Have you always wanted to screencast to Twitch, Mixer, YouTube Live, Facebook Live or a similar service? With OBS Studio you prepare your own screencast and then you can immediately stream live.
Although the developer promises that you can start streaming quickly and easily after downloading the software the practice is a bit unruly. With a wizard, you go through some basic settings, but then you look at a gray screen that offers little guidance. Fortunately, there is a laundry list of explanatory videos to be found (all made with OBS Studio). The basic videos all start with a ‘so you set the software correctly’. If you have made that start, the real work can start.
A Dreamcast screen is built-in OBS Studio as a scene that consists of different sources. OBS can include activities in your browser, images and images from your webcam. When setting up a small minus comes forward. I want to run a video in the background but can not put it on hold during the placement of other elements. That function is ‘in application’.
A nice and widely used source is Game capture. You can use this directly from a full-screen application (a game) image in OBS Studio. That makes it very easy to set up your own video game live stream. Simply place a stamp size stream from your webcam over the full-screen image of your game and you can let go.
When building your scene you can play with the different media sources. Once you have a mix to your liking, press the Start Stream button and – assuming you’ve set up your streaming service correctly – the broadcast will start.
As mentioned, the learning curve for dealing with OBS Studio is high. Once you start to feel at home in the software, the Studio Mode is a function that allows you to create truly exceptional broadcasts. With Studio Mode you can make changes to your stream while you are screencasting. For example, you can enlarge or reduce an image or add text to your screen.
Sometimes you can find an application that is so sturdy between free software that you expect it in a costly commercial suite. OBS Studio is an example of this. It would not be out of place in Adobe’s Creative Suite. A free top application, who does not want that? OBS Studio offers many possibilities to organize your broadcast according to your own wishes. Keep in mind that the downside of so many options is a high degree of complexity. Before you can start broadcasting, going through several tutorials is inevitable.