How to Stream Nintendo Switch to Discord

Because there is no Discord app for the Nintendo Switch, you’ll need to use a computer to stream your Switch screen, then play the display screen in a window (using VLC or any other video player) so Discord can see it. This emindsca will show you how to stream Nintendo Switch to Discord using a video capture card, which can be purchased at almost any electronics retailer, such as Best Buy or Amazon. If, on the other hand, you have a laptop or computer with an HDMI “In” port, you won’t need a video capture card because you can connect the Switch directly to your computer (those computers are not common though).

Part 1 Connecting Your Switch to a Video Card

1. Place your Switch in the Dock. To make a secure connection, connect the Switch’s USB-C ports to the Dock.

Disconnect any monitors or TVs that are connected to your Dock to avoid sending the signal somewhere else by accident.

2. Connect your Dock’s HDMI to the capture card. Because your Dock only has an HDMI Out port, ensure that the other end of the HDMI cable is plugged into the “In” port on the capture card to allow the data to be transmitted to your computer.

3. On your computer, launch the video capture card software. The packaging or user manual may have directed you to download this software. When you plug in the USB cable, your computer may prompt you to download the necessary software.

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

5. Connect your capture card’s USB cable to your computer. If you don’t already have the software for your video capture card open, it will now. You should quickly see your Nintendo Switch screen appear on the screen of your computer.

If your capture card isn’t working, consult the manual.

Part 2 Setting Up a Video Window

1. Open Notepad, TextEdit, or another word processing programme. You’ll need to be able to copy and paste code in order to create a VLC shortcut on your desktop that will open your capture card automatically.

You can use another video player (other than VLC) that allows you to display the audio/video source in a window; some capture cards may come with such software.

2. 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.

3. Open VLC. If you don’t have VLC, you can download it at

If you’re familiar with the settings, you can use another type of video player that allows you to select the audio/video source.

4. Click Media. You’ll see this at the top of your player with Playback, Audio, and Help.

5. Click Open Capture Device. It’s near the middle of the menu.

6. Ensure that DirectShow is selected. If not, change the “Capture Mode” to “DirectShow” by clicking the “Capture Mode” button.

7. In the drop-down menus next to “Video Device Name” and “Audio Device Name,” select your capture card. They should be the same as the name of your capture card, such as Game Capture or Elgato.

8. Choose the checkbox next to “Show more options.” The window will expand to show you additional information such as the MRL and Start Time.

9. As needed, modify the code. In the “Edit Options” field, paste the video card name. This is found after “:dshow-vdev=”. Paste the copied video card name between the quotation marks in the code you wrote in Notepad, TextEdit, etc.

Rep this procedure for the audio card name. If there is a difference, make sure to overwrite everything between the quotation marks. If the name of your video capture card does not include “(Video) (#01),” remove it.

10. Close the window and launch VLC. When you click Cancel in the “Open Media” window, you’ll be able to close VLC by clicking the X.

If you don’t want to make a shortcut that will do all of this automatically, you can simply click Play. However, you will need to change these settings each time you want to stream from VLC or Discord.

11. Right-click the VLC shortcut on your desktop and select Properties. This app’s icon resembles an orange safety cone.

12. Click Properties. It’s at the bottom of the menu.

13. Copy and paste the code from your word processor into the text field next to “Target.” This instructs the shortcut to open with the coded settings each time it is invoked.

If you want to use VLC without the capture card, use a different shortcut (like in your Start menu or Applications folder).

14. Click Ok. Your changes to the shortcut will be applied.

15. Double-click the VLC shortcut to launch it. Your capture card should open in a new display window that Discord can show on the live stream.

Part 3 Streaming with Discord

1. Open Discord and connect to a server. If you haven’t already, click the server in the left column that you want to join. When you connect to the server, a list of its channels will appear in the left-hand column of the window.

2. By double-clicking a channel with a speaker icon, you can join a voice channel. Voice channels are listed under the “Voice Channels” header.

3. Click Screen. This is indicated by the icon of a monitor with a sharing arrow at the bottom of the channels list.

All of your applications and screens will be listed.

4. Click the Applications tab (if needed). You should see your VLC screen displayed here.

5. Click to select your VLC display. Even if you tab to another window while sharing the VLC screen application, your viewers will only see the VLC window.

You’ll see some of your streaming options, such as which channel you’re sharing with, what you’re sharing, frame rate, and resolution.

6. Click Go Live. In the lower right corner, you’ll see a thumbnail of what you’re sharing. To cancel sharing, click the monitor with the X inside the thumbnail preview.

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