Step 1: Connect Nintendo Switch to Video Card
- Insert the switch into the dock – To make a solid connection, you need to connect the USB-C ports on the switch to the dock. Make sure the signal is not accidentally sent somewhere else by disconnecting any TVs or monitors that are connected to your dock.
- Connect HDMI from the dock to the capture card – This allows the information to transmit to your computer. Plug the other end of the HDMI cable into the “In” port on the capture card, as the dock only has an HDMI outport.
- Open the video capture card software on your computer – You should have been directed to download this software from the user manual or packaging. Once you plug in the USB cable, your PC may also prompt you to download this software.
- Turn on the switch – In the top left corner, there is a power button. Use this to turn on the switch.
- Now, plug the USB cable from your capture device into your computer – If your video capture card’s software is not yet open, it will open now. You should quickly see your Nintendo Switch screen displayed on your PC’s monitor. If it is not working, refer to your capture card’s manual.
Step 2: Set Up Video Window
- Open word processing software like Notepad or TextEdit – You will need to copy and paste code to create a VLC shortcut on your desktop that will automatically open your capture card.
- Paste this code – The provided code. Make sure not to delete the quotation marks as you copy and paste.
- The device name written refers to the Elgato (Game Capture HD60 S), so you may need to alter this information accordingly.
- Open VLC Media Player and select the Media option from the top of your player.
- From the middle of the menu, select the “Open Capture Device” option.
- Next, select “DirectShow” and choose the capture card from the drop-down next to “Video Device Name” and “Audio Device Name.”
- Check the box next to “Show more options,” then edit the code as needed.
- Close VLC and the window, then right-click the VLC shortcut on your desktop.
- At the bottom of the menu, click on Properties and paste the code from the word processing software into the text field next to “Target.”
- Click “OK” to apply the changes.
Step 3: Streaming to Discord
- Open the Discord app and join a server – Click on the server you want to join from the left corner. A list of channels will appear on the left side of the window once you join any server.
- Join a voice channel by double-clicking a channel with a speaker icon, listed under the heading “Voice Channels.”
- Click on the Screen option – You will see an icon of a monitor with a sharing arrow at the bottom of the channel list, then a list of all your screens and applications will appear.
- Select the Application tab, then click on VLC media player. Your viewers will only see the VLC window when you share the VLC screen application, even if you switch to other windows.
- Then select the Go Live option – Finally, press “Go Live.” In the lower right corner, you will see a thumbnail of what you are sharing. Click the monitor with the X inside the thumbnail preview to stop sharing.
That’s all! This is how you can easily and comfortably stream Nintendo Switch to Discord.