How to Record and Stream Animal Crossing: New Horizons to Twitch, Youtube, and Mixer

TL;DR

Two capture card companies have cornered the market when it comes to streaming on Twitch, YouTube Gaming, and Mixer. This is how you can stream on those platforms and choose the best capture card for your stream! #NintendoSwitch #ACNH

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Want to share your Animal Crossing gameplay with world? Grow a community that builds an island together or shares tools, fruit, and other supplies? Streaming can get you there. But first you’ll need the right equipment to have your stream up and running on your preferred platform.

**If you already have a capture card, you can jump down to the Navigation Buttons to select how to get started streaming on either Twitch, YouTube Gaming, or Mixer.

The very first piece of equipment you will need, before even considering which microphone or headset to have, is a Capture Card. A capture card is the link that allows you to transmit the game on your Switch, through the capture card, and to a computer. Your computer is then running a streaming software like OBS, SLOBS, XSplit, or another software to pass your gameplay onto your viewers. As you can see, a capture card is very important.

There are two main companies that offer solid, reliable capture cards for streaming from your Nintendo Switch; AVerMedia and Elgato. Most notably Elgato, has cornered the streaming market for years and offers a few different capture cards for streamers. The Elgato HD, Elgato HD60, and Elgato HD60 S are a good place to start.

But there is another company, AVerMedia, which offers a capture card with a very unique selling point; PC-free mode. This could be very helpful for those streamers who also upload to YouTube or to Twitch as well with VODs. And do not have the best PC, but rather a laptop or like me; an iPad.

I think it’s best to do a comparison of the Elgato HD60 S, and the AVerMedia Live Gamer Portable 2 Plus. These are both the higher-end models, which offer all the functionality you could want when streaming, and both companies do offer more budget-friendly capture cards.

If you’re a beginner or even intermediate (you know what to do, you just need the tools) to streaming then I believe it’s best to look at the best capture cards available, set those capture cards as your goal, and dial it back. What I mean by this is that as a beginner, you’ll need to stream regularly in order to achieve 10-50 loyal viewers. And at this time, you don’t need the top-of-the-line equipment. You just need a capture card that’s going to get you online, and showing off your gaming skills or winning personality to those who care.

Alright, now that I’ve stepped off my soap box, let’s get into the comparison.

Elgato HD60 SAVerMedia Live Gamer Portable 2 Plus
Price (USD)$180$150
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Capture Quality1080p 60fps4Kp 60fps
Interface USB 3.0USB 3.0
Pass-throughHDMIHDMI
Compatible OSWindows/MacWindows/Mac
Dimensions4.41 x 2.95 x 0.75 in5.71 x 2.36 x 1.97 in
Weight3.73 ounces (106 grams)1.1lbs (0,5kg)
Amazon Rating4.5 stars4 stars
more Details on Amazonmore Details on Amazon
Affiliate links: you don’t pay anything extra, CrossingCharm earns a small commission to keep the charm flowing

I recommend getting more details on Amazon as both AVerMedia and Elgato are extremely thorough with their product descriptions, and it doesn’t make much sense for me to copy and paste an entire page. Also, there are other off-brand capture cards that could be worth checking out. When I’m shopping online, I prefer to go with the brands I know, so this post is subject to my own bias, but I do trust these brands with my money.

Also, here are the setup help pages for both capture cards: Elgato HD60 S and AVerMedia Live Gamer

Now we’re ready to get into the different streaming platforms with an easy “how to get started” guide for each!

Use the buttons below to quickly navigate through the article and find your platform

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Stream to Twitch.tv

Twitch.tv is, arguably, the streaming platform that started it all. Starting off as Justin.tv and being renamed/rebranded to twitch.tv in 2014, this website is the go to for many streamers as this is the focal point of the entire website. Twitch.tv brings us streamers like Dr.Disrespect, Sodapoppin, Lirik, and many more! Another interesting note for Twitch in 2014, was it’s purchase by Amazon for an astounding $970 Million USD. Amazon acquiring Twitch brought on huge amount of incentives for viewers to support their favorite streamer, and for streamers to grow on the platform with affiliation and partnership with Twitch. And the platform has streamlined the process for new streamers to start streaming!

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How to Stream Nintendo Switch to Twitch

  1. Hook up (or buy) a capture card from your Switch’s HDMI output to your computer.
  2. Connect your capture card to your TV with a separate HDMI. (You will need another HDMI cable to hook up to your TV so you can see what your doing.)
  3. Go to Twitch.tv and click “Login” or create an account with “Sign Up”
  4. Navigate to Streamer Dashboard by clicking on your profile image
  5. If you don’t have a streaming software yet, go to Streaming Tools via the menu icon in the top left corner, here you can choose from many different streaming software and choose the one that suits you best.
  6. Configure your Stream Key to the streaming software of choice; which you can do by going to Preferences -> Channel and your Stream Key will be at the very top.
  7. Configure your stream with any plug-ins, i.e. Follow Goal, Subscribers Today, etc.
  8. Open up Streamer Dashboard on Twitch before you start streaming to double check everything is in the right position and your settings are correct.
  9. Connect any peripherals, like a microphone or webcam to your computer.
  10. Put a game in your Switch, and Click “Stream” or “Start” on your streaming software program
  11. Have fun and be yourself! The Animal Crossing community is the most sincere and helpful community I’ve met!

Stream to YouTube Gaming

YouTube has been around for over a decade, and with almost 5 Billion videos watched every single day; it was a “no-brainer” for YouTube to venture into gaming. YouTube launched YouTube Gaming in 2015, which was seemingly shortly after Twitch began to really take off. And like Twitch, YouTube is owned by another corporate giant: Google, which purchased the video sharing website in 2006 for a staggering $1.6 Billion USD. YouTube gaming offers streamers easy access to providing live content as well as uploading video content on it’s already successful video sharing platform. As for viewer incentive, viewers of your stream can “Join” your channel, and easily donate in their native currency. YouTube has also made the streaming process fairly intuitive and easy to setup.

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How to Stream Nintendo Switch to YouTube Gaming

  1. Hook up (or buy) a capture card from your Switch’s HDMI output to your computer.
  2. Connect your capture card to your TV with a separate HDMI. (You will need another HDMI cable to hook up to your TV so you can see what your doing.)
  3. Go to YouTube Gaming and click “Sign In” or create a YouTube account on that same page
  4. Click the Create Button (Camera icon with a plus in the middle), and click “Go Live”
  5. Verify your phone number with YouTube via an automated voice message or sms (this unlocks the ability to stream on YouTube’s gaming platform, may take up to 24 hours to be enabled)
  6. If you don’t have a streaming software yet, you can view a list of supported streaming software and choose the one that suits you best.
  7. Configure your Stream Key to the streaming software of choice; which you can do by “Simply copy the server URL and stream name/key into your encoder.
  8. Configure your stream with any plug-ins, i.e. Follow Goal, Subscribers Today, etc.
  9. After 24 hours, enable streaming on your account, and click the Create Button on YouTube Gaming and preview your stream before you start streaming to double check everything is in the right position and your settings are correct.
  10. Connect any peripherals, like a microphone or webcam to your computer.
  11. Put a game in your Switch, and Click “Stream” or “Start” on your streaming software program
  12. Have fun and be yourself! The Animal Crossing community is the most sincere and helpful community I’ve met!

Stream to Mixer

Microsoft, the third corporate giant in this article, created Mixer in the start of 2016 to get its own fair share of the gaming market. Originally released as Beam, Mixer seemingly had a slow start when it came to getting streamers on the platform. That was, until, they cut a deal with one of the most famous streamers on Twitch. Mixer teamed up with Ninja, who brought over an enormous following, and Mixer’s user base skyrocketed overnight. The streaming platform offers streamers and users in general a level progression system which enhances their experience on the platform. As for the viewers, they can donate with embers (use of real-world currency) and with sparks (use of viewing time currency) to support their favorite streamers. If you have a Microsoft account, it’s extremely easy to start streaming. And even easier to create a Microsoft account!

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How to Stream Nintendo Switch to Mixer

  1. Hook up (or buy) a capture card from your Switch’s HDMI output to your computer.
  2. Connect your capture card to your TV with a separate HDMI. (You will need another HDMI cable to hook up to your TV so you can see what your doing.)
  3. Go to Mixer.com and click “Sign in with Microsoft Account” or create a Mixer account on that same page
  4. Click the your profile image in the top right corner and go to Broadcast Dashboard
  5. Then click Broadcast and go through the initiation process. (May take up to 24 hours to get your Stream Key)
  6. If you don’t have a streaming software yet, you can view a list of supported streaming software and choose the one that suits you best. (This link is from Google, which owns YouTube, but the same software can be used on Mixer.)
  7. Configure your Stream Key to the streaming software of choice; which you can do by “Simply copy the server URL and stream name/key into your encoder.
  8. Configure your stream with any plug-ins, i.e. Follow Goal, Subscribers Today, etc.
  9. After 24 hours, go back to Broadcast Dashboard and click Broadcast, you can then preview your stream before you start to double check everything is in the right position and your settings are correct.
  10. Connect any peripherals, like a microphone or webcam to your computer.
  11. Put a game in your Switch, and Click “Stream” or “Start” on your streaming software program
  12. Have fun and be yourself! The Animal Crossing community is the most sincere and helpful community I’ve met!

Which platform is your favorite, and why? Twitch is my go to! I’ve been watching a game developer for last 3 years; he goes by WindyBeardGames, and so far he’s released 6 games and working on his 7th! WindyBeard.com | Twitch

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