OBS is a software used by many Twitch streamers and YouTubers to record what's on their screen or live stream it to their audience.
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Overall Opinion: Open Broadcast Software, or OBS, is a very thoroughly designed free and open source screen capturing and streaming software. It's simple to install and can almost immediately be used to stream on twitch or be configured to save recordings to your local storage. There are tons of different settings and options that can allow you to change just about anything you could want to ranging from the obvious like stream quality all the way to the incredibly specific such as volume adjustment by channel. The open source nature of OBS means that on top of the oodles of features and settings it natively has, there is an ever-expanding library of mods out there. These are very useful if you're trying to do something like speed running as placing a timer in the corner can add a lot of production value to a stream, and can be done quickly and easily with simple mods for OBS. OBS boasts an interesting dock user interface, which makes it easy to get a screen layout you like. For example, many people want to have the game they're streaming in the background and then have their webcam capturing their face, which can be displayed in a smaller box in the corner. If you've ever watched a Twitch stream then you know this is a very common screen layout for streamers, and this can be set up in seconds in OBS. Additionally, OBS lets you create an unlimited number of "scenes" which are preset layouts. This can allow you to switch your stream from having the game full screen to having your face full screen in a flash. This is great for ensuring privacy when you have to tab out of a game to look at the chat or for some other reason. Unfortunately, despite the widespread adoption of OBS as a favorite amongst the streaming crowd, it lacks much online documentation or tutorials. It's generally a matter of trial and error if you want to get something to work in OBS. Overall though, OBS is still by far the most popular streaming and screen capturing software at the moment, and for good reason.
Pros: Free to download and use as much as you want Open Source, meaning tons of third party mods available As much customization as you could possibly need
Cons: Almost no existing guides or documentation Can be very specific with what settings it needs to run Troubleshooting is very difficult
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