The best guide I’ve read for doing a coding stream is by Suz Hinton. (Archive.org snapshot, since the original post is no longer available). The screenshots of OBS are old, but much of the fundamentals still apply. Suz’s earlier article about lessons learned from streaming on Twitch is a good read for those who are looking at getting into streaming.
- Mix It Up Streaming Bot - originated from the now-defunct Mixer streaming platform. Run locally, tie into the Twitch API directly.
- OBS Studio - The OG stream tool. Connects to all major streaming platforms. A must-use for any streamer.
- NowPlaying - Browser source for streaming
programs. Watches what you’re currently playing in Spotify and shows a
notification widget when the song changes.
- Royalty-Free Music has a list of artists and songs that are safe to play while streaming.
- StreamElements - I use this for a chat bot and for overlays.
- Version 1.x of this will stop functioning on February 18, 2023 for slash commands per the developer announcement.
Below are several plugins I use, including replacements for plugins that are in StreamFX. This now becomes useful as now only StreamFX’s stable releases are available for download for free and the last stable release was for OBS 27.
- Vertical - Adds a vertical canvas to OBS along-side your regular horizontal one.
- blur-filter - Extracts the blur filter from StreamFX
- obs-3d-effect - Provides a 3D effect filter, replacing the StreamFX one
- obs-source-clone - Provides the StreamFX equivalent of the Source Mirror
- obs-shaderfilter - Provides shader support, replacing the StreamFX filter
- Visuals by Impulse
- They have a bunch of semi-custom stuff available for generation on their site with no Photoshop/After Effects required. Neat.
- Nerd or Die
- I’ve bought two packs from them, and their support team is fairly responsive. Their pre-made packs don’t always work great with Mac OS out of the box since the text boxes they use are on the Windows version of OBS Studio only.
- There are lots of coupon codes available online for discounts on their products.