It's the software that captures your webcam or other video inputs and converts it into the correct data to send to Streaming Providers, such as Citizen Ticket.

  • Streaming software can either be downloaded & installed on your laptop, PC or mobile device or can even come preinstalled on serious hardware. 
  • Web-based streaming software is also available, meaning no download required. These usually carry a monthly fee but they're worth exploring for their modern features.
  • Please see our recommendations for live stream software below;

  • OBS





Compatible with...

Windows 8 or higher, MacOS 10.13+, Linux


  • High-performance real-time video/audio capturing and mixing.

  • Set up an unlimited number of scenes you can switch between seamlessly.

  • Intuitive audio mixer with per-source filters.

  • Powerful and easy to use configuration options.

  • Streamlined Settings panel.

  • Modular 'Dock' UI allows you to rearrange the layout.

  • Streamlabs OBS


Streamlabs OBS 


Free (option to upgrade to Prime for $12/mo)

Compatible with...

Windows 7 SP1 (64-bit) or higher


  • Feature-packed software with streaming to social platforms in seconds.

  • Backed up to the cloud.

  • Stream on the go via the mobile app.

  • Live stream overlays (more available with Prime).

  • 46 apps - gives you more control, animation and new ways to interact with viewers.

  • Customisation tools designed for the viewer and streamer. 

  • XSplit - Broadcaster


XSplit - Broadcaster

Paid - Subscription-based
Compatible with...

Windows 7 (64-bit) or higher

  • Professional Production Features - 4k60fps video quality and beyond, projector mode, whiteboard and stream annotations.

  • Stream Management - scene & source transition, scene preview editor, robust text source and more.

  • Video Production Features - drag and drop various media files, supports all popular capture cards and webcam, express video editor etc.

  • Powerful Engagement Tools 

    • Social chat widgets & alerts

    • Simultaneous broadcasting to multiple steam services

  • 24/7 support &  lifetime updates.

  • Lightstream - Studio

Lightstream - Studio

Paid - Creator Plan - Starting from $20/mo or $240/yr

Compatible with...

Web-based - Access in-browser or any decent desktop or laptop.


  • Full layout and design control (drag-n-drop editor).

  • Cloud-based software - all projects, scenes, and layouts are saved in the cloud.

  • Allows streaming to your social platforms (Facebook, Youtube, Twitch etc.).

  • Co-hosting and guest hosting for interviews, panels, podcasts etc.

  • Remote control over your stream - using your mobile browser to start/stop your broadcast.

  • Live one-on-one chat support.

  • vMIX




Free - option to upgrade to higher streaming qualities from £47.75

Compatible with...

Windows 7 or higher


  • Simultaneous streaming, recording & output

    • Live stream to popular streaming providers  (Facebook Live, YouTube, Twitch & Ustream).  

    • Live Record in full HD to AVI, MP4, MEPG-2 or WMV

    • Output via AJA, Blackmagic & Bluefish cards to professional recording decks and monitors.

    • Virtual Camera support for streaming out to 3rd party software (e.g. Skype, Zoom, Google Hangout, VLC).

  • All your Inputs in one place...

    • Video Cameras - 4K, HD & SD Capable. Support for Webcams and capture cards.

    • NDI - Send/receive high quality, low latency video and audio on the local network between vMIX system & NDI compatible sources.

    • Video files - AVI, MP4, H264, MPEG-2, WMV, MOV & MXF

    • DVDs - with menu navigation

    • Audio Files - MP3 & WAV

    • Audio Devices - e.g. SoundCards, ASIO Audio Interface and capture card audio. 

    • And much more…

  • Transition Effects - Cut, Fade, Zoom, Slide & many more.

  • 4 Overlay channels 

  • Easy to Use, High Performance, Animated Graphics - choose from 100+ built-in animated titles, scoreboards & tickers.

  • PC & MAC Desktop Sources - screen capture from remote desktops running on your network (i.e.  PowerPoint & Skype).

  • Web Browser Input - display a website directly in vMix. 

  • Built-in Audio Mixer - easily keep track of all audio sources & includes ability to Mute, Follow (Auto Mixing) & Delay any source.

Click here for the guide - Livestream Studio - How do I set up my streaming software for my live stream event?