Producing gaming content with vMix


Live stream all of your action

Live streams are the most common way for people to connect with esports or your gaming stream. vMix integrates directly with Twitch, so you can be streaming your gaming session to your channel in no time with great quality!

Create a great live esports production

Creating live esports events or gaming streams is easy through vMix! esports events require the action on small computer screens to be displayed on large screens for the audience to see. You can output your vMix production to these large screens to provide an exciting production for your live audience to watch!

Don't miss any of the action

You can use vMix to record your game to edit later or to use for a compilation video!

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vMix being used for Twitch and YouTube streaming

Hat Films have been primarily using vMix for gaming, podcasts and online D&D livestreams to with a variety of audiences. Their YouTube Channel ( stream gaming content through the week.

"Uniquely, we vision mix all three of our cameras and gameplay between the three of us, and thus requires a more substantial setup than the solo twitch streamer. We also make a live streamed, multi-camera podcast called Hat Chat, where we usually sit at our podcast table set in our studio, however due to lockdown we now do this remotely.I'm also part of a D&D group called High Rollers which streams twice weekly. Again due to Covid-19, we are now working remotely and vMix has been essential in ensuring we keep a high level of polish to our streams." Chris from Hat Films.

Hat Films vMix

The Hat Film Set up

Here's a little bit of info about their setup from Chris-

What cameras are used for productions?

  • For our face cams, we utilise 3 x blackmagic pocket cinema camera, mounted on a manfrotto arm that anchors to our desks. The HDMI signal routes to an Atomos Shogun, allowing us to apply a real time LUT, and then that is outputted to an SDI, which is inserted in a Decklink Pro card in our main streaming machine.
  • For D&D, as we are remote now - the players have a variety of setups ranging from webcams to DSLR's - some utilising an Elgato capture card.

Hat Films vMix

What computers are used for your productions?
  • We each have custom built gaming rigs that include an Nvidia 2080ti graphics card, 64gb ram, intel core i7-7820x at 3.60GHz
  • Our stream PC has a similar specification - though it includes a motherboard that houses 2 CPU's, and the decklink PCI card
  • With Covid-19 we have mini-ITX builds with slightly less performance, a 2080 card instead of 2080ti, and 32gb ram instead of 64
What type of capture device/s do you use?
  • As mentioned above, the camera goes through an Atomos Shogun converting HDMI to SDI and applying a LUT
  • We use a redundancy PC to ensure we remain live, so we output the whole signal through an Elgato HD60S external card
  • This then is all input to a Blackmagic Decklink Pro SDI card
  • In our remote Covid-19 setups, Elgato Game Capture cards are used more frequently as we don't have the decklink SDI card, so USB 3.0 is suitable for cameras

Hat Films

How do you capture gameplay?

  • Gameplay is captured using Newtek NDI, allowing us to wirelessly transmit it at high frame rate without needing extra SDI cards
  • In our Covid Setups we simply desktop capture using vMix

How many people are in your production team?

For Hat Films, the 3 man Youtuber setup - I perform live vision mixing and streaming, while my colleague works with an audio mixer for our levels.

Who's your audience?

Our D&D setup is streamed concurrently to both and at 1080p30 - with an average audience of 3000-6000 people. With Hat Films, we stream to at the maximum ingest bitrate (6000kbps), with the resolution of 1080p60 for the best gameplay experience.With Covid-19, we each stream to our own individual channels and utilise the Squad Stream feature to allow our audience to choose who to watch. We usually reach an audience of 1000-2000 people.

The Verdict

To have a robust piece of production software is a breath of fresh air. I've tried a variety of similar software (like redacted) and none perform or have the amount of useful features as vMix does. vMix call has been a lifesaver for our remote setup of 5 people. Everyone is positioned perfectly and remains that way every week, it makes setup far more efficient.- Chris, Hat Films

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vMix being used in universities for esports training and production.

Esports have become viable college sports over the past few years and you can now see intercollegiate tournaments live on major sports networks. As this continues to grow in the coming years, colleges are now preparing gamers, casters and producers for careers in esports. Boise State University uses vMix to help with the production of their competitive game streaming.

Boise State esports

Boise State esports Training Center

vMix is used as the primary broadcast system in the Boise State esports production. A team of faculty and student produces more than 100 hours a month of live competitive video game broadcasts of their intercollegiate matches directly to their partnered Twitch, Youtube, Mixer, Facebook, and other channels. The varsity program is an officially supported,intercollegiate program with 60 student athletes (many scholarships) across 5 games: Overwatch, League of Legends, Hearthstone, Rocket League and Heroes of the Storm.

Boise State esports Setup

The Setup

The Boise State Battleground powered by Omen is a 24-seat esports training center on campus for the use of the varsity programs, clubs, students, and local community. Construction is underway on a 100-seat training center that will make it the largest in collegiate esports. The mobile production studio is housed on a different floor than the Battleground. This allows movement to different venues to support live competitions around campus and in different cities.

Boise State esports

vMix Desktop Capture through NDI is used to transmit player cameras and POV. The mobile studio loaded into a mobile flight case includes both production machine and observer station.

For their main production the team used-

  • Desktop PC with i9-10850K, Geforce RTX 3090 23GB, 32GB RAM
  • 1x PCIe Blackmagic Decklink Duo 2 card for capturing cameras
  • 1x PCIe Blackmagic SDI 4K card for Observer/Spectator input
  • 1 x 20X-ZCAM 20X Optical Zoom | 3G-SDI & IP Streaming| 1920x1080p | 60.7 degree Field of View for casters
  • 3 x Panasonic AVCCAM
  • 2 x Canon Rebel T5i Cameras for additional studio cameras
  • 10 x Logitech 930e Web Cams for player cams, sent NDI
  • 3 x GoPro Session (Micro HDMI converted to SDI)
  • 2 x X-Keys XK-60 USB Programmable Keyboard (1 with shuttle)
  • 3 x XBOX wired controller for replay director

For Audio the team uses a Behringer XENYX Q1202USB 12-Input, 2-Bus Mixer with USB Output to produce a clean audio feed for use in vMix, accepting inputs from 3 Audio-Technica BPHS1 Broadcast Stereo Headset for Casters.

Boise State esports

Boise State relies on professional casters to (virtually) sit next to student casters. vMix Call is used to allow remote casters to be part of the live broadcast.

During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Boise State moved to a full REMI broadcast approach to keep students and broadcasters socially distanced. This enable production to continue using vMix Calls and other cloud-driven tools to maintain quality production at a distance.

Live events are streamed to at 1080p/60 and a bitrate of 4000 kb/s.

The Verdict

Using vMix as our primary production tool has helped us become the envy of collegiate esports by broadcasting far more than any other school. It allows for top-level professional production without the expense of solid state broadcast systems.- Chris, Director of esports- Boise State University.

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vMix for esports productions with One Gaming Agency

One Game Agency specializes in organizing and hosting esports events, as well as creating awareness of and driving preference for brands through digital marketing activities to the esports and gaming communities.

One gaming agency

Pit Series

The One Game Agency studio creates high-quality esport and gaming content, using the highest quality production and live stream standards. Their PIT Series of tournaments are amongst the most recognized and popular event brands inside competitive gaming market and have a truly worldwide appeal.

One Gaming Agency

Their Broadcast Studio

Studio Setup
Their setup gives them the ability to adapt to different content types, be it esport, multiplayer, or streaming singleplayer and co-op games. The heart of the production studio is a vMix PC which receives all the observer video input and in-game audio. All input must be high quality, ready for Twitch standards, including good audio and full HD video at 60 FPS. vMix production PC contains three Blackmagic capture cards and a Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 sound card. All asset and input mixing is done via vMix, combined with Reaper for audio. Finally, master signal is sent externally to our encoding PC where OBS is used for uploading to Twitch.
For the analyst desk, they use a Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K which is connected to the vMix production PC via SDI. The Olympus Micro FourThirds lens provides enough zoom and light for their needs.
Their casters and streamers use Sennheiser HMD 26-II broadcast headsets, while the production computer has a Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 sound card. The analyst desk receives in-game sound using XLR connected through a Soundcraft mixer which allows the casters to tweak sound levels on their end, while vMix audio mixing feature is used to balance audio for the stream.
One Gaming Agency used vMix to produce their PUBG Invitational and Overwatch PIT tournaments, which have 2.3 million unique viewers combined. PC

  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 1800x
  • GPU: Sapphire Radeon NITRO+ RX 580 8GB GDDR5
  • RAM: DDR 4 HyperX Fury 3000 MHz.

One Gaming Agency

The Verdict

Here's what Dino from One Gaming Agency had to say about vMix-"vMix gives us the flexibility and reliability to produce quality esport and gaming content and lets us express our creativity while building content for our viewers. Its simplicity of use, paired with powerful features allow us to control the entire production process quickly and efficiently from a single production station both in online tournaments and live LAN events."

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vMix in use with esports tournaments

In order to produce the Six Lounge Series for Ubisoft, the production team from Fankhi used vMix for producing the show.


Six Lounge Series Final

vMix was used to produce the Six Lounge Series finals in Germany. This is a quarter-yearly online esport tournament for amateurs as well as professional teams for Ubisoft's competitive online multiplayer shooter Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege. After a month of online qualifiers the 2 best teams are invited to play each other live in Berlin to determine the series' winner. The final was streamed out to Twitch and Youtube on the official Ubisoft channels.

Fankhi Setup

The Setup

Faced with the challenge of creating a show with multiple sets, live content, live gameplay and pre-produced content Fanhki turned to vMix for the production. They had a production team of 3 and needed to make sure that they would be able to produce great content that was being pushed out to 25 monitors/beamers across the whole location as well as a live feed being streamed to Twitch and YouTube. By utilizing the vMix Web Controller on several tablets and smart phones they were able to assign shortcuts for all the necessary tasks without sacrificing on location mobility of their 3-man team!


For their main production the team used-

  • A water-cooled i7 6700k with a 8 GB Geforce GTX 1080, 16 GB of RAM and 2 Samsung EVO SATA drives.
  • 2x PCIe Blackmagic Decklink Duo2 cards for capturing cameras.
  • 1x PCIe Elgato HD 60 Pro capture device to capture the casters spectator mode gameplay
  • 1 x Sony PMW-200 Camcorder for the casters (SDI)
  • 2 x Sony PMW-200 Camcorders for talkrounds (SDI)
  • 3 x Garmin VIRB Ultra 30 Fisheye Action Cam (as a GoPro alternative) (Micro HDMI converted to SDI)

For audio-

  • To produce a clean audio feed to use in vMix and for the PA system on location they used a digital audio mixer from Yamaha (Yamaha LS9 16) connected to a Komplete Audio 6 Interface from Native Instruments.

The event was streamed out live to with 1080p/30 and a bitrate of 5000 kb/s. As the client wanted to go to YouTube also, was used to stream to both locations. Over 45,000 people viewed the stream!

The Verdict

Using vMix as our primary production tool has ultimately enabled us to take on bigger productions with smaller teams. The reliability and flexibility vMix offers is just unmatched for a small production business like ours.- Michael, Fankhi

Fankhi Setup