When comparing XSplit Broadcaster vs Lightstream, the Slant community recommends XSplit Broadcaster for most people. In the question“What are the best software tools for live streaming?” XSplit Broadcaster is ranked 3rd while Lightstream is ranked 6th.
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Pro Very short learning curve
Pro 3D positioning
Any scene element can be positioned in 3D space by rotating in all axis.
Pro Simultaneous broadcast
A paid license allows streaming to multiple services at the same time.
Pro Some source delay support
Webcams and capture card video as well as any audio can be delayed.
Pro Supports interactive Flash files
XSplit allows loading .swf files to the scene that can then be interacted with using keyboard and mouse inputs.
Pro Has a limited free version
XSplit offers a free version that includes both XSplit Broadcaster and XSplit Gamecaster, but is limited to .aac 96 kbps mono audio, .mp4/.flv@30fps video and advanced features like image overlays, Twitch integration or a preview editor.
XSplit has a couple of built-in transitions for switching scenes. Transitions such as wave, fade, hole, etc, that can add a bit of character to a stream.
Pro Functionality can be extended via plugins
XSplit has a source plugin store (with about 5 plugins) that add functionality such as whiteboards, image slideshows and video playlists.
Pro Easy to Use / Quick Setup
Go live in under 60 seconds.
Pro Browser Based
No downloads necessary, go live from your browser.
Pro Remote Guests
Add guests to your stream with the click of a link.
Pro Live Chat Support
Help is always there if you need it.
Con Premium version is required for commercial use
A paid license is required to use XSplit for any commercial purposes. The personal license is $4.95/mo and the premium license is $8.95/mo.
Con Stream delay is behind a paywall
Con Adding text requires a plugin
While a minor inconvenience, most other tools include this functionality by default.
Con Resource heavy
Con Can't go above 1080p
Con Windows only
XSplit runs only on Windows. Other operating systems such as OSX or Linux are not supported.
Con Recommended ~5MB upload
Some may not have fast internet speed.