About OBS Studio

OBS Studio is an on-premise video recording and live-streaming solution that is compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux devices. With OBS Studio, users can capture real-time audio and video content. The editing tools allow users to mix specified audio and recordings when working on interactive video projects.

OBS Studio allows users to create videos using multiple sources/media including browser window captures and recordings, uploaded images, text annotations, webcam video, plus more. Additionally, an audio mixer tool includes filters such as noise gate and noise suppression to helps users edit audio files. An unlimited number of scenes can be used/selected when using video transition features. The OBS Studio API supports customized plugins a...


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Supported Operating System(s):

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS, Linux, Windows 2000, Windows 8, Windows 10

605 Reviews of OBS Studio

Average User Ratings

Overall

4.63 / 5 stars

Ease-of-use

4.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

4.0

Functionality

4.5

Ratings Snapshot

5 stars

(435)

435

4 stars

(174)

174

3 stars

(21)

21

2 stars

(3)

3

1 stars

(2)

2

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August 2021

JAZE from PoohdingWear

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Industry: Architecture & Planning

Time Used: Less than 12 months

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

5.0

August 2021

What You Should Know About OBS Studio

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.

Reasons for Choosing 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.

Reasons for Switching to 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.

January 2021

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German Liber from Raro&Oscuro

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 1 employee

Industry: Arts and Crafts

Time Used: Less than 12 months

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5.0

Customer support

4.0

Functionality

4.0

January 2021

OBS, the king of streaming (on budget) studios

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).

Reasons for Choosing OBS Studio

OBS it's free and open source, and I chose it because I had zero money on the project.

November 2021

Philip from PRQ Productions

Company Size: 1 employee

Industry: Media Production

Time Used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

3.0

Value for money

5.0

Functionality

3.0

November 2021

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

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.

Reasons for Choosing OBS Studio

Price

Reasons for Switching to OBS Studio

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

September 2021

Marcos from Dread Central

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Industry: Entertainment

Time Used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

3.0

Value for money

5.0

Functionality

5.0

September 2021

OBS Is the King of Streaming Software... For a Reason

OBS can be a pain to set up, but once you get over that initial hump, it's peerless. The feature set you have access to for free is incredible. There's a reason why most professional streamers have incorporated OBS into their workflow: it's the king. There's simply no better value out there than OBS.

Pros

The fact that you can use OBS for free is a testament to the open source community and their commitment to providing value. I've used OBS to do online workshops, host virtual events and capture screen footage. It has done every single one of those tasks flawlessly, and without costing me a penny. Hardware acceleration is well implemented, too, so you know you're getting the most out of your rig.

Cons

It can be a bit cumbersome to set up, and a bit counter-intuitive. If you've never set up a capture and streaming type of software, than it probably will take you a few YouTube tutorials before you're up and running. Commercial solutions are much more user-friendly, but cost a bunch of money.

Reasons for Choosing OBS Studio

If you put in the time to learn the software, OBS does everything XSplit does, and more, for free.

May 2021

Aniket from Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology - Delhi

Company Size: 201-500 employees

Industry: Research

Time Used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4.0

Value for money

5.0

Functionality

5.0

May 2021

The best screen-casting software out there!

OBS Studio has helped me record a lot of my lectures (for the students) very easy! I could record off my camera, screen, windows and the filters help enhance the quality or crop off sections off the recording. This makes my post-recording work almost none! The best part is that its open source and hence, FREE! There is an excellent community that maintain this software and I am nonetheless amazed of what all it has to offer.

Pros

The features OBS Studio offers are immense. There are a truck load of features, from recording screens/windows to streaming/broadcasting to adding filters! OBS Studio is efficiently optimized to do its work and doesn't add much to the system load! It is available for all major distributions, like Windows, Mac, Linux and supports all of them flawlessly!

Cons

You'll need a manual before starting out with OBS. Although, once you start, it gets pretty intuitive and it gets better by the minute. It would take some time to get accustomed to the UI, but it is a really powerful software, that can literally do anything!

Reasons for Switching to OBS Studio

I used to use Bandicam and Windows Game Bar to record my screen earlier. I had nothing for my camera earlier, and used a regular camera video. However, OBS offers to do both, record screen and camera, making it an all-in-one package. Bandicam is a paid tool and most of the functionalities it offers are paid, with certain limitations. Furthermore, since its a proprietary product, we don't know how it runs under the hood and hence is less "secure" than OBS studio which is open source and FREE! Windows Game Bar is just a windows-specific service to record screen capture, and that's it. No specific window or camera, but just the screen. It lacks a lot of features and also can't be tuned as per our requirement.