How to stream on Smashcast
You are on fire for live streams and would like to try streaming by yourself? You are a long time fan of different streamers and think you have what it takes to become the next big star? If you belong to one of these categories and want to start your career as a streamer on Smashcast, we have just the right guide for you. In a few easy steps we’ll show you, what you need to keep in mind and how to get to the top of Smashcast as soon as possible.
1. Create your account
With a click on «Create account» in the upper right corner, you can create your Smashcast channel in a few steps. Alternatively, you can also connect your Facebook or VK account, to save you the trouble of creating a separate Smashcast account. Take some time to find the perfect name for your channel. It should be meaningful and reflect your channel well.
2. Basic settings
All relevant settings and information for your Smashcast stream, can be done in a few simple steps. Click on your Smashcast avatar and select «Settings». There, you will find a bar on the left side, where you should select «Channel» (Smashcast offers many more options that you can use for the «fine tuning» of your channel, but for the basic settings all options apart from the «Channel» tab are irrelevant). There are three main categories, which we would like to give you an understanding of:
- «Channel Settings»: Here you can activate the recording of your streams and set a stream delay. This is for example useful in PvP games, to protect you from opponents who want to gain an advantage via your live stream by knowing your position and tactics. If your channel isn’t G-rated, you can mark it here too.
- Streamkey: Here you can find streamkey and server for the broadcast of your streams. You will need these for point 3 of this guide.
- «Channel Design»: Use this area to set an offline image for your channel in the «Cover» section. Furthermore, you can add a short video to make your channel more appealing to viewers while you’re offline, by selecting «Channel Trailer».
Now click on «Live Dashboard» in the left column, to set the info for your current stream. Here you can give a title to your stream, select the game you are currently playing and set your language. The «Social Media Post» option allows you to post directly on your preferred platform or you can use «Feed» to communicate with your fans on Smashcast directly. There are also the possibilities to conduct surveys or start a raffle. Apart from that, you can use this menu to advertise, to make some extra money and to directly view and moderate your chat.
3. Choose your software
As mentioned above, you will find your stream key in the «Streamkey» box. You will need it to transfer your gameplay to Smashcast with your favourite software. We would recommend OBS for this, because it is an extremely reliable, free software, which has become the absolute number one among streamers in the last few years. For OBS you only need the stream key, as you can select the appropriate server directly in the OBS settings. Since other encoder software may require a server link, it is good to know that you can find it here too.
In case you are interested in using OBS, but are not yet familiar with it, please have a look at our detailed OBS guide. If you are looking for encoders, except for OBS, to stream on Smashcast, you can find instructions on how to set up the chargeable software XSplit for Smashcast here.