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. Here is an article exploring StreamYard vs. Streamlabs to help you choose.
What are both
StreamYard is a web-based streaming program that allows streaming on social media. It is best used for conferences, podcasts, and interviews.
The program is web-based, so there is less impact on your computer. It also has a Studio where you can add guests, share screens, add banners, etc.
Streamlabs is an app for recording and streaming games to social media. Although it is mainly used for games, you can use it for many things.
StreamYard supports a handful of platforms. You can only stream to one platform for free. Here is the complete 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 but the popular platforms:
You can add a custom platform supporting RTMP for free.
Although both are for different audiences, there are similar options:
- Chatting with your audience
- virtual background
- Free sound
While comparing StreamYard vs. Streamlabs, we find many unique options as well.
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.
Virtual background: You can have a virtual background while streaming to hide your actual background. Check out the 45 free StreamYard backgrounds if interested.
No software required: You don’t need a desktop application to use StreamYard.
Embedding videos: As the program is web-based, it offers to embed recorded videos on your website.
Easy to use: Compared to Streamlabs, StreamYard is much easier to set up and use. All you need is the credentials to get started.
Insights: The program offers analytics to see your engagement to improve your future streams.
No internet required: You need an 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 detect the opened game.
Scenes and sources: Streamlabs offers scenes and sources to switch between different streaming workspaces quickly.
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 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.
In terms of customization, Streamlabs OBS is the king.
StreamYard’s Studio lets you customize your stream. You can add banners, background images, labels, videos, and other objects.
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.
With StreamYard, you can record locally for up to 2 hours per month. The premium plans remove this limit. Streamlabs OBS does not limit recording.
StreamYard does not support any third-party apps. It is directly connected to 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. 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 three 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 the following:
- 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.
Streamlabs, on the other hand, offers the Ultra subscription. The subscription costs $19/mo or $149/yr.
You get the below premium features:
- Premium themes and overlays
- Access apps on their website
- 10 GB cloud storage for streams
- Custom tip page
- YouTube thumbnails and Twitch panels
- Up to four on-camera guests
- Melon App Pro
- Oslo Editor Pro App
- Willow Link Pro App
- Streamlabs Console App
Which one is better?
StreamYard benefits people who want to invite guests and do video podcasts. 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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