Elgato Stream Deck Tutorial – How to use Stream Deck with OBS Studio to enhance your live streams!

Hey, everyone. How’s it going? Adam or EposVox here, back with another Elgato
Stream Deck tutorial. In this video, I’m going to finally show you
guys what you’ve kind of been asking for, in that I’m going to show you how the Elgato
Stream Deck can work greatly with OBS Studio. This is going to be pretty cool. I’ve already got both programs pulled up here,
with my main Twitch scene collection and profile. And if you want to learn more on how to set
up OBS Studio properly, I have plenty of tutorials up on my channel, and I have a full new tutorial
course for 2017 coming out very shortly. So in the Elgato Stream Deck, I actually have
a dedicated button for OBS. Now, this is a folder. So if I tap on it on the actual keypad, you
can see all the different scenes that I typically switch between with OBS Studio. So the Elgato Stream Deck has a few different
features built into it for OBS, because they worked directly with OBS to make a plugin
that installs when you install the Stream Deck software. Now, you do have to have OBS open and on the
proper profile and scene collection in order to customize it properly. We’re going to make a new folder here, so
we’re going to drag a scene and a mixer audio, and I’ll explain what this does in just a
minute. I just want to make the folder first here. That’s how you make a folder, by the way,
if you missed my other tutorials. You drag two icons on top of each other and
you make a folder. So you have three different types of selections
here from the Stream Deck that you can choose from. You have a mixer audio source. And down here, you have the title. You can overlay some text. “Hello.” You can actually hit–which I did not know
until recently–you can hit Enter and keep typing on multiple lines, which is handy. And you also have this button to customize
what level the text is at: the top, the center, or the bottom. My default is it’s at the bottom. Alternatively, you could be setting up your
own custom icons and not use the text, which we’ll touch on in a moment. So then you have scene collections, which
are Twitch, and then you have a specific source. So for mixer audio, you’re controlling–you’re
basically muting out your microphone with this, which is really cool. So if I select my mic/aux, right here, mic/aux,
which is my main microphone, you can see that over here on my OBS layer as picking up, you
know, my microphone talking right now. So we have an on and an off, and it automatically
darkens the icon that you have when things are turned off and has it brighter when they’re
turned on. So if we bring in a custom icon for this by
double-clicking the icon itself, and then I don’t actually have–since I don’t use–I’m
not using that specific thing at the moment, I don’t have a specific icon for it, but we
will just use, for example, “Starting Soon.” That’s on, and then off is a little bit darker,
and that’s reflected on the actual keypad itself. So that is–we’ll just call this “microphone”
for now. So then if I touch the button on the keypad,
you can see it gets darker here and you can see in OBS it muted out my microphone. So that’s a real handy push-to-mute button. Or you can toggle and mute your microphone. And you can do this for multiple audio sources. You can do this for mic 1, mic 2, capture
card audio. You can mute out just about anything with
that mixer audio source. Really freakin’ handy. It’s also a relatively new feature to the
software. The second one is switching between scenes,
which is what I primarily use up here in my OBS layout. So these are all scenes. So collection and then a specific scene. Now, I went ahead and made an icon, so I see
that big green circle, so I know exactly which one it’s on without, you know, having to rely
too much on the brightness. But you can see I’ve got “Starting Soon.” BRB and you can see the little green circle
changing as OBS itself changes. Offline. Gameplay facecam. Webcam, Main, Side, Cam, Chat. And all that does is switches between scenes
in OBS using the default transition you have here. Now, what’s cool is you can actually enable
studio mode and then still use these. And what this does is it just switches the
right side using, again, the top transition here. So if I change this to fade and change this
back to cut, now if I change scenes, it’s going to–actually it’s still using the default
one. So if I change it to fade, yeah. So no matter what, it uses this default transition
and time down here, regardless of what you’re doing in studio mode. And that may seem a little obnoxious, but
it’s actually kind of nice, because then you can still make tinkering within the studio
mode here. You can still, you know, tinker with your
settings and things like that but switch scenes. Like, it’s pretty neat. So the other type is an actual source switcher,
which is what these meme overlay things are. So if I press the Surprise one… I don’t actually have a scene selected for
that wall. All right, yeah, so there we go. “Surprise, mother fucker!” So that is the source toggle that you see
here. So then you choose your scene selection, which
again, is my Twitch profile, the scene itself, which in this case is my overlays. I have a nested scene in my overlays. And then you have the actual source that you’re
toggling, which in this case it lists all the sources available in the scene. So if I go over here and click on the overlays
scene in my OBS. Here we go. We’ve got overlays. It lists all of these different sources, and
you choose which one you want to toggle. And it’s really useful. This is how everyone’s doing their memes with
it. So then I click Surprise. It turns it on. Once it plays through, surprise, it turns
it off. Pretty straightforward. Like I said, this is my example of what I
use to create a very dynamic stream in which I can switch between a bunch of different
camera angles, gameplay, PC, console, sponsored slides. Everything all at once without having to do
any crazy keyboard thing. I don’t have to touch the mouse. I just reach over and tap this, and it’s really
neat. So we can run through what setup on my actual
OBS overlay is here. We can walk through the scenes that I have
set up real quick. Now, these three at the bottom are actually
meme overlays that I picked up from Steggy at the Elgato team that I haven’t made icons
for but that I’ve been testing out. And I don’t know if they show over top of
my slides here for you to see it. It does not look like that works. Okay. But so let’s tour what I have going on at
the moment. So I have “Starting Soon,” which is what you’re
seeing now. The stream’s about to start. I have a BRB slide. These are image slideshows, but it navigates
these specific scenes. And so be right back, and then it slides through
some sponsored slides. And then the same thing for hey, the stream
is offline. Now, move down here. We have a scene for my gameplay facecam but
specifically my PlayStation 4 gameplay facecam, because I stream some PC stuff, as well as
my console stuff. So I have a couple different, you know, actual
physical scenes in my actual setup set up. Setup set up. And if you want to see more about my streaming
setup, I do have a full office tour linked in the description down below. So if I tap on that scene, then you see over
here, hello. I have a camcorder set up here above my monitor
for my PS4. Then I have a dedicated button for my actual
webcam itself, my main webcam mounted on my monitor. Hello. That’s what you see here. I have my main computer desktop, which is
going to create an infinite loop, so don’t freak out here for a minute. Bam! Got what you’re seeing now, as well as webcam
view. This is what I use in my editing tutorials. I have a side monitor view with my right-hand
monitor here. And this is usually a webcam for that. I like to have a webcam here. I’ll just go ahead and point it up here. So if I turn over and look at this monitor,
I can still chat with the chat. I had it pointed down because I was actually
doing a quick live thing where I wanted mouse cam going. Cam 3 is my camcorder full-screen here back
over there. And then I have a special setup with the Twitch
chat going. That’s kind of a little jacked right now. I’m actually going to switch that out for
my quick live chat soon. And then I have a button that enables or disables
certain overlays on the chat, which is pretty handy. So actually, if we pull up our console gameplay
facecam, if I disable the overlays, it takes away the tip jar and that’s pretty much it. I originally had some bars at the bottom that
had like, Top Donator, Recent Tipper, all that jazz. But now it takes away–since I’m an affiliate,
I have a bitch star. So that’s a tour of what I have, along with
the memes, which are just video files green-screened out here. And then that one is a full-screen one picked
up from Steggy’s meme Subreddit. I’ll have it linked in the description down
below. Now, this one is actually just a normal hotkey. It’s for a zoom-in tool, which I use for some
of my editing live streams. I don’t even know if this will work with Nvidia
ShadowPlay, so you may be seeing nothing right now, but it’s a button that zooms in on the
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is hopefully showing you what you can do with the Elgato Stream Deck within OBS. I think you can do a lot with it, and I think
it is pretty cool. So I hope this video was helpful for you. If it was, smash the Like button, get subscribed
for more awesome tech videos, and I will catch you next time.

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64 thoughts on “Elgato Stream Deck Tutorial – How to use Stream Deck with OBS Studio to enhance your live streams!

  1. A) i think you've had that stream deck too long, it's time for a give away 😀 B) how do you set up the stream memes? is it literally just a source that you play and make sure it's not checked to play as a loop? i'm gonna follow on the subreddit, but just want to be sure i don't set it up really clunky

  2. I assume it wouldn't really work due to the Stream Deck software, but I figure I'll ask anyway: Have you tried it on a Linux machine?

  3. Question: what do you use to record these videos? I've tried using OBS and it just produces pretty poor results and bogs down my system (which is a really powerful rig). I'd like to capture 4K gameplay without overlays and my cam from OBS while I stream at 720p.

    (I have two 1080ti cards, i7 6900)

  4. Hi ! is it possible to create subfolders inside mains folders ? Very interrested for protools shortcuts use !

  5. Just got my stream deck in today. This video and the previous one were EXTREMELY helpful! Thanks for taking the time to make it!

  6. just got my stream deck and i was wondering if you can make it to where when you change a seen that it will also mute your mic and desktop audio at the same time? thats how i have my hotkeys setup on obs

  7. I noticed at about the 4:40 mark that you have a green-screened gif pop up using the stream deck. I have several set up on mine as well (thanks to this amazing video). The link you posted to the Reddit, which has some of these gifs, are all linked to YouTube videos. I thought I would do some digging and find some that were relevant to my channel and added them (so I could have video and audio simultaneously). But once I would load them into OBS and "hotkey" them on then off, the sound would continue and other videos would continuously play so I had to remove them. Is there a way to have them stop? And then to reset once you've toggled off the gif? If so, could you explain? Or possibly make a video tutorial explaining how to do it? Any and all help is much appreciated!!!!!!!!

  8. Heyo I'm having a issue with obs. For some reason when I drag the (scene) to a empty box the icon appears but i cant make any further edits. It eorked perfectly fine right out of the box. Then suddenly it stopped working correctly. I've reinstalled, and even did a full shut down on my pc. I'm totally lost and very confused to why its doing that. Please help if anyone can.

  9. My icon for my Mic toggle doesn't go dark when I switch it off. Some of my icons do and some don't. Any ideas?

  10. the drop down arrow is not showing for me in the stream deck when I add a scene. I see the arrowe but can not click it

  11. so, i use a soundboard to play songs / sound effects in-game, do you think it would be possible to do that with this Elgato stream deck?

  12. 8:08 I thought you called it a "bitch jar" at first lol. Had to rewind and make sure.
    Great video though! It was helpful. Thanks!

  13. That Stream deck is freaking awesome, I've been eyeing that for a while, this video might have just convinced me to purchase it

  14. I installed OBS…How would I get the music software that I'm using (VDJ-Virtual DJ) to be recorded….also, is there a way to monitor what the final output will sound like?

  15. Ahhh that's great that it can switch multiple cams. Thanks!! What hardware do you use to connect multicams to mac pls? Or do you have a vid for that.. Cheers

  16. Is there a way to use the stream deck to control window's volume mixer levels? Or some how use it to adjust volume levels, more the just on or off?

  17. Hi Epos, Your video helped me a TON! All useful info no fluff… Btw, I am the voice of Crash in the beginning of QuakeLive 🙂 I heard you mention that game

  18. To livestream with multiple cameras will you need two el gato's hd60's? Along with this to switch back and forth between them while live?

  19. Is it possible to adjust audio levels with the Elgato? Should your game input be too loud for the stream a buttom to lower it?

  20. im trying to add the memes in the reddit link. i added it and obs caputres the audio and outputs it, but i can not hear it. i would like to be able to hear to be able to monitor it. am i missing something?

  21. i really wanna get one of these but im not sure which one would be better for me, the 6 key or the 15. i will be using obs, but ill be using spotify, and possibly 3 scenes and sound effects. im thinking 6 instead of 15 is all i'd need but guidance would be great!


  23. Hi,
    My stream deck wont recognize that my OBS is open. I have opened both applications multiple times to no avail. Any solutions? Thank you in advance!

  24. How did you add the surprise mother Fu**ER thing to your stream to use with the deck? @eposvox

  25. can you do a video on how to play sounds threw a stream using the stream deck cause i am having trouble

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