I have used StreamYard and Streamlabs, and I can indeed say that both are great at streaming. With lots of free features, you won’t be disappointed. But you won’t be using both. So, StreamYard or Streamlabs? Here is an article exploring StreamYard vs. Streamlabs to help you choose between the two.
StreamYard is a web-based streaming program that allows streaming on social media platforms. It is best used for conferences, podcasts, and interviews. Streamlabs is a desktop app for recording and stream games to social media platforms. Both support Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook.
Here are the free benefits that you get in both programs.
Studio: StreamYard offers a live streaming studio to add banners, overlays, videos, etc.
Branding: Although you don’t have many free options, you get a few to promote your brand.
Embedding videos: As the program is web-based, it offers to embed recorded videos to your own website.
Virtual background: You can have a virtual background if you want to hide your setup. Check out the 45 free StreamYard background if interested.
Chat: StreamYard supports YouTube and Twitch chat while broadcasting. You can respond as well.
No software required: Of course, you don’t need a desktop application to use StreamYard.
Insights: The program offers analytics to see your engagement to improve your future streams.
No internet required: You need the internet connection to stream, but you don’t need the connection to record.
Detects games automatically: If you add a game capture widget, the software will automatically detect the opened game.
Scenes and sources: Streamlabs offers scenes and sources to quickly switch between different streaming workspaces.
Chat: The chat feature gets comments from social media platforms. With the chatbox widget, you can display the chat in the live stream.
Chatbot: While streaming, the chatbot can remove unwanted comments and spam to protect you and your followers.
Multi-platform streaming: Although the option is premium, you get limited free multi-streaming features.
Supports tips: Streamlabs supports accepting tips and stuff. It also brings a tip ticker widget to show the progress in the live stream.
Mobile app: The program brings a mobile app to stream your mobile games.
Widgets: There are many widgets to add to the live stream, including subscriptions, donation goals, spin wheel, etc. You must be signed in to see and use those widgets.
Test option: You can test to ensure everything is fine before going live.
Dashboard: Like StreamYard, Streamlabs offers a dashboard to see your engagement, views, and other data on where viewers are most engaged.
Fundraiser: You can raise funds for a charity. Streamlabs does not charge any money.
Free sound: Streamlabs has a free sound library to download free sound effects.
StreamYard supports a handful of platforms. You can only stream to one platform for free. Here is the full list:
- Facebook page/group
- Facebook profile
- LinkedIn page/profile
- YouTube channel
Other than that, it supports all other platforms that support the RTMP stream on its premium plans. Streamlabs supports fewer platforms. Strangely, it uses OBS’s code, and OBS supports over 50 platforms. Anyway, here is the full list:
You can add a custom platform supporting RTMP for free.
As StreamYard brings a studio that works according to the plan. It offers banners, background images, and music for the events, but the free plan displays the StreamYard logo. Also as it does not support RTMP for free, you are left with the studio.
Streamlabs, on the contrary, offers thousands of free overlays (themes) to get the best of the program and promote your brand. Each theme comes with pre-made scenes to use. Here are the 25 best free Streamlabs overlays if you are interested.
StreamYard has an edge in this round because it supports inviting guests for podcasts and interviews. You can have up to six participants on the screen for free. As you add a guest, the studio automatically shows a few layouts that you can use.
StreamYard does not support any third-party apps. It is directly connected with social media networks, so all you have to do is log in. Streamlabs offers plenty of third-party apps, but all are available in the Prime (premium) version of the app.
StreamYard vs. Streamlabs OBS: Pricing
StreamYard offers two paid plans to target many users. The free plan offers to add up to 6 members on the screen, but you can only stream for 20 hours a month. It also shows its logo in the live streams.
To increase the participant limit and eliminate the 20 hours limit, you can consider the $25/mo or $240/yr Basic subscription. It also gives you the power to add your brand logos and overlays. You also get to:
- Save the first 6 hours of the stream to your account
- Multi-stream on 3 platforms
- Add your backgrounds
- 50 hours of cloud storage
The final subscription offers other options that you don’t find in both free and Basic plans. The Professional subscription provides:
- download audio of the full live stream
- stream on full HD quality
- add multiple cameras
- save the first 10 hours to the streaming and download the audio or the video file.
The plan is for users who already have a massive audience because if someone does not, paying $49/mo or $468/yr is useless.
Alright, let’s talk about Streamlabs. It only offers one paid plan called Prime. The subscription is beneficial for those who already have a following because the plan’s options don’t suit new streamers. Anyway, the plan comes with:
- Merch sell support
- 62 apps
- Multi-streaming support
- Premium themes with scenes and sources
- Paid sponsorships
- Custom tip page to fit your brand
It costs $19.99/mo, but you can save a few bucks on the yearly plan by paying $149.
Which one is better?
StreamYard is beneficial for people who want to invite guests and do video podcasts and stuff. Streamlabs is for individuals to record and stream games, tutorials, and more.
StreamYard is a paid program with some limitations, so Streamlabs may benefit those who are just starting because most of its features are free.
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