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How to Incorporate Pre-Recorded Videos into Your YouTube Live Stream Using OBS

Published: June 21, 2023

Looking to elevate your YouTube live streaming experience and capture more viewer attention? Adding pre-recorded videos to your live stream could be the dynamic twist you need. We’ve crafted a step-by-step guide to help you leverage the power of OBS (Open Broadcaster Software) for incorporating seamlessly pre-recorded content into your live broadcast.

Getting Started with OBS

Begin by downloading OBS, a powerful, free software tool for live streaming. After installation, configure your camera – and if it’s a DSLR, numerous detailed guides are available to assist in this process.

Creating Scenes and Importing Sources in OBS

Commence by establishing scenes within OBS. Scenes enable you to transition between various broadcast components effortlessly. Create your primary scene using your live camera feed. Following that, set up a secondary scene dedicated to your pre-recorded video.

Add a VLC video source to this new scene and browse for the video file you wish to play. You can build playlists with several videos or even set them to repeat with the loop feature. Carefully consider how you want your videos to function when switching scenes, and choose from options like ‘stop when not visible’ or ‘pause when not visible.’

For an enhanced visual experience, you can also superimpose elements like animations over your videos within these scenes.

Audio Management and Stream Optimization

It’s important to manage the audio from your pre-recorded videos within OBS to ensure it blends well and doesn’t overshadow live interactions. Regularly check the audio levels to maintain a balanced mix during your broadcast.

In terms of stream quality, YouTube suggests a bitrate of 2500 at a resolution of 1280×720 for smooth streaming; however, optimal settings can vary. Some creators discover benefits in customizing bitrates within the range of 3000-5000, depending on their unique setup and preferences. Testing different settings can ensure you hit the right balance for your stream’s performance.

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