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OBS Studio

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What is OBS Studio?

OBS Studio is free and open source software for video recording and live streaming, featuring real time video/audio capturing and mixing. Users can create scenes made up of multiple sources including window captures, images, text, browser windows, webcams, and capture…

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What is OBS Studio?

OBS Studio is free and open source software for video recording and live streaming, featuring real time video/audio capturing and mixing. Users can create scenes made up of multiple sources including window captures, images, text, browser windows, webcams, and capture cards.

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  • No setup fee

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  • Free Trial
  • Free/Freemium Version
  • Premium Consulting/Integration Services

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Product Details

What is OBS Studio?

OBS Studio is free and open source software for video recording and live streaming, featuring real time video/audio capturing and mixing. Users can create scenes made up of multiple sources including window captures, images, text, browser windows, webcams, and capture cards.

OBS Studio Technical Details

Deployment TypesOn-premise
Operating SystemsWindows, Linux, Mac
Mobile ApplicationNo

Frequently Asked Questions

OBS Studio is free and open source software for video recording and live streaming, featuring real time video/audio capturing and mixing. Users can create scenes made up of multiple sources including window captures, images, text, browser windows, webcams, and capture cards.

OBS Studio starts at $0.

Reviewers rate Support Rating highest, with a score of 9.

The most common users of OBS Studio are from Small Businesses (1-50 employees).
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Bobby Matheson | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
I use OBS for streaming audio/video performances online to websites such as Twitch and YouTube. It has helped to bridge the gap between musicians and listeners in a way I have been unable to previously. In the current pandemic atmosphere, OBS has allowed me to perform live for my audience and reach a broader swath of people easily and keep communication open with the viewers easily.
  • Easy to use overlays and on-screen elements.
  • Easily customizable.
  • Attractive layout with simple and intuitive navigation.
  • Easily switch between several pre-made “scenes”.
  • Old-school broadcast media options and functions for a trendy and modern medium.
  • I would really love the option to select and “preview” the next scene in queue before switching to it - much like an old-school Television switcher.
  • An option to have customizable colour schemes for the interface would be helpful.
  • The ability to use multiple scene transitions - hard cuts, fades, wipes, etc, and being able to use them freely between takes.
If you plan on streaming video/audio to a website like Twitch or YouTube, OBS is hands-down the best & most accessible option. Whether you are streaming music, video games, or performance art, OBS EXCELS in its field. It seems less suited for use in video conferencing situations (zoom, Skype, etc), and I feel that this is definitely a missed opportunity. Adding some functionality to send the output to zoom or other video chat interfaces could be a useful addition.
November 24, 2021

Free, Unlimited Recording

Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
OBS Studio is used for screen recording of educational tutorial material and for recording live training sessions. This allows us to get our information out to users in video format instead of relying on help desk tickets and human resources. It's easy to use and the quality of output is great.
  • Ease of Use
  • Video Quality
  • Live Uploads
  • Computer Mic Connection Ease of Use
OBS Studio is a great option if you want a screen recording platform with unlimited video length (some free programs cut you off after 5 minutes). It is easy to record with OBS and then overlay your own audio in a separate video editor so you don't have to talk and record your screen at the same time, but you can record your internal mic if you need to.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
OBS Studio is very popular among faculty members. With the university moving onto remote teaching, there was a need for a reliable software to create a proper asynchronous learning content. OBS was the best choice.
  • organize/hide content in the editor window
  • converting mkv to mp3
  • intuitively easy to use even with no instructions
  • editing-montaging videos
  • easier way to adjust webcam image (templates)
  • i wish mic choice would show up in the window. sometimes the wrong mic is selected and notice too late (after recording)
For asynchronous teaching - absolutely. For synchronous teaching I would not recommend it - too many apps to handle (e.g. Teams or Zoom + slides + OBS).
August 03, 2021

OBS Studio Review

MD Rafsanjani Rahi | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I have a travel company so I have done a lot of projects with OBS Studio, like video recording, video editing, voice recording, and live streaming. Our multimedia team always prefers OBS Studio because it's very easy to use. It's totally virus-free and written in C,C++, etc. There is no watermark so we can use it to make any documentation for our company. For quick promotion and advertisement, it is very helpful for a company.
  • Free software for live telecast
  • Open source project for video recording
  • Powerful video recording
  • Written in C and C++
  • Totally virus free and free download
  • Collaborates with Facebook live and YouTube live streaming.
  • Computer screen recording
  • A hub for collectting source and broadcast
  • Multiple sources not working at a time.
  • Sometime the program makes us confused that its running or not. [Sometimes we can't tell], is it running or has it stopped recording or stopped streaming! And sometimes we need to force to quit OBS Studio .
  • Commands not working sometimes.
  • Frequently updated.
For video promotion OBS Studio, [it] is a good option. YouTube or Facebook live streaming is so popular right now. Thorough OBS Studio we can promote our business there. The main benefits of OBS Studio is the [robust] feature set. Through OBS Studio we broadcast any video, we just have to do one thing manually (that is source set-up). After that, it works like a hub and streams the videos we want to show.
Joshua Welsh | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
I use OBS to record screencasts and lectures for classes I teach. I originally chose it because it is a cross-platform program. I was using Linux at the time, and it was the most robust screen capture with Picture in Picture that I could find. I have since switched to Windows, and since OBS is cross-platform, I was able to keep using it.
  • Picture-in-Picture
  • Scene Changes
  • Lots if resolution settings
  • Help finding the right resolution setting.
  • Help understanding virtual backgrounds.
  • Easy way to name files as they are being recorded.
I would recommend this to any colleague who is looking for a robust, standalone screen capture program that saves to a wide range of file formats and gives the user lots of ability to fine-tune things to be just the way they want. I would be less likely to recommend it to less tech-savvy colleagues because the program has a fairly steep learning curve, especially compared with Panopto, which is officially supported by our institution.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
I use OBS studio to create and manage live streaming events on a variety of platforms. Everybody in my organization uses it because it solves the problem of broadcasting from your desktop and from your webcam throughout the internet and includes many features for free that would cost a lot of money from commercial applications.
  • OBS Studio makes it easy to connect with streaming service providers
  • OBS Studio makes it easy to switch from source to source during your broadcast
  • OBS Studio makes it easy to design and edit what your viewers will see.
  • As a FREE product, there is really very little to improve upon.
  • It would be great if multiple devices could be networked.
  • Maybe the user interface could be a bit prettier, but it is very functional.
OBS studio is extremely well suited to anybody who wants to get started broadcasting from their desktop or their webcam via live streaming because the cost is extremely affordable, namely FREE. It has a very supportive community, and one of the sponsors is Facebook, so you know that it integrates well with that platform. If you really want to do a lot of switching, and add a lot of bells and whistles in terms of onscreen graphics, then you will have to look at commercial products.
August 31, 2020

Love my OBS

Charles Beck | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
With all the various ways to present a video solution such as Loom or Vineyard, I found that using OBS has allowed me to customize my background and present solutions in a much more professional and cleaner way.
  • Allows for custom backgrounds.
  • Scrolling and moving information.
  • Quick and efficient duplication of slides.
  • Sometimes the way the individual screens are highlighted, to move them is sticky.
  • Better compatibility with MAC OS.
  • Make it less taxing on CPU/memory.

I think you're best suited if you want to do a detailed customized presentation, with the end-user logo and information in mind, almost as if you are sitting at a news desk. It doesn't take the place of a PowerPoint so there are certain circumstances where a PowerPoint presentation without much need for video is better.

This is especially handy these days when more remote workers are wanting to present in a professional style as if they were "in person"

Steven Shulmister | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We use OBS Studio to stream and record video footage of meetings, focus groups, and gameplay. (We do market research for video games.)
  • Very easy to add different sources for both video and audio and arrange them.
  • Easily convert (remix) recorded files into a different format.
  • Sometimes when you close the program, it doesn't fully close, which causes issues if you try to open it again. Then you need to force quit to resolve the issue.
  • Frequent updates, but they are pretty quick.
OBS Studio is really good for streaming and recording video, especially when you are pulling video and audio from multiple sources.
Seth Paine | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
For a few months we had a live stream in our organization and we went back and forth between using OBS Studio and Google Hangouts. OBS was more complicated to use than Google Hangouts, but it is so much more flexible with what you can do with it as far as laying out elements like lower thirds, using whatever graphics you have, bringing in people with Skype, and the price is great, nothing can beat free. I am going to get back to doing live streams in the next month or two and I will be using OBS.
  • It is easy to start with a product that is free, there isn't the financial overhead to get started with it.
  • There are a lot of plugins that you can use to add lots of custom functionality. You can make your broadcasts whatever you want with it.
  • The quality of the videos that come out of OBS studio is very high, I am very happy with the results I get with it.
  • The UI can be improved, the layout can be made a little more intuitive
  • There is a high learning curve, the process of learning the program can be made easier
  • The process of installing and incorporating plugins can be improved.
I would recommend OBS to someone who wants to try a powerful livestream platform if they are a more technical person and are willing to spend time figuring out how to use the software. I would tell them that it is worth spending time with even if they don't keep using it, it helped me understand the whole livestream process because I was able to see how OBS works.
Travis Gray | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Currently using OBS for our primary streaming software after Adobe's old software went obsolete and other options were too pricey or still couldn't manage what we needed. OBS is simple enough and delivers exactly what we need. It can handle multiple inputs and files to enable us to not need a switcher, but perfectly fine if you were using a switcher/single input setup. We also route separate audio in (not from the switcher/HDMI/SDI input device) and it handles multiple audio inputs great. Other options for stream size, bitrate, and other settings are super easy to find and use as well, and always get great output from OBS. Have been using it for big events with a ton of pressure from stakeholders, as well as simple webinar presentations. Maybe not as robust as some of the paid options, and only single destination streaming available, but usually that's all we need to worry about, so it's perfect for our needs.
  • Simple and ease of use - get streaming pretty quickly
  • Multiple options for sources - if the switcher goes down or you need to switch over to a different external input, you can default to another file or image, or just keep all your inputs 100% in OBS
  • Options for bitrate and output size easy to find and change - great if your internet signal isn't great, you can adjust accordingly
  • Being able to record simultaneously - eliminates the need for an external recorder
  • More control over queuing extra sources, if using a video file, perhaps timecode and countdown cues
From simple streaming to bigger events, OBS has been able to handle all of it with full confidence from us. Have never questioned if it was going to be unreliable in a specific situation, even with minimal training. Software identified the external input source easily and had no issues setting that up (Blackmagic Mini Recorder), and great for pulling in separate audio from the computer input.
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