Open Broadcaster Software Reviews

gold standard for recording video games

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as title suggests

Replaces things like fraps and bandicam

Has lots of options for setting bitrate / integration to twitch as well

can have multiple profiles for common recording task / setup

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Great streaming software

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Have used OBS many times to stream to Twitch, and also use it for recording videos to post later to YouTube. Initial setup can be a bit daunting, but once that's done it's a great software, not to mention free!

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Twitch and game streaming runs on OBS

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Free, and does a lot of shit. All you will ever need to get started with streaming.

Now all that's left is a good machine, a good setup and an audience to get going.

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It's also cross-platform. So you can learn the program once and use it on Mac, Windows and Linux.

The best streaming software out there...and free!

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OBS is without a doubt the best streaming software on the market, and it's great that it's free and open source. It has low resource usage, it has lots of great features, and is extremely versatile. I used to use Xsplit, but after trying OBS once I left it in the dust for good. Definitely give this one a shot.

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This software can record to file and is excellent for capturing the screen.

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Has defaults for most major streaming sites right out of the box, as well as tons of built-in recording options if you'd rather take your time and create more professional videos. This is the software used by many large YouTubers (including the largest, Pewdiepie), and for good reason.

It may feel overwhelming at first glance, but once you set it up for your hardware and realize that the defaults are good for most users, you quickly realize that the rest of the options encapsulate all of those cool little widgets you see on your favorite streamers' feeds, from live subscription counts to new donations from viewers, and everything in between.

In addition, there's no proprietary lock-in, so whether you stream or upload, all of your videos are in standard formats, so you can edit them with any video editor you favor.

Regarding some of the complaints, OBS Studio (as with any recording software, or any similar studio-type environment) is limited by your hardware's capabilities. Ideally, you'll want to use it with a second monitor (so you can keep an eye on your recording as you play/work), a second hard drive (recording may lag if you're doing something intensive and recording on the same hard drive, as the physical read/write head can only move so fast), and of course, a compatible microphone and camera (most good consumer items are compatible).

If you don't have a fairly modern system (built in the past 5 years), or you're doing a one-off stream or recording with no intention of doing another, OBS Studio's requirements and/or learning curve may be slightly higher than you're willing to endure, but for anyone who records more than once in a blue moon, OBS Studio provides 90%+ of what you'll get with the best commercial software, for free.

One thing that's improved greatly over the past year is the amount of documentation and text/video tutorials. Even experienced streamers with specialized needs should find answers for their issues while browsing the OBS wiki. New users can find hours of in-depth tutorials on YouTube and other websites, that not only cover OBS Studio, but streaming/recording techniques and issues in general.

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Currently Most Popular Open Source Video Capture Apps, Support Screen Capture, Window Capture, Game Capture, etc, Able to choose quality and convert to other filetype such as mkv, mp4, etc

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Big fan of this software, great for streaming some CoD

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Does everything for the low low price of free! I was actually amazed by the amount of options this software provided!

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Easy to use, many features, and it's open source software.

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The program is alright for certain places but not ok for everything. I once try to broadcast a very action gameplay with many effects and it was in HD but the live audience only saw lag. Recording isn't any different, it will still lag at certain games.

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OBS is an easy to use program for recording videos locally and streaming. Setting up the interface is fairly straightforward and the quality is good.

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Tested and working with WIndows 10 Creators Update (2017-05-13)

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After having multiple issues with another open source screen and audio capture tool I decided to test OBS. Unlike many of the other comments, I found the software easy to configure and working perfectly.

Definitely, recommend OBS over other open source alternatives.

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A shining example of great open source development

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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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Powerful and a bit clunky

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Open Broadcaster Software (studio) is a bit clunky, but very powerfull piece of software for live streaming.

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