How To Stream With OBS 2018 Guide

The Beginner’s guide on How to Stream with OBS

In today’s digital marketing age, and changing algorithms of social media, one overlooked aspect to cutting through the noise and getting to the news feed of your clients and customers is to go LIVE streaming on their platform. To get the best quality on any platform, the popular choice is Open Broadcast Software (OBS). In this article, we are going to learn how to stream with OBS.

The amazing thing about OBS software is that it is 100% free to use. If you are new to OBS or streaming in general, it can seem confusing. However, this article and video will show you how to set up your system and stream today!\

There are two parts to streaming. The software (OBS) and the platform to stream at. We will take a look at how to setup Twitch and Youtube to stream.

Let’s take a look on How to Stream with OBS by setting up the platforms first.

Streaming Platforms

TwitchTwitch Stream Options

  1. Login to your account at
  2. Click on the top right to view settings.
  3. Click dashboard.
  4. In the menu on the left, click Channel under the settings header. It is located towards the bottom
  5. Navigate to Stream Key & Preferences
  6. Click Copy to copy your stream.


  1.  Login to your Youtube account
  2. Navigate to Creator Studio
  3. Navigate to Live Streaming Options
  4. Find your Streat key under Encoder Setup
  5. Reveal your stream key – This will be used and set up in OBS.

Youtube Creator Studio

Creator studio can. be found clicking your picture icon in the top right.

Youtube Creator Studio Live Streaming Options

Live Streaming options can be found on the left side after navigating inside Creator Studio.

Encoder settings are on the page when you click Stream Now. Hit Reveal to show your stream key, which will be used inside OBS to stream.

Whichever service you’re streaming to you now need to enter the stream key into OBS.

  1. Click settings in the main window.
  2. Select the stream tab from the menu.
  3. In the service drop-down box choose either Twitch, Youtube. (There are other settings to choose from. They all follow the same rules of obtaining a stream key and inputting)

How to Stream with OBS - Stream Options

 How To Stream With OBS

1. Download OBS

Tou can pick up OBS from 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

How To Record With - What OBS looks like

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.

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 

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. Stream Settings

So let’s get right into the settings you need to check out before you can start recording. This basically gets into the steps of How to Stream with OBS
Click the Settings Button on the OBS UI to bring up the Settings Page.

The main options for streaming is to input the correct stream key under the stream settings and the bitrate to stream at.

The Stream Options show a list of streaming platforms that you can choose from. Simply choose the right system you want to stream with and paste the stream key.

The main settings for streaming 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. This also depends on the bandwidth of your ISP.
  • Encoder: If you have a dedicated graphics card, we recommend choosing Hardware. Otherwise you will choose Software. (If you are looking for better performance in streaming, consider getting a dedicated graphics card)


When you’re ready to start recording click the Start Streaming 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.

Other considerations when streaming

One of the popular things to spice up your streaming is to add overlays to the stream. This is done by utilizing services such as and StreamJar. To implement these onto your system, you will simple need to add a BrowserSource to your Scene.

OBS Browser Overlays

After you configure your overlay on the platform you like, you can simply add the URL that is provided by the platforms to overlay on top of your stream. These are things that are included in the links above that show popular streaming options such as the latest subscribers, recent events, tipping, Texts, Banners, Songs, Goals, Triggers for chat. Read more about it in the links above!

That wraps up How To Stream 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!

Interested in Streaming? Check out the guide here

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