OBS Studio

RATING:

4.7

(1033)

About OBS Studio

OBS Studio is a powerful, free, and open-source software designed for seamless video recording and live streaming. It is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux, making it accessible to a wide range of users. OBS Studio is supported by a collaborative community, offering native plugins for high-performance integrations and allowing users to work with developers to align the software with their specific needs.

OBS Studio Pricing

Open source and free software

Free trial: 

Not Available

Free version: 

Available

OBS Studio Reviews

Overall Rating

4.7

Ratings Breakdown

Secondary Ratings

Ease-of-use

4

Customer Support

4

Value for money

5

Functionality

4.5

Most Helpful Reviews for OBS Studio

1 - 5 of 1,028 Reviews

charron

Entertainment, 2 - 10 employees

Used less than 12 months

Review Source: Capterra
This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.

OVERALL RATING:

4

Reviewed April 2021

OBS time

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Saviour

Verified reviewer

Religious Institutions, 11-50 employees

Used weekly for less than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra

OVERALL RATING:

5

EASE OF USE

5

VALUE FOR MONEY

5

FUNCTIONALITY

4

Reviewed August 2022

A Dynamic Tool for your video streaming preference Plus its "Open Source"

Realizing that I can still perform the functions of automation the way I want, I found ease in automation and usability with my team. OBS is a powerful and Dynamic Video tool I can recommend to any similar service provider within the niche. It is simple and consistent, its advanced features are mesmerizing, and its Open Source

PROS

First, I like that Its open source, and with that, it's user-friendly and consistently undergoing integrations to smoothen the user experience. For advanced users, It serves advanced functionalities even while it is an Open source project OBS hardly forces shuts down while in runtime. One of the best features for me is customization. I like that I can tweak my automation with my timelines, to fit my needs.

CONS

Because the product is open source, the latest version upgrade comes with changes in syntax. i.e., Having a lower-third animation function, the commands change with a new update, and it can be difficult to get the product started if you do not visit the developer's forum to follow through with the changes. If you want to implement most settings/preferences to take effect, you may have to restart OBS, which is normal with most software.

Reason for choosing OBS Studio

Having all the advanced functions in an Open Source software, with the feature of customization to fit my business needs is Gold for me.

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T. Ryan

Verified reviewer

Entertainment, 1 employee

Used weekly for less than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra
This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.

OVERALL RATING:

4

EASE OF USE

3

VALUE FOR MONEY

5

CUSTOMER SUPPORT

2

FUNCTIONALITY

5

Reviewed May 2021

Extremely powerful tool for broadcasting multiple video and audio sources.

Overall I think OBS is fantastic. It is a bit kludge-y in certain aspects but I have been using it for about a year and a half now and I can't imagine switching to a different tool. It has been able to handle multiple camera scenarios with ease. I just love it.

PROS

This product allowed me to quickly put together professional "studio grade" composite video scenes that were then easily broadcast to a number of online sites. I used it most frequently with Twitch and it has nicely integrated twitch features, but it can also be used to broadcast to facebook or youtube given that you have things configured correctly. The ability to apply video and audio filters as well as support for a variety of different audio and video formats for inset playback was extremely useful.

CONS

This product has a bit of a DIY flair. For anyone with a background in video editing or audio editing it wont take too long to figure out how to set up a scene and broadcast with OBS. However, the onbaording for new users is virtually non existant. I certainly wouldn't give OBS to someone with little to know technical experience and expect them to be successfull. In today's tech landscape, especially when it comes to streaming there are so many unsophisticated users attempting to get started that I think a few more passes to the UX and UI would be beneficial.

Reason for choosing OBS Studio

OBS has much better integrated streaming features that many of the other video / screen capturing products i looked at do not.

Juan pedro

Broadcast Media, 2-10 employees

Used weekly for more than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra
This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.

OVERALL RATING:

3

EASE OF USE

4

VALUE FOR MONEY

5

CUSTOMER SUPPORT

3

FUNCTIONALITY

4

Reviewed June 2021

Obs is a really good open source experience

Wonderful experience reliable always on my tool set for all my projects

PROS

You can achieve most you will do with payed software The tools grow on every version and it gets better

CONS

Lack to capture devices connections as AJa for example Today main suppor on black magic products is good but meet to expand this

Reason for choosing OBS Studio

Price

Matthew

Religious Institutions, 2-10 employees

Used weekly for more than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra
This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.

OVERALL RATING:

5

EASE OF USE

3

VALUE FOR MONEY

5

CUSTOMER SUPPORT

3

FUNCTIONALITY

4

Reviewed February 2024

OBS Is a Great Free Resource

For a free software, I very much appreciate its versatility and streaming services. It offers as much as most products that have significant costs to them.

PROS

I appreciate greatly that it is free and works amazing for the price. It gives us what we need for video recording and the quality is solid. The multi-screen capturing gives us versatility to get what we need for our production. It is fairly light-weight for what it accomplishes. I really appreciate the streaming service it offers.

CONS

It was a little tricky to get setup and diagnose issues, especially with the low quality of our video and our slow internet. I've had issues with the screen recording and haven't had fixed the issues yet. There are limited resources available to troubleshoot issues, too.

Reason for choosing OBS Studio

The cost and versatility are what really pushed us to use OBS.