Streaming Mixer with OBS

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Streaming Mixer with OBS
Streaming Mixer with OBS

Twitch has been the unchallenged streaming application for a long time now. While YouTube has started playing catch up thanks to the falling viewership of Twitch, it still has a long way to go. Microsoft Mixer might be a competent challenger to Twitch and for OBS streaming, it will require Mixer OBS settings. 

The biggest player in the OBS streaming field is by far OBS Studio. Here’s how you can user Mixer with OBS Studio.

First Things With Mixer OBS

To begin with, you will need an account with Mixer for live streaming. This can be done with a Microsoft, Twitter or Discord account. As a Microsoft product, it would be ideal to sign up for Mixer with the Microsoft account. This also brings exclusive gaming bonus for users. 

Head over to the OBSProject website to download OBS Studio. Alternatively, you can use OBS Studio pre-installed on a virtual desktop by a hosting service provider like Apps4Rent. They can also provide you support to use OBS studio as an external encoder for Microsoft Teams.

Configuring Mixer for OBS Studio

Once you have can access OBS Studio, head over to the Files>Settings>Streams and then select Mixer.com -FTL. The other option is Mixer.com-RTMP. Select auto for Server. 

The most important aspect is the Stream key. It is the specific reason why you don’t have to login or link Mixer with OBS.

Open the dashboard and select Broadcast. Click on the blurred box near the “stream setup” for the Stream Key. Copy it and paste it in the Streams settings tab in OBS. Click on apply to confirm.

Navigate to the output settings tab and mark the Output mode as simple. Keep a bare minimum bitrate of 2000-30000 for the ideal mix of quality and speed. Be mindful of the Windows settings.

Click on “Apply” to everything to stream to Mixer with OBS. Then you can configure the game with OBS along with windows, webcams, mic, images and everything else that you will need in the stream. Click on start streaming to go live on Mixer.

Selecting The Best Options For OPtimizing Performance

While the settings mentioned above are ideal for the fast and efficient functioning of Mixer with OBS, there is a lot more you can do if you have a good PC and internet connection. For starters, in the Output tab, you can change the Output Mode to advanced. You can try the Encoder option if you have Nvidia. 

While this does not consume CPU resources, you will need a good Nvidia graphics card that supports this function for better quality.

For ‘Rate Control’, you can turn “CBR” with padding on and select 1-3 for ‘Keyframe interval’. The higher number signifies better quality. This would mean a longer loading time, however.

How are Mixer RTMP and Mixer FTL Different?

RTMP and FTL are different protocols. While it is advisable to use FTL protocol wherever possible, RTMP is an older protocol that could result in a lag. So, you might not be able to react to messages as quickly. To configure RTMP, go to settings and change the service option to Mixer-RTMP. Try changing the server options for better results. Go to the Mixer Broadcast page, select Stream Setup, and Streamlabs OBS. Select the appropriate server and click Apply. 

Congratulations! You can now use Mixer with OBS.

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