OBS Studio – Adding Twitch Chat Overlay to Your Stream
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OBS Studio – Adding Twitch Chat Overlay to Your Stream


What’s up guys, it’s Pete here once again
for the Gaming Careers YouTube channel. Today we’re going to be talking about how to
add twitch chat, specifically a completely transparent version of your twitch chat
into your stream. This is useful because it helps keep chat interaction going,
people like seeing their names on the stream so they’ll be more tempted to
chat on your stream if they can see it actually in the video and know that their
name’s going out to all of your viewers and it’s also useful for maybe some of
the quieter times during your stream like queue times or loading screens it’s
useful just to have something else there to keep people entertained and to keep
the stream going. Now there’s a few different ways of doing this and there’s
a lot of old information on the internet about how to do this because it didn’t
used to be so easy so you can see lots of popular guides on using IRC or
removing the background color using a green screen and all these kind of
things but it’s much much simpler now and there are still a few different
software solutions but we’re going to be going with streamlabs since we’ve used
that software for so many different videos that we’ve had here on the gaming
careers YouTube channel, if you haven’t seen the other videos on streamlabs
we’ve done stream labels so how you get things like donation amounts and also
stream alerts how you get like the actual subscription alerts appearing on
your screen so if you haven’t checked them out I’ll put them in the top corner
but for this one we’re going to be talking about their transparent twitch
chat and how to add that to OBS. Finally if this is your first time at
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consider subscribing but let’s jump into the video! The first thing we need to do is to head
over to streamlabs.com and you’ll be greeted with this welcome screen and we
can just click login to get started. Next you’ll be asked to connect your streamlabs account with one of their streaming services so we’re going to use twitch
for this so just click connect with twitch. Now if this is the first time
that you’ve used streamlabs you’ll have to login to your twitch account and
authorize the streamlabs application to access some of the API functionality
through twitch, but if you followed some of the videos before you will have
already done this and you should get taken straight through to your dashboard.
Next we need to look down on the left hand side under the widgets tab and find
chatbox and select that. Now you should see a screen similar to this where you
will get a preview of some twitch chat some just randomly generated twitch chat, as well as some of the options below. This preview here is going to aim to
replicate the fonts and theme that you choose so you can get an idea as to what
it would look like on your stream. Now the first option that you’ll be able to
customize is the theme so if you’re a bit of a coder you can dive right into
the deep end with some custom CSS if you’d like this way you can ensure that
you’ll have a chat overlay that’s completely unique to anyone else on
Twitch. But if you’re lazy like me you can see the kind folks at streamlabs
have already made some of the themes for you so you can just browse through some
of these options and see how they look in the preview and choose the one that
suits your needs best. The next options allow you to choose between which badges you want to show in your stream so if you check or uncheck these you should
see them appearing and not appearing in the preview window above. I recommend
having them all enabled because these people have either supported you or
supported twitch indirectly supporting you, so I recommend having these all checked but obviously it’s completely up to you
how you want to customize the look of your twitch overlay. The next option is
to enable some additional emotes, all the twitch emotes are already included
so people can spam their Kappa’s and you’ll see them in your twitch chat but
this is an option to enable some extensions, if you want to enable more emotes than just the twitch ones. The next option is
for background color, now I imagine the majority of people are going to want to
have a transparent twitch chat so it can be overlaid of some sort of design on
their stream setup, so if you that is the option then leave the background color
at black which is all zeros but if you want to do something more creative and
have a certain colored background then of course you can change that here. Text
color, similar to background color, customize it if you would like to I
think white and black is the most readable so I’m going to leave mine at
the default and with font size you might want to bump this up just a little bit
from 22 but obviously you can come back to these settings and play around with
them later so once we actually get a preview in OBS you can decide whether or
not you want to change the font size and just come back and it will automatically
update. The hide messages after option this allows you to set a timer for how
long messages should appear, now for busy streamers that are getting lots and lots
of chat interaction obviously after about 15 seconds there’s probably enough chat going on that it’s it’s been bumped off the list anyway but if you are a
smaller stream and not getting quite as much chat then you can set this option
here for how long you want the message to be displayed for before it
disappears. You can also choose to always show messages which can be a useful
option if you want to always have some chat appearing on your stream but if
it’s slow it does look a little bit stagnated so I think the hiding messages
after around 15 seconds is actually a good choice. Next we get the option to
hide some chatters so you can hide the common chat bots, this is a useful option
if you don’t want you know moobot or nightbot commands to be appearing on
your stream chat obviously they’ll still actually be in your twitch chat but this
is just customizing what gets shown in the overlay. You can also choose to hide
commands starting with an exclamation mark so if people are constantly asking
your chat bot certain things like what your current rating is or what mouse you
use and things like that and you don’t want those clogging up your stream
overlay then you can also hide those commands here. Finally you get the option to mute certain chatters again this isn’t going to mute them from your
actual twitch chat, if you wanted to do that you’d have to go into your twitch
dashboard, but this allows you to mute certain chatters from
your twitch chat overlay that you’re going to be streaming with in OBS.
Once you’re happy with all your settings, click Save Settings and next we will
scroll back up to the top and get the link for OBS. So up here at the top we have the widget URL just click to show the widget URL, select it all and copy it
because we will be pasting that into OBS’ browser source. So in OBS we’re going to
select the scene that we want our twitch chat overlay to be a part of, then go
across the sources click the plus icon and select browser source.
Now if browser source isn’t an option for you and I get asked this about a
hundred times in every OBS video that I do, that is just purely because you
either downloaded OBS before it was included as part of the OBS studio
package or you didn’t select it during installation so all you need to do is re-download OBS, don’t worry all your settings will prevail so you
won’t lose anything but in the installation make sure that you are
selecting browser source as one of the plugins that you want to install it
should already be selected but you might have just downloaded OBS before it
was an included package. Back to OBS, so if you select browser source a new window
will pop up, name it whatever you want to name it I always recommend naming it
something so you know exactly what it is so I’m going to call mine twitch chat
and hit OK, and the new window that pops up you want to be pasting in that long
URL from streamlabs into the URL box so just as a reminder go back to streamlabs, click to show the widget URL, copy the whole thing and paste it into the
URL box here in OBS. For width, height, fps and CSS feel free to play around with
these settings if you want to but honestly they are absolutely fine as they are, so you can just hit OK. Now what you’ll see is a red transparent box which is
great, the reason it’s not showing anything is probably because there’s not
any chat going on in your channel right now so move this into the position where
you think roughly you want the twitch overlay chat to be and then if we open
up our twitch channel in our browser so for me I’m going to go to my channel on
Twitch. Now if we type in a chat message into our twitch channel chat, you
should see it appearing into OBS as an overlay so feel free now to play around
with the exact positioning where you want it, how big you want it, if you want
to scale it big you can drag this bottom corner if you actually just want the
font to be bigger I’d recommend going back into streamlabs and changing the
font size but really now is your time to play around make sure that you’re
putting it exactly where you want it to be and it is appearing how you want it
to appear. So spend some time typing into your twitch chat lots of different
messages to make sure that you’re covering all the different scenarios so
people typing long messages, people typing emotes like kappa, and all those
kind of things just make sure that your stream set up is going to be completely
ready for the next time you go live and people are going to be amazed by your
new twitch chat overlay. The final thing to mention guys is that you don’t need
to have the stream labs website open for any of this to run now, you can close
that down and your twitch chat will forever be linked to this source that
you’ve added to OBS so you can completely close down the website if you want to
and you don’t need to do anything at the start of your stream other than just
making sure that exactly your sources are in the right order and everything
was as you last left it. I hope you found this video helpful if you have got to
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in the next video. Peace!

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