OBS Studio

Free Video Editing Solution for Professional Video Creation

About OBS Studio

OBS Studio is a free open-source video editing and live streaming system that provides real-time audio/video capturing, sound mixing, aspect ratio configurations, and more advanced editing options to create professional video content. The systems configuration options allow users to upload media from multiple sources and alter video length, speed, and contract in real time. Additionally, OBS Studio provides multiple transition options to enhace clip quality while maintaining smooth transition sequences.

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Supported Languages

English

Pricing starting from:

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  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

Top 5 alternatives to OBS Studio

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Features

Total features of OBS Studio: 11

  • Audio Capture
  • Collaboration Tools
  • File Management
  • Multi-Screen Recording
  • On-Demand Recording
  • Screen Capture
  • Screen Recording Software
  • Video Capture
  • Video Conferencing
  • Video Editing
  • YouTube Uploading

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Reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5
(635)
Value for Money
4.9/5
Features
4.6/5
Ease of Use
4.1/5
Customer Support
4.2/5

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Jaze P. Jaze P.
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  • Industry: Architecture & Planning
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 6-12 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

What You Should Know About OBS Studio

Reviewed on 18/8/2021

My ability to stream content and record live events from my PC has been phenomenal thanks to this...

My ability to stream content and record live events from my PC has been phenomenal thanks to this software... it's easy to use and tons of fun once you get totally used to it.

Pros

The best screen recording software in the game. Add different audio sources, change backgrounds accordingly, livestream with ease... you got it all in one with OBS Studio. Connect any of your favorite social media platforms to use livestream and you'll be totally impressed with what you get, no other software does it better.

Cons

I honestly have no qualms or cons against this software, I have yet to find any.

Alternatives Considered

Icecream Screen Recorder

Reasons for Choosing OBS Studio

The versatility of OBS Studio was what made me change my mind. The stream quality of Icecream is a lot lower than OBS Studio so making the switch for me was a no brainer.

Switched From

Icecream Screen Recorder

Reasons for Switching to OBS Studio

I saw a lot of Youtubers going the OBS Studio route so I decided to investigate the software one time. To my surprise, it was the better choice to make.
German liber L. German liber L.
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  • Industry: Arts & Crafts
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Monthly for 6-12 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

OBS, the king of streaming (on budget) studios

Reviewed on 7/1/2021

It was a slow learning curve and at first really confused me, but OBS Studio was the best solution...

It was a slow learning curve and at first really confused me, but OBS Studio was the best solution for my project. While looking at the stream I really thought it looked professional, and I was very satisfied.

Pros

I started using OBS while doing a film series in my city, the project was open to the public, but the pandemic forced me to turn the thing into an online project. I used a lot of streaming software at first, skipping OBS for no reason, but when I tried the software I was in awe. The whole package its free to use, while limited sometimes, if you learn how to set it up (Wiki and guides are really useful on the official website), you're good to go. I like to think about OBS as a solution for basic or minimalistic projects. On audio, you can set different audio tracks, separate them and record them. About video, the settings for streaming are useful if your internet connection it's not too good or if your PC/laptop it's not the most powerful out there. The software was using a lot of ram on my laptop at first, but after tweaking the settings a bit, it became really lightweight. You can add a capture device, you can capture your own desktop, a window, you can even add GIFs, images and videos and resize them or drag them through the screen. And yes, you can record on .H264, and that's one of the best things about it. Rookie streamer, if you're reading this and want to take a challenge, download and install OBS right now, it's the best solution for your project if you're on a tight budget.

Cons

As said, sometimes it lags the computer a bit if you didn't set up the whole thing correctly.
The instructions guide it's really extensive and things are kind of hard to understand if you're a novice (YouTube tutorials can help you a lot on this).

Alternatives Considered

XSplit Broadcaster and vMix

Switched From

XSplit Broadcaster

Reasons for Switching to OBS Studio

OBS it's free and open source, and I chose it because I had zero money on the project.
Philip Q. Philip Q.
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  • Industry: Media Production
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Monthly for 2+ years
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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

OBS is a tremendous option for LIVE Streaming to either Facebook or YouTube

Reviewed on 22/11/2021

It's been a bit of learning curve and some things are a little difficult to to figure out (it's not...

It's been a bit of learning curve and some things are a little difficult to to figure out (it's not a very intuitive user interface) but overall it works well. I'm able to live stream on two of the platforms I am on most often and I can do this with a bit of finesse which is important to me as a video professional.

Pros

The ability to create multiple scenes and switch between them while live streaming. Each scene can be either a pre-recorded video source (thus giving you the option of going "Live" with a taped segment [or segments]), a camera (live video source) or a static image.

Cons

The inability to create a playlist of scenes so that I could more easily go from one to the next. OBS seems to require me to select a preview and then switch it to live. I'd rather be able to fading a sequence of scenes and then just press one button to go through them.

Alternatives Considered

Wirecast

Reasons for Choosing OBS Studio

OBS is a lot less expensive and has a similar feature set for my needs.

Switched From

Wirecast

Reasons for Switching to OBS Studio

Price
Jason H. Jason H.
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  • Industry: Music
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

Free and relatively painless

Reviewed on 30/7/2019

Overall, I have found this program to be dependable. It runs every week, and I have not had to...

Overall, I have found this program to be dependable. It runs every week, and I have not had to troubleshoot anything in the program in over a YEAR. That alone is commendable for a program that I run on a weekly basis. I run apple products that need more hands-on management than this program. The interface is not as sleek, but it gets the job done. Give me a little more control over audio and video syncing, and some transition effects, and I would be slamming the #5 stars across the board.

Pros

IT IS FREE. May all of my complains and frustrations with this software be safely tucked under the umbrella of a customer who is pleased at the end of the day with a product that is reliable and costs him nothing. That is a miracle and I believe that it is getting easier and easier to use. I love the fact that once I have everything set up in the back end of the program, I can get going with one click. I use this program to record and live-stream our Sunday morning services at Church. On the off-chance that the wifi goes down or something, the ability to continue recording to an external drive has saved us on more than one occasion. It handles the basics such as screen sharing, adding logos, and even some basic audio input options very well. Overall, I am extremely pleased and it made the ability to live-stream in a church of 200 people affordable and attainable.

Cons

Set-up was a long process of educating myself with very little reward and no long-term application for the knowledge that I gained. There seems to be certain settings that you need to select for different types of streaming. Having to wade through numerous youtube videos in order to find what I needed specifically, was not fun. I would love for this software to develop presets for different purposes. Most all gamers tend to used the same presets with some variation depending on their individual internet speeds. Why not have a preset for gamers and another preset for bloggers, or live-streamers? I don't think it would take much and with a few basic questions, the program could do a lot of the heavy lifting that makes the back end of OBS a pain to work with.
Additionally the interface, while more intuitive than most open-source programs, does leave something to be desired. I often have to click through all of the setting options in order to find specific settings that need adjustment. Also, I have been running into issues with syncing external audio with the video during live streaming. The video buffer seems to be inconsistent, so the audio and video will start out synced and randomly get out of wack.

Pablo G. Pablo G.
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  • Industry: Higher Education
  • Company size: 1,001-5,000 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

El mejor software de transmisión

Reviewed on 8/7/2021

Se pueden realizar cualquier tipo de transmisiones en vivo, principalmente por Youtube, eventos,...

Se pueden realizar cualquier tipo de transmisiones en vivo, principalmente por Youtube, eventos, reuniones, etc. El nuevo complemento de cámara virtual (antes también estaba como plugin) permite insertar una cámara virtual completamente configurable en cualquier plataforma de videollamada.

Pros

Sin duda es el mejor software para transmitir y/o crear secuencias audiovisuales en tiempo real, la posibilidad de mezclar diversas fuentes, cada vez más variadas, tanto de audio como de video, la incorporación del editor en tiempo real (como un director de cámara), la transmisión en distintos medios con calidad y codecs completamente configurables, filtros y transiciones en tiempo real. Y además totalmente gratuito y open source!

Cons

Solo puedo hacer una leve objeción respecto a la complejidad de la configuración y la interfaz para un usuario principiante, pero realmente esa crítica queda atrás frente a la cantidad de opciones y el funcionamiento del programa.

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OBS Studio offers the following pricing plans:

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OBS Studio has the following typical customers:

11-50, 51-200, 201-500

OBS Studio supports the following languages:

English

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OBS Studio offers the following support options:

24/7 (Live rep)

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