Produce awesome live streams of your gaming events through 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!
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vMix being used for Twitch and YouTube streaming
Hat Films have been primarily using vMix for gaming, podcasts and online D&D livestreams to twitch.tv with a variety of audiences. Their YouTube Channel (youtube.com/hatfilms) stream gaming content through the week.
"Uniquely, we vision mix all three of our cameras and gameplay between the three of us, and thus requires a more substantial setup than the solo twitch streamer. We also make a live streamed, multi-camera podcast called Hat Chat, where we usually sit at our podcast table set in our studio, however due to lockdown we now do this remotely.I'm also part of a D&D group called High Rollers which streams twice weekly. Again due to Covid-19, we are now working remotely and vMix has been essential in ensuring we keep a high level of polish to our streams." Chris from Hat Films.
The Hat Film Set up
Here's a little bit of info about their setup from Chris-
What cameras are used for productions?
- For our face cams, we utilise 3 x blackmagic pocket cinema camera, mounted on a manfrotto arm that anchors to our desks. The HDMI signal routes to an Atomos Shogun, allowing us to apply a real time LUT, and then that is outputted to an SDI, which is inserted in a Decklink Pro card in our main streaming machine.
- For D&D, as we are remote now - the players have a variety of setups ranging from webcams to DSLR's - some utilising an Elgato capture card.
What computers are used for your productions?
- We each have custom built gaming rigs that include an Nvidia 2080ti graphics card, 64gb ram, intel core i7-7820x at 3.60GHz
- Our stream PC has a similar specification - though it includes a motherboard that houses 2 CPU's, and the decklink PCI card
- With Covid-19 we have mini-ITX builds with slightly less performance, a 2080 card instead of 2080ti, and 32gb ram instead of 64
- As mentioned above, the camera goes through an Atomos Shogun converting HDMI to SDI and applying a LUT
- We use a redundancy PC to ensure we remain live, so we output the whole signal through an Elgato HD60S external card
- This then is all input to a Blackmagic Decklink Pro SDI card
- In our remote Covid-19 setups, Elgato Game Capture cards are used more frequently as we don't have the decklink SDI card, so USB 3.0 is suitable for cameras
How do you capture gameplay?
- Gameplay is captured using Newtek NDI, allowing us to wirelessly transmit it at high frame rate without needing extra SDI cards
- In our Covid Setups we simply desktop capture using vMix
How many people are in your production team?
For Hat Films, the 3 man Youtuber setup - I perform live vision mixing and streaming, while my colleague works with an audio mixer for our levels.
Who's your audience?
Our D&D setup is streamed concurrently to both twitch.tv/yogscast and twitch.tv/highrollersdnd at 1080p30 - with an average audience of 3000-6000 people. With Hat Films, we stream to Twitch.tv at the maximum ingest bitrate (6000kbps), with the resolution of 1080p60 for the best gameplay experience.With Covid-19, we each stream to our own individual channels and utilise the Squad Stream feature to allow our audience to choose who to watch. We usually reach an audience of 1000-2000 people.
To have a robust piece of production software is a breath of fresh air. I've tried a variety of similar software (like redacted) and none perform or have the amount of useful features as vMix does. vMix call has been a lifesaver for our remote setup of 5 people. Everyone is positioned perfectly and remains that way every week, it makes setup far more efficient.- Chris, Hat Films
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vMix being used in universities for esports training and production.
Esports have become viable college sports over the past few years and you can now see intercollegiate tournaments live on major sports networks. As this continues to grow in the coming years, colleges are now preparing gamers, casters and producers for careers in esports. Boise State University uses vMix to help with the production of their competitive game streaming.
Boise State esports Training Center
vMix is used as the primary broadcast system in the Boise State esports production. A team of faculty and student produces more than 100 hours a month of live competitive video game broadcasts of their intercollegiate matches directly to their partnered Twitch, Youtube, Mixer, Facebook, and other channels. The varsity program is an officially supported,intercollegiate program with 60 student athletes (many scholarships) across 5 games: Overwatch, League of Legends, Hearthstone, Rocket League and Heroes of the Storm.
The Boise State Battleground powered by Omen is a 24-seat esports training center on campus for the use of the varsity programs, clubs, students, and local community. Construction is underway on a 100-seat training center that will make it the largest in collegiate esports. The mobile production studio is housed on a different floor than the Battleground. This allows movement to different venues to support live competitions around campus and in different cities.
vMix Desktop Capture through NDI is used to transmit player cameras and POV. The mobile studio loaded into a Videolink.ca mobile flight case includes both production machine and observer station.
For their main production the team used-
- Omen 880 with a i7 6700k with a 8 GB Geforce GTX 1070, 16 GB of RAM and 2 SATA drives.
- 1x PCIe Blackmagic Decklink Duo2 card for capturing cameras
- 1x PCIe Blackmagic SDI 4K card for Observer/Spectator input
- 1 x 20X-ZCAM 20X Optical Zoom | 3G-SDI & IP Streaming| 1920x1080p | 60.7 degree Field of View for casters
- 3 x Panasonic AVCCAM
- 2 x Canon Rebel T5i Cameras for additional studio cameras
- 10 x Logitech 930e Web Cams for player cams, sent NDI
- 3 x GoPro Session (Micro HDMI converted to SDI)
- 2 x X-Keys XK-60 USB Programmable Keyboard (1 with shuttle)
- 3 x XBOX wired controller for replay director
For Audio the team uses a Behringer XENYX Q1202USB 12-Input, 2-Bus Mixer with USB Output to produce a clean audio feed for use in vMix, accepting inputs from 3 Audio-Technica BPHS1 Broadcast Stereo Headset for Casters.
Boise State relies on professional casters to (virtually) sit next to student casters. vMix Call is used to allow remote casters to be part of the live broadcast.
During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Boise State moved to a full REMI broadcast approach to keep students and broadcasters socially distanced. This enable production to continue using vMix Calls and other cloud-driven tools to maintain quality production at a distance.
Live events are streamed to twitch.tv/boisestateuniversity at 1080p/60 and a bitrate of 4000 kb/s.
Using vMix as our primary production tool has helped us become the envy of collegiate esports by broadcasting far more than any other school. It allows for top-level professional production without the expense of solid state broadcast systems.- Chris, Director of esports- Boise State University.
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vMix for esports productions with One Gaming Agency
One Game Agency specializes in organizing and hosting esports events, as well as creating awareness of and driving preference for brands through digital marketing activities to the esports and gaming communities.
The One Game Agency studio creates high-quality esport and gaming content, using the highest quality production and live stream standards. Their PIT Series of tournaments are amongst the most recognized and popular event brands inside competitive gaming market and have a truly worldwide appeal.
Their Broadcast Studio
Their setup gives them the ability to adapt to different content types, be it esport, multiplayer, or streaming singleplayer and co-op games. The heart of the production studio is a vMix PC which receives all the observer video input and in-game audio. All input must be high quality, ready for Twitch standards, including good audio and full HD video at 60 FPS. vMix production PC contains three Blackmagic capture cards and a Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 sound card. All asset and input mixing is done via vMix, combined with Reaper for audio. Finally, master signal is sent externally to our encoding PC where OBS is used for uploading to Twitch.
For the analyst desk, they use a Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K which is connected to the vMix production PC via SDI. The Olympus Micro FourThirds lens provides enough zoom and light for their needs.
Their casters and streamers use Sennheiser HMD 26-II broadcast headsets, while the production computer has a Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 sound card. The analyst desk receives in-game sound using XLR connected through a Soundcraft mixer which allows the casters to tweak sound levels on their end, while vMix audio mixing feature is used to balance audio for the stream.
One Gaming Agency used vMix to produce their PUBG Invitational and Overwatch PIT tournaments, which have 2.3 million unique viewers combined. PC
- CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 1800x
- GPU: Sapphire Radeon NITRO+ RX 580 8GB GDDR5
- RAM: DDR 4 HyperX Fury 3000 MHz.
Here's what Dino from One Gaming Agency had to say about vMix-"vMix gives us the flexibility and reliability to produce quality esport and gaming content and lets us express our creativity while building content for our viewers. Its simplicity of use, paired with powerful features allow us to control the entire production process quickly and efficiently from a single production station both in online tournaments and live LAN events."
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Six Lounge Series Final
vMix was used to produce the Six Lounge Series finals in Germany. This is a quarter-yearly online esport tournament for amateurs as well as professional teams for Ubisoft's competitive online multiplayer shooter Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege. After a month of online qualifiers the 2 best teams are invited to play each other live in Berlin to determine the series' winner. The final was streamed out to Twitch and Youtube on the official Ubisoft channels.
Faced with the challenge of creating a show with multiple sets, live content, live gameplay and pre-produced content Fanhki turned to vMix for the production. They had a production team of 3 and needed to make sure that they would be able to produce great content that was being pushed out to 25 monitors/beamers across the whole location as well as a live feed being streamed to Twitch and YouTube. By utilizing the vMix Web Controller on several tablets and smart phones they were able to assign shortcuts for all the necessary tasks without sacrificing on location mobility of their 3-man team!
For their main production the team used-
- A water-cooled i7 6700k with a 8 GB Geforce GTX 1080, 16 GB of RAM and 2 Samsung EVO SATA drives.
- 2x PCIe Blackmagic Decklink Duo2 cards for capturing cameras.
- 1x PCIe Elgato HD 60 Pro capture device to capture the casters spectator mode gameplay
- 1 x Sony PMW-200 Camcorder for the casters (SDI)
- 2 x Sony PMW-200 Camcorders for talkrounds (SDI)
- 3 x Garmin VIRB Ultra 30 Fisheye Action Cam (as a GoPro alternative) (Micro HDMI converted to SDI)
- To produce a clean audio feed to use in vMix and for the PA system on location they used a digital audio mixer from Yamaha (Yamaha LS9 16) connected to a Komplete Audio 6 Interface from Native Instruments.
The event was streamed out live to twitch.tv with 1080p/30 and a bitrate of 5000 kb/s. As the client wanted to go to YouTube also, restream.io was used to stream to both locations. Over 45,000 people viewed the stream!
Using vMix as our primary production tool has ultimately enabled us to take on bigger productions with smaller teams. The reliability and flexibility vMix offers is just unmatched for a small production business like ours.- Michael, Fankhi
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Using vMix to produce gaming events
EpicGamingParty is a startup production company in Atlanta, GA with the goal of hosting gaming events outside of the typical tournaments or LAN parties. Using Twitch livestreaming and YouTube videos, they are able to entertain an online audience as well as the attendees watching live at the events. Their biggest challenge has always been finding a way to livestream the displays of multiple computers, as well as multiple cameras, with easy switching. Another challenge has been giving the other attendees at events a chance to see the action without having to stand behind the players watching over their shoulders.
vMix was used by EpicGamingParty to produce a live broadcast at MomoCon 2017 in Atlanta. They were allocated a large space on the gaming floor so they need to create a live show and also entertain a sitting audience that was at the convention.
During the past school year, WSN Live had just under 1 million viewers (approx. 903,000). WSN Live has had single events with as many as 16,107 viewers on a given night.
EpicGamingParty set up gaming stations for competition at MomoCon that was then streamed and also displayed locally on a large screen. EGP ran various games on the stations and then used NDI to bring back to a main computer for switching and streaming. The players were also captured via a front on Sony HD camcorder and Logitech Webcams.
- Streaming PC: AMD FX-8300 8-Core Processor, 12GB Ran, Nvidia GTX1060
- Gaming Computers: Dell, Acer, and Alienware Gaming Laptops (7 Total)
- Main Camera: Sony HD Camcorder
- Camera Capture: BlackMagic Decklink Mini Recorder
- Gaming Capture: NDI Streaming via closed LAN
- Secondary Cameras: Logitech C920 and C270 Web Cameras
- Audio: Behringer Xenyx Q1202 USB Mixer with 2x Neewer NW-700 Condenser Microphones
The production was then streamed to Twitch at 1080p/30 and a bitrate of 3500 kb/s. The output from vMix was also displayed on a large screen for viewers to watch at the convention.
Without vMix we could never handle as many inputs or have such fluid switching without expensive and ultimately limited hardware solutions. Using independent external outputs, we can finally entertain audiences at events, as well as our online viewers, in a way we could only imagine before.- Shawn, Executive Producer.
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vMix being used in gaming tournaments
vMix is used by gaming tournaments in order to produce, record and stream to live and online 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!
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.
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)!
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.