OBS - How to Record and Stream Videos with Open Broadcaster
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OBS - How to Record and Stream Videos with Open Broadcaster

Get great footage for your online YouTube or Twitch videos and streams by learning Open Broadcaster Software (OBS)
4.3 (64 ratings)
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530 students enrolled
Created by Chris Navarre
Last updated 7/2019
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  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • record a variety of video footage using your computer including screencasts and game recordings
  • stream your live content to YouTube and Twitch
  • integrate community plugins with Open Broadcaster Software
  • modify the commonly used settings to increase the quality of your recordings
  • add in as many source elements as you desire to create a customized video display
  • remove backgrounds from sources using color key / chroma key
  • eliminating background noise with the microphone noise gate or audio post-production program Audacity
  • You'll need OBS before we start the actual tutorials. You can get it for free from OBS project

Looking to start recording and streaming your own videos for internet sites like YouTube and Twitch but don't know how to get started? This courses purpose is to teach people like yourself Open Broadcaster Software, a video recording and streaming application for all major operating systems, so that they can do just that. Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) is the program I personally use for all my recording and streaming purposes because it's the best app I've found.

Be sure to pick the program up for Windows, Mac, or Linux before we get started.

  • Record games, screencasts, presentations and more for your YouTube videos or school / work projects.

  • Livestream on Twitch or YouTube with proper settings for a good connection

  • Setup OBS to get optimal video quality and output size

  • Make your recording sessions easier by tweaking hotkeys and other settings

  • Learn about companion software that can help you record videos but also assist you when you are done recording and need to go to post production

  • Filter out backgrounds with Chroma Key technology and a green screen

  • Control your audio with noise filters and gates for better quality

  • Separate your audio into multiple output channels so that you can edit your microphone audio and desktop audio seperately in post production

  • Learn the workflow of doing recordings and livestreams so that you can get your videos finished

  • Learn the basics of OBS plugins for those who want to extend the app's functionality

This guide will show you proper install, setup, and usage for OBS. We cover many of the most useful settings like how to change your FPS to 60, how to set hotkeys, and using chroma key in order to filter out the background. You will find what you need to set up a webcam talking head for doing livestreams, recording games, or creating a presentation. Learn how you can record audio to seperate audio tracks, how to set up filters and noise gates for your microphone audio, and how to find the correct upload bitrate for streaming.

In addition to covering OBS alone, there's also a section in the course for related software that you can use to finish your video productions. This includes the audio editing tool Audacity, IP Webcam for recording your phone inside of OBS on your computer, and AirDroid - another tool for connecting your phone for file transfers and screen captures.

OBS - How to Record and Stream Videos with Open Broadcaster is intended to be a complete guide for beginners leads into intermediate knowledge of the program, recording videos, and livestreaming. Using the course, you will be able to record videos, and stream to sites like YouTube and Twitch (though OBS also supports other sites that can be set up in largely the same way). If you need a video editor after your recordings, I'd recommend DaVinci Resolve (which has a free version but with the power comparable to Adobe Premiere). You can look for my other course on that just by searching DaVinci Resolve :)

Who this course is for:
  • This course is especially for people new to video recording and streaming or Open Broadcaster Software.
  • Vloggers who want to record their webcams and microphones
  • Streamers who want to put their game content to Twitch or YouTube gaming live
  • Anyone who wants to screencast their computer (like for teaching or making tutorials)
Course content
Expand all 44 lectures 04:03:13
+ Overview
1 lecture 05:09

Welcome to my Introductory Video to Open Broadcaster Software - The best video recording and streaming software in my opinion

In this video we are discussing why you should use OBS and set expectations for what you will get out of this Udemy Video Course

Preview 05:09
+ Recording Basics
9 lectures 01:03:43
Quick Start Guide - Start to Finish in 30 Minutes
Fast & Simple Game Recording with Facecam / Webcam Setup

Check your mic audio with all filters enabled as it will show up in your OBS recordings before you start recording or streaming.

Microphone Test

When you record in OBS, you can have a much more interesting setup than simply recording one simple video on your screen. You can add images, your webcam, or even record multiple windows from your computer inside of one video recording. In order to have everything fit properly on your screen, you'll also have to use the edit scene functionality in order to control their size in positioning. In this video, we'll be discussing those subjects so that you can incorporate new sources into each scene you want to record.


It's all well and good to have multiple sources within your scene but in some instances you will need to have one source overlap another. To make the right object show on top, you'll need to know about ordering your source objects for every scene. A perfect example of this would be when you have a chroma keyed out webcam showing on top of a video game when recording a let's play series.


Color Key (Referred to as Chroma Key when incorporating webcam / camera video sources) is where you take an image/video source and remove a certain color from the shot. Most commonly, this is used to knock out a solid colored background from video - Professionals in video create a solid background color via a green screen and then remove it within their live control or video editing systems. You can produce the same effect within OBS and we'll be discussing how to do it in this video lecture.

Color Key / Chroma Key

In some instances, you don't actually want to display a full window or monitor when recording through OBS. Through sub-regions, you can selectively show only a portion of window source in your final video or stream. In this video, we'll discuss how to do that.


With a green screen you can use a webcam to show only your talking head in OBS. Here's the theory

and OBS setup behind how it works.

Green Screen Setup Example: http://amzn.to/2tkj3Ig

Talking Head / Webcam Setup with Filtered Out Background
Recording Web Browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Brave, Edge)
+ Settings
8 lectures 36:10

In this video, we'll start talking about the settings tabs within Open Broadcaster Software.


  • Saving, Renaming, Adding, Removing Setting Profiles
  • Notification Area Icons / Minimization
  • Cursor over Projector (Shows during a full screen preview on 2nd monitor)
  • Log Window
General Settings

The encoding tab is where you control how a video and its audio is processed as it's recording.


  • Video Encoders
  • Constant Bit Rate (CBR)
  • Max Bit Rate
  • Quality Balance
  • Audio Encoding
Encoding Settings

The video and audio tabs allow you to control more aspects of what your recording will look and sound like.


  • Video Resolution
  • Video Adapters
  • Frames per Second (FPS)
  • Aero Themes and their OBS Interraction
  • Selecting Audio Devices
  • Push to Talk
  • Audio Source Boosts
  • Mic Offset
Video and Audio Settings

Hotkeys are a staple to almost any computer application and Open Broadcaster Software is no exception. By setting up hotkeys on your keyboard, you'll be able to easily activated certain functions while recording by simply pressing a key or two on your keyboard.


  • Audio Hotkeys
    • Push to Talk
    • Microphone and Desktop Mute / Unmute
  • Broadcast Hotkeys
    • Start / Stop Stream
    • Start / Stop Recording
    • Start / Stop / Save Replay Buffer
    • Record from Replay Buffer
Preview 05:24

The microphone noise gate allows OBS to automatically limit the amount of background noise that makes it into your recording by muting the microphone when you're not talking and opening it up when you are.


  • How Microphone Noise Gate works
  • How to Setup Microphone Noise Gate
  • Attack, Hold, and Release Time Settings
Microphone Noise Gate

This will show you how to cut out background noises like city sounds with the Reaper Filter in OBS while you record and stream.

Noise Reduction for Recording & Streaming (Reaper Filter)

An incredibly useful trick you can use to separate your microphone audio from your other audio sources. When you go to edit your video, you will have multiple audio tracks that you can change separately!

Music (CC)
Hard Boiled by Kevin Macleod

Record Mulitple Seperate Audio Tracks
Color Grading LUT Filter Setup
+ Streaming
5 lectures 23:55

If you're going to stream any kind of video to an online website such as Youtube or Twitch.tv then you need to know your upload speed and how to choose your max bitrate based on that speed.

Upload Speed Test: http://testmy.net/upload


  • Measuring your upload speed
  • Setting up and testing your max bitrate
Testing Upload Speed

YouTube's live streaming service has become a lot more full featured in recent years and has become a strong contender for those looking to do live video. In this video, we'll go through the process of setting up a live YouTube stream.


  • Optimizing OBS Settings for YouTube
  • Preparing a YouTube Live stream
  • Connecting OBS to YouTube
Streaming to Youtube
New Twitch Service Integration with Chat and Stream Information Windows

If you're going to be streaming a video game, then the place you're most likely going to do it is Twitch.tv. Twitch has thousands of people streaming live video games to their service each day gaining followers, accepting donations, and interracting with their audience. We'll go through the process of getting OBS streaming live to Twitch.tv in this video.


  • Optimizing OBS Settings for Twitch
  • Preparing a Twitch Live stream
  • Connecting OBS to Twitch
Streaming to Twitch
Add Stream Alerts and Donation Box to OBS
+ Plugins
2 lectures 06:50

Like many kinds of open source software, Open Broadcaster Software's feature set can be extended by integrating community created plugins. In this video, we'll go through the process of installing a plugin so that you can use it the next time you start up Open Broadcaster Software.

Installing Plugins

The simple scene switcher plugin allows OBS to automatically switch between different scenes in OBS as you switch between different selected windows on your computer monitors. In this video, we'll discuss how to set it up for use and demonstrate it in action.

Simple Scene Switcher Plugin
+ Open Broadcaster Studio (New Version)
7 lectures 25:53

Classic vs Studio OBS. Which do you like better

Comparison Between New Studio Version and Classic Open Broadcaster Software

Talking about the Main UI of Studio in More Depth

Functions of the Main Interface in Studio Version

How to Perform Transitions inside of OBS Studio


Changing video formats of previously recorded videos

Remux Recordings - Changing Formats on Recorded Clips

Managing Recording Output Settings in a Nutshell

Customize Recording Output - Save Directory, Video Quality, and File Name

Keeping your scenes seperate for each recording with Scene Collections

Scene Collections - Keeping Your UI Organized and Clean
How to Add Noise Gate and Noise Supression Filters to your Microphone
+ Updated Guide 2018 - v20.1.1
1 lecture 14:27

Steps to Get Setup in OBS for Recording / Streaming 2018

1. Open OBS
2. Add a Scene (Bottom Left)
3. Add Source with the Plus on the Right - Window Capture (Specific Window), Game Capture (Auto Fullscreen App or Specific Window), or Display Capture (Full Desktop) depending on needs
4. Scale source with corners of red border when you click on source in the preview window. You probably want your game or window to be the full width/height with no black.
5. (Optional) Add Video Capture Source for Webcam. Make sure it gets video.
6. (Optional) To filter background - right click the webcam source ►► Filters. Add a Chroma Key filter in effect filters and set it to your background color. Only works if you have a suitable green screen.
7. In the mixer section to the right of sources, select a mic if needed. If enabled, you should see green audio levels even while it's not recording. Reduce desktop sound if you want mic to overpower game volume.
8. (Optional) Reduce background noise ►► click the settings icon for mic/aux input. Choose filters, add a noise suppression filter and move it to the left to reduce background noise.
8. (Optional) Go up to profile and create a new profile if you want custom recording settings for each project.
9. Go to File ►► Options
10. For Streaming. Go to Stream Tab, choose the service you want to stream to. Copy Paste your Stream Key from your twitch / youtube streaming dashboard page.
11. Output Tab - Set your video bitrate to what your computer can handle. Higher bitrate = higher quality but more data. For streamers, test your upload bandwidth with a tool online.
11.b. http://testmy.net/upload For streaming it is important that your video bitrate is set to 70-80% of your max upload bitrate as max. It's measured in kbps in OBS. To convert from mbps to kbps multiply by 1000.
11.c. You can set the recording path to wherever you want video outputs to be. Make sure you create the folder manually first. I usually set recording format to mp4 for highest compatibility with editing software.
12. Video Tab - Make sure your output (scaled) resolution is what you want the final video to look like. You can set this as high as your base canvas resolution. Higher video resolutions should have higher video bitrate settings for quality purposes.
13. (Optional) Hotkeys Tab - Set hotkeys that you might like. I usually only have Start / Stop recording or streaming set. Click a box and input the key combination you want that hotkey to have.
14. When ready to test, leave options. Hit start recording (or start streaming if you want to be live). I highly recommend you record a quick test video then stop, find the video, and load it in a video player to see the audio / video sound levels and quality.

Complete OBS Setup Guide 2018
+ Companion Software
7 lectures 37:08

In this video we'll discuss how we can use Audacity to get improved noise removal in video post production.

Recording with Audacity and Noise Reduction
Become a Cartoon Character with FaceRig - OBS Setup Guide

How to setup your phone as a viable microphone.

Use Mobile Phone (Android / iPhone) as Microphone - WO Mic

Get streaming video data straight from your phone as you record in Open Broadcaster Software. You can do it well with audio too if you add in WO Mic (Lecture 29)

Mobile Phone as Webcam by using IP Webcam App

How to have your phone connected to your PC and being able to record the screen with Air Droid at decent speeds. This tutorial uses OBS as the final recorder app.

Record Mobile Phone Screen - AirDroid + OBS
Record Phone as Webcam (2019 - Airdroid)

Good settings to use for when you want to use OBS recordings in conjunction with DaVinci Resolve 15 as your video editor.

Recording Settings for DaVinci Resolve 15 Video Editor
2 lectures 09:05

Change Timeline / Output Frames Per Seconds to 60 (or any other setting) in OBS.

How to Set Recording FPS to 60
Record a Screencast Presentation with Impress or PowerPoint
+ Old Videos
2 lectures 20:53
Quick Start Recording / Streaming 2017

If you want to jump in and start recording videos, this course video shows you the basics for getting started with recording content.

Recording Quick Start