So, Twitch just released the Twitch Studio Beta, their own livestream broadcasting software. It’s an alternative to the likes of OBS and Streamlabs OBS, so I thought I’d take a look at it and see what I thought!

On top of that, I wanted to share my first impressions of Twitch Studio Beta. So, let’s take a look, shall we?

Please note that these first impressions of Twitch Studio Beta are based on Version 0.78.6.

Twitch Studio Beta Setup

The initial setup of Twitch Studio is really easy. To begin with, you simply download the software and install it. From there, it will ask you to log in with your Twitch channel ID. This means that connecting your new broadcasting software to your Twitch channel is quick and easy. That’s a good thing, but honestly, it is to be expected by a program that Twitch made.

The initial setup of Twitch Studio Beta is very simple.

After that, the setup of your microphone and webcam is super simple, with an old school Wizard to guide you through the very easy process. You also get to choose from some of the default themes that Twitch Studio comes with. So yeah, that’s a positive.

However, the themes are very basic and generic, so you’re going to want to customise each “scene” with your own overlay, similar to in the other software. So, I decided to give it a go and see if I can bring my overlay across.

Building My Custom Overlay In Twitch Studio

My overlays are built through Streamelements, using their Browser Source links to pull it through to the software in use. Because of this, I was a little sceptical at first, thinking this wouldn’t be a possibility. I was wrong.

Using StreamElements browser-based overlays and cropping elements is very intuitive.

Setting them up as a Browser Source (called Embed Webpage in Twitch Studio Beta) was very easy. You paste the URL into the box under the Webpage heading on the right and then click on the arrow next to that in order to get it to load. Then you can resize it to your needs.

With that done, the next step was to get my webcam set up correctly. Now, if you aren’t using a green screen then Twitch Studio will automatically add your webcam with a simple border around it. That is great for when you are just getting started with streams.

However, if you are using a green screen like me, it is actually still rather easy to setup. In fact, the Chroma Key settings work extremely similar to those in OBS and Streamlabs OBS. It took me about 30 seconds of fiddling with the sliders to get it right.

Cropping the webcam is also very easy, as it cropping any other source, as Twitch Studio Beta actually features a Crop tool.

So, in terms of the base Overlay Setup, Twitch Studio worked very well and would be great for a new streamer. However, I did run into one major issue for my own overlay…

Twitch Studio Beta Lacks Window Capture

For those of you who have watched my streams, you’ll know that I have Closed Captions in order to make the streams more accessible. It is also factored into the design of my overlay. It’s a pretty important (and entertaining) aspect of my streams.

To achieve these Closed Captions, I utilise Webcaptioner, with the captions popped out and Streamlabs OBS pulling them in through a Window Capture. So, considering the fact that Twitch Studio surprised me earlier with its ease of set-up, I was expected a Window Capture of a specific window to be an option.

Alas, that was not the case.

When it comes to modules, Window Capture is not available, but the Embed Webpage module is an easy to use module for browser sources.

In fact, the current iteration of Twitch Studio doesn’t actually have a default option for Window Capture, let alone being able to choose which window should be recorded or streamed. This was a huge issue for me since I use Closed Captions.

Basically, without the ability to do a Window Capture for the pop out of WebCaptioner, it means that I can’t actually use Twitch Studio. I need to be able to have the captions working, and since there isn’t an option for it, I’m pretty stuck.

Adding a Game Capture, including Retro Arch, to Twitch Studio Beta is easy.

That said, the other capture options seem to work okay. For example, setting up Retro Arch was a breeze. So for everything else apart from the Window Capture, it seems to work well…

And That’s All Folks

I’ll probably do a full review of Twitch Studio Beta in the future, but for now, my first impressions are that it is a great alternative to OBS and Streamlabs OBS if you are just starting out and need a quick & easy way to get your stream set up.

However, if you need to anything more than the most standard of features, the Twitch Studio Beta just isn’t there yet. So, here’s hoping the developers behind it add some more modules to use. That way, if you’re looking for something a tad bit more advanced, it will permit you to do that. Until then, I won’t be able to use Twitch Studio Beta from streaming.

At least you can submit a feature request, which I will be doing once this post is live.