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How to Add New Followers on OBS [Step by Step]  

Are you a live streamer using OBS, looking to amp up your game on OBS to shine among your peers and transform your online presence? 

Well, then you have to become a pro at understanding every feature and function of OBS clearly and one such important feature that comes in handy regularly for streamers is understanding how to add new followers on OBS. 

If you’ve been looking for a guide to teach how to do it in simple words, you’ve come to the right place. This article will take you step-by-step and will guide you in-depth about how to add new followers on OBS.  

Excited to learn this feature of OBS? But before we begin, let’s get a little more familiar with the key features of OBS as well as take a look at the list of prerequisites to make your job easier and the execution of the following steps a lot smoother.

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Key Features of OBS Studio

  • Layout based on Scenes: OBS Studio has a layout based on scenes. As a result, you may construct various scenes and move between them while live-streaming, each with its own set of sources (such as a webcam, game capture, and overlays).
  • Cross-Platform Compatibility: Because OBS Studio runs on a number of different operating systems, it is usable by a variety of users.
  • Interface Customization: You can modify the OBS Studio interface to fit your workflow by moving components around and adding or removing panels as necessary.
  • Stream to Multiple Sites: OBS Studio allows users to simultaneously live stream to numerous sites, such as Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, and more. Restreaming services can also be used to reach a larger audience.
  • Interface Customization: You can modify the OBS Studio interface to fit your workflow by moving components around and adding or removing panels as necessary.
  • OBS Studio: It has a virtual camera output feature that enables you to use it as a webcam source in other programs.
  • Plugins and Extensions: To increase the functionality of the software, the OBS community has created a broad variety of plugins and extensions. These plugins offer further customization, integration, and additional capabilities.
  • Simultaneous Recording and Streaming: OBS Studio enables you to concurrently record your livestream locally for editing or archiving.

Prerequisites

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  • OBS Studio: Access the official website (https://obsproject.com/) to download and set up OBS Studio. For the best experience, make sure you are using OBS Studio version 24.0 or later. 
  • Account on Twitch (or Another Streaming network): If you wish to track your followers on Twitch or another streaming network, you’ll need an account there. Verify your login status.
  • Streamlabs Account: If you utilise Twitch, you can configure follower notifications using Streamlabs (https://streamlabs.com/). Register for a Streamlabs account or log in.
  • Widget for Alert Box: Create an “Alert Box” widget in Streamlabs. OBS will be able to display follower alerts produced by this widget.

Steps to Add New Followers on OBS

Now let’s dive into understanding each step in detail to add new followers on OBS.

Step 1

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  • Open OBS Studio.
  • Click “View” in the OBS menu and make sure “Docks” > “Streamlabels” is chosen. A plugin called Streamlabels aids in the integration of Streamlabs and OBS.
  • The “Streamlabels” window will open on your OBS screen. Click on it. 
  • Click “Connect” and sign in to your Streamlabs account from the Streamlabels window. This step enables Streamlabs to send follower alerts to OBS.

Step 2

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  • Streamlabs dashboard can be accessed here.
  • The “Alert Box” widget can be found in the left menu under “Widgets.”
  • Change the settings for your follower alerts. Different alarm animations, noises, and text styles are available for you to pick from. 
  • Make sure to save your preferences.

Step 3

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  • Right-click the “Sources” box at the bottom of the screen in OBS Studio and choose “Add” > “Browser.”
  • Indicate the source (for instance, “Follower Alert”).
  • Paste the URL that Streamlabs provided into the “URL” field. This URL is located in the Streamlabs Alert Box settings. 
  • Set the source’s width and height to match the dimensions of your stream. This is typically the resolution of your stream.
  • To include the Browser Source in your OBS scene, click “OK“.

Step 4

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  • Select the newly added Browser Source in your OBS scene by clicking on it.
  • To change the alert’s size and placement inside your stream layout, use the resizing handles.
  • To preview the alert during your live stream, click the “Test Follow” option in the Streamlabs Alert Box settings.

Step 5

  • You can now begin streaming in OBS as usual after setting up the follower alert.
  • OBS will show the follower alert you’ve customized whenever someone follows your channel.

How to Optimize Your Stream Settings 

To get uninterrupted streaming, check out the following stream settings. 

  • Encoding for Video and Bitrate

To match your internet connection, adjust the bitrate. Though a quicker upload speed is necessary, a greater bitrate offers better video quality. Decide on the optimal video encoding preset by weighing CPU consumption and stream quality.

  • Audio Control

Set up the desktop audio, your microphone, and any additional inputs as audio sources.

To enhance audio quality, use noise suppression, noise gating, and compression filters.

  • Studios and Hotkeys

Create hotkeys to do operations like turning off your microphone or changing scenery while live streaming. To prepare scenes and materials without instantly presenting them to your audience, turn on Studio Mode.

Bonus Troubleshooting Tips

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  • Check your OBS’s connection to Streamlabs and the URL in the Browser Source again if the follower alert is not appearing.
  • Make sure all of the alert animations and sounds in your Streamlabs Alert Box settings are set up correctly.
  • Ensure that the software for your OBS and Streamlabs is current. Compatibility problems can occasionally be caused by outdated versions.
  • To make sure it functions as intended, test your follower alert by having a friend subscribe to your Twitch or any other channel of your preference when you’re not online.

FAQs

What is OBS, and how can I use it to interact with my viewers while I broadcast live? 

OBS (Open Broadcaster Software) is a well-liked programme for recording and live-streaming media. The viewing experience can be improved by using OBS to add follower notifications and interact with your audience in real-time. 

How can I configure OBS to send me follower notifications? 

You must combine OBS with a third-party service, such as Streamlabs, in order to configure follower notifications on OBS. First, register for a Streamlabs account or log in, then configure the Alert Box widget’s follower notification settings. 

After that, add a Browser Source in OBS using the Streamlabs-provided URL. Place the alert where you want it to go in your OBS scene. Refer to the thorough instruction that was previously provided for specific procedures.

Can I change how OBS displays follower notifications?

Yes, you can alter how follower notifications display in OBS. You can build a distinctive and aesthetically pleasing follower notice that complements the tone of your stream by selecting various alert animations, noises, text styles, and even your own artwork to upload.

Do follower notifications require a specific version of OBS?

Use OBS Studio version 29.1.3 to configure follower notifications to have the most seamless experience. With these updates, sending follower notifications to your live stream is easier and more compatible with third-party providers like Streamlabs.

Does the follower count widget provide real-time updates?

Yes, properly set follower count widgets will reflect real-time channel subscriber updates. This gives you a current count while you’re streaming.

Which streaming services are compatible with the OBS widgets for follower counts?

Widgets that display the number of followers are frequently used with websites like Twitch, YouTube, and Mixer (if appropriate). They are made to function with these well-known streaming services.

Conclusion

It is so important to keep your knowledge updated about the streaming platform that you’re using on a regular basis to ease your workflow and improve efficiency. Adding new follower notifications to OBS can enhance your live-streaming experience and engage your audience.

So whether you’re a seasoned streamer or just starting your live streaming journey, learning about the distinct features of OBS and fully understanding its functioning empowers you to share your content, engage with your audience, and create unforgettable livestream experiences. Happy streaming!

Larry R. Jimenez
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