With a rapid increase in the streaming industry, many tools have been introduced. Today, we have Twitch’s own Twitch Studio platform. Many users have many questions when they set it up, and this Twitch Studio Guide will help you answer some of those questions.
- What is Twitch Studio
- What are the scenes in Twitch Studio?
- How to setup Twitch Studio
- What are layers in Twitch Studio?
- How to add a webcam to a scene
- Recording screen
- Blur image background in Twitch Studio
- Record mobile screen with Twitch Studio
- How to delay your stream
- Can I use Twitch Studio on PS4 or Xbox?
- How does it compare with others?
What is Twitch Studio
Twitch Studio is a free streaming and recording program specially designed for Twitch. You need a free Twitch account to use it, and It is available on Windows PC, but you can download the beta version on Mac.
What are the scenes in Twitch Studio?
Scenes are the screens that you stream. What’s visible in the scene is visible on the live stream. In Twitch Studio, you can set scenes for breaks, gameplay, chatting, stream ending, etc., and quickly switch scenes with one click.
How to setup Twitch Studio
The best way to set up Twitch Studio is to let it optimize itself. When you first use the app, it shows a setup screen. You can let it examine your hardware and internet connection and set the quality for the stream.
You can re-optimize the settings any time in the Stream Quality settings, and if you like to take things into your own hands, you can manually adjust the stream quality settings.
Some of the stream options of Twitch Studio are:
- Preset: The combined resolution and frame rate options.
- Resolution: The option follows the Preset value, but you can manually change it.
- Frame rate: Frame rate also follows the Preset settings.
- Bitrate: This is the stream’s bitrate. The more bitrate, the faster internet it requires.
- Encoder: Leave it to Hardware if you have a good graphics card.
What are layers in Twitch Studio?
Twitch Studio layers are overlays that populate the scene. A scene is made up of those layers. Some of the common layers are screen share, webcam, browser source, Twitch Alerts, Chat Box, Countdown, etc. Here are the details for each one:
- Screen Share: The layer allows adding your game, window, or the whole monitor.
- Webcam: The webcam layer adds a webcam box that can be repositioned.
- Main Screen Share: The layer has the same features as screen share, but it can be linked to other layers.
- Twitch Alerts: The common layer can be used to alert when you get new subscribers, cheers, or followers.
- Browser Source: You can display a webpage with this source.
- Text: A simple text can be displayed and repositioned.
- Goal: Set a subscriber or follower goal and display it on the screen.
- Chat Box: Display the Twitch chat in real-time.
- Countdown: A timer layer to count the time to an event or something.
- Image: Display an image on the screen or add a background.
- Media: Display an image or video or play audio on the screen. It comes with many pre-made stickers and sounds.
- Solid Color: Display a solid color box.
- Color Gradient: Display a color gradient box.
How to add a webcam to a scene
Adding a webcam is scene-dependent, so you must go to scene settings and add a webcam layer. Follow the steps to add a webcam to a scene on Twitch Studio:
- Click on Edit next to the scene name
- Click on Add Layer under Layer settings
- Choose webcam
- Add on Add
- Reposition your webcam
- Click Save
If you don’t see the webcam, you can either refresh the device or change it. To the right of Twitch Studio, you will see Device options when the webcam is selected. Click on Refresh Device to refresh it.
If that did not work, click on the change button and select the webcam you want to use. Click on done to close the window.
Adding webcam filters
Twitch Studio also offers webcam filters. The filter is specific to the webcam layer, so if you add another webcam layer, the filter won’t be applied to that one. To add a camera filter, follow the steps:
- Click on the webcam layer
- Click on the Change button in the Device settings
- Click on the side arrows to browse and choose filters
Twitch Studio supports recording the scene without streaming it on Twitch. Before recording, you must check the Stream Quality settings as Twitch Studio uses the same settings for recording.
Under settings, click on Stream Quality. The option you should look at is Preset. If not 1080p60, click on the dropdown and select this option. This will ensure that the resolution and frame rate is set to the highest.
Where does Twitch Studio save the recording
By default, Twitch Studio videos are saved in the C:\Users\user\Videos\Twitch, but you can change the folder under the Recording settings of the software.
Blur image background in Twitch Studio
Many layers in Twitch Studio support the blur property. To blur the background, here are the steps:
- Activate the scene which contains the image
- Click on Edit next to the scene name
- Under layers, click on the image layer
- On the right side, click on the + sign to the right of the Blur property
- Click on Edit Blur
- Adjust the Blur slider
- Click on Save
Record mobile screen with Twitch Studio
Twitch has yet to offer a Twitch Studio mobile app. Until that happens, you can use tools like Streamlabs OBS to stream from your mobile phone.
How to delay your stream
Twitch Studio comes with a streaming delay option for up to 1800 seconds (30 minutes). The delayed stream is saved on the PC, and depending on the set time, storage is required.
Can I use Twitch Studio on PS4 or Xbox?
Twitch Studio is not available on PS and Xbox consoles, but you can connect your PlayStation console with your PC using the Remote Connection option and then use Twitch Studio to stream on your computer screen.
How does it compare with others?
Twitch Studio is a simple program and has yet to reach its full capacity. It works fine if you want basic streaming options, but there are other programs for advanced features, like chatbots, merch selling, and overlays.
Twitch Studio is still new and underdeveloped, so we see bugs and stuff, but it’s a fantastic tool to stream on Twitch straight from your PC. Anyway, I hope this Twitch Studio guide helped you find answers to your problems. Please share your thoughts in the comments, if any.