Trovo is among the largest streaming platforms, with millions of monthly users and thousands of active streamers every month. These figures alone make Trovo one of the top options to stream your favorite games, as there will always be someone looking for the content you provide.
If you don’t know the requirements to start streaming on Trovo or how to set up everything needed to start streaming your games through Trovo, don’t worry; I have you covered! In this article, you’ll find everything you’ll need to know to start live streaming your favorite games on Trovo from your computer, Xbox, PS4, or PS5.
1 – Create a Trovo account
You’ll first need a Trovo account to access Trovos’s streaming/broadcasting features. Creating a new Trovo account is easy and cost-free and takes less than two minutes to set up.
Go to the Trovo homepage. On the upper right-hand corner, click on “Sign Up“. If you’re using your mobile device, you’ll need to download and install the Trovo app and follow the instructions.
Fill out the sign-up form with your details.
Next, navigate to “Creator Studio“.
Choose the Title, Description, Category, Language, and content type of your live stream and click “Save“.
Keep this page open, and move on to the next part of the guide.
2 – Choose the software you’ll use to stream on Trovo.
There are tons of different broadcasting software to start live streaming your gameplay on Trovo. Each of these software comes with its pros and cons, and depending on your needs and goals, you’ll have to choose accordingly.
Below you can find the best software for streaming games on Trovo with a short but detailed description of what you should know about the particular software.
OBS – OBS Studio is an entirely free, open-source streaming software with cross-platform compatibility and easy integration to Trovo. OBS Studio is well known among Trovo content creators, and it’s one of the top choices to stream any game. Note that you will need some tweaking to set up everything as you wish. (Recommended for people who want to set up everything manually)
StreamLabs OBS – Tons of extra features in comparison with OBS Studio. It might be a little heavier on your PC if you load it up with a lot of stuff but nothing crazy. Many StreamLabs OBS features can help you monetize your Trovo channel later on and make everything better and easier for you. Note that StreamLabs OBS is only available on Windows. (Recommended for people who want easy setup & more features)
Restream – Restream is a Multi-platform streaming software that allows you to stream on multiple platforms simultaneously. Easy to set up and integrate with OBS, easy to use dashboard, and you’ll find everything organized in one place. Since you will be on all platforms simultaneously and redirect people from other channels(Twitch, Youtube, Facebook, etc.) to Trovo it will be much easier for you to grow a community and grow your accounts organically. (Recommended for new streamers looking to grow fast)
Later in this guide, you’ll find instructions on setting up each of the above broadcasting software to stream your favorite games on Trovo. Now let’s move on to the next part of this guide, where we will discuss a few things you will need to start streaming.
3 – Things you’ll need to stream on Trovo
Apart from having a decent PC setup, or a console, you’ll need some hardware and software to enhance your Trovo stream and make it more attractive to potential viewers.
Gaming and streaming on the same computer can go a little heavy on the CPU, and if the CPU cannot handle it, it will start causing issues, stuttering, and drop performance right away. If your PC already struggles to run the game you want to stream on Trovo on at least 60 FPS at all times, then you might need to start thinking about upgrading before streaming or optimizing your PC.
On the other hand, if your PC is running the game just fine, you should be good to stream on that PC. If you are playing on a console, you can consider playing from the console but broadcasting through a computer to access cool features and possibilities.
Statistics show that people prefer streams where the streamer speaks on the microphone, and no one can deny that. But that doesn’t mean that you are obligated to use one. On the other hand, if you are looking to grow a community on Trovo, you will have to engage with your viewers via chatting, or if you don’t want to do that, you will have to find some creative way to do so!
Microphones will always be a good investment for streamers who want to talk with their audience, and that’s why the quality matters. I mean, if you do it, do it right! Good audio quality will make your stream sound more appealing, and believe me, and viewers will instantly spot it.
Your stream may sound too “empty” without some background music. It would be best if you thought of adding some background music in your Trovo stream, but make sure it’s not copyrighted because it can get your channel in trouble. There are a lot of services that offer free royalty music, but I personally prefer to use SoundStripe on my videos.
Camera or Avatar
If you want to show yourself on stream, you should consider getting a decent camera to make it look better. You don’t have to buy the most expensive, 4k camera; instead, a budget one should do the job.
On the other hand, if you don’t want to show your face on your stream and feel like you will not grow your account without showing yourself on camera, you should consider getting a custom-made live avatar either of yourself or something else of your choice. It’s an excellent and effective way to engage with your viewers without showing your face. The thing is that it’s pretty hard to do it yourself without the proper skills, but you can hire someone on Fiverr to create a custom avatar for you exactly how you’ve imagined it for really cheap.
Capture card can help you if you want to stream console games via your PC or if you want to do a two-computer streaming setup.
4 – How to live stream on Trovo from PC
Now let’s connect the Trovo account to broadcasting software and set up everything so you can stream as soon as possible.
Before you start setting up the streaming software, make sure that every hardware you want to use(Microphone, Camera, etc.) is connected to your PC.
Connecting Trovo to OBS / Streamlabs
For the following steps, I will use OBS Studio as an example of setting up everything. Still, StreamLabs OBS is identical and even easier, so it should be straightforward to follow along.
Now, go ahead and install OBS/Streamlabs and once the installation is complete, run it and navigate to “Settings“.
Navigate to the “Stream” tab; on Service, choose “Trovo” and then go to your Trovo account and copy the “Stream Key” and paste it into OBS/StreamLabs.
Add Audio/Video/Visuals to OBS
Anything that you want to broadcast on your stream, whether your gameplay, background music, a specific part of your screen, alerts, or any particular graphics, needs to be added as a source in OBS.
Let’s do a basic Trovo streaming setup, let’s capture your game, microphone, and camera, and later on, in this guide, you will find resources for more advanced setups.
Setup your game Source
Navigate to the bottom left side OBS, and under “Scenes“, click the “+” symbol. Name it as you wish, and click OK.
Now let’s add the game that you want to stream on Trovo to our sources to ensure gameplay will be captured and streamed properly. Click the “+” symbol on the Sources section, select “Game Capture“, and click OK.
A window should pop up with a few different settings. Let me explain to you how to configure each one.
Mode: Choose either “Capture any fullscreen applications“(assuming when you play the game, that’s the only full-screen application that is running) or run your game and choose “Capture specific window“, and then select the “Window” of the game.
Use anti-cheat compatibility check: Ensure this is enabled to prevent conflicts with the anti-cheat software.
Choose the rest depending on your needs and click “OK” to save your selections.
Setup Microphone Source
Now let’s set up your microphone so your viewers on Trovo can listen to you on stream.
Again, go to Sources and click the “+” symbol, and choose “Audio Input Capture“, select your microphone and click “OK“.
Setup Camera Source
Next, let’s set up your camera so your viewers on Trovo can see you on stream.
Again, go to Sources and click the “+” symbol, and choose “Video Capture Device“, select your camera and click “OK“. Now you can adjust the camera’s size and reposition it anywhere you wish.
Now you got all the essential sources configured correctly and ready to go! The next thing we will do is apply the best streaming settings for Trovo to have a smooth and lag-free stream and gameplay.
5 – Streaming Settings
Now that everything is set up and ready on your PC to start streaming on Trovo, the next thing you will have to do to ensure a smooth and lag-free broadcast is to make sure you are using the best streaming settings for either OBS Studios or StreamLabs OBS. It will take you some time to tweak and mess around with the settings to get the perfect streaming Trovo settings but believe me, it’s worth it since once you set them up, you don’t have to touch them ever again.
Best OBS / StreamLabs Streaming settings for Trovo
Navigate to OBS / Streamlabs Settings tab and choose the Output tab.
Change Output Mode to Advanced, and make sure you are on the Streaming settings sub-tab.
Encoder: If you have an NVidia GPU, the best encoder to stream on Trovo is the “NVIDIA NVENC H.264(New)” encoder. On the other hand, if you are on an AMD GPU, use the “H264/AVC Encoder” from AMD for the best performance possible while streaming on Trovo.
Bitrate: The best Bitrate to stream on Trovo is 6000kbps. If you are on a slow internet connection, you can lower this number to achieve a stable and smooth stream.
Rate Control: CBR
Keyframe Interval: 2 seconds
Preset: Start with “Quality” or “Performance” and depending on how your stream feels, tweak it accordingly. If you feel like it drops too much performance, then you should consider moving to “Low-Latency Performance“.
If you followed through till here, I would like to tell you that, for the most part, you are ready to start streaming on Trovo. Below, you will find how to set up your stream on consoles and a lot of helpful information on possible ways to make your stream look and sound better, grow your channel faster, monetize your channel, and more!
How to live stream on Trovo from consoles
To stream on Trovo from consoles, you will need to get a capture card.
Once you get your capture card, set it up on your PC and then open OBS/StreamLabs.
Click the “+” symbol on the Sources section, select “Video Capture Device“, give it a name and click OK.
Choose the “Elgato Game Capture HD” or whichever capture card you are using, and click “OK“
By now your console gameplay should be showing up on OBS/StreamLabs and your stream on Trovo.
How do I make my Trovo stream look and sound great?.
Overlays, Scenes Screens, & Logo: Even though these are not required to start streaming initially, having your overlays, screens, logo, and scenes all setup beautifully can make you stand from the crowd since that shows that you care about the stream and you look at it somehow more seriously than just streaming on my free time.
I don’t recommend purchasing pre-built designs for two main reasons. The first one is that everyone can have the same designs as you and second that with the same amount of money you can get someone to create everything for you as you have imagined it.
- You can create your own by using NerdOrDie or StreamLabs free templates and designs.
- Hire someone on Fiverr to create unique designs made only for you.
Alerts: You can find a lot of ready-made and easily customizable alerts on StreamLabs to show up when someone subscribes, follows, or donates to your channel.
Music: As I previously mentioned at the beginning of this guide, music can give your stream a different feeling, and it can only do good. You can find some high-quality copyright-free music on SoundStripe.
Avatar: An excellent and effective way to engage with your viewers without showing your face is to replace yourself with an animated character. You can hire someone on Fiverr to create a custom avatar for you if you don’t have previous experience in design and animation.