In this post we’re going to be covering 7 free tools that you should be using to level-up your livestreams.

These range from resources that improve the production value of your stream and help you stand out from the crowd, to tools that will engage your viewers and keep them coming back for more.

Video Guide


As with all of our guides, below I have included a full video tutorial if that is your preferred method of learning.

I use VDO.ninja for my live podcast every single week, Ben simply joins our room and then I have a browser source in OBS Studio for Ben that I can resize and use in multiple different scenes.

VDO.ninja


VDO.ninja is a tool that allows you to bring high-quality and low-latency live video from a phone, tablet, or remote computer, directly into your streaming software. If you’ve ever wanted to bring a guest or multiple guests onto your stream and have fiddled around with trying to capture their cameras from Discord, you’ve probably run into issues when someone leaves the call, or someone else joins, and all your window captures go bad, this is a much simpler and far superior solution.

It’s all browser based without any need to download or even sign-in to anything. You simply create a room, send an invite link to any guests and then you get given unique URLs for each guest’s camera that you can then add into OBS Studio or Streamlabs OBS using a browser source.

The video feeds are incredibly low-latency and you have full control over the video’s bitrate as well as dozens of other controls if you wish to.

I use VDO.ninja for my live podcast every single week, Ben simply joins our room and then I have a browser source in OBS Studio for Ben that I can resize and use in multiple different scenes. In the instances when we have a guest on for part of the podcast, it’s just as easy, and if the guest then leaves, I’m not having to deal with adjusting a window capture in Discord or anything like that.

VDO.ninja makes it simple to bring multiple guests onto your live stream.

Media Looper


Next we have Media Looper which is a super simple and low-resource way of being able to loop different images, gifs, or even videos on your stream with control over the timers and delays. You can use this on stream to promote your other social media channels, encourage viewers to use their prime subscriptions, announce new merch drops, or even show your sponsors logos.

There’s control to customize how long each image/or gif is shown for, and also how long to delay before starting to show the images again so you can set it up to show each image for 5 seconds and then once it’s gone through all the images to wait 5 minutes before showing them again.

This tool runs locally on your PC and it’s super simple to set up, you can simply add more files to the media looper folder and order them by renaming them to numbers in a sequential order. It also scales your files automatically to whatever width and height you set in the browser source so no more having to deal with resizing all your images to be exactly the same.

The media looper comes with a few image assets already included that you can use as well as the project file if you want to edit the images in photoshop, but let me reiterate, this media looper can work with any images or video files that you have. So you can go crazy creating some animated .webm videos that can now popup on your stream at whatever interval you like.

Adding Media Looper to OBS Studio.
Posting clips from your stream to platforms like TikTok, Instagram Reels, and YouTube Shorts is a great way to keep your audiences engaged while you aren't live.

Crossclip


Crossclip is a website and mobile app that allows you to really easily create and share vertical videos from your stream highlights on platforms like TikTok, Instagram Reels, or YouTube Shorts.

To create a video using Crossclip, just paste in a Twitch or YouTube clip URL, or you can upload a local file if you have it saved locally. Then you can choose the exact shape, size, and placement of your camera as well as the area of gameplay that you wish to focus on and you’ll get a live preview of what the portrait output will look like.

There’s options for blurring backgrounds or adding additional layers and you can even save the exact layout you used to your profile so next time you create a clip it’ll remember where your camera is.

Then you can compile and share the finished video on whichever social media platforms you want to post to.

Crossclip's editor makes it easy to create vertical videos from your clips.

Twitch Creator Goals


Creator goals are a pretty new feature that Twitch has built to help streamers create subscriber and follower goals directly integrated into their chat. No longer do you have to have distracting and intrusive overlays directly on your stream if you want to display a goal for you and your community.

This new tool built by Twitch can be set up to only show in chat, and maybe the best thing about it is that as people follow or subscribe to your stream, the progress towards your goal is displayed next to their notification for all of the rest of your chat to see.

So for example if you set a follower goal of 500 followers or a subscriber goal of 25 subscribers, every single time someone follows or subscribes to your stream, the progress towards that goal will be shown in chat. Also whenever a new goal is started or when a goal is completed, a banner is shown across the top of chat similar to the one that you see with hype train.

You can, if you wish to, add the goal as an overlay into your stream but in my opinion, having it just show in chat is a cleaner and less-intrusive way of having goals for your stream and encouraging your audience to support your content through following or subscribing.

An example of a subscriber goal showing in chat.

Triggerfyre


Triggerfyre is a tool that allows your viewers to control various things on your stream by redeeming channel points that they earn from watching your channel on Twitch.

The things that they control can be as simple as displaying GIFs and triggering sounds, or as advanced as swapping scenes, toggling sources, and enabling filters. This is a great way of including your viewers in your stream and rewarding the loyal watchers with cool ways to interact and directly affect what your stream looks like.

All you have to do is connect triggerfyre to both your Twitch account and to OBS Studio through the websocket plugin, and then set up rules based on your channel point reward names and the things you want to happen in OBS Studio. Then, next time one of your viewers redeems that reward through your Twitch channel points, the action in OBS is automatically triggered.

Spending some time getting creative with some advanced actions that your viewers can redeem through channel points is a great way to keep viewers coming back for more.

Triggerfyre allows you to connect channel points to OBS controls.
Webcam masks are a great way to make your stream stand out from the thousands of streamers using boring rectangular or square boxes for their cameras.

Webcam Masks


With all the aesthetic choices you can make around your stream design, why are you still using a boring square or rectangular box for your camera? Applying a shaped mask to your webcam is a super easy way to make your stream a little more unique and it’s so simple to do in your streaming software.

If you’ve not used a mask before, all it is is a black and white image that when applied to a video, will hide all the areas that are black, and show all the areas that are white.

Nerd or Die have a collection of over 60 free webcam masks available in 16:9, 4:3, or even portrait orientations, or if you’re after something truly unique you can easily make your own mask in something like photoshop or gimp.

To apply a mask in OBS Studio or Streamlabs OBS, simply click on your camera source, select filters, add an image mask filter and navigate to the mask you want to use. You’ll then see your camera source change to have masked out all those black areas allowing for a more interesting looking camera shape.

Webcam masks are an easy way to make your stream a little more unique.

NOOBS CMDR


NOOBS CMDR has been built by fellow YouTuber Nutty and it allows you to create batch scripts that will run multiple actions in OBS Studio simultaneously. Although the Stream Deck has multi-actions available, the actions run sequentially with a notable delay between each, where-as NOOBS CMDR can create large and complex sequences of actions in OBS Studio at once.

If you’ve ever wanted to build a fancy transition for your stream involving scene transitions, toggling sources, changing audio levels, and enabling effect filters etc. this tool makes creating those a breeze.

Similar to triggerfyre, it requires you to have installed the websocket plugin for OBS and then you can choose as many different actions as you like with optional delays in-between.

Once you’ve tested the trigger, you can then save it as a batch script locally and then use something like Stream Deck or Touch Portal to open that file at the press of a button, which will execute your complex script instantly. Once you’ve created all the batch files you want to, there’s no need to have NOOBS CMDR running anymore, it’s just used to create the files initially.

NOOBS CMDR allows you to setup complex multi-actions in OBS.