Best LIVE STREAM Software for PC / WINDOWS – Review!

Best LIVE STREAM Software for PC / WINDOWS – Review!

– In this video, we're gonna look at the latest Windows live streaming software, a round up and a review of the leading options and my pick for the best live streaming software on Windows right now Hey, it's Justin Brown here from Primal Video, where we help you amplify your business and brand with video

If you're new here, make sure you click that subscribe button and all the links to everything that we mention in this video, will be down in the description box below Let's jump into it Now whether you're looking to go live on YouTube, Facebook, Periscope, Twitch or pretty much any other major platform, there are a lot of software options right now, to help you do it They're also constantly updating and improving Which is awesome

So in this video we're gonna run through a quick review of the leading options right now, one by one Including the strengths, the weaknesses, pricing, my recommendations and everything you need to know to pick the best option for you So I'm gonna start of first by covering off on the software options, the programs that you'll actually download and install on your computer And the make sure you stick around, because after that I'm gonna show you some newer options that just run in your web browser And some of these are an absolute game changer

So with that, to the landscape of all of these options, is getting very saturated But we'll jump straight into the short list, and we're gonna ignore the options that aren't worth your time So our short list then for best live streaming software on Windows right now, includes OBS, Streamlabs OBS, Wirecast, vMix, Zoom, BeLive, StreamYard and Lightstream, and yeah, that's not really a short list, but we're gonna dive into each one of them right now So the first option is OBS, or Open Broadcaster Software

Now this is totally free and it's available on both Mac and PC Now this is probably one of the most popular solutions out there, when it comes to live streaming software Maybe because of the price, but also because of the feature set This is definitely on the more advanced side of things, In regards to the level of control and everything that you have over your live stream That's not to say that it isn't good for an absolute beginner as well, but there definitely is a learning curve

As the overall user interface and experience isn't really intuitive Now OBS make it easy to set up different scenes for your live stream, so you might have a scene where it's your webcam for the screen The second scene might be your computer screen share So they make it easy enough to set these up, and tailor up the look and feel, but also to switch between them easily, while you're live So OBS gives you lots of advanced controls over the set up of your live streams

But there's no wizards or step by step set up pathways There's also no presets or templates that you can quickly use and apply, for broadcasting to places like YouTube and Facebook, with the recommended settings You actually have to go and do a little bit of research and look and see what those setting are, and what YouTube recommends, and what Facebook recommends, or Twitch or any other platform And key those in manually into OBS So it's not a deal breaker, but it definitely doesn't have a lot of the presets and templates and those sorts of things that make it much easier to get up to speed, then some of the other options that we're going to cover

But in saying that as well, a lot of the other options that we're gonna cover, that have those presets and set templates, don't have the level of control that you can customize things up as much as you can inside of OBS Now one big advantage with OBS though, is that you've got a massive plugins library So of all these bolt-in tools and addons that you can get, to take your live streams up a notch Adding in things like social media integration and interaction, so that you can bring in your comments from places like Facebook or YouTube, and overlay them easily into your live streams Some of the other options we're gonna cover, already have some of those things built in, but just know that there is a massive library of plugins and bolt-ons for OBS, to really be able to get more power out of it, and to be able to customize it up for what you're looking to achieve

And also given that it is such a popular option And that it is open source There's also an amazing community there for support, if you've got any issues So if you're an absolute beginner, or someone who just wants to get up to speed, live streaming fast, OBS could be a little bit overwhelming And you definitely will need to put in some time to learn where everything is, and to get everything set up

The next option you've got is Streamlabs OBS Now you could think of this as OBS on steroids There is a heap of built in wizards and processes and things, to help you get you set up fast With presets in there for everything, so that you don't need to worry about understanding all the technical stuff Like bitrates and ideal quality settings, to be able to stream

Interface wise, it's a much cleaner, much simpler looking interface And it also has a heap of Streamlabs' plugins installed For managing things like comments, receiving donations, bringing up alerts, and those sorts of things, on screen, while you're live So this is really aimed at gaming live streams, and Twitch streaming But it does work well for YouTube and for other platforms as well

On the Streamlabs' website, they also say that in comparison to OBS, that Streamlabs OBS is much more optimized, and actually uses less of your computer processing power, of your CPU We haven't tested that, but, hey, can't be a bad thing Now, it's also worth knowing that in Streamlabs OBS, that they have actually stripped out some of the more advanced controls from OBS So if you are someone that is looking for all of those advanced controls, then Streamlabs OBS might not be the one for you In regards to pricing, just like OBS, Streamlabs OBS is totally free, but there is a $5,99 Pro Plan, which gives you extra customizability on some titles and notifications and those sorts of things, that you can display in your live stream

So I'd say for most people, that's probably not gonna be required So if you looking for an OBS-like live streaming solution, but something that's much easier to set up and use, then Streamlabs OBS could be the perfect fit for you The next option is Zoom Now Zoom will work on both Mac and PC Now it's not really live streaming software

Instead it's more video conferencing software that can live stream Feature wise, it probably has the least amount of features, of all the options we're covering But that also means, it's going to be really, really easy to use You can easily stream to places like Facebook and YouTube And you can share your computer screen

But probably the biggest feature, is the ability to not just bring in one or two guests, into your live stream But because it's video conferencing software, you actually can instead go live with your entire call, of up to 100 people, who are on, live, with you So if you're creating live streams where you wanna be able to bring people in easily, and not be restricted by numbers Then this is really the best option While you're live, you get to choose between a speaker view, which is where it will automatically switch between the active speaker, or whoever is speaking, or a gallery view

Which is really a Brady Bunch style view, with a number of people displayed in a grid, on-screen, all at once As for the downsides, besides the limited controls and functionality Probably the biggest one is, while you can stream out of Zoom, you can't read or respond to comments or interactions from your streams, from within Zoom So you need to head over to Facebook or to YouTube or to wherever you're streaming, to be able to see all the comments and all the interactions, and to interact with your viewers there So it's not a real deal breaker, but it would be awesome if the chat was integrated inside of Zoom as well

Now in regards to pricing To be able to live stream from Zoom, you will need the Pro Plan, which is $14,99 per month So Zoom is gonna be perfect for anyone looking for something easy to use Where you can easily bring in and manage multiple guests on the stream, without all the bells and whistles included in a lot of the other options The next option is Wirecast

Now this is definitely more on the much more professional end of things, then all of the other options so far The interface itself is actually really easy to use It's pretty easy to get your head around how it all works, and how to get up to speed, and set up and running with it fast I've done a lot of high end corporate live streams in my time, and Wirecast has been a rock solid solution for all of them One of the big advantages with Wirecast, and I did just touch on it, is it's got all these advance features and things which is awesome, so you really know that you're covered, and you've got a complete solution with Wirecast

But, it's also really, really intuitive and easy to find things And I think that is a critical distinction between something like Wirecast, and something like OBS, which also has a heap of advanced control and functionality But, if you're in a pinch, and something goes wrong while you're live, and yes, this stuff does happen, it's much quicker, much easier and much more stress free, finding and fixing these things in Wirecast, then it is in something like OBS, where you're just going through menus and menus, just trying to find and fix things So that is a massive advantage, as far as I'm concerned, for Wirecast In regards to pricing, you've got a few different options

There is actually a free version called Wirecast Play I don't recommend that one, that one is YouTube only And there is some big limitations The one's that I'm talking about, are Wirecast One, Wirecast Studio, and Wirecast Pro Wirecast One sells for $249, and that will let you broadcast out to one destination, like Facebook or YouTube

The next one up from that, Studio, which is the one that I would recommend for most people Is $449, and that will unlock a heap of extra features And also have the ability to bring in two guests So Wirecast does have it's own guesting feature, to be able to bring in guests to your live stream And above that is the Pro license for $699, letting you bring in up to seven guests, and unlocking all of the advanced features

That's advanced audio processing, PTZ camera control, instant replay and a whole heap of other really advanced features So Wirecast is going to be a great option for someone who is looking for something that is easy enough to use, but still has all of the advanced, professional broadcast features, to be able to do some really high end stuff But even if you're just looking to create more straight forward, more simple live streams This is gonna be a rock solid solution, that's going to be easy enough for you to use and to master, and to get really comfortable with The next option is vMix

And this one here is for PC users only Once again, just like Wirecast, this is really your top line, advanced, professional broadcast solution If anything, vMix is probably the next step up from Wirecast, in regards to the amount of features and control and those sorts of things So this is gonna be perfect for someone looking for all of those advanced features, and looking for the most amount of control, and the most amount of flexibility, with the broadcasts that they're going to be creating Now even in regards to the feature list

If you're gonna be comparing vMix to Wirecast, you'll see that they're pretty much on par And the biggest thing you wanna be doing here, when you're deciding, is looking at your individual use case And looking at the features that you need, the tools that you need, and really working out which one is going to be the best one for you Based on the different pricing plans, or which one is actually going to action, or implement those features, in the way that is easiest for you, or best for you to be able you use them while you're live So in this case, if you're interested in something at this level, at vMix or Wirecast level

I can't really recommend which one is going to be best for you It's really gonna come down to your individual use case Ideally, you're grabbing the trial version of each of them, and you're testing them out based on what you're looking to achieve The other place that you can start with this, is looking at what's included in the different plans And trying to work out which one is going to be the best one for you, that way

But what I strongly recommend, grab the trial version, give it a go, and see which one implements those features in the best and easiest way for you to action while you're live Now in regards to pricing options for vMix, there is a heap of options They've got everything from a totally free plan, where your biggest limit, or biggest restriction is that you can broadcast only at 480P, not even in HD They then have an HD option for $350 That will then also unlock their guesting feature

And let's you bring in one guest into your live stream And have things like four different overlay channels To help you build out your live streams If you wanna broadcast in 4K, or you wanna unlock more guests, and have two guests in your live stream Then the 4K option is $700

And to unlock all their features and advanced control, and have the ability to bring in up to eight guests into your live stream, then you'll need their Pro option, which is $1200 But again, if Wirecast, or vMix is the fit for you, strongly recommend grabbing the trial version, and there's links in the description below So I hope I haven't scared you off with those Pro options, because now we're moving on from software that you download and install on your computer, to browser based live streaming platforms And this is where it gets pretty interesting So the first one we're gonna cover, has been around for a little while now, but it's called Be

Live Now this one is probably one of the simplest live streaming programs to use, full stop You literally just sign up and login to their website, and then you're presented with three streaming modes, or three streaming options You can choose to go live solo, by yourself, where you've still got the ability to share your computer screen You can do an interview, live stream, where you're able to bring someone in with you

Or you can select to do a talk show, where you can bring in multiple guests And the cool part about this is, your guest, to come and join you on the live stream, doesn't need to have an account or anything They can join from their mobile, or from their computer If you wanna bring more than one person into your live stream, that's when you'll be selecting Talk Show, and you can have up to four people on the live stream, at one time, yourself included But you can also have up to 10 guests, that are waiting in the lobby

Like the green room, where you can switch people in and out Now it's really easy, in BeLive, to bring up any text on screen, or titles on screen You can actually create all the titles ahead of time, before you go live And then you just click on them, and they'll be featured on screen

It's also really easy to bring in and feature comments from your viewers on Facebook as well This was one of the first platforms that had this feature, to be able to bring in, and feature comments, live on your live stream You literally just click on the comment It's featured on screen, and you click on it again to hide it, and it's gone Now as for downsides for Be

Live, up until recently, you could only use it to broadcast live to Facebook Live, and no other platform But right now, they've also added integration for Twitch So you can't use it with YouTube, you can't use it with any other platform You've got Twitch and Facebook, and that is it for now Now in regards to pricing, there is a free plan, which gives you two, 20 minute broadcasts per week, totally free

There's also a Lite plan at $16 per month, which doesn't include screen sharing, but it does let you do 16 broadcasts per month Or there is a Standard plan for $25 a month, unlimited broadcasting, with screen sharing capabilities and some custom branded frames as well So BeLive is a solid option for someone, whether you're an absolute beginner, first time live streamer, right through to someone who is a seasoned pro, but someone who is not looking for all the bells and whistles Someone who literally wants to click a few buttons, go live, maybe bring a few people in

This will be a great solution for you Now if you're looking for something similar, but with more advanced control, that's what the next two options are So the next option is StreamYard, and it is very similar to BeLive, but really on steroids You've got so much more control over the look and feel of the broadcast

You can totally customize up the titles and the branding and everything, to really make it look like your brand Unlike BeLive, you can use StreamYard to broadcast to more places Things like Twitter, Periscope, YouTube, as well as Facebook and Twitch as well You can also have up to six people on your live stream with you

10 of them can enter, what they call the broadcast studio, or the green room And be swapped in and out, but you can bring on up to six on screen, at a time One of the features I really like in StreamYard is that it is kind of theme and template based Similar to BeLive, where you've got the ability just to click on some different presets

Like 50-50 camera split Or like you off to one side, and your screen share on the other side There's templates setup for different scenes, but it literally is click of a button and it's going to change your scene to those things Now they're not highly customizable at all, but this is the next level on that scene integration, and swapping out things while you're live, then you get in BeLive, and it is super powerful in StreamYard

In regards to pricing, there is a free version, which will add a watermark or branding onto your live stream You can remove that if you upgrade to the Basic plan, for $20 per month You can also then customize that up and add in your own logo, and you can also add overlays and backgrounds and those sorts of things in there as well Up from that, they have a Professional plan for $39 per month, which really just gives you access to priority support So this is a really great option, again for someone, absolute beginner, right through to advanced

Someone who is looking to be able to bring guests in easy, to easily be able to set up your live streams and go live without too much technical knowledge, or without a heap of advanced features I think this is a really powerful option And that brings us to the final option, which is Lightstream Now this I this one I think is also bit of a game changer Compared to all the other ones we've covered, this is closest to StreamYard, but I would say that it has more features, and more advanced features and control than StreamYard

Now just like BeLive and StreamYard, this one runs in your browser as well But you do also have the option to download their software, or their local client, as they call it, to unlock more advanced features Just like StreamYard, you're able to go live to pretty much all the major platforms out there Facebook, Twitter, Periscope, YouTube, you name it

And also like the others, it is super easy to invite and bring guests into your live stream as well And you can currently bring in up to seven additional guests, making it a total of eight people, live on your live stream There's also a really cool feature with Lightstream, where you're able to log in from your phone and control your live stream To be able to start and stop the stream To be able to switch the different scenes that you've got set up, all from your mobile device

So you're not touching your computer, while you're live Now this is a fairly new offering, and they're still rolling out new features There is currently no full HD, no 1080P But you can do 720P at 60 frames per second With that said, 1080P will be out soon

And they'll also be very shortly, adding in the ability to stream your video files as well So you can playback a video live, in your live stream Which was a feature they had, but they've removed it, but again, they've said that they're coming back soon Now in regards to the amount of control and customizing out the look and feel Especially compared to Be

Live and StreamYard, you actually get a lot more control in Lightstream, then the other two You can really dial everything in and customize it up, and make it look amazing And also make it match your brand as well So while this is kind of the new kid on the block, in this space, and it is missing a couple of features Like your full HD live streaming, and the ability to playback videos in your stream

Out of these last three, this is the one that I'm most excited about, I really like what they're doing, and I think this it the one to watch Now in regards to pricing, Lightstream is free Now I'm gonna read this out, so I don't mess it up Streaming with Lightstream is free, and will always remain free, but premium features may arrive with a price point in the future So Lightstream is going to be a good solution for someone who is looking for a simple but advanced live streaming platform, that you can run from your web browser

Without the need to get caught up in a heap of settings and technical stuff To be able to bring guests in, and set up your live stream and everything As I said, I really think this is the one to watch, moving forward Especially when they bring out full 1080P support and also bring back that video file streaming feature as well So that's the round up of the top live streaming programs on PC, right now

Now, with anything like this, I would strongly recommend that you grab the trial versions, and at least try out a couple of these that you think are going to be the fit for you And it really is just a matter of finding the right tool to get the job done So test a couple, see which one is a fit for you, and use that, there is no right or wrong with this stuff And again, we got links down in the description below, to where you can grab those trial versions So from me personally, when I'm live streaming on Windows, my current go-to is Wirecast Studio

And it has been that for quite a while now But as I said, I really think offerings like Lightstream, are going to be an absolute game changer going forward, and I'm sure that we're gonna start to use those, a lot more then these software based solutions So those are the best options for live streaming right now Now one of the great ways to maximize your live streams is to re-purpose your content, after you've been live Check out the video linked on screen now, showing you best ways to re-purpose your video content, for portrait, for places like Instagram TV, and I'll see you in the next one