Overall Satisfaction with OBS Studio
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.
- It was great to have a platform that is free that I can experiment with without having to use our business capital on.
- It took time to learn, but it helped me understand a lot of things, so it was a great learning experience.
- It was a great balance of cost and time with the high-quality product we got from it.
OBS takes a lot more work to get started with than Google Hangouts, but you get a much more high quality output from it. It even works better with YouTube than Hangout, which is odd since it is also owned by Google. You can not set a poser image on a YouTube live stream when you use Hangouts, but you can with external programs like OBS. You can do so much with layout, like having two video sources on the screen at the same time, any style lower thirds; it is much more powerful.
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.