The Outputs tab in the Switcher Studio app is where you'll set up your livestream or turn off streaming if you want to record your video without going live. Navigate to Outputs by tapping the icon that looks like a box with a right-facing arrow in the tab bar.

Recording without Livestreaming

If you want to record your video production without going live, select None in the Broadcasting section of the Outputs tab.

When you're ready to begin recording, tap the big red button in the top right. 

Setting up your Livestream

There are three core steps to going live:

  1. First, you will link your platform account(s). 
  2. Next, you'll need to set up the stream. 
  3. Lastly, you'll initiate the broadcast.

Linking your platform's account to Switcher Studio

If you are streaming to a platform that Switcher is integrated with, such as Facebook or YouTube, you will need to link that account to Switcher Studio. Linking is required to grant Switcher permission to stream to your account. This is usually a one-time process.  You can link your account either directly in the Switcher Studio app or using the online Switcher Studio Dashboard.

To link an account in the app:

  1. Under the Broadcasting section of the Outputs tab, tap the platform you want to link to Switcher Studio. 
  2. Enter your login credentials for that platform. 
  3. Tap Sign in.
  4. If you are not going live immediately, tap Close.

To link an account in the Dashboard:

  1. Go to the Streaming Providers section of the Dashboard here: https://dashboard.switcherstudio.com/linkaccount
  2. Click the platform you want to link to Switcher Studio.
  3. When prompted, enter your login credentials for that platform. 
  4. Tap Log in / Sign in.
  5. If you are not going live immediately, tap Close.

Setting up the stream

You will see several options for streaming platforms (Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, etc.) under the Broadcasting section of the Outputs tab. The most common platforms that are integrated with Switcher Studio will appear by default, and you can add additional platforms by tapping the + icon above Broadcasting.

To set up a livestream:

  1. Tap the blue arrow next to the platform.
  2. Based on the platform you select, you'll be prompted to enter details like a title and description, and adjust settings such as visibility and stream quality. If you are on a subscription plan that allows scheduling livestreams, you'll also have the option to set the broadcast date and time.
  3. Tap the Create Livestream button to finalize the set up.

When you're ready to go live, tap the red button in the top right to start the broadcast.

Disabling Recording

By default, Switcher Studio records a local copy of your livestream. We recommend keeping recording enabled in case there are any issues with the livestream. However, it is possible to disable recording as follows:

  1. In the Outputs tab, scroll down to the Recording section.
  2. Tap Advanced Settings.
  3. Tap Record Live Output to disable the setting. When this setting is disabled, the toggle bar is white and the button is to the left. 
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