Can You Stream Animal Crossing on Discord

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Since there is no app for Discord on the Nintendo Switch, you’ll need a computer to get your Switch screen to stream then play the display screen in a window (using VLC or any other video player) so Discord will show it. This wikiHow will teach you how to stream Nintendo Switch to Discord using a video capture card, which you can get from almost any electronics retailer, like Best Buy or Amazon. If, however, you have a laptop or computer with an HDMI “In” port, you will not need a video capture card since you can plug the Switch directly into your computer (those computers are not common though).

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    Insert your Switch into the Dock.
    You’ll need to connect the USB-C ports on the Switch to the Dock to make a solid connection.

    • Disconnect any monitors or TVs you have connected to your Dock so the signal isn’t accidentally sent somewhere else.
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    Connect the HDMI from your Dock to the capture card.
    Since your Dock only offers an HDMI Out port, make sure you’re plugging the other end of the HDMI cable into the “In” port on the capture card to allow the information to transmit to your computer.


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    Open the video capture card software on your computer.
    You might have been directed to download this software from the packaging or user manual. Your computer might also prompt you to download the appropriate software once you plug in the USB cable.

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    Turn on your Switch.
    The POWER button is in the top left corner.

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    Plug-in the USB cable from your capture card to your computer.
    If you don’t have your video capture card’s software open, it will open now. You should see your Nintendo Switch screen displayed on your computer’s display quickly.[1]

    • Reference your capture card’s manual if it’s not working.
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    Open Notepad, TextEdit, or any word processing software.
    You’ll need to be able to copy and paste code so you can create a VLC shortcut on your Desktop that will automatically open your capture card.

    • You can use another kind of video player (other than VLC) that lets you display the audio/video source in a window; some capture cards may come with a software that will do this.
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    Paste the following code:
    "C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC\vlc.exe" dshow:// :dshow-vdev="Game Capture HD60 S (Video) (#01)" :dshow-adev="Game Capture HD60 S (Audio) (#01)" :dshow-aspect-ratio="16:9" :dshow-audio-samplerate=48000 :dshow-audio-channels=2 :live-caching=0 :dshow-fps=60

    • The quotation marks are important, so make sure they aren’t deleted from the code as you copy and paste. The information you have in “C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC\vlc.exe” may be different if your VLC was installed in a different location, so make sure you change it if you need to.
    • The device name shown is from the Elgato (Game Capture HD60 S), so you might need to change that information accordingly.[2]
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    You’ll see this at the top of your player with
    Audio, and

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    Open Capture Device


    It’s near the middle of the menu.

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    Make sure


    is selected.

    If not, click the “Capture Mode” listed and change it to “DirectShow”.

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    Select your capture card in the drop-downs next to “Video Device Name” and “Audio Device Name.

    They should be the name of your capture card, like Game Capture or Elgato.

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    Select the box next to “Show more options.

    The window will expand to show you more like the MRL and Start Time.

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    Edit the code as needed.
    Copy the video card name in the “Edit Options” field. You’ll find this after “:dshow-vdev=“. Paste this copied video card name into the code you have written in Notepad, TextEdit, etc between the quotation marks.

    • Repeat this process for the audio card name. Make sure you overwrite everything between the quotation marks if there is a difference. If your video capture card does not contain “(Video) (#01)” in the name, delete that information.
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    Close the window and VLC.
    in the “Open Media” window and then you’ll be able to click the
    to close VLC.

    • If you don’t want to create a shortcut that will do all this automatically, you can click
      instead. You will have to change these settings every time you want to stream from VLC and Discord, though.
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    Right-click the VLC shortcut on your Desktop.
    This app icon looks like an orange safety cone.

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    It’s at the bottom of the menu.

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    Paste the code from your word processing software into the text field next to “Target.

    This tells the shortcut to open with the coded settings every time it’s used.[3]

    • If you want to use VLC without the capture card, open it from another shortcut (like in your Start menu or Applications folder).
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    Your changes to the shortcut will be applied.

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    Double-click the VLC shortcut.
    Your capture card should open in a new display window that Discord will be able to show on live stream.[4]

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    Open Discord and
    join a server.

    If you haven’t already joined a server, click the server you want to join in the left column. Once you join the server, a list of its channels will appear in the column on the left side of the window.

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    Join a voice channel by double-clicking a channel with a speaker icon.
    Voice channels are listed under the header “Voice Channels.”

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    You’ll see this with the icon of a monitor with a sharing arrow at the bottom of the channels list.[5]

    • A list of all your applications and screens will appear.
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    Click the
    tab (if needed).

    You should see your VLC screen displayed here.

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    Click to select your VLC display.
    When you share the VLC screen application, your viewers will only see the VLC window, even if you tab to another window.

    • You’ll see some of your streaming settings, such as which channel you’re sharing with, what you’re sharing, the frame rate, and the resolution.[6]
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    Go Live


    You’ll see a thumbnail of what you’re sharing in the lower right corner. To stop sharing, click the monitor with the
    that’s inside the thumbnail preview.[7]

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