How should I set up Gig Perfoemer for live streaming is like asking what guitar to buy; but you’ll find SO much help here once you understand your use case. Since you’re new to live streaming I’ll offer some related advice which you can treat as free!
I’ve racked up now some thousands of hours of live streaming to Twitch and YouTube using I suppose a complex setup starting out on a 15 year old Mac with OBS bootstrapping Windows 8.1 and now progressing to using the ATEM mini pro. I used a number of VST hosts before I found Gig Performer.
I’ve also remotely operated also many live streamed hours for others and done super fancy Zoom type calls as well. Everything from gaming to ambient generative music, including all the events overlays bells and whistles etc. I have an idea I’m fairly experienced at this topic area by now, but it’s not of interest to most people as far as I can tell.
Here’s my $0.02 worth of opinion on best advice for a beginner:
Don’t bother messing around with CPU-based “free” solutions.
It’s VERY tempting to “just download OBS” and go from there. But that’s a rabbit hole, trust me. You don’t want to be messing around with your ASIO drivers spiking into your h.264 encoding and causing variable latency which stalls and drops frames while your VSTs are choking the CPU. Bypass that problem class altogether is my advice.
My best advice would be consider what your time is worth to you. Now figure out how much of your time it would take to add up to USD$295 plus let’s say $50 for HDMI cabling. I’ll assume you have a camera with HDMI output (camcorders for $200-ish will work great they even have 4:2:2 chroma sampling HDMI outputs). With an ATEM Mini Pro (don’t forget the “pro” part) you have so many and such smart options you can even work around just using a built in USB camera on a laptop.
However much your time is worth you’re going to zoom way past $500 very very fast messing around with getting “free” OBS working the way you want. Learn from my pain.
The $295 is the price of a new BlackMagic Design ATEM Mini Pro. Believe me this is the best kept and most ignored secret weapon in the entire online video ecosystem in 2024.
Maybe a bit of a learning curve but it’s not onerous, you’ll get very far learning very little, and your expansion options are frankly mind blowing. I won’t even start to go into that aspect of it. I’ll just say OSC is your friend.
This year marks a half a century since the first time I worked in live TV studio broadcasts. This device is the way to do it for my money. It’s utterly future proof and it will stay OUT of your way and let you perform.
Funny story, true story:
Shortly after the ATEM Mini Pro (do NOT forget the “pro” in the model name) came out, a new little gadget became available to 3D print. It’s a protective little cage that snaps on the corner of the ATEM control surface to prevent you accidentally hitting the “Live” and or “Record” buttons. They are for real, and they work exactly as advertised. Pro-tip use the FTB (fade to black button) which blinks slowly when on black, just like downtown,
The ATEM takes HDMI inputs so doesn’t care where those come from, Mac/PC that’s your choice. Personally I decided Windows and custom built my own machine. Even a moderately priced AMD or NVIDIA graphics card will give you 3 or 4 HDMI outputs. I believe Apple will still extract cash through your nostrils for that many HDMI outputs.
My advice if you’re starting: you will NOT be sad you bought an ATEM Mini Pro because then you can sit down at your instrument; hit the live (or record to SSD) button and you ARE live. That’s where you want to be.
I’m not associated with BlackMagic Design except as a customer, and I just happen to know the $295 is B&H’s price right now. This thing will take the headache out of streaming. Highly recommended.
A lot of people think “$295 plus, but OBS is free!” There is such a thing as diseconomy particularly when talking about our own time. Your time is not free and it sounds like you want to spend wisely. This is a very wise way, It’s a new world maybe but you’ll love it and it’s the real world TV way to do things. It’s not “too complicated” that objection is a trap.
It gets VERY cool very fast when you start figuring OSC into how your setup works and pretty much any limitation is essentially removed, particularly in how you want to run and sequence your show.