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How To Add An Overlay To XSplit Broadcaster

by Streamplay in Guides on January 20, 2016

Alright if you’re one of the streamers that uses XSplit instead of the ever popular OBS, then this guide on how to add an overlay is just for you.

We’ll make this nice and quick – because, well… it’s really easy!

There are two ways you can add your overlay to XSplit.

Let’s start with the method that literally takes 3 seconds:

note: if you don’t already have XSplit installed, you can grab it here.

If you prefer reading – See below:

1. Fastest Way To Add Your Overlay Image To XSplit

click and drag…

Yup – that’s it.

Simply find wherever you have your overlay saved on your computer, hover your mouse over the image, click and hold left click, now drag the image to your XSplit Broadcaster window.

The click > drag Special

You should now have your Twitch stream overlay in your source box, ready for streaming.

2. Alternative Method For Adding Your Overlay to XSplit

So if you’re not in a click and drag mood, then we’ve got just the option for you…

While you’re in XSplit, look for the Add source button on the top left, or bottom left (they both do the same thing).

Now choose the Media file option, then simply browse for your overlay image and hit Open.

Add Source > Media File > Overlay File

And there you go – your spiffy new overlay is good to go!

Resizing Your Overlay

Odds are that when you added your overlay image to your scene it wasn’t sized exactly the way you wanted it.

To resize it, just hover your mouse around the overlay and click and drag the white box like you would when resizing a window.

Now you can simply drag the image to move the overlay to your ideal streaming position.

Common Mistakes When Adding Your Overlay

Not seeing your overlay, even after you added it correctly?
It’s likely that the image source is positioned below your screen / game capture. You’ll want to make sure your overlay is the very top source in your scene – that’s why it’s called an overlay after all ;).

Peep the images below to see what I’m talking about:

Is there a white, or black background showing with your overlay image?
Good chances you saved the image as a .jpg or some other file format doesn’t support transparency (like your government kappa).

When saving your overlay images, always make sure to first of all have your background layer removed or hidden, then make sure to save it as a .png.

Recommended: XSplit Gamecaster Setup Guide

That’s A Wrap

And that covers how to add an overlay to XSplit for Twitch, Hitbox, YouTube, – or whatever else you stream on.

If you run into any problems that I didn’t cover in this guide then leave a comment below and I’ll be sure to help you out.

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Streamplay at 1:37 pm

Any questions or comments? Leave a reply here!

S. Walls at 12:28 am

I am very familiar with the overlay features etc, however I am trying to find out how to put a live sports ticker on the bottom of my broadcast or event a twitter mentions feed. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

boraD at 9:35 am

i am more interested in watching my own gameplay’s capture as a 30 second replay to see which inputs i made.

The 1 minute replay function is easily done via nvidia shadow play but adding an overlay that can be seen and recorded via shadow play is the critical part.

If there is a software that can overlay controller input to the screen that you actually play on, much like an “FPS meter” in “riva tuner” let me know. thnx

Rob Marks at 4:43 pm

I created an overlay that was 1280×720 pixels and it is coming in real small. Do you have the correct size for an overlay? I created it in photoshop and saved it as jpeg


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