Live Video Editing: The Definitive Guide (2018)

Live video editing can be a pain if you don’t have the right tools, software, and even knowledge, well it’s all about to be changed and for the first time, you can master the art of live video editing with this proven 5 stage process.

To kick-start, this training lets first discuss what is it. Live video editing is where there are numerous cameras at different angles and position either capturing single or multiple subjects where the video is routed through a vision mixing device and edited and transmitted to the audience in real-time. Some examples of these are the live television (games or news)  and most of the twitch streams.

What You Will Learn

You will learn about the basics of editing and we will be helping you with choosing the right software and hardware. And learn about plugins and video enhancing tools, type of computer required, setting up scenes, learn how to stream to youtube, facebook and twitch etc.

Choosing the right software for streaming

Whether it’s streaming, broadcasting or editing there are a ton of software to choose from, getting the right one can be a hassle. luckily we have gone through a few of them and have compiled a list of efficient and powerful software.

1. WireCast (Paid)

The one thing I like about Wirecast is that it is absolutely simple to use for any beginner or professional like you. They have a number of streaming destination like Facebook Live, Youtube etc. They also provide free camera apps and conferencing feature.

Wirecast a huge selection of built-in graphics and titles and they have a Twitter and Facebook comment curation. For sports recordings, it has replays scoreboards, clocks, and timers. They have onboard multi-channel audio ingest. Thus it’s one of the best broadcasting software.

2. Xsplit (Paid)

According to their website, they claim that they have support for all capture cards, I have personally tested this using 7 types of cards and Well they worked! The user interface is minimalistic when compared to Wirecast.

Xsplit has a huge collection of plugins which you can purchase from their store and if you need a custom one they encourage the self-development of plugins. The best feature is that they built in editor and allows direct upload to Youtube and other services.

They have a chat and follower notification sop that you can easily monitor your following or audience.

3. OBS (Free)

Its one of the highest rate and powerful open source live video editing and recording software out there. Its also comes with premium features the one feature that I like the most is that you can set up an unlimited number of scenes.

The audio section contains an Intuitive audio mixer with per-source filters including noise suppression and gain. The user interface is relatively easy to understand and use.

It also has a studio mode which lets us preview your scenes, it is recommended and used.

Choosing the right hardware for live editing

Getting the right hardware ready for editing on real-time is crucial because of any mistake or technical defaults that you make or occur can be a brutal disaster for your stream and thus its recommend to have trustworthy system hardware with no vulnerability.

We have consulted with over 10 streamers and live video editors who work for large channels and compiled a list of useful items that they use and trust to make your stream easier.

1. The workstation Pc

Having a powerful pc that can handle multitasking can be a life-death situation if you don’t have one. We spent a lot of time researching and analyzing a lot of pc components and made a list of hardware that you require starting from CPU’S to even coolers.


COMPLETE WORKSTATION PC –  Origin L-Class WorkStation Pc

CPU – Ryzen 1800X / Intel Core i7-8700K

GPU – GTX 1080 / GTX 1080 Ti / RTX 2080

RAM – We recommend 16GB or more.

STORAGE – Any SSD (Recommend) or HDD’S

MICROPHONE – AKG Perception 22 / Neewer NW-800

WEBCAM – Microsoft LifeCam Studio

CAPTURE CARD – Elgato Game Capture HD60 S /  AVerMedia ExtremeCap U3

2. Production Studio

There a number of studio equipment to chose from and some of them provides unique and powerful features. We have taken the time to find out the best ones that will work for a variety of needs.

ATEM Production Studio 4K



  • 4 M/E 20 input 12G-SDI
  • 16 ATEM Chroma Keyers for Ultra HD
  • Ultra HD 2160p59.94
  • SD, 720p HD, 1080i HD, 1080p HD and Ultra HD formats
  • Software and/or Hardware support
  • Built-in power supply compatible with 110V to 240V sources.
  • Connect XLR and HiFi audio equipment to a built-in audio mixer.
  • HDMI and 6G-SDI program outputs
  • Creative Transitions and Digital Video Effects
  • SuperSource and Dual Media Players
  • HyperDeck Control and Power Macros
  • Remote Camera Control with Professional Audio Mixer
  • Independent Aux Output
  • Professional Broadcast Panels
LiveWedge Switcher


  • Tablet Interface Full HD Video Switcher with live streaming
  • PinP (Picture in Picture) and chroma key compositing
  • Switcher, mixer and recorder compatibility
  • 720/30p HD Live streaming and 1080p HD video switching
  • AUX-IN port, 4 HDMI inputs, are available for up to 5 input audio mixing
  • HDCP is not supported.

3. Camera’s

Honestly, there are a variety of cameras available for supplying footage for video editing. Here we have put a selection 3 cameras ranging for use of small to big scall production works.

Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000 ($39.95)

  • 720p HD Video, 30 fps
  • 16:9 Widescreen
  • Integrated Omnidirectional Microphone
  • TrueColor Technology, 24-bit Color Depth
  • Movie Maker & Photo Gallery Software
  • Skype Certified
  • Processor Speed 3 Hz
  • Connector Type 4 pin USB Type A
  • Computer Interface USB 2.0

CANON 80D ($1299)

  • EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens
  • 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor with Dual Pixel AF
  • 45-point AF system with all cross-type points
  • 3″ 1.04M-dot articulating touchscreen
  • 1080/60p video capture
  • 7 fps continuous shooting with AF
  • Weather-resistant body
  • 7560-pixel RGB+IR Metering Sensor
  • Wi-Fi + NFC

RED EPIC-W with HELIUM 8K S35 Sensor

  • Super 35 8K CMOS Sensor
  • 8K 2:4:1 Recording up to 30 fps
  • 16.5 Stops of Dynamic Range
  • REDCODE RAW, Apple ProRes, DNx Recording
  • High-Speed 2K Recording up to 300 fps
  • Uses RED DSMC2 Accessories
  • Records to RED MINI-MAG Media
  • Magnesium and Aluminum Construction

Requirements for Live Video Editing

In this section, we are going through the basic and fundamental requirements of live video editing and streaming. Different sites have different broadcasting requirements. To broadcast content, certain software, hardware, and network must be met.

Internet Connection

If you are live streaming you often require a much faster and reliable internet connectivity especially if you are streaming 4K or FHD videos. Live video streaming is a network intensive process. The faster your internet connection be the clearer and stable the stream be. For example, the maximum broadcast length on twitter is 48 hours.

Adobe Flash Player

Adobe Flash Player is the signature plug-in several websites use to stream live broadcasts. It is compatible with most browsers, including Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and MozillaFirefox.

Lighting The Studio


Having the right amount of lighting is essential to a studio because who wants to see a person or anything in a dark room, thus making the studio properly lit is crucial. Lighting your primary subject well is important (and if you’re the host, you’ll want to look good!) Even if your live streaming studio space has a lot of natural light, you’ll still need to advance in some lighting gear.

Setting Up Scenes in OBS Studio

Scenes and Sources are the content of OBS Studio. These are where you can set up your stream design, add your games, webcams, and any other devices or media that you want to include in the output.

Scenes and Source


Right, click in the box under Scenes (or use the plus at the bottom) to add a scene if there are none registered yet. You can create as many Scenes as you want, and name them to easily differentiate between them.

Once you have created a Scene, right click in the Sources box (or use the plus at the bottom) to add whatever you want to capture. Whether it’s a specific window, a capture card or game, image, text or your complete display that you want to capture, there are several various sources available in OBS Studio for you to choose from. Try them out!

Sources List

You can re-align sources in the preview and modify their order by using drag and drop in the list, or using the up and down arrow keys. A Source that is listed above another Source in the list will be on top and might hide what’s underneath it. This can also be useful in situations where you need something on top of another source, like a webcam to show over your tutorial. Any time you see an eye icon, you can click it to show or hide the linked item with it (this concerns to filters as well)

Visible: Visible

Hidden: Hidden

When a Source is selected in the Sources list, you will see a red box that displays up around it. This is the bounding box, and can be used to position sources within the preview as well as make the source bigger or shorter.

Source with bounding box

If you need to crop a source, hold the Alt key and drag the bounding box. The edges will change to green to show it’s being cropped. You can see both techniques being used here to crop and enlarge only the part of the screen we want to show:

Cropped Source

If you, later on, change the Base (Canvas) Resolution of OBS Studio, you will have to re-align or re-size the sources. Changing the Output (Scaled) Resolution does not have this effect.

The following Hotkeys are available in the preview to tweak the source position and size:

  • Hold CTRL to disable Source/Edge snapping
  • Hold ALT + drag the bounding box to crop
  • CTRL+F for fit to Screen
  • CTRL+S for stretch to Screen
  • CTRL+D for center to Screen
  • CTRL+R to reset a source size/position

You can also right-click each source in the list to access further options. This is where you access the Filters sub-menu.

Right Click Menu

Edit Transform menu:

Transform Menu

More Information On Scenes: HERE

Setting Up Your Layers in Wirecast

Arranging Your Layers

When streaming with Wirecast, the layers that make up your central shot list are extremely important.  I like to think of them as unique televisions stacked on top of each other.  If they are all playing at once, I can listen to the audio from all of them, but I can only see what is on the top.  While this set up can be a bit confused at first, it allows for some vast customization.  You can have your live shot playing and check to make sure your preview shot is working well, all while monitoring additional pictures, media and camera feed on lower layers.

Layer One

Layer one can be defined as the most important layer, not because it has the most important content, but because it will never be disguised by anything else in your main shot list.  Whatever you put here will always be “on top” of everything else.  What do we put here? Our logo!!  A nice, semi-transparent logo in one of the corners that can stay completely your stream is an indispensable addition to any live broadcast.


Layer Two

Now that your first layer has your logo, think what else you might need on top of all other footage….your name of course!  Depending on how many people, or fragments, you may have through your live stream, you will need at least one, and sometimes many, lower thirds.  Fabricating the lower thirds, and housing them in layer two will allow you to always have a fast and easy way to overlay some essential information!


Layer Three

Layer three is where Wirecast really shines.  Live video is what makes your broadcast so awesome, and this is the layer we use to add all of our camera shots.  Whether you are running a single webcam, or multiple cameras feeds, as long as you have them in layer three with some overlays in the top two layers, your show will look awesome.


Layer Four

This layer can be overlooked if you don’t find yourself operating extra media, but if you do, put it here.  Pictures, videos, animations…whatever you might need to supplement your camera feeds has its place here.  The layers at this time aren’t the most sensitive. If you put your cameras below your extra media, you probably won’t confront much of a problem, but it is nice to have the “less important” parts of your broadcast toward the bottom.


Layer Five

At the bottom of your main shot list is audio.  In direct contradiction to what I just said about “lesser” media going toward the bottom, audio is arguably one of the most essential parts of your broadcast.  Let’s go back to the stacked television/layers analogy.  While the top television is the only one we can see, we can hear all of them because the audio cannot be obstructed.  By putting your audio inputs at the bottom, they will filter “up” through your camera feed and media and be a constant in your broadcast.


The Final Product

One of the best parts of Wirecast is its ability to be customized in any way.  Want to change up the layer flow? Go ahead! Want to put all of your shots on one layer? If you can make it run, go for it!  We like this tried and true method, but there is no perfect way of setting up your broadcast.  Once you dial in what works for you, save it as a Wirecast document, and use it forever!

More Information On Scenes: HERE

Streaming On YouTube

Now let’s talk about streaming on youtube. This section shows how you can broadcast on Youtube. Some Basic fundamentals are:


  • You’ll first need to verify your account to register for streaming.
  • You will need a streaming software like OBS

Follow these steps for Registering for Live Streaming

  1. Head over to and sign-in
  2. You will see an Upload icon on the top-right corner and select “Go live”
  3. Click the blue Get Started icon and verify the details
  4. You will see the confirmation and follow other on-screen instructions

Going Live on Desktop

  1. Head over to youtube after 24 hrs and set up mics, software, and cams
  2. Select upload icon and Go live option
  3. Click Allow when prompted.
  4. Enter the title of your stream and select visibility
  5. Place your thumbnail and select Go live
  6. Now you are LIVE

Going Live on Mobile

  1. Open the youtube app
  2. select the upload icon and select allow access and Go live option
  3. Apply title, visibility, and select thumbnail
  4. And select Go live
  5. Now you are LIVE

Streaming On Twitch

Twitch is considered a streaming giant, it’s popular for its game streams. If you enjoy video games, chances are you’ve stumbled upon a Twitch stream or two. The world’s biggest destination for live video game broadcasts

Setting Up Your Twitch Page And Going Live

  1. Head over to Twitch and Log-in
  2. Select Dashboard from the drop-down menu
  3. Search and select the game you wish to stream
  4. Enter a title for your broadcast
  5. Using OBS or other software set up the scenes
  6. And Go live

Streaming On Facebook

Streaming on Facebook is easier than ever, Its the largest social media platform out there, and Now let’s see how can you set up a Facebook Live.

  1. Choose the live streaming software you like ( OBS Recommended)
  2. Go to your Profile, page, group or event
  3. And Create A Live Stream
  4. Copy the stream key to your software’s settings
  5. And Go Live


So, as you go forth into the valley of the shadow of looming live video editing deadline, here’s what I’d like you to take with you:

It’s not about which video editing software is “the best.” It’s about which one fits your hand, your eye, your sense of timing and your way of organizing. Factor in your prior expertise, plus the learning curve to get comfortable with a new toolset. If you’ve invested, say, more than hundred hours on any adequate platform, you’re probably best off staying there.

Live video editing is easy if you keep learning, in this guide we have gone through a huge portion of meat present in the Editing business. Now it’s up to you

Video editing is now something almost everyone can do at a simple level and enjoy it, but to take it to a higher level requires the same dedication and persistence that any art form does.                               — Walter Murch

Hope You Enjoyed!