When comparing XSplit Broadcaster vs Open Broadcaster Software, the Slant community recommends Open Broadcaster Software for most people. In the question“What are the best software tools for live streaming?” Open Broadcaster Software is ranked 1st while XSplit Broadcaster is ranked 3rd. The most important reason people chose Open Broadcaster Software is:
OBS is [licensed under GPLv2](https://github.com/jp9000/OBS/blob/master/COPYING) with code available on [GitHub](https://github.com/jp9000/OBS). It's available on Windows, OSX and Linux.
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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 Light resource usage
Open Broadcaster uses relatively fewer resources than competitors, especially when streaming using Game Mode and by limiting the number of frames per second to 60 or lower.
Pro Has over 20 plugins that enhance functionality
OBS has over 20 plugins to choose from, including one's that allow adding video files and any other media supported by VLC as a source, integrating Twich chat and switching scene depending on what window is in focus.
Pro Streams to most live streaming video platforms
OBS can stream to any RTMP-enabled service, including Twitch, YouTube, DailyMotion, and Hitbox.
Pro Several capture types supported
There are multiple capture types that can be used to stream. By clicking in "Sources Window", you can add the type that you need. Windows Capture, for example, as the name suggests, captures the windows. Monitor Capture is similar but captures the window regardless of where it was, this way you can for example capture the whole monitor or a sub-region of the screen. But the most important capture type by far is Game capture, which allows users to record full screen captures of games.
Pro Supports Intel's Quick Sync for faster and more power efficient video processing
Quick Sync is hardware video encoding and decoding technology that's comparable in speed, compression ratio and quality to x264. Since Quick Sync is a dedicated hardware core on the processor die, it allows for faster and more power efficient video processing.
Pro Scene previewing allowed in Studio Mode
OBS allows to look at scenes before streaming them in Studio Mode.
Pro Stream settings are extremely customizable
Open Broadcaster lets you add different streaming profiles, each with its own settings. Each profile can have its keyboard shortcut to start or stop recording, custom resolution, frames per second or even the audio codec of choice.
Pro Simple user interface
Open Broadcaster has a clean and simple interface that is easy to understand even for people who have never used a streaming application before. It has a "Start Streaming" button on the bottom, which, when clicked lets you stream from your chosen source.
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 Can't output to multiple streams at once (planned)
Ability to stream to multiple outputs is planned.
Con Cannot record to multiple audio tracks with Replay Buffer (planned)
It's possible in regular recording though.
Con Does not support ASIO
Con Difficult to configure
Con Captures overlays even when told not to
This software has had a bug for several years where it will capture the Steam overlay and other overlays. This is problematic because your private conversations can be viewed by anyone watching your current or past streams. Privacy issues are a major reason to avoid this software.
Con Does not yet support H.265/HEVC video encoding
Con Can't link to an audio file as a source
You can download a plugin called DirectShow Audio Source, but you're only given options to use audio inputs (mic, speakers, etc...). You cannot simply select a wav or mp3 file to loop (going AFK or BRB for example).