Screen Capture Videos With Open Broadcaster Software
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Screen Capture Videos With Open Broadcaster Software

How to use free Open Broadcaster Software to create power packed screen capture videos, and keep your audience engaged.
4.6 (6 ratings)
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Created by James Woo
Last updated 4/2016
Price: $35
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Use Open Broadcaster software to create screen capture video presentations and courses
  • Create video screen capture presentation while recording yourself with a webcam
  • Make high definition, HD videos that look perfect on video sharing sites
  • How to switch scenes with Hotkeys to minimize or eliminate video editing
  • Create videos with green screen special effects technique to keep your audience engaged
  • Selecting and using good quality microphones and webcams that don't cost a lot
  • Setting up lighting and green screen on a budget
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  • You will need access to the Internet and be able to download free software.
  • Have a strong desire to create good quality videos

    Course Update - April 2016 I updated the entire course to reflect changes in OBS.

    Screen capture video is a good way to get started with video creation and editing, regardless of whether you want to create videos tutorials, e courses, or even marketing videos.

    Once you are comfortable creating screen capture videos, you can step up to the next level with webcam or even a DSLR videos.

  • Do you want to make screen capture presentation videos that look and sound great?
  • You don't have much experience with video or audio recording tools?
  • Or, you know a something about making video but want to take it to the next level
  • You don't want to spend too much money to get started?
  • You don't want to waste a lot of time, and want to get started fast

If that's you, then this course is for you.

You will learn how to

Use a free software that runs in Windows, OS X and Linux

It is very flexible, is powerful, yet is easy to learn and use without a steep learning curve like other video software. There are some tips to get the settings right for sharp, high quality screen recording.

Video capture software can cost hundred of dollars, and requires a lot of time just to get your first video out.

In this course:-

  • I will explain the important settings for you to get started,
  • I'll show you how to start with a simple screen capture video before proceeding to more advance video recording that includes recording your webcam creating a picture-in-picture effect
  • you will also be able to do green screen or chroma key video right from your home or office studio

This course takes just under 1 hour. The reason you see 2 hours total is because I cover both versions OBS.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for students who want to use free software to create video presentation
  • You want to record yourself with your webcam and narrate slide presentations
  • You want to create marketing videos quickly
  • If you are already familiar with Open Broadcaster Software, then this course is not for you
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Curriculum For This Course
37 Lectures
Introduction to Open Broadcaster Software
2 Lectures 02:21

This lecture shows you how to get the most out of this course so that you will be up to speed in using OBS

Preview 01:37

Two version of Open Broadcaster Software. Select the section that applies to save time.

Preview 00:44
Download And Install Open Broadcaster Software
1 Lecture 01:18

This lecture shows you where to download, and install Open Broadcaster Software. There are 2 version of Open Broadcaster Software. One is specifically for WIndows, and the other is a multi platform version called OBS Studio and works in Windows OS, OS X, and Linux.

The free software is available at

Preview 01:18
Configure OBS Studio For Local Screen Recording
7 Lectures 19:32

OBS Studio - General Settings (Advanced Output)

OBS Studio - Audio settings

The video settings in OBS and how to get sharp screen captures

OBS Studio - Video settings and Getting Sharp screen capture

How to set and use Hotkeys to control OBS with your computer keyboard.

OBS Studio - Hotkeys

OBS Studio - Advanced Setting
Let's Get Started With Screen Recording
4 Lectures 19:23

In this lecture, we look at the different sources where OBS can capture information including a video or audio playback during your screen capture.

OBS Studio - Set Sources and Start Recording

OBS Studio - How to Use Scenes in OBS

OBS Studio - Recording your screen and your webcam together

OBS Studio - How to use Noise gate and Gain
Advanced Screen Recording With OBS
3 Lectures 11:22
OBS Studio - Advance Audio mix

In this lecture, I show you how you can record your screen at the same time with your webcam, but the webcam is recording separately to give you flexibility in editing

OBS Studio - Record Your Screen Webcam Separately

OBS Studio - Using Chromakey or Green Screen
Tips for recording
2 Lectures 03:47

A simple lighting setup to get you started if you want to record yourself with your webcam. This setup uses 2 units of 4 feet florescent light tubes placed at an angle of around 35 to 40 degrees to where you sit.

Lighting setup to get good quality webcam videos

Additional tips to get sharp screen captures with OBS Studio
Hardware suggestions
2 Lectures 03:11

Selecting a decent webcam. The most popular and good quality webcam from reviews is the Logitech C920. An alternative is the Microsoft Life Cam Studio which can also record in High Definition.

Avoid webcams that cannot capture at least 720p video.

Selecting a webcam for good video quality

Selecting a good quality microphone can improve your recordings. In this lecture, you will hear samples from a USB microphone, a micro 4/3 camera, and a smartphone to give you an idea of the sound quality.

Microphones you can consider:-

  • Audio Technica ATR 2100 USB
  • Rode Podcaster

For recording in the home or office without a special quiet room or studio, get a dynamic microphone. Condenser microphone are too sensitive and tend to pick up background noise.

Using A Quality Microphone - Compare sound from a few sources
OBS Studio - Updates And Questions Answered
1 Lecture 02:46
Capturing audio from video playback during recording
OBS Classic - Windows only Classic version
14 Lectures 40:35

This lecture shows you why and how to create profiles. A profile allows you to save all your settings so that they can be recalled easily without having to reset them repeatedly

Profile - Create and set this first to ensure all your settings can be recalled

This lecture shows you how to:-

  • get the best settings for video and audio encoding
  • get your videos to display smoothly
  • how to balance video quality with video file size for internet streaming
Preview 03:50

At the end of this lecture, you will be able to

  • set perfect widescreen 720p HD and 1080p HD video in 16:9 ratio
  • your videos will display properly on Youtube or other video sites without black bars on the sides
OBS Settings Part 2 - Video Settings

This lecture shows you how to get the best available sound by setting your:-

  • speakers or headphones
  • how to increase audio output volume and recording volume
  • how to synchronize your microphone audio with video
OBS Settings Part 3 - Audio Settings

Do a clap test to adjust your microphone sync offset in Audio settings

Preview 00:56

Reduce video editing by setting keyboard Hotkeys to easily start or stop recording. The important frame rate setting to ensure your video can be edited by other video software

OBS Settings Part 4 - Keyboard Hotkeys and Advance settings

Set the microphone noise gate to reduce unwanted background noise as you record, and produce videos with high quality audio.

OBS Settings Part 5 - Microphone Noise Gate

This lecture shows you:-

  • the difference between Scenes and Sources in OBS.
  • what are the different Sources i.e. video capture, capture your screen etc
Understanding Scenes and Sources - select what you record with OBS

This lecture shows you how to use Global Sources in OBS so that you only set the settings for one source once, Your settings will be consistent throughout different scene. This is especially useful for webcam but can be use for recording your screen too.

Use Global Sources for consistent recording across different Scenes

Use the Scene Collection function to help you organize your scenes and sources for different types of recording

How to use Scene Collection to easily recall your choice of Scenes and Sources

Set and use Hotkeys so that you can switch from one scene to another smoothly giving a professional look, and to reduce editing after your recording.

How to switch scenes with Hotkeys during your recording

Adjust your screen capture with Edit Scene function to resize any video source eg. a logo overlay, your window capture, to ensure there are not black borders in your ensuing video.

Resize your screen capture with Edit Scene function

Create screen capture video and record yourself speaking with a webcam at the same time to create attention grabbing videos.

Recording your computer screen and a webcam at the same time

Use chroma key settings to capture green screen or blue screen, special effects with your webcam. Record yourself so that you will be inside your screen captures.

How to record chroma key aka green screen videos to spice up your presentation
Summary And Offers
1 Lecture 00:31
Course conclusion and Bonus
About the Instructor
James Woo
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James, a former engineer, sales person, and since 2005, an online marketer. He used online marketing strategies to grow several local businesses. Some with over 50% sales from the internet.

Having an engineering mindset, he helps break difficult things down, and teaches others how to do things in a simple manner.

Being an innovator and connector, he likes to share what he know works, especially for small business owners who may not have the resources available to large organizations.

He likes to connect with people to create greater value in their lives.