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What’s more fun than streaming your favorite game or chatting with your fans on Twitch? Doing it with friends! Twitch co-op streaming is huge right now—all around the world, people are playing games together, telling stories in virtual tabletop RPG sessions and producing a new breed of live talk shows.
While it’s incredibly easy to start streaming these days, it gets a little more complicated to stream with multiple people in different locations. Twitch has a feature called Squad Stream that makes this possible, but because it’s only available to Partner-level users, it’s not an option for the majority of streamers.
Fortunately, there are other ways to stream with your friends. This article will cover two methods for bringing remote video feeds into Streamlabs OBS:
Follow the steps below, and you’ll be streaming with a buddy in no time!
Enabling NDI usage in Skype enables you to add remote video feeds as a source in Streamlabs OBS.
This method allows you to take one or more video feeds from a Skype call and add them as Sources in Streamlabs OBS using a video-over-IP protocol called Network Device Interface, or NDI. While the name sounds complicated, NDI actually makes it incredibly easy to turn your Skype call into a multi-person Twitch stream. Here’s what to do:
OBS.Ninja is a simple, browser-based solution for adding remote video feeds as sources in Streamlabs OBS.
If you or your guests don’t use Skype, there’s a simple web app called OBS.Ninja that lets people send you live video and audio feeds directly from their web browser. Created by programmer Steve Seguin, OBS.Ninja is a super-streamlined option that still delivers high-quality results. While OBS.Ninja can be used on any computer, these instructions are primarily for PC users. If you’re using a Mac, see this video for additional instructions. Steve’s YouTube channel contains even more instructional videos.
When adding a Browser Source in Streamlabs, you’ll notice an option called “Control Audio in OBS,” which is disabled by default. This setting lets you choose whether to send the audio from a browser source to your stream output, monitor mix, or both. However, it may introduce a delay that can cause the audio and video to be out of sync, so we recommend leaving it disabled unless you’re an advanced user.
Both of the methods above are viable ways to stream with friends, so use whichever fits your streaming workflow best. Once you’ve got Streamlabs set up for your preferred method and performed a test stream to make sure it works, create a custom Scene to accommodate multiple video feeds and save it for next time. Then, all you’ll have to do next time is go into the settings for each Source and select the right NDI feed or enter your OBS.Ninja link (depending on which method you use). To take your stream to the next level, you can create a custom overlay with windows for multiple participants and add their names, social media handles and more.
For more on how to improve your livestreaming experience, check out our gaming articles.