SplitmediaLabs has finally decided to give its focus group early access to the upcoming XSplit Broadcaster 1.1 update. Not only does the latest version include new features, but also crucial fixes to problems that have been plaguing users ever since early beta. I won’t dive into every little detail here, as the developers have been kind enough to post the patch notes on their public blog. Personally, I am quite excited for this update, and you should be as well (that is if you’re a dedicated user). The upcoming list may not seem too impressive to most, but keep in mind that there is more to come.
These are some of the features already available for focus group testers.
- Justin/TwitchTV & Own3d ingest location ping tester dropdown – There have been one or two third-party programs offering this feature for a while now, but it’s nice to see that the developers have decided to make it native to XSplit. In case you are wondering, this basically allows you to view your latency on all servers with a simple click.
- Update to latest libx264 build 124 software encoder – We have not been given any details as to whether this is significant or not, but any update to the encoder is a welcome one.
- Integrated Skype video source (Premium feature) – This new feature allows users to directly hook into Skype video calls instead of having to use the Screen Region option.
- Offline image for game source (Personal/Premium feature) – I am not able to test this at the moment, but it seems to be a method to have an image display as soon as your game is exited. Much better than a frozen / black screen, wouldn’t you agree?
- Support has been added for the new AVerMedia Live Gamer HD capture card, in addition to allowing it to use its built-in H.264 Encoder.
Here are some upcoming features that SplitmediaLabs has decided to share with us as well.
- Remote Presenter (Premium users only) – Once users are able to download the Remote Presenter source (downloadable via the Source Plugin Store), they will be able to share their audio, screen & webcam across LAN or internet.
- Support for Game Source capture of 64 bit games (Premium/Personal feature)
Finally, here are some important fixes to problems that I know have been affecting multiple broadcasters on TwitchTV.
- 4579 – Hotkey delay causes unresponsive switching - This basically fixed an issue with hotkey scene switching.
- 3198 – Virtual Camera does not work in Google Voice and video chat / Google+ Hangout.
- 4568 – Audio stutter issue (machinegun-like or helicopter-sounding audio) when using useloopback startup argument - The developers have also suggested another way to fix this bug on the actual blog post.
- 4585 – MP4 recordings fail when file size becomes very big - There is now also an option to have XSplit split the file once it reaches a certain size.
While there are still some bugs to iron out, I’m sure this update will please many. As I said before, this may not seem amazing but I truly believe that all of these features and fixes will combine to create a more stable and fluid experience. I will personally do my best to help test this Beta version before it’s released to the public, and I will post impressions as we go along. Thank you for reading!