With live entertainment becoming more and more mainstream, individuals are turning towards live broadcasting as a way of connecting hobbies with family, friends, and strangers alike. For those who are looking to stream live content to popular broadcasting video sites like Twitch, Youtube, Hitbox, and Dailymotion Games, there are several screen-casting tools available to help you capture, record, setup, and stream your desired video to your favorite platforms. Two of the mentionable screen-casting tools are made by the same company, Xsplit, who is a market leader in the industry of broadcasting services and a popular go-to application for top streamers. Choosing which one to go with can be a difficult choice, therefore here is a detailed comparison of Broadcaster vs Gamecaster.
For those who are new to live streaming and broadcasting, Gamecaster will win their heart due to its easy interface management and setup configuration. Gamecaster does something a bit different than Broadcaster in that it actually provides a simple instruction screen about how to get started. All you do is open up any game, hit CTRL +TAB to bring up the Gamecaster overlay and click on the start button live streaming button. This allows those who want to get their stream up and running quickly and easily with minimal configuration and fuss, to do so without technical knowledge. For those who want to live stream console play, you require a game capture card. Gamecaster works with numerous capture cards, like the all-time popular Elgato Game Capture HD lineup, Razer Ripsaw, Hauppauge HD and Avermedia cards.
Broadcaster, on the other hand, requires some technical knowledge for setup. When you first open Xsplit Broadcaster, you’ll be greeted by a blank screen and several controls for setting up multiple viewpoints. These are called scenes and are what you use for setting up different displays. Often streamers will use one scene to capture their game, the second scene for transitions, a third scene to bring up a “be right back” screen and some will even have specific scenes for introductions and stream endings. Setting all of this up can take some time and can be extremely confusing for those who are new to the broadcasting scene.
Overlay Options and Customization
Gamecaster wins if you are just looking for a simple built-in overlay that allows you to pull up recent followers and Twitch chat/stream chat. Besides this, the only other overlay options that are available are with the Gamecaster overlay itself, which allows you to stream, record, mute your microphone, adjust the volume, and even annotate your creation while playing the game. It does have a “be right back” screen which automatically pops up when you tab out of the game, which can be really nice for some streamers and a hassle for others who do not need this automatically appearing window. It can be turned off if you choose to use the premium version of Gamecaster.
However, Xsplit Broadcaster is a hands down winner if you want to add in your own overlays, no matter whether that be an introduction music, graphics, outros, or branding. You can insert your own overlay to show up, allowing you to implement in a border frame, more precisely a place which holds all of your alerts, your social media, advertisement boxes, and so on. You can even add a camera border if you want for your webcam. In addition to this, Broadcaster allows the integration of third-party plugins, which means you can use software like Streamlabs, for tracking alerts and adding in visual mini-games.
For those who are looking for taking streaming seriously, Broadcaster will win in the technical department. It allows you to configure your resolution, your bitrate, your connecting server (where you want to upload to) and see important numbers like your dropped frames and current frames per second. In addition to this, it has the added security layer of stream keys, which functions as an activation code that you are able to use when you go live. You choose to generate a key, which you then copy and paste into the back-end of the software; and which only expires after a certain period of time. In addition to this, you can use any type of URL submissions and .txt files to improve your stream, so this includes for things like alerts/donations/subscriptions. The software also allows you to switch to “local recording” for those who want to record gameplay for later upload.
Gamecaster, on the other hand, automates pretty much everything. You don’t need to worry about stream keys, the resolution will be set automatically, you will not need to do any transitions between the fusing scenes, and you might as well upload to Twitch, Hitbox, and other platforms by simply logging into your desired account within Gamecaster. However, this means that you cannot use third-party applications for stream enhancement.
In conclusion, for those who are just looking for something simple to get started, Gamecaster is a great choice as it provides the necessities needed to get a stream underway. It is also a great piece of software for those who are looking to have a transition into streaming through an easier setup rather than choosing to jump into the learning curve right away. However, if you already have the knowledge or don’t mind learning more complicated software and want the customization that comes with that, then Broadcaster is for you.