Movavi Screen Recorder
High-performance software that can be used to record anything on your computer screen
Performs flawlessly and anyone can use it upon installation
Interface is customizable
Customization options geared toward recordings over an interface
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How to install the OBS screen recorder
OBS Studio interface
Setting up OBS
How to use OBS Studio to record a screen on a PC
Step 1. Install OBS Studio
Step 2. Launch the program
Open the program however you like – icon, start menu, search. Upon opening, OBS should auto-add a Scene into the interface. But if it doesn’t, simply click on the + icon. You’ll find it within the box that reads Scenes on the bottom left corner of the screen.
Step 3. Specify the settings
Look next to the Scenes box, and you should see the Sources box. Click the + at the bottom left of the Sources box. A menu of options should appear. Click Display Capture. In the pop-up window, create a title and click OK.
Step 4. Choose the capture method
In the next pop-up window, you’ll have options to select your display method and capture method and a check-box to select whether you want to show your cursor on the recording. If you’re using multiple monitors, be sure to click the down-arrow and select the appropriate display from the drop-down menu. When you’ve finished, click OK.
Step 5. Select the output folder
Click Settings on the bottom right of your screen. In the new window, click the Output icon in the menu on the left. In the Recording box, you need to choose your destination file under Recording Path. To do this, click Browse and select a destination.
Step 6. Start recording
Once you’ve made all of your selections, click the Start Recording button on the OBS Studio record screen. It’s the icon on the lower right side of your screen below Start Streaming.
How to use OBS to record a screen and audio on a Mac
Step 1. Specify the settings
Locate the Sources box at the bottom of your screen and click the + icon. From the options menu, select Display Capture and click OK.
Step 2. Choose the output folder
Click Settings on the bottom right and then Output from the sidebar. In this menu, use the Browse button next to Recording Path to choose a destination folder.
Step 3. Record your screen
How to record using OBS Studio on Linux
Step 1. Specify the recording settings
Open OBS and then locate the Sources box at the bottom. Click the + icon at the bottom of the box and an options menu will appear. Select Screen Capture from the menu. Screen Capture instead of Display Capture is the key difference from Windows or Mac.
In the pop-up menu, select OK. And if you have multiple monitors, be sure to pick the one you want to record.
Step 2. Choose the output folder
Click the Settings icon on the bottom right and choose Output from the sidebar menu. Next to Recording Path either type one or click Browse to choose a destination for the saved file.
Step 3. Record the screen
Click the Start Recording button on the bottom right of the interface.
How to record a mobile device screen using a screen recorder from OBS
How to record system sound in OBS
Recording multiple audio tracks
Recording a podcast
Recording separate audio tracks
How to record a microphone in OBS
How to record a webcam in OBS Studio
Where do OBS recordings go?
Frequently asked questions
How do I record my screen with OBS?
In the sections above, you’ll find detailed instructions on how to record videos with OBS on Windows, Mac, Linux, and mobile devices. But here’s a shortened step-by-step version of what you’ll see above.
Open OBS and click the plus sign in the Sources section.
Choose a name for the source and click OK.
Choose a display and capture method and then OK again.
If you don’t want to use the default file destination source, click Settings and then Output. Then choose another destination folder next to Recording Path.
Click Start Recording.
Why is OBS recording a black screen?
Many people have reported this issue, so don’t feel you’re the only one. This issue mainly comes up for Windows users and computer systems where two graphics options – typically dedicated and integrated – are available. However, there is a wide range of possibilities. Below is a list of the most common causes for a black screen with OBS.
You’re not running the right version of OBS
Check to see if you’re running the 32 or 64-bit version of OBS. If your computer processor doesn’t match, this could cause an issue.
OBS doesn’t have administrator rights
OBS shares your screen when streaming and any content you bring up on your desktop. So if it doesn’t have the proper administrator privileges, it may not record properly.
You don’t have the right GPU selected for what you’re recording
If you have a dedicated graphics card for gaming and another for the monitor. You must select the correct GPU for what you want to record.
You haven’t enabled Multi-adapter capability
If you’re using SLI/Crossfire technology with two graphics cards and don’t have this enabled, it may cause a black screen recording.
You’re running conflicting software
Many users don’t realize they’re running software in the background that also deals in video recording or screen capture. It’s a good idea to check and see if any third-party applications are causing the issue and delete or disable them.
How do I set up OBS for recording?
There are three general scenarios for recording with OBS. Check your recording scenario and review the bullets below to ensure you have a good setup.
Open your capture settings and select Game Capture from the menu. The program takes care of the rest!
If you won’t be playing in full-screen but still want to capture the gaming window, set the Base (Canvas) Resolution as the same as the dimensions of the window.
To set up an audio-only recording session, set the audio to Desktop Audio. But you can also select the Mic Audio options and configure it to include narration.
Online conference or lecture
Set the video capture options to Display Capture. Activate the OBS virtual camera if needed.
Then adjust the Base (Canvas) Resolution to match your window.
Open Audio Settings. If you’re recording yourself as the presenter, then select your mic from Mic Audio for the best sound. If you’re recording a speaker, then select Desktop Audio.
To create the best video possible with a low-end computer, go to the Settings menu and reduce the resolution – 16:9, 720p, or down to 480p.
If you’re recording gaming, you’ll need to do the step above and also reduce the resolution within the game itself.
To learn more about OBS settings for recording, follow the link below.
What are the best OBS alternatives?
If you’re looking for an alternative to OBS, here are some recommendations.
Icecream Screen Recorder
Follow the link below to check out more alternatives:
Is the OBS screen recorder free?
Yes, OBS Studio is an open-source program that’s available completely free of charge for everyone. To learn more about OBS Studio, follow the link below to read a detailed program review.
Is OBS good for screen recording?
OBS Studio is a quality and reliable tool for screen recording. Its advantages are low resource usage on your device and good technical support.
Is OBS or Streamlabs better?
The answer to this depends on your preferences. OBS uses fewer machine resources, while some say that Streamlabs is easier to use. We recommend experimenting with both to find the right fit for you.
What is the best recording format for OBS?
The best and most commonly used formats are FLV and MP4. FLV automatically backs up your recording as you record, which can be useful in the event of a crash. MP4 is more commonly accepted by editing software and video-hosting sites.
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