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)
4.8 (13 ratings)
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Created by Chris Navarre
Last updated 6/2017
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What Will I Learn?
  • record a variety of video footage using your computer including screencasts and game recordings
  • stream your live content to YouTube and Twitch.tv
  • 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
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  • You'll need OBS before we start the actual tutorials. You can get it for free from https://obsproject.com/.

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.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is especially for people new to video recording and streaming or Open Broadcaster Software.
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Curriculum For This Course
27 Lectures
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
7 Lectures 44:30

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

Quick Start Recording / Streaming 2017

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
5 Lectures 22:37

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
3 Lectures 14:30

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

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
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
Companion Software
2 Lectures 10:48

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
About the Instructor
Chris Navarre
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My philosophy in information technology and learning in general is that video learning is the best way to learn for yourself. I can provide the videos but it's up to you as my student to absorb and practice the information to become a more educated and skilled person.

If you want to get a taste of my approach to education and tutorial series, you can find me on my YouTube tutorial channel Chris' Tutorials.