Woah we're already on bit three.
Time is flying.
Today, we talk about software.
If you're streaming straight from your console, you actually don't need any software.
You can skip this bit.
Take the day off of class and...uh...I dunno, go stream!
If you're streaming from a console to a PC, or from a PC (or Mac), you'll need broadcasting software.
I personally recommend only two pieces of software depending on what you want.
Xsplit is PC only and costs a small amount of money, but you get what you pay for and I fully believe the investment has been worth it.
It's really easy to set up and use and I really love the features that come with it.
You can check out Xsplit here.
I should also add that I prefer XSplit Broadcaster over XSplit Gamecaster even thought the Gamecaster one is specifically built with gaming in mind.
OBS is short for Open Broadcaster Software.
It's free, open source, and runs on both PC and Mac.
It's a bit harder to set up and make overlays look pretty, but not impossible.
I used it for a while but honestly haven't in well over a year and so I'm not 100% up to date on its current features.
You can pick up OBS here.
That's all we've got for software.
It's the bare minimum you need, but once you've got it, you can go to town.