was actually really easy to move a logo created in Logo Maker to Alerts, Products, and Overlays, we still don’t think we’ll be using it to replace our own company logo anytime soon.
Also of interest was the intro video maker, which allows Streamlabs Prime users to edit the templates to quickly create intro videos for Twitch and YouTube that match their personal brands. It wasn’t difficult at all to change the font or add icons or pictures that showed all the information we needed the video to show, so we could see it was more convenient on the fly than , say, make a new intro video on Adobe Premiere every time we had something new to say.
YouTube thumbnail maker
If you are new to or just have no experience with image editing software, Streamlabs Prime is exceptionally useful as users can create thumbnails for YouTube videos with the software’s Thumbnail Maker. Just like animated overlays, professional graphic designers have gone ahead and uploaded lots of templates that you can put on any frame of your video. You can edit the text however you like, so that you can let your personality shine through (or maybe include a quote of your choice in the video).
Twitch panel maker
We can also see the value in Twitch Panel Maker, which handles the design and coding of the buttons you can place below your video stream. These can be linked to your various social media sites and help you grow your audience, or even push viewers to your Streamlabs advice pot. With the Panel Maker, you can make sure that all the buttons on your page have a consistent style, without taking all day to create them yourself.
Streamlabs Prime is available for $ 149 per year or $ 19 per month. Streamlabs OBS can be downloaded here for free.