OBS Studio is an open-source, popular and free application for video recording and live streaming for Windows PC. It comes with a powerful range of features that allow you to create professional videos and live stream set-ups.
Open Broadcaster Studio aims to be a complete suite of all your gaming, art, and entertainment videos for sharing on your favorite streaming platforms including YouTube, Twitch, Facebook and more. Other similar professional video recording and live streaming apps may be costlier than this one and costs you much more.
Open Broadcaster Software started out as a small project created by Hugh “Jim” Bailey but rapidly grew with the help of many online collaborators working both to improve OBS and spread the knowledge about the program. In 2014, development started on a rewritten version known as OBS Multiplatform (later renamed OBS Studio) for multi-platform support, a more thorough feature set, and a more powerful API. As of v18.0.1 of OBS Studio, OBS Classic is no longer supported due to the former reaching near-full feature parity with the latter, though the download for Classic is still available.
The main user interface is organized into five sections: scenes, sources, audio mixers, transitions, and controls. Scenes are groups of sources like live and recorded video, text, and audio. The mixer panel lets the user mute the audio, and adjust the volume through virtual faders, and apply effects by pressing the cogwheel next to the mute button. The control panel has options for starting/stopping a stream or recording, a button to transform OBS to a more professional Studio Mode (see below), a button for opening the settings menu and a button to exit the program. The upper section has a live video preview, used to monitor and edit the current scene. The user interface can be switched to a variety of themes, including both dark and light themes depending on what the user prefers.
OBS Studio Features
Extreme performance: High-performance real-time video and audio capturing and mixing. Create scenes made up of multiple sources including window captures, images, text, browser windows, webcams, capture cards and more.
Infinite scenes: Set up an unlimited number of scenes you can switch between seamlessly via custom transitions.
Impulsive audio mixer: Intuitive audio mixer with per-source filters such as noise gate, noise suppression, and gain. Take full control with VST plugin support.
Easy to use: Powerful and easy to use configuration options. Add new Sources, duplicate existing ones, and adjust their properties effortlessly.
Wider Selection: Streamlined Settings panel gives you access to a wide array of configuration options to tweak every aspect of your broadcast or recording
Customized Layout: Modular ‘Dock’ UI allows you to rearrange the layout exactly as you like. You can even pop out each individual Dock to its own window.
You can completely customize every aspect of your recording or broadcasting with the Streamline settings. It also implements a modular UI that allows the user to rearrange the layout or open elements in their own window. This means you can create a fully customized setup that works exactly how you need it to.
Open Broadcaster Studio is built for collaboration and customization. It is equipped with a powerful API to allow plugins and scripts that allow you to use the software in a way that suits your unique needs. Because it is open-source, it also allows you to work with community developers to create the features you need.
Overall, Open Broadcaster Software is a powerful and feature-filled program for video recording and live streaming on windows PC. It is open-source, completely free, and allows you to unlock powerful customization and functionality to suit your specific needs.