OBS Studio (a rewrite of the original Open Broadcaster) is a comprehensive open-source package for video recording and live streaming.OBS Studio

The program supports multiple sources, including media files, games, web pages, application windows, webcams, your desktop, microphone and more.

These sources can be combined. For example, you could include a web development tool, a browser window with a live preview of the site you’re updating, and a microphone to tell the viewers what you’re doing.

A Record option can save your show/ demonstration/ game/ presentation as an FLV/ MP4/ MOV/ TS/ M3U8 video with your choice of encoder and settings.

Alternatively, there’s support for live streaming via Twitch, YouTube, hitbox.tv, DailyMotion, beam.tvLivecoding.tv, Facebook Live or Restream.io.

The program doesn’t make much of an effort to lead you through all this, but it doesn’t take long to figure out the basics. Add a source, explore the settings, click Start Recording and check the video results.

What’s new in 22 (see changelog for more)?

– Source Grouping
– Source color coding
– Browser source refactor (hardware acceleration, shared texture)

OBS Studio could be easier to use, but you’ll soon learn the basics, and overall it offers plenty of video recording/ streaming power.

Features

OBS Studio is software designed for capturing, compositing, encoding, recording, and streaming video content, efficiently.

  • High performance real time video/audio capturing and mixing. Create scenes made up of multiple sources including window captures, images, text, browser windows, webcams, capture cards and more.
  • Set up an unlimited number of scenes you can switch between seamlessly via custom transitions.
  • Intuitive audio mixer with per-source filters such as noise gate, noise suppression, and gain. Take full control with VST plugin support.
  • Powerful and easy to use configuration options. Add new Sources, duplicate existing ones, and adjust their properties effortlessly.
  • Streamlined Settings panel gives you access to a wide array of configuration options to tweak every aspect of your broadcast or recording.
  • Modular ‘Dock’ UI allows you to rearrange the layout exactly as you like. You can even pop out each individual Dock to it’s own window.
  • OBS supports all your favorite streaming platforms like Twitch, Mixer, YouTube, and more.

OBS Studio Portable includes both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions for maximum performance and compatibility.