Start streaming with external encoder (OBS)

Created by Streamster Support Team, Modified on Fri, 12 May 2023 at 12:03 PM by Streamster Support Team

In order to start streaming to Streamster cloud you need to set up your external encoder first.

1. Log in to the Streamster web app at

2. Choose the "Live Stream" section.

3. Make sure that the "External Encoder" tab is active.

4. Open your external encoder and set up your scene. Make sure that your output settings are correct.

5. In OBS click "File" - "Settings" and choose the "Stream" tab. 

6. Copy Streamster "Stream URL" field content to the "Server" field in OBS, and "Stream Key" field content to the "Stream Key" field. 

7. Press the "Start Streaming" button in OBS. 

8. Go back to your browser. If the connection is fine, in the Streamster web app you'll see the current streaming bitrate from the OBS. Alternatively, the bitrate tab can be switched to the video preview (1).

9. Add and set up streaming channels in the Streamster app and launch the live stream to chosen platforms. If you need more information about the channels set up, please read the "Setting up streaming channels" article.

Please note that the maximum bitrate for your stream to Streamster server corresponds to your current pricing plan. Keep in mind that the bitrate limit includes video and audio bitrate.  E.g. if you're using the Free plan, and your audio bitrate is set as default (160 kbps) the maximum video bitrate that can be set in OBS is 3840 kbps. Streaming with a higher bitrate increases your live stream latency and may cause other issues.

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