Studying how one can use OBS (Open Broadcaster System) is not just for streamers. OBS can do much more than stream reside content material. It’s a digital broadcast studio able to mixing audio and video parts collectively. It is easy to make use of and with it we will create an tutorial video, speak, or the following viral sensation. Better of all, it is free software program. With OBS you possibly can document or stream your gaming periods, your display screen, or your self.
At first OBS could be a bit complicated to make use of. Even with its current updates the person interface nonetheless has a studying curve. However beneath this interface is a user-friendly software that, in contrast to the Etch A Sketch I by no means obtained for Christmas, has a ton of options past streaming. I’ve created YouTube movies with OBS, MP3 recordings, and I’ve even made voice over tracks for my demo reel.
The primary set of directions is for recording video.
On this how-to we’ll study the fundamentals of the OBS person interface with the top purpose being to create our personal video that mixes audio and video parts into one recording.
Setting Up OBS
OBS is a free obtain and it has shoppers for Home windows macOS and Linux. Our purpose right here is to obtain the applying and put together our work surroundings earlier than we document any content material.
1. Obtain and set up OBS on your working system.
2. From the Begin menu, open OBS.
The OBS person interface is damaged down into sections, every has a particular position.
1. The output. Right here is the place the video output is displayed. It may be a combination of webcam, sport footage, textual content overlays and so on. All of those parts are seen within the last video.
2. Scenes. Scenes are units of sources grouped collectively. An instance can be one scene for a chunk to digital camera, one other scene for an alternate digital camera angle and an additional scene with an software window open.
3. Sources. Sources are the person parts that make up a scene. We will combine completely different audio and video sources comparable to exterior sport seize gadgets, software home windows, microphones and devices. Sources may be positioned on high of each other by transferring the order within the Sources checklist. This allows us so as to add graphics and video on high of our digital camera feed.
4. Audio Mixer. The audio mixer reveals a reside studying of every enabled audio system. We will monitor the degrees of every system, tweaking them with the slider to make sure that the audio is evident.
5. Scene Transitions. When transferring between scenes, a brief fade is utilized to ease the viewer. The length may be modified, or fully changed with a fast reduce.
6. Controls. Right here we will begin / cease a recording / streaming session, tweak our settings and in superior use we will create a digital digital camera that mixes the OBS output to be used in livestreams.
Setting the Output Folder
It’s good observe to save lots of your output to a sure location. In OBS we will do that by way of the Settings menu.
1. Underneath Controls, click on on Settings. Alternatively, you possibly can go to File > Settings.
2. Underneath Recording Path, click on on Browse and set the folder to save lots of your output.
3. Within the Output menu, click on on the Recording Format menu to vary the Recording Format. This may change the format of the video file. Altering the Recording Format will convey up a warning — if you know the way to navigate and convert completely different codecs, you possibly can mess around with check recordings to find out the most effective one on your scenario. In any other case, go together with MP4, which is the usual format for video and audio. Click on OK to shut the Settings dialog.
Setting As much as Report
With the configuration full, we will now begin including sources to our scene. Sources are a mixture of audio and video inputs. We are going to begin by including a video supply after which add an audio supply.
1. Within the sources part, click on on “+” to see a drop-down menu of supply sorts. Alternatively, right-click within the sources part and choose “Add”. OBS has many various sources. We will present photographs, slideshows, embedded movies (by way of VLC), add fundamental textual content and present software home windows straight in a scene. Any video / picture sources may be resized to indicate a number of sources in a single scene, which is helpful for video tutorials.
2. From the checklist choose Video Seize System.
3. Create a brand new video seize system and rename it accordingly. Click on OK to save lots of.
4. Within the new dialog, beneath Gadgets, choose the digital camera and Click on OK. Your setup might encompass multiple digital camera. They may seem as choices within the dropdown checklist. OBS lets you add multiple video seize system to a scene. Digital camera settings (comparable to focus, publicity, white stability) may be modified by clicking on Configure Video, however modern-day webcams are in a position to auto-adjust for the most effective picture high quality.
5. Within the output window, seize the corners of the supply to resize and reposition your digital camera. We will tweak the format and measurement to precisely how we want it to look.
6. For a video supply with particular dimensions, proper Click on on the Supply and choose Rework >> Edit Rework.
7. Change the dimensions to 1280×720, or to a decision that fits your necessities. Click on Shut to save lots of. This menu provides us exact management of the place, measurement and alignment of the video supply.
We have now a video supply and now we have to add an audio supply to our recording.
1. Within the sources part, click on on “+” to see a drop-down menu of supply sorts. Alternatively proper click on within the sources part and choose “Add”. A number of audio sources may be added to a scene, for instance a microphone and electrical guitar may be combined. Simply pay cautious consideration to their quantity ranges within the mixer. Vocals must be clear towards any background devices.
2. From the checklist, choose Audio Enter Seize.
3. Create a brand new audio enter seize system and rename it accordingly. Click on OK to save lots of.
4. Within the new dialog, beneath Gadgets, choose the audio enter and Click on OK.
5. Tweak the quantity settings for the audio enter system. Preserve the degrees out of the pink as clipping (distortion) will happen. Goal for a worth within the low yellow vary. This may guarantee constant audio ranges for the listener.
Recording a Video
Now it’s time to hit document!
1. Click on on Report, discovered within the Controls part. If you have to pause, click on on the pause button to the suitable of Cease Recording.
2. Report 30 seconds of video after which click on Cease Recording.
3. Go to the folder containing the video and play it utilizing your most well-liked media participant. Verify the video for proper framing and sound ranges. Ideally, the presenter must be within the middle of the body, and audio ranges must be snug for viewers listening at half quantity. If that isn’t the case, return into OBS and reframe the shot, and tweak the audio ranges till you discover the correct mix.
OBS is a superb device to experiment with. We will use it so as to add “decrease thirds” (graphics so as to add further data, comparable to information tickers) or design parts comparable to logos and animated graphics. Including a background to a video is so simple as including a picture supply and utilizing the sources checklist to position it behind you.
Now that you know the way to document in OBS, go forth and make nice content material! Might the bandwidth be with you.