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Gaming and vMix

Live stream all of your action

Live streams are the most common way for people to connect with eSports or your gaming stream. vMix integrates directly with Twitch, so you can be streaming your gaming session to your channel in no time with great quality!

Create a great live eSports production

Creating live eSports events or gaming streams is easy through vMix! eSports events require the action on small computer screens to be displayed on large screens for the audience to see. You can output your vMix production to these large screens to provide an exciting production for your live audience to watch!

Don't miss any of the action

You can use vMix to record your game to edit later or to use for a compilation video!

vMix in Action

vMix being used in gaming tournaments

vMix is used by gaming tournaments in order to produce, record and stream to live and streamed audiences

Super Smash Brothers Tournament

Liva from Geeky Goon Squad has recently produced some Super Smash Brothers tournaments with vMix in Europe. One event was "PPT Winter" (PPT = Pandali's Pandamonium Tournament), a videogame tournament held at the E-Sport Club Munich located in Munich, Germany. The competition was based around Super Smash Brothers on Nintendo Wii and featured singles and doubles with 150 competitors taking place. There were many German contestants as well as high ranking players from USA, Spain, Israel, Netherlands and England!

The Setup

This whole production was amazingly run by just 1 person! There was plenty of action going on and involved a lot of different elements. In order to create a good tournament stream you need to capture as much of the action on-screen as well as capturing player and crowd reactions. This involved capturing the Wii U gameplay, both teams/players, crowd reactions as well as a commentator studio. A good gaming stream also needs great audio to capture the excitement of the commentators and atmosphere! Here's some of the information.
Computer setup-

  • XMG Notebook use for the production
  • CPU: i7-4800MQ @ 2.70 GHz
  • GPU: Nvidia GTX 880M SLI
  • RAM: 16GB DDR3
  • SSD: Samsung 850 EVO 500GB for OS and Software
  • M.2 SSD: Kingston SMS200S 120GB for recording
Cameras
CanonXF 100 for the commentators, 2X Sony HDR-CX240 for each player and Marshall CV500-M-2 with a fisheye lens to capture the players and audience. The HDMI cams used mini converters to SDI, ready for capturing.
Capture
To capture the gameplay via HDMI at 1080p60 a Micomsoft XCAPTURE-1 USB 3.0 capture device was used. The other cameras were added to a Magma ExpressBox T3 which connected to the Notebook via Thunderbolt. The cards in the external box were both 4XSDI capture cards allowing for up to 8 SDI inputs to the Notebook. The 2 cards installed in the box were the Magewell SDI Quad Pro and Yuan SDI Quad.
Audio
They used a Mackie VLZ4 1402 for mixing and the commentators used Audio-Technica bphs1 headsets. The sound from the game console was set to mono and then connected via XLR through a DI box. The music that was used during any breaks came from an external PC controlling the overlays. In vMix they set all trailer videos to output audio to the A bus, which output the sound to the mixer. The commentators got a fixed mix, only listening to themselves and the game audio using AUX 1. The main mix went back into the vMix computer, directly into the master mix and to the stream and recordings. AUX 2 was used for the venue audio, since in this particular e-sport game they don't want the commentators to be heard by the players, so it was mostly game sound only except when trailers were played or an interview was done.
Control
As the production was 1 person show, it was important that most tasks could be done with a press of a button. An X-Keys XK-24 was used on the vMix computer with shortcuts to provide easy control over the mixing.
Streaming
Along with 270 people watching at the event the production was streamed out to Twitch at 720p 59.94 fps @ 3,500 kbit/s. Over the weekend the stream had 30.4k views (Friday), 69.8k views (Saturday), 80.2k views (Sunday)!

The Verdict

After using different software in the past, vMix has opened up more production features and created an easier workflow with the addition X-Keys. Here's a video from the event.

vMix in Action

vMix in use at Stress Level Zero!

vMix is used by game development company Stress Level Zero for their game streams and dev videos. These can be seen via their Twitch channel.

Stress Level Zero

If you're interested in VR gaming or the HTC Vive, you would have heard of Stress Level Zero, developers of Hover Junkers. Before this, Stress Level Zero started out as a gameplay streaming channel where they would stream live edited content using the setup that is detailed below and in the video. As they're currently in development mode for Hover Junkers they are currently using vMix mainly for streaming their game development.

The Setup

For the main gaming streams at Stress Level Zero they capture, stream, and live edit 5 gaming computers with 5 locked cameras and 2 mobile cameras. Which all get converted to SDI using a HDMI 4k to SDI converter box. Those SDI cables go to the capture cards inside the mixing computer. From this mixing computer they create scenes, add delay, and match up all the inputs using vMix. This is then live edited from a mobile tablet using the vMix Web Controller, allowing the editor to be closer to the action. After the live mix is created the final output is sent to a second recording and streaming pc. This PC takes the final output and adds the final audio, music, overlays, donations, text, and extra graphics to their live stream.

The Verdict

"Without vMix we could have not created our live stream channel on an affordable budget. It is also one of the only pieces of software that allowed us to add delay to the game feeds. Without this we would not be able to live edit and still hit all the action moments that happen so quick in gaming. vMix is the most flexible and expandable software I have found on the market. Without vMix we would not have been as successful with our live stream gaming channel."- Spencer, Stress Level Zero

Here's a recent video showing their office set up.

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