OBS – Open Broadcast Software – 100% Free
OBS is a video streaming and recording program. It is free, open source and cross platform. I use it on my Windows and Mac devices. If you set it up properly, you could remove the need for editing software – as you can record your screen and your video in one take! Its has been my go-to for a ScreenCast/ Video Recording Tool. SO this article will be a mini OBS Tutorial on how to do an OBS Recording. Something that has been popular with this software is for How to Record Gameplay on PC, but it can also be used to record presentations. This article aims to show you how to record with OBS, with an included video that illustrates more of its features!
OBS Versus The Others ($$$)
There are alot of other softwares that can compete with OBS. However, a lot of them are paid software.
If you are a MacOS user, you could just utilize the free Screen Recorder with Quicktime Player. Otherwise, for recording and streaming softwares you might want to check out WireCast.
To get the ball rolling, I have included a quick write-up and video on how to start recording with OBS
How To Record With OBS
1. Download OBS
Tou can pick up OBS from https://obsproject.com/download and install according to the instructions for your OS.
When you launch OBS you should see something like this. It may be different based on your initial UI and OS
2. Quick Start for Screen Recording
The gist of OBS is Scenes and Sources
OBS uses a system of Scenes and Sources, which we’ll go into more detail on in a subsequent tutorial. When you first launch OBS you’ll see there is already a scene added in by default, which you can see in the bottom left corner of the interface.
Scenes contain all the sources that you will be displaying. They are listed out in the preview.
Before you can record your screen – you have to put a Source of the Display Capture. You can do this by hitting the + Arrow on the Sources and choosing Display Capture
Click OK on the box that pops up.
Choose the display you want to capture (If you have multiple monitors) then click OK
3. Record Settings
So lets get right into the settings you need to check out before you can start recording. This basically gets into the steps of How To Record With OBS
Lets keep reading.
Click the Settings Button on the OBS UI to bring up the Settings Page.
The main settings for recording can all be found in the Output Tab. To keep it simple, I believe the best settings are around the following:
- Video Bitrate: 2000 – 7500 – This depends on your device. You will have to test record and see how the output is
- Recording Path: Make sure you set it to the appropriate folder
3. Start Recording
When you’re ready to start recording click the Start Recording button at the bottom right.
When you’re done click Stop Recording and a video will be written to the folder specified in your settings.
Make sure to check the output to see if your System could handle the BitRate you set.
That wraps up How To Record With OBS
In the next coming days, I will post how to Stream with OBS and also how to multistream using ReStream.IO.
Remember, the reason behind using this software is to make VALUE and content for your audience so that they can engage in your content! The more quality you produce, the more they will trust you want to do business with you! This software (and the Hardware) is how I make the content with my team. You can check out the latest in my blog articles. I hope that has answered any questions on how to record with OBS. Let me know below if you have any questions!