How to Use Nvidia Share to Stream your Gaming

Nvidia Share Shadowplay Tutorial Hero

Nvidia Share (still widely known as Shadowplay) is a great part of the GeForce Experience tool that comes with your graphics card drivers. Using this feature, you can record the action on your screen, save instant replays to capture your last minute of action (or more if you like), and instantly share all your gaming feats with the world by broadcasting them live.

Here we show you how to broadcast and stream your gaming using Nvidia Share (or Shadowplay).

First up (assuming you’ve downloaded and installed GeForce Experience), you’ll need to enable the Nvidia in-game overlay. This will let you instantly do things like record, instant replay and broadcast using keyboard shortcuts.

In GeForce Experience, click the Settings cog in the top-right corner, then scroll down and click the slider next to “In-Game Overlay” so that it’s on.

Nvidia Share Shadowplay Tutorial In Game Overlay

By default, the keyboard shortcut for the in-game overlay is Alt + Z, but you can change this by pressing Alt + Z, clicking the Settings cog then “Keyboard shortcuts.”

Nvidia Share Shadowplay Keyboard Shortcuts

Basic Recording

Before we move on to the live broadcasting and streaming, a quick word on how to record footage and do instant replays. First, go to the in-game overlay, click the “Settings cog -> Video capture” and set the capture settings to what you want.

Nvidia Share Shadowplay Tutorial Video Capture

Once you’ve done that, the default keyboard shortcut to start recording is Alt + F9. You can enable Instant Replay from the in-game overlay, then use Alt + F10 to record an instant replay.

Nvidia Share Shadowplay Tutorial Basic Recording

You can change the length of instant replays from the “Video capture” menu, but note that you’ll need to have Instant Replay disabled in order to change these settings.


Now you know how to record video using Nvidia Shadowplay, but what about live broadcasting?

First, you’ll want to set your broadcasting settings for whichever streaming service you use. Go to “in-game overlay -> Settings cog -> Broadcast LIVE.”

Nvidia Share Shadowplay Broadcast Settings

Here you can choose streaming to Facebook, Twitch or YouTube, each with their individual settings. Crucially, for Twitch you’ll need to pick an ingest server as local to you as possible.

This is also the place to add a custom overlay to your stream.

Next, open the game you want to broadcast live, then when you’re ready, press Alt + F8. This will open the broadcasting overlay, where you can select the site you want to broadcast to (with the settings you set up earlier).

At this point, click “Log in” to sign in to your account for the relevant platform.

Nvidia Share Shadowplay Tutorial Broadcast

Once you’ve done that, your broadcasting account should appear in the “Post as” box. Add a title to your video, set whether you want to broadcast privately or publicly, then click “Go LIVE.”

Nvidia Share Shadowplay Go Live 2

If you’re trying to broadcast to YouTube, you’ll first need to set up YouTube for live streaming through YouTube Studio for your account. (Click “Create” at the top right -> Go live, then follow the instructions.)

Nvidia Share Shadowplay Go Live

Back in Nvidia Share, pause your recording using Alt + F7, or when you’re finished, stop it using Alt + F8.

Nvidia Share Shadowplay Tutorial Pause Broadcast

Nvidia Share doesn’t handle the management or editing of your broadcast after you’ve uploaded it. To manage your broadcast after its been uploaded through Nvidia Share, go to your account on the site you uploaded it to and manage it from there.

Want to mess around more with Nvidia’s settings? See our guide on how to use the Nvidia Control Panel to overclock your monitor. Once you’re up and running, make sure to benchmark your Nvidia GPU before jumping in for some serious gaming.

Robert Zak
Robert Zak

Content Manager at Make Tech Easier. Enjoys Android, Windows, and tinkering with retro console emulation to breaking point.

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