What are the best software tools for live streaming?

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    #1Open Broadcaster Software

    Open Broadcaster Software
    Open Broadcaster Software, also known as OBS, is a free and open-source program for video recording and live streaming. It supports YouTube, Mixer, and Twitch platforms. It is available on Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems.
    Software

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    Free

    Agustín Navarro
    Written on April 19, 2017
    "This software is a big plus for people who are looking to record their or do live streaming. It has a lot of features and settings to make the process simple. I like the fact that it support a number of platforms. And their online forum is good to bounce ideas off other people."
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    #2FFSplit

    FFSplit
    FFSPLIT is a freeware program that allows you to capture or record your desktop in different high quality video format. It also allows you to composite videos and stream online using FF features.
    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Kathy Newman
    Written on February 16, 2017
    "This program has made my video stream experience fantastic. I am able to choose the format needed for a particular project without affecting the video quality. Streaming has become easier and I am able to create crystal clear videos that do not lag or freeze during play. The additional FF features allow me to adjust and modify my videos to make them more enjoyable."
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    #3Wirecast

    Wirecast
    Wirecast by Telestream is a complete software that allows you to capture video from different input devices, edit and produce videos and stream using encoding software and integrated live streaming services.
    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Varies by plan

    Yan Jiang
    Written on April 5, 2019
    "One of the best softwares I've tried. Useful for live streaming my daily routines to my viewers :P"

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Although Twitch can be considered as the best platform for live streaming, it remains without a doubt that to be able to become a successful streamer, one has to invest in a good gaming platform, hardware, and streaming software in order to properly connect with your audience. Despite gaming being the most popular point of interest in Twitch, lifestreams, podcasts, and even music streams exist within the website, effectively giving it a wide variety of ranges that may or may not cater to a wider fan base. Presently, it comes without a doubt that Twitch's numbers will only keep on rising, especially due to their increasing partnerships and promotions.

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    #4XSplit

    XSplit

    This software is free and has NVIDIA NVENC that lets users control the performance and quality of their videos. Users can use different encoding and rendering options as well as connect listening devices for their ideal audio mix. 

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Rachel Hanson
    Written on February 20, 2017
    "Do you want to become a Game Pro Youtuber? Than this is the stuff for you. Works seamlessly to integrate the game play with the video recording. I loved it. "
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    #5Mirillis Action!

    Mirillis Action!
    Action! allows real-time recording/capture of Windows Aero desktop in a superb HD video quality. You can record web player videos, gameplay, display game fps, add live audio commentary to create tutorials, recordmusic, capture screenshots and more!
    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Joe Coleman
    Written on February 19, 2017
    "I do not prefer this solution. Mirillis Action is one software tool which has a few different levels of product for live streaming. However there are numerous more tools with more reviews and product variance costs. See at https://www.slant.co/topics/1322/~software-tools-for-live-streaming"
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    #6D3DGear

    D3DGear
    D3DGear is a recording software for PC that allows users to record game play to movies or to a video encoded for streaming without slowing down the game. D3DGear game recording function has very minimal performance impact on the game, it may not cause a game to lag or drop much frame rate.

    Software

    Windows

    $29.85- Free trial

    Crystal James
    Written on March 23, 2017
    "Live streaming video games is a major hobby of mine. So when I first discovered D3DGear I was excited to try it out. I had been using Fraps but I wanted greater performance with a smaller file size and D3DGear did not disappoint me."
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    #7Flash Media Live Encoder

    Flash Media Live Encoder
    Adobe Flash Media Live Encoder is a capture software with a media encoder that streams audio and video in real time to Adobe Media Server software or Flash Video Streaming Service (FVSS). This software can enable the broadcast of live events such as sporting events, webcasts, or concerts 
    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Jane Garza
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "The flash media live encoder is necessary for streaming to many different services. It allows you to use these services, such as Adobe Media Server or Flash Video Streaming Service. "
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    #8AirParrot 2

    AirParrot 2
    AirParrot is a software tool that allows you to share and beam your screen or media files to a variety of media receivers
    Software

    Windows, Mac, iOS

    $12.99- 60 5 computer license

    Sandra Jensen
    Written on April 16, 2017
    "AP2 makes it super easy to screenshare between multiple devices without the handle. The userface is simple and clean, and I've never had any issues with getting it to connect. Love being able to go wireless!"
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    #9ShadowPlay

    ShadowPlay
    ShadowPlay is a PC app to record and share high-quality gameplay videos, screenshots, and live streams with your friends. In order to use this software, you need a Nvidia Graphics Card
    Software

    Windows

    Free- Free

    Lauren Gray
    Written on April 21, 2017
    "ShadowPlay is definitely a pretty solid tool for livestreaming if you're using an Nvidia card. It;s great for local game capture and has a simple interface. The best part? It's FREE. ShadowPlay offers most of the features a casual game streamer is going to need and I think it's a solid option. Did I mention it's free?"
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    #10Gameshow

    Gameshow

    Gameshow is live streaming software developed by Telestream. It's a powerful and essential tool for all gamer, stream your games to everyone in a simple and cheap way.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $35.06- Free trial available

    Andrea Mendez
    Written on January 22, 2018
    "This is an awesome solution! There is a free and paid version for PC and Mac. I have been looking for a way to streams games that is simple but robust and I think I have found it! Lots of features and user friendly. "
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    #11vMix

    vMix

    vMix is live video production & streaming software that allows you to produce, stream and record in HD, SD and even 4K. You can make live streams on YouTube, Facebook Live, Twitch, and Ustream.

    Software

    Windows

    Free- Varies by plan

    Donna Alvarado
    Written on January 14, 2018
    "I really think the best tool for livestreaming is Youtube. it is intuitive and easy to use. This makes it seem much more complicated. "
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    #12Cameleon

    Cameleon
    Cameleon is a web software and iOS app that allows you to capture video and screen capture and lets you share it directly to youtube and other social media channels.
    Software

    Windows, Mac, iOS

    Free

    Juan Fowler
    Written on February 11, 2017
    "Cameleon is the streaming software/app for those wanting to stream on facebook or youtube. It's designed to work with these two platforms so if you're a streamer on these or just want to go live once in awhile this is the one for you."
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    #13Streamlabs

    Streamlabs

    Streamlabs is a modified version of Open Broadcast Software (OBS). It is a multi-functional tool that allows users to capture videos or livestream through popular streaming and video sharing platforms.

    Apps

    Twitch, Android, Website, iOS

    Free

    Vemund Christensen
    Written on October 8, 2018
    "This is just like the obs software but it has built in donation features and stream overlays, it's simple and very convenient. streamlabs does all the pitty boring work for you"

Summary

Best What are the best software tools for live streaming
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Open Broadcaster SoftwareSoftware 30 Free
2FFSplitSoftware 17 Free
3WirecastSoftware 17 Paid
4XSplitSoftware 16 Free
5Mirillis Action!Software 15 Free
6D3DGearSoftware 13 Paid
7Flash Media Live EncoderSoftware 10 Free
8AirParrot 2Software 5 Paid
9ShadowPlaySoftware 4 Free
10GameshowSoftware 0 Paid
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