Open Broadcaster Software is a free and open-source cross-platform streaming and recording program built with Qt and maintained by the OBS Project. As of 2016, the software is now referred to as OBS Studio. Today we’ll show you how to go live using OBS Studio!
Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) is a little more complicated, but completely free. Once you’ve downloaded and installed OBS from here, you’ll need to log in to the platform you want to stream to first. You’ll need to obtain a “stream key” from The platform. This key changes periodically, so you may need to update it each time you stream with OBS. Once you have it, follow these steps:
- In OBS, click the Settings button in the lower right corner.
- Select “Broadcast Settings” in the left-hand pane.
- Next to “Streaming services”, select The service you want to stream to.
- Next to “Play Path/Stream Key”, enter the key you acquired from your dashboard.
- The first time you set up OBS, you may be prompted to change some video settings, depending on your setup. These will be displayed at the bottom of the window in red text. If any of these exist, fix them before moving on.
There are plenty more settings you can adjust here based on your video needs, l. When you’re done, you can move onto setting up broadcasting. Starting a stream will require a little more setup than XSplit, but it’s still fairly straightforward. To get started, follow these steps:
- You can now set up your scenes and sources.
- In OBS, right-click in the “Sources” box.
- create a scene. then name it,
- Once you’re in your scene, In the Add > menu, choose You can select things like add media source, pictures, text, videos, window capture etc.
- When you’re ready to begin broadcasting, click Start Streaming,
- depending on your platform, you may need to go to the platform’s live dashboard to actually start on the platform/
You can add additional Window Capture sources to add things like your own webcam. OBS also has a collection of plugins here that can extend the app’s functionality. While OBS is a bit more complex to use, it also has a lot more features and customisation options than the free version of XSplit, so it’s up to you which you want to use.
Here is our tutorial video from 2016, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePcySdvn9SY the layout of OBS has been update but it works the same way, planning on doing a new tutorial soon though!