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Getting Started with PlayDJ and OBS

Getting Started with PlayDJ and OBS

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Using OBS

You will need an encoder to stream with. There are a number of options out there (including xMix, XSplit and even Virtual DJ) , however OBS is one of the most popular encoders to go live with.

This is mainly due to its ease of use and simplistic nature… Plus it tends to just work!

Getting Started

First, you will need to download OBS  (If you don’t have it already) and you can do so here for both Windows and Mac:


Setting Up

Once downloaded and installed, start OBS. Our first step is to optimise the canvas. Select the ‘Settings’ button from bottom right.

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PlayDJ.TV - The Official Blog

Video Settings

Once in the ‘Settings’ menu, select the ‘Video’ tab and match the values with the picture.

1280x 720 px
FPS Value: 30fps

OBS Output Tab  

Next move to the ‘Output’ tab select ‘Advanced’ from Output Mode and match the streaming settings below. These are our recommended settings to get you going.

Encoder:  x264
Enforce Encoder Check box: Ticked
Rescale Output:   1280 x 720
Rate Control: CBR
Bitrate: 2500
Key Frame Interval: 2 (<- Important)
CPU: Very Fast
Profile: Baseline
Tune:  ZeroLatency

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Audio Settings

Next on the ‘Output’ tab select the ‘Audio’ tab. At PlayDJ we accept right up to 320kbps audio full quality no compression. So feel free to go max on audio – after all, that is the most important thing! 

Next on the Audio side menu option click 48Hz  Sample Rate and Stereo Channels. 

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Input Stream URL & Key 

Next, move onto the ‘Stream’ tab on OBS, once here select ‘Custom’ from the Service drop-down menu. Your unique PlayDJ stream URL and Key details will be given in your PlayDJ dashboard page area on the Stream page.

Copy and paste these settings into each box as needed and shown below.

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Input Devices

Now you have set up your stream to send to PlayDJ.TV, we know need to ensure OBS is picking up your inputs such as your audio and video capture or webcam.

Return to the main OBS screen and click the + icon under sources.

Click Audio Capture and rename if you wish for easier navigation. You can now select your device from the drop-down options.

PlayDJ.TV - The Official Blog
PlayDJ.TV - The Official Blog

Input Devices (Video)

Now repeat the same as above but choose your video capture device and select your chosen input option, whether that is a capture card or a webcam

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Quick Tip!

Make sure you mute your video source. Most webcams these days have a microphone built-in and this could cause unwanted double-ups and never-ending loops of doom should it not be muted!

PlayDJ.TV - The Official Blog
PlayDJ.TV - The Official Blog

Start Streaming

Now you have set these up you should have your output stream settings and your input video and audio sources coming through OBS.

From here you can hit Start Stream to connect to PlayDJ.TV.

Test Your Stream

Now, on your PlayDJ.TV profile under the Stream tab in your Dashboard you should now see your stream. This is a preview for your eyes only to check all your audio levels and video settings.

Make sure you are 100% happy with how it looks and sounds before going ‘live’ to your audience!

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Going Live!  

If all looks good and you are happy, hit the ‘Activate’ button below your stream preview. This will push your stream live to your channel and the Live DJs listings page. This will begin using your video hour allowance.

Once live your channel page will look something like this and viewers will be able to join your channel stream.

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Bonus Tip!

Try not to use ‘Wifi’ to stream. It can be unreliable depending on your network.

Plug your Laptop/PC/Macbook in via ethernet if you can!

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