June 10, 2024

What you need to know before choosing sports overlays for your stream

Upgrade your sports streams with pro-quality overlays

This guide shares everything you need to know to choose sports overlays for professional content.

The excitement of live sports isn't just in the action but also in how sporting events are presented. Professional-looking streams enhance the experience with engaging content that also creates a polished atmosphere. Sports overlays, in particular, play a key role in this. But how do you know which to choose?

In this article, we’ll cover the questions to ask and what to look for when you’re choosing sports overlays so you can create professional-quality streams for your viewers.

What to look for when choosing sports overlays

Before you choose an overlay provider for your sports streams, you’ll want to ask some questions.

  • Does the overlay provider have score bugs for the sport you want to stream?
  • Do they have all the overlays that you need to produce a professional-quality show?
  • Can you customize their overlays with your branding?
  • Is it easy to upload their overlays to your preferred streaming platform?
  • Can you edit the overlays in real time?

Let’s look at each question in detail so you don’t start your next stream only to discover your overlays are missing a key feature.

Scoreboards, or score bugs, for your sport

The most important overlays in any sports streamer’s toolkit are scoreboards, or score bugs. They need to contain the scoring and timing rules for the sport you want to stream. For example, if you want to stream Gaelic games and an overlay provider doesn’t have any scoreboards for it, then their other overlays won’t matter much.

Comprehensive overlays

Of course, sports overlays aren’t limited to score bugs. To produce a quality stream, you’ll also need overlays for every stage of your stream, from countdown timers before the action starts to match stat overlays that reinforce highlights in your post-game wrap-up. Overlays to look for include:

  • Countdown timer overlays
  • Sponsor overlays
  • Social media overlays
  • Lineup overlays
  • Bio overlays
  • Formation overlays
  • Score bug overlays
  • Match stats overlays
  • Transition overlays
  • Leaderboard overlays
  • Schedule overlays

Easy integration with OBSOn the technical side, you’ll want to make sure you can easily upload your overlays to streaming platforms like OBS (Open Broadcaster Software). Will you need to manually put each overlay into OBS, or can you drag over the URLs of a few overlay packs and be up and running in seconds? Look for how to add overlays to OBS on each overlay provider’s site and compare the process. If adding overlays to OBS is easy, you can concentrate more on customizing your overlays and updating content in real time during the game.

Customization capabilities

Customization is also important to help differentiate your sports streaming brand. You’ll want to make sure that you can customize:

  • Overlay colors, size, and position
  • Text properties like font, color, and size
  • Images on overlays, like your brand logo, team logos, and player photos

Real-time editing

Finally, you need to be able to update your overlays in real time. This includes everything from starting and stopping the clock and updating the score to lineup changes to displaying talking points during pre- or post-game discussions and even fixing typos.

Putting your knowledge into practice

After considering these questions, you'll be well-equipped to choose the perfect sports overlays and take your streams to professional heights. Want to check out what uno has to offer? Head over to our overlays library. You’ll find overlays for more than 30 sports from Australian football to wrestling.

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