Rarely do we give graphics much thought, but they are an essential part of any live video broadcast. Animated elements add production value, and even simple graphics can quickly help your broadcast look more relatable.
In this tutorial you'll learn how to use graphics for streaming video and how to make your own. We cover the basics of graphics with streaming video, how to make your own graphics for streaming video, top After Effects templates, top templates on PlaceIt graphics maker (an easy online tool), and more streaming resources.
1. Make Your Own Basic Graphics for Streaming Video
How to Make an OBS Stream Overlay in Photoshop for Twitch
If you’re able to use editing suites like Photoshop you can make whatever graphics you like. It's fun to do, and you can get creative, so if you have the time try making your own. Here's how to make and use your own Twitch graphics with Photoshop and use them with Open Broadcaster Software Studio (OBS):
How to Create an Animated ‘Starting Soon’ Screen for OBS
In this next tutorial, you'll learn how to make a simple but appealing ‘Starting Soon’ screen for your live stream using an overlay and looping stock video, plus how to use the graphic with OBS. This tutorial will work with any non-linear video editor, like Premiere or Final Cut Pro, but Jon shows how make this project in After Effects.
How to Use Overlays in OBS
We've covered the nuts-and-bolts of using overlays in OBS in detail here on Envato Tuts+. This tutorial has all the details, step-by-step, on adding graphics:
- How to Add Graphics and Overlays to Live Video With Open Broadcaster (OBS)Marie Gardiner08 Sep 2020
And check out these tutorials for more detail on how to put those graphics into action:
- How to Make a Waiting Screen for Live Streaming and Use Looping Video With OBSMarie Gardiner15 Jun 2020
- How to Use Sources to Create Video in Open Broadcaster Software Studio (OBS)Kezz Bracey26 Jan 2019
- How to Create Animated Cuts Between Scenes in Open Broadcaster Studio (OBS)Kezz Bracey09 Sep 2020
2. Top Templates and Assets for Streaming Overlays
If design isn't your interest or strength, or you want to add more advanced animation, try a template. You can use templates to get started, customising the colours and style to represent you better.
Here are three great motion graphics assets for live streaming broadcasts from Envato Elements and Envato Market:
This logo reveal with a cool glitch effect for Adobe After Effects would work well for tech broadcasts or gamers live streaming. You won’t need any plugins to use the template and the free font used is included.
Try these colourful fluorescent strokes to add some interest to your live stream. You could try this as part of a logo reveal, or looped as a holding screen while you wait to start your broadcast.
A pack of 15 animations related to the recognisable Facebook emoticons: love, like, laugh, wow, sad, and angry. Encourage people to react to your stream by gently nudging them in the right direction with this reaction pack.
3. PlaceIt Motion Graphics Video Maker
For a quick and easy way to make broadcast graphics, try PlaceIt. You can start with a ready-made professional template and make changes right there on the site to produce an overlay that suits your brand and stream. There are many options on PlaceIt (for a small fee, or as part of a subscription); here’s a neat space-themed example designed for people who want to stream games via Twitch:
4. Live Stream Graphics Best Practices and Examples
Decide What Will Add Value to Your Stream
Throwing a bunch of animated graphics onto your broadcast can be really tempting, but try to keep it to what will be most useful—there is a fine balance between informing and distracting your audience. Here are some more examples of different types of streams and the motion graphics they use:
With gaming stream graphics and interactive overlays, the goal is building audience and getting people to engage with other social channels. Look for:
With news broadcasts it's all about giving information and pulling your audience across to the next story, so eye-catching graphics with easy-to-read text are integral.
- Lower thirds titles
- 'Coming Up' screens
- Logo sting animations
Education and Entertainment
For example, tutorial or 'how to' live streams often use on-screen titles (called lower-thirds) to explain who's talking, what's happening, or to add important information not given by the audio or video.
- Elements (flashes, pop-ups)
Of course, all (and more!) of these graphics might fit with the type of streaming you do but hopefully this will give you some inspiration.
If you use animated graphics, there should be some continuity between the various elements. Think about things like the font you use, how your graphics are structured, the colours you use, and so on. Try not to change things up too often either. If you really need to change something, try to do it incrementally. Think about the way successful brands have updated their logos through the years—they refresh and change without losing the core look and message.
More Help For Streaming Video From Envato
Last, here are a few key tutorials to help you make better live streaming video:
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