Beginner's Guide to Singular

In 5 steps, you're going to be on-air with Singular overlays. Let's get started!

1 - Navigate to your Dashboard

Navigate to the Singular Dashboard: https://app.singular.live/dashboard and open up your Account folder in the left panel.

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Opening the Singular Dashboard and Selecting the Account Folder

 

2 - Download a theme from the Marketplace

Have an area within your account folder selected and open up the Singular Marketplace by selecting the "New" menu from the top left corner of the Dashboard. Then click "Singular Market".

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Opening the Singular Marketplace

 

Check out all the themes that we have available for free and download one that works best for you. 

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Selecting and Downloading a New Theme

 

3 - Open your new theme into Studio

Studio is a Control Application that you will use to operate your live overlays. To open up your newly downloaded theme into Studio, right click on the theme, hit "open with", choose "Studio" and then name it.

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Opening a New Theme in Studio

 

4 - Learn beginners tips for operating overlays in Studio

4A. Load all of the overlays into the Playlist Panel. The easiest way to do this is to click the three dot menu button in the top right and select "Auto Playlist". This option generates an automatic playlist from all the overlays inside your selected theme.

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Using the "Auto Playlist" Feature

 

4B. Edit the contents of your overlays to prepare for your show. Do this by clicking on whatever overlay you want to edit in the Playlist Panel and then changing the elements you wish to change in the Overlay Editor.

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Editing contents of an overlay

 

4C. Take your overlays live by clicking on the play buttons. Live overlays will appear in the Output window. The Preview window is designated for viewing overlays that you have selected in the Playlist Panel.

Note

Make sure to frequently use the blue "Update" button in the Overlay Editor if you are not seeing any changes to your overlay contents that you update on-air.

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Taking overlays on-air, updating when contents are changed

 

If you're interested in learning more Studio tips and tricks, click here

5 -  Combine your overlays with your live (or pre-recorded) video in OBS

For the purposes of this Beginner's Guide, we are going to be working with OBS, an encoding software that you can download for free, in order to combine your newly prepared overlays with your live video.

5A. Download OBS if you haven't already done so.

5B. Navigate over to Studio and copy your output URL from the "Share" menu button in the upper right corner.

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Copying Output URL from "Share" menu

 

5C. In OBS, create a brand new Singular overlay layer by selecting the "+" button in the Scenes panel and selecting "browser". Then paste in your output URL and adjust your resolution settings.

Note

For resolution settings, we recommend typing in 1920 for the width and 1080 for the height.

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Adding a Browser Source, Pasting Output URL, Adjusting Settings

 

5D. Lastly, you will want to add your video layer underneath your Singular overlay layer. Prepare your live video layer by adding a "Video Capture Device" within the plus "+" button in the "Scenes" panel. Or drag and drop a pre-recorded video into the "Scenes" panel. Finally, hit command or control + f to fit your video layer to frame (or you can drag the corners to resize).

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Adding a Video Layer, Nesting Underneath Singular Layer

 

There you have it, your overlays are on top of the video of your choosing. Now you can send this content "sandwich" to any live stream destination of your choosing by selecting the "Start Streaming" button in the Controls panel. Now you're ready to operate your overlays in real time within Studio.

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Select "Start Streaming" Option in the "Controls" Panel

 

If you aren't seeing any of your Singular overlays, check two things:

  1. Make sure your Singular overlay layer is on top of your video layer within OBS
  2. Make sure you have an overlay taken on-air in Studio 

Note

If you have any more questions on how to get your Singular overlays into OBS, check out this video. If you are already using another encoder in your production workflow, click here to learn how to use Singular overlays with the software of your choosing. 

If you are a more advanced user and are interested in creating custom overlays in Composer, check out this area of our Support Portal to learn how to get started.

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