If you’re looking for an easy-to-use tool to live stream with other VTubers, we have the perfect solution for you. Streamlabs Desktop has introduced Collab Cam, an innovative feature that allows you to host other people on your streams. With Collab Cam and the Virtual Webcam option on your face tracking software, going live with your friends is now easier than ever before. Today we'll cover how to go live with one of the most popular softwares for VTubers: VSeeFace.
Why Go Live With Other VTubers?
There are many reasons why you might want to stream with your fellow VTubers including:
Networking is important in many aspects of life, streaming being no exception. Hosting other VTubers regularly can broaden your horizons, giving you a chance to interact with people you might never meet in real life. Down the road, if you need an artist, music producer, rigging specialist, etc., you can ask for help or recommendations within your own community.
Expanding Your Reach
Big and small VTubers alike always want their content to reach more viewers. After all, there could be someone out there who is looking for a streamer just like you—they just don’t know about you yet. Going live with another VTuber opens up their audience to you and your audience to them. It’s truly a win-win situation.
Promoting Smaller Streamers
If you’re a larger VTuber, why not pay it forward and help your smaller colleagues reach new heights? Host a VTuber mutual of yours who you think deserves a bigger following and they’ll always remember your kindness.
Livening up Your Streams
For most of us, live streaming is a one-person show, but it doesn’t have to be. Hosting a VTuber friend once in a while is the perfect way to bring some fun and excitement to your streams while simultaneously relieving some of the burdens of being the sole entertainer. You could even turn co-streaming into a regular feature to give your audience something to look forward to each week or month.
How to Host Other VTubers on Your Stream (Streamlabs Desktop + VSeeFace)
VSeeFace is a face tracking software that works with 3D VTuber avatars. We will cover how to collaborate with 2D avatars via VTube Studio in a separate guide.
To host a VTuber on your stream, you need to send your guest an invite through Streamlabs Collab Cam. Collab Cam offers two ways for guests to join: Join, which works through a browser, and Join with Streamlabs Desktop. Your guest will need to join with Streamlabs Desktop. They’ll need to set up their avatar beforehand. Have your guest follow the instructions below.
Step 1: Setting up VSeeFace (Guest)
First, your guest will need to have the latest version of VSeeFace installed on their computer. Click here to go to the VSeeFace website. They will also need to have their own 3D VTuber avatar installed. We have articles on how to make your own 3D avatar as well as where to buy VTuber models.
Have your guest open VSeeFace then go to Settings > General Settings then scroll down to Enable virtual camera for this session. Have them click to enable. Make sure your guest also has Allow window resizing checked with the resolution set to 1280x720. Additional information from VSeeFace regarding the Virtual Camera can be found here.
Now your guest needs to add a transparent background. VSeeFace versions 1.13.25 and newer have a transparent file included in the install. Locate the VSeeFace file in your program files, then open the VSeeFace_Data folder followed by the Streaming Assets folder. Click the transparent file, then Open to use this as your background.
Step 2: Setting up Streamlabs Desktop (Guest)
Your guest should open Streamlabs Desktop then click the plus (+) icon next to Sources to add a Video Capture Device source.
Select the VSeeFaceCamera for the device. Ensure that the following settings are applied:
- Resolution/ FPS Type: Custom
- Resolution: 1280x720
- Video Format: ARGB
Your guest is now ready to join your stream with their avatar. Next, you (the streamer) will need to add Collab Cam as a source and invite your guest. Proceed to Step 3 to learn how.
Though we have seen quite a few other creative methods to achieve similar results, this method has been found to be the most stable and efficient.
Step 3: Configuring Collab Cam in Streamlabs Desktop (Streamer)
First, click the plus (+) icon next to Sources to add Collab Cam to your stream setup. Choose Collab Cam from the source list.
Give the source a name. The default name will be Collab Cam but you can change the name to something else if you like.
You will be presented with a screen like this:
Copy the Invite URL and paste it in a DM or email to your guest. Once your guest clicks the link, they will be presented with the option to join your stream. Keep your link private and only share it with people you trust. If your link becomes compromised for any reason, you can click Generate a new link to immediately invalidate it. Collab Cam is free to use for one guest. However, You can add more guests (up to four total) with a Streamlabs Ultra membership.
Once your guest has received the link and requested to join your stream, you will receive a popup with a preview of your guest’s camera. Your guest will not be seen or heard on your stream until you click the Show on Stream button.
You can remove the guest from your stream any time by clicking the Disconnect button. If you want to prevent your guest from requesting to join again, be sure to click the Generate a new link button that we discussed in earlier.
We hope you enjoy hosting other VTubers on your streams with Collab Cam. Collaborating with your fellow VTubers is a great way to network, strengthen bonds within the VTuber community, and liven up your streams. Your viewers will love watching you interact with other VTubers, so give Collab Cam a try during your next stream!
When I add a guest with a transparent background, their background looks odd.
If you are the streamer and you’re facing an issue with a background included with the avatar sent from a friend, you can use a color key filter to remove it.
Right click the source needing the background removed.
- Click filters > Edit filters > add a Color Key filter
- Set the Key Color Type to: Custom Color
- Click the color eyedropper icon > select the background color you’d like to remove
- Adjust the similarity and smoothness to desired effect
If you have more questions about Collab Cam, feel free to check our other articles or submit a ticket. You can also contact Support in the Streamlabs Discord server.