Recommended Stream Configuration
This is a simple set up guide to get your hitbox broadcast going through XSplit Broadcaster!
First things, first!
Go to https://www.xsplit.com/ to download and install XSplit Broadcaster. After the initial install you may be greeted with an opportunity to download different updates. Please take a moment and do that before continuing.
Once you have downloaded the software, updated it, and loaded it you should be greeted with with this screen!
Next, log in!
You can log in if you already have an XSplit account, or you can create a new XSplit account clicking Register Now and following the prompts. After logging in you should be see a generic XSplit Broadcaster window with no customization.
Add a broadcast channel!
Next you’ll want to connect XSplit to your hitbox channel. You can do that by clicking Broadcast in the main menu bar. After that mouse over to add channel and then click on hitbox.
Once you have done that you’ll be greeted with the Channel Setup Wizard. Click the box that says authorize and a prompt will pop up for you to enter your hitbox username and password. Once you have entered your username and password click continue.
After clicking continue the XSplit Channel Setup Wizard will go through a series of tests determining what they think is the best ingest server and at what resolution you should stream at based upon your required upload and computer hardware. This screen and what the recommended setting is will change based upon your Internet connection and computer, but you will get a screen that is similar to the one shown below.
You can skip the setup wizard and go with your own custom settings as we will explain below, or you can click finish and it will set up your broadcaster based upon the settings it pre-determined were best. After you click finish, a prompt will pop. Just click yes to apply these settings.
After you click yes you will be greeted with the hitbox.tv properties screen. Your bitrate and server will vary based upon your location and Internet connection. Just click okay to close this screen.
Before you start broadcasting the next thing you will want to do is set up some scenes by adding the game you are going to play or a webcam showcasing the content you are going to create. You can do this by clicking Add in the bottom right corner and then choosing between Game Capture (for games you’ve got loaded on your PC) and Screen Capture (to capture a window open on your PC or the whole screen). The next option is to add a capture card (for HDMI/component/composite input to your PC or a webcam, audio devices for microphones or other sound sources. The final “other” category has a myriad of choices including things from the hitbox chat viewer to the webpage URL to input data coming from a website right onto your stream.
To set up your microphone and sound that your viewers will hear first click Tools then mouse down and click General Settings. Then you will see the window pop up with Genera, Audio, Hotkeys, Accounts, Profile, and Advanced. For now, click Audio and make sure your system sound is set to your default speakers. You can then set your microphone to whatever microphone you use.
The final thing to note before you start your broadcast is that although the setup wizard is a recommended way to get your broadcast going, all of the settings can be setup manually by you. In order to access the properties screen again click broadcast and then the gear next to your hitbox username. This will bring back up the properties window.
Under video encoding you can adjust your codec and bitrate, but always make sure your mode is set to CBR. Underneath CBR is the gear that let’s you access more of the advanced settings, but we don’t recommend changing any of them if you are a beginner.
Once you are ready to start your stream go ahead and click broadcast and then your hitbox username to start the stream!