How to stream on Mixer
The “streaming fever” has recently gripped you and now you dare yourself into the limelight? Or you have been an eager stream viewer for a long time and think that you have something that is still missing in this area? If you belong to one of these categories and want to start your career as a streamer on Mixer, we have just the right guide for you. Here you will learn in a few steps what you need to know, in order to participate in Mixer as quickly as possible.
1. Create your account
Since Mixer is part of Microsoft, all you need to create your channel are the login details of your Microsoft account. This has the advantage, that you don’t have to create a new account, but can connect your channel directly to your existing account and all the other Microsoft services you may already be using. If you don’t have a Microsoft account yet, you can create one here. Take some time to find the perfect name for your channel. It should be concise and comprehensible, as well as reflect the basic tone of your channel in the best way possible.
2. Basic settings
All relevant settings and information for your Mixer stream can be done by selecting “Manage Channel” from the sidebar menu on the right side of the screen. In this menu there are three main categories, which we would like to give you an unterstanding of:
- Broadcast: Here you can post all relevant information about your current stream under “Today’s Broadcast”. In detail, this is the title for your stream, the currently played game, the age group for which your stream is suited (family-friendly, for teenagers, 18+) and a “Share text” that will be displayed as soon as someone wants to share your channel on Twitter, Facebook, etc. Under “Preferences” you can then set up some notifications to be displayed during your streams, record and archive your broadcasts and automatically mute other streams as soon as you go live. You will also find the “Stream Key” you will need for your streaming software later on.
- Customize: Here you can modify some settings to make the stream more interesting and of higher quality. First of all, you will find a bigger window under “Channel Description”, which provides space for more detailed information on your channel. Do you have a Twitter account, a website or a Facebook page? Then this is exactly the place to mention them. Otherwise, you can also set an avatar, a thumbnail for posts on social media, the background of your channel and an offline image for times when you’re not live. You can also use the “Information” section to briefly record the most important facts about your channel and to refer to your various profiles in social networks.
- VODS: Here you can find the recordings of your streams from the last 14 days, if you have activated the option to record in the “Broadcast” section. Please note that each clip will be deleted after 14 days.
3. Choose your software
In the “Broadcast” section you will find the stream key you need, to transfer your gameplay to Mixer 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 ask for it by clicking on “Stream Setup”.
If you are interested in OBS, you might want to take a look at our detailed OBS guide. If you’re looking for encoders, except for OBS, to stream on Mixer, you’ll find a quick guide for the major providers by clicking on “Stream Setup” in the channel settings on Mixer.