If you’re anything like me, you probably love working and playing on an Ultrawide monitor. However when it comes to firing up your stream things get a little bit more complicated.
Streaming in 21:9 isn’t the normal aspect ratio to stream in and it can look a little weird on different streaming platforms.
In this article we are going to cover how to stream on an Ultrawide Monitor, giving you 3 different options depending on what works for you.
How To Stream With An Ultrawide Monitor [3 Best Methods]
There are three different methods of streaming with ultrawide monitors. We have outlined the best methods below.
Method 1 – Stream Directly To Your Platform In 21:9
This method will not work on Twitch but it will work on Youtube.
In my opinion, this is the best solution as it allows you to enjoy the full width of your beautiful new Ultrawide monitor while also letting your viewers have a great viewing experience without any black bars.
This is what this method will look like on Youtube:
As you can see Youtube adjusts the frame depending on the aspect ratio you upload or stream with. Here’s how you can set this up in your streaming software of choice. We will be using Streamlabs OBS however it is very similar in OBS and other streaming platforms.
Create Your 21:9 Scene
First, you need to set your canvas in your streaming software to 21:9. Go to Settings –> Video.
You then need to set your canvas resolution.
I have mine set to:
Base Canvas Resolution – 3440×1440
Output Scaled Resolution – 1720×720
I recommend downscaling to 720p as this will allow much more viewers to watch without having buffering issues.
Click apply to apply the new settings.
Now you will be able to see your 21:9 canvas. You can re-adjust your scenes and overlays to fit inside this canvas.
You will now be able to stream to Youtube in this resolution. If you try to stream to Twitch it will squish your video to 16:9.
Method 2 – 21:9 Game Inside A 16:9 Canvas
The next option is to add your 21:9 game inside a 16:9 canvas. This will allow you to play your game on your full ultrawide and stream to Twitch. However, with this method, you will have black bars at the top and bottom or you can fill that space with an overlay.
Add Your Game Capture
With this method, we want to add our game capture to our scene. Go to Sources –> + –> Game Capture and select Auto or select your specific game.
Your game will then appear in your scene. If you have it open on your Ultrawide it will be too large for the scene. We need to make it smaller with black bars top and bottom like the below image.
You can now stream to Twitch in this format however there will be black bars top and bottom which some viewers may no enjoy.
If you are going to stream in this format I would recommend having a custom backdrop.
Harris Heller streams in this format and has a great looking stream as you can see below.
This is one of the best options for streaming to Twitch on an Ultrawide while still being able to enjoy the full emersion of Ultrawide gaming.
Method 3 – Play Your Game In 16:9 On Your Monitor
The final option is to set your in game settings to 16:9. This will mean that you are playing your game in 16:9 on your monitor with black bars on the side but your viewers will get a better viewing experience.
To do this go into your game settings and set your aspect ratio to a 16:9 ratio such as 1920×1080. You can also play your game in window mode if you want to use the rest of your screen for something like your chat box.
You can then add this into your scene in OBS and stream normally to Twitch or Youtube.
If you don’t mind losing that extra monitor space while gaming this option is the best for the viewer as they can watch it, just like they would any other stream.
You should now be able to set up your stream while also enjoying playing your games on that new Ultrawide monitor. Enjoy your new streaming setup 🙂
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