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    OBS Studio Alternatives for Windows

    There are many alternatives to OBS Studio for Windows if you are looking for a replacement. The best Windows alternative is XSplit Broadcaster, which is free. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to OBS Studio and loads of them are available for Windows so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Windows alternatives to OBS Studio are Streamlabs Desktop, Bandicam Screen Recorder, Action! and VokoscreenNG.

    OBS Studio is mainly a Screen Recorder but alternatives to it may also be Screenshot Capture Tools or Screen Casting Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of OBS Studio.
    This page was last updated May 16, 2022
    OBS Studio
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • FreeBSD
    OBS Studio (also known as Open Broadcaster Software, or OBS) is a screen-casting and live-streaming software available...
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    1. XSplit Broadcaster is a desktop application designed to make your multimedia broadcasting and recording a lot easier and more fun to do.
      XSplit Broadcaster vs OBS Studio opinions
      Most users think XSplit Broadcaster is a great alternative to OBS Studio.
      Lots of live-streamers use both XSplit and OBS to achieve the same goal
      Positive comment almost 7 years ago

      Fantastic tool, but it's not available on linux and mac unlike obs which is available on all 3 major platforms
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

      But it don't works on a mac osx! :(
      Positive comment almost 7 years ago

    2. Streamlabs Desktop is all you need for streaming! Our developers have combined a streamer's essentials like video preview, dashboard, and chat windows in one app with better video quality and lower CPU usage.
      Streamlabs Desktop vs OBS Studio opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Streamlabs Desktop is a great alternative to OBS Studio.
      tangycandy I could never get OBS Studio to work, and it slowed down my Windows PC terribly. Streamlabs is a fantastic alternative.
      Top positive comment  9 months ago

      It's the same functionalities of OBS studio Official, but with the functionalities of StreamLabs...
      Top positive comment  over 3 years ago

      kattphlox Steamlabs OBS is too "kitchen-sinky" with basic streaming functionality and does not offer or allow for the inclusion of advanced functionality for advanced users.
      Top negative comment  10 months ago

      senpai Use "Lightstream" or original OBS instead of "Streamlabs".
      Negative comment 6 months ago

      Henry220 Best streaming software ever. Activity feed, donations, stream drafts, and plenty of other features. A bit hard to understand an interface, but it still very convinient.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago


    3. Bandicam is a lightweight screen recorder for Windows that can capture anything on your PC screen. Also, it makes it possible to record a certain area on a PC screen, or capture a game that uses the DirectX/OpenGL/Vulkan graphic technologies.
      Bandicam Screen Recorder vs OBS Studio opinions
      Some users think Bandicam Screen Recorder is a great alternative to OBS Studio, some don't.
      It captures screen is a very easy way. No conflicts with GeForce or any other device.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

      awsomecat1234321 It is easy to use, but it is Shareware so you can only record up to 10 minutes and there is a big watermark
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      JustanotherMalaysian It may not have much benefits compared to OBS. But it is a classic. Remember the days of videos with the Bandicam watermark at the top?
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      sedeti It has a giant watermark shoved in the middle of the screen
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

    4. Action! allows real-time recording/capture of Windows Aero desktop in a superb HD video quality. With Action! you can record web player videos, your gameplay, display game framerates, add live audio commentary to create high quality tutorials, record music, capture screenshots...
      Action! vs OBS Studio opinions
      Most users think Action! is a great alternative to OBS Studio.
      It can record even the most heavy games without any lag.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

    5. VokoscreenNG is a user friendly screencaster for Linux and Windows. It is a continuation of the now discontinued Vokoscreen project that has been totally rewritten from scratch using Qt and GStreamer.
      VokoscreenNG vs OBS Studio opinions
      pros, cons and recent comments
      apranaxfort It's easier to use especially for some simple recordings you don't need to setup scenes like you do in OBS.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      somerandomperson It has very limited functionality (such as no audio recording) if you use wayland.
      Negative comment about 1 month ago


    6. Capture and share videos, screenshots, and livestreams with friends. Keep your drivers up to date and optimize your game settings. GeForce Experience lets you do it all, making it the essential companion to your GeForce graphics card.
    7. Record your computer screen with audio input from Mic or Speakers. Also shows mouse clicks in addition to the regular cursor. Simple interface with ability to record in AVI or export as swf.


      The project seems to be no longer developed. Last version, 2.7 r316, released in May 2015, can be still downloaded from SourceForge.


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    8. ActivePresenter is a solution for creating screencast videos, handouts, manuals, documentation, and interactive training presentations.
      ActivePresenter vs OBS Studio opinions
      This alternative is disputed. ActivePresenter is still a legitimate alternative to OBS Studio, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      The purpose of OBS is live-streaming to services like Twitch and Youtube. This doesn't do that
      Negative comment almost 4 years ago

      It's more focused on general video recording rather than broadcasting.
      Negative comment about 4 years ago

      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Online
      • iPhone
      • Google Chrome
      Easy and free screen recorder for Mac, Windows, and Chromebooks. Record your camera and screen with audio directly from your Chrome browser and share the video with your team, friends, and family.
      Loom vs OBS Studio opinions
      pros, cons and recent comments
      It's not about streaming.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

    9. ApowerREC is a cross-platform app that's available on Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android, you can easily use it for recording desktop activities, camera, system sound and microphone. It's also has annotation, video editor, task recording mode and more.
      ApowerREC - Screen Recorder vs OBS Studio opinions
      Most users think ApowerREC - Screen Recorder is a great alternative to OBS Studio.
      It seems it doesn't support streaming.
      Negative comment about 2 years ago

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