Controlling OBS live stream through Proclaim

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Kevin Phillips | Forum Activity | Posted: Thu, Mar 26 2020 9:20 PM

Hi everyone,

Our church as recently started live streaming our services on Facebook. I decided to use OBS (specifically Streamlabs OBS) as our broadcasting software. As a smaller church without a dedicated camera crew, I thought it would be nice if I could have proclaim control scene changes on OBS automatically as we progress through our service schedule. I figured out a way to do this through Proclaim's Lighting/Midi control functionality plus a couple of free programs. I decided to write a very quick blog post about this and share it over here in case anyone else is in a similar position. You can find details on the setup HERE.

Also if anyone is looking for some information on equipment to start live streaming, here is the equipment that we were able to pick up at the local Best Buy.

HDMI Capture device - Avermedia Live Streamer - (Note: Best buy sells several different capture devices, but this is the only one in our area, yours may vary, but they should all work about the same)
Camcorder with HDMI output - Canon R800 - (Once again, I'm sure availability varies by store, but as long as you get one with HDMI output, you should be good)
Tripod - Any tripod should do.
Open Broadcast Software (OBS) - Free!
We chose a camcorder as we were able to set it up back in the sound booth and use the zoom to get a good frame of the platform. OBS made it easy to add the capture device (and camera) and also allowed us to capture Proclaims Presentation window and scale it down to put in the corner of our live feed. We were fortunate in that we already have our soundboard sending a clear audio feed to our PC so we were able to pipe that into our live stream, but the camcorder had a 3.5mm mic in port as well as a built in mic that would probably work OK in a pinch.

I hope this information will help someone out. If you have a question, I am more than happy to help out.

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Jordan Sjodin | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Mar 26 2020 11:29 PM

Wow very cool! I think this will be super helpful to many churches. Thanks for sharing

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Thanks Kevin! This is awesome, thanks so much for sharing with the Proclaim community!

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Anh Johnson (Faithlife) | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Mar 27 2020 8:17 AM

Thank you so much for writing this article! It will be so helpful to churches! 

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Justin Gatlin | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Apr 1 2020 9:22 AM

We have almost an identical setup, but have been controlling things manually. What an awesome shortcut! Thanks for sharing. 

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Timothy Grant | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Apr 11 2020 2:30 AM

Awesome, I  was considering a second computer to run OBS and grab the video feed, but this might solve the problem.

Just saw that all the programs required were Windows, are you aware of any Mac equivalents? 

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Mike Binks | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Apr 11 2020 3:15 AM

OBS has a mac version.

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Graham Criddle | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Apr 11 2020 9:36 AM

Hi Kevin - and welcome to the forums

I was interested in doing something similar to this and just spent some time connecting it all together.

The information you provided was really helpful

Many thanks, Graham

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Kevin Phillips | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Apr 11 2020 10:27 AM

OBS has a Mac version and Streamlabs OBS released a beta version for Mac this week.

Here is the link to Streamlabs announcement post.

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Timothy Grant | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Apr 19 2020 10:42 PM

Has anyone had any success on Mac. I spent some time today but was not quite able to get it to work.

I have Proclaim, OBS and the Mac IAC Midi driver all working.

I initially tried using Midistroke as the Midi to keystroke converter but seems it only works with programs in the foreground.

I then tried Quickeys, and was able to progress a little further.  Namely, I was able to trigger keystrokes from quickeys.  For example, when I set the keystroke to 'a' and as I pushed 'preview' in the proclaim Midi setup window, I could see it pushing out 'a's'.  But OBS wasn't reading these keystrokes.  OBS would read the keystroke in other setups, i.e. background minimized etc.  But wouldn't read it with the setup Proclaim > Quickeys > OBS.

Any thoughts on this.  I'm not a Mac person myself, but it's what I have inherited from the previous Pastor.

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Timothy Grant | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Apr 19 2020 11:07 PM

Just an update, I was able to get it working on Mac using Quickeys.  I needed to add in the extra step of switching between programs.


Switch to 'OBS'

Keystroke 'A'

Switch to 'Proclaim'

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Brian Teague | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jun 1 2020 11:43 AM

Thank you so much for posting these detailed instructions.  Going to give it a try this week.

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Janet Honeycutt | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Oct 1 2020 9:35 AM

Thanks for all the helpful information on the Mac equivalent.  I could not use QuicKeys (doesn't work for Majave & Catalina) but Keyboard Maestro worked great.   

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Benjamin Mackey | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Feb 5 2021 10:19 AM

Tim, could I ask the steps you took to create the virtual MIDI port on your Mac?  I think I have everything else done.  Thanks. -Ben

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Chris Bogstad | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, May 24 2021 3:20 PM

This worked so well. Thanks!

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Michael Lyman | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Nov 10 2021 5:44 PM

How can I add Logos so I can show it in my livestream?

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