RoundUp: Adobe Flash Live Encoder vs. XSplit Broadcaster vs. Open Broadcaster

RoundUp: Adobe Flash Live Encoder vs. XSplit Broadcaster vs. Open Broadcaster

[divider]UPDATE:   I have updated my reviews on the latest edition of our podcast and have added 2 new pieces of software! Wirecast & VIDBlaster are now facing XSplit and OBS.  Who wins the title of  “Best Internet TV Broadcasting Software” ?!?   Click here to watch the episode!![divider]

[dropcap]S[/dropcap]uddenly the market for video podcast recording software has jumped by leaps and bounds.  In what was a field generally dominated by band-aid solutions, a transformation has taken place allowing you to broadcast live to the world.

In this roundup I will be examining the top 3 contenders for video recording software.   Each of these 3 meets a minimum requirement of recording to MP4 as well as broadcasting live to the Internet streaming video services such as VaughnLiveTV and Ustream.

#3 – Adobe Flash Live Encoder 3.2

Cost: Free – Platforms: Windows, Mac OSX

The entire time I have worked in video production Adobe has been the leader in solutions for home and semi-professional users.  Adobe Flash Live Encoder is great for the solo vidcaster who is just starting out.

The controls are really simple while maintaining a steady quality but that simplicity comes at a cost.  No multiple cameras, overlays or any other switching features are present in the current version of 3.2.

Adobe® Flash® Media Live Encoder 3.2 live audio and video capture software is a media encoder that streams audio and video in real time to Adobe Media Server software or Flash Video Streaming Service (FVSS). This software can enable the broadcast of live events such as sporting events, webcasts, or concerts — around the clock.

The Good

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Quality
  • Free!

The Bad

  • Single Camera
  • No desktop capture
  • VERY basic controls

#2 – XSplit Broadcaster

Cost: $99/year – Platforms: Windows Only

The very first piece of software I found that allowed me to switch cameras, use media & desktop assets  and a host of other amazing features was XSplit.  The only reason that it is #2 is the lack of updates.

Overall the amount of features is phenomenal  especially if you are into streaming video games or multiple cameras mixed with Skype.

Perhaps the greatest features XSplit offers is ease-of-use.  The interface is intuitive and setup is very straightforward and simple. It also has lots of tweaking options for you tech-geeks out there.


  • Record and broadcast your presentations to preset service providers
  • Connect to your own custom RTMP server or CDN provider
  • Mix screen capture, cameras, videos, flash and images
  • Make compositions with 3D effects, z-order and color control
  • Use text labels with static text or dynamic text from web sources
  • Change scenes with advanced and customizable transitions
  • Conduct several broadcasts in different qualities at the same time
  • Capture output sound from speakers and mix microphone input
  • Use as camera source with Skype™ or Adobe Flash™

The Good

  • Solid programing
  • Ease of Use
  • Excellent support
  • Top Quality recording

The Bad

  • Slow updates
  • Free version is very limited
  • Camera’s stutter when switching scenes

The Champion – #1 Open Broadcaster Software

Cost: FREE – Platform: Windows Only

obsOpen Broadcaster Software (or OBS commonly known) is by far the most solid of the round-up.   The transitions, while only limited to crossfade is so smooth and solid it looks like a professional hardware based system.

While it lacks plugins at the time of writing this article, it can handle all kinds of overlays, media and camera solutions.   The one down side to OBS, it’s a little more complicated and the support isn’t quite as good (though even a novice should be able to figure out the operation in just a few minutes).

Did I mention it was 100% open source and FREE?  Check it out!

Open Broadcaster Software is free and open source software for recording and live streaming. Source code is available to everyone to contribute and improve. Both 32 and 64 bit versions are available and it’s absolutely free!

The Good

  • Solid transitions and plugins
  • VERY Configurable
  • MP4 Encoding
  • FREE

The Bad

  • Support is kinda slow
  • A slightly higher learning curve



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  1. martin
    martin 5 September, 2013, 12:06

    thanks man this helped me decide which to choose to start streaming to twitch!

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    • Rob Davenport
      Rob Davenport Author 5 September, 2013, 12:38

      No worries! I’m glad I could help. Next week I’m doing a full breakdown on the podcast of the 3 in this article as well as 2 more.

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  2. Mike
    Mike 28 January, 2014, 18:39

    Nice article, would love to have seen comments on Vidblaster at is competes well with XSplit — it is amazing that Adobe should OWN this market with tools to go with the streaming server RTMP etc but it seems to have ignored altogether.

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  3. Carlos
    Carlos 4 May, 2016, 09:44

    Hola a mi me da problema de audio el Adobe flash encode cuando enlazó el xsplit alguien me puede ayudar

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