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OBS Studio Features

  1.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsOBS Studio can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
  2.  Virtual camera outputUse the output from OBS Studio as your webcam's primary video source.
  3.  Dark ModeOBS Studio supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
  4.  Custom overlaysOBS Studio allows you to add custom images or videos on top of your composition.
  5.  No TrackingOBS Studio will not track you or use your personal data.
  6.  Ad-freeOBS Studio doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
  7.  DRM FreeNo Digital rights management (DRM), i.e. no copy protection.
  8.  Screen SharingYou can use OBS Studio to share your screen with your colleages or friends.
  9.  Support for ThemesYou can use themes and templates to change the look and feel of OBS Studio.
  10.  Transitions EffectsOBS Studio allows you to apply transition effects between two different scenes/pages using pre-loaded or custom animated transitions.
  11.  Live Video EffectsOBS Studio lets you edit your video input in real time to apply new image values or add filters.
  12.  Multi-streamingWith OBS Studio you can live streaming to multiple channels simultaneously.
  13.  Works OfflineOBS Studio can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
  14.  Hardware AcceleratedOBS Studio can use the GPU and CPU to speed up rendering, conversion, and overall performance.
  15.  Built-in viewerOBS Studio shows you a quick preview of an image, page or file in supported formats.
  16.  RTMP Live StreamingOBS Studio supports the Real Time Messaging Protocol to connect an encoder with a server.
  17.  Chroma Key / Green ScreenOBS Studio supports chroma key to replace the background with an image or video backdrop.

OBS Studio information

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Our users have written 65 comments and reviews about OBS Studio, and it has gotten 1102 likes

OBS Studio was added to AlternativeTo by hereforcake on and this page was last updated . OBS Studio is sometimes referred to as OBS, OBS Studio.

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Top positive comment

OBS Studio is probably my favourite software of all time. You may think that OBS would be used exclusively for gaming purposes... far from it! Yes, you can easily set it up for streaming content to YouTube, Twitch, and the like, but it's also a great screen recorder software for educational videos and a great podcast recorder! It allows for extensive audio input configuration and easy stereo-mix recordings (remember that?) for a podcast session.

The software performs incredibly well even in outdated computers. My almost-10-year-old laptop can pull some recordings at lower resolutions.

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A great opensource software for screen recording and streaming. When I use it for screen recording on mac, I found that obs can't record computer audio. But after I installed BetterRecorder, I can do it now. This is how I did, Step1 Install BetterRecorder and its audio driver. Step2 Set 'BetterRecorder Audio Device' as the computer output device. Step3 In OBS add source 'Inout audio capture' and select 'BetterRecorder Audio Driver'. Then start recording.

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Horrible software. On Linux, I simply cannot get it to record the screen without having 50%+ dropped frames due to encoding lag (my CPU is fast enough). Tried default settings, changing settings to use less CPU, etc. but no change. Other screen recording software does not have this problem on my system. Many users report this exact problem on the obs forums, so it's not just me. Absolutely awful software that just doesn't work.

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The OG of the streaming world and yet it still continues to lead the pack!

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Aaron Hamilton
Positive comment

I jut wanted to write a great thank you now that I can add custom docks in OBS for MacOS. It was a great pet peeve of mine and now that this functionality is added, my job is much easier.

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Positive comment

I've been using this software for a long time, and it is probably the best recorders out there

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Tony Ford
Positive comment

I have used this program for many years. It is a very good program which is very easy to use once you get use to it. My favorite thing about it is the fact that it is free. I also like that they have recently added their program to Steam which is even better because it gets auto updated. I use the Steam version most now. I could recommend it to anyone who needs a good stream or recording program no matter what your recording or stream needs.

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OSX 10.11 +


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