Open Broadcaster Software

OBS

4.5 / 5 24 reviews

Who Uses This Software?

Videographers


Average Ratings

24 Reviews
  • 4.5 / 5
    Overall
  • 4 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 4 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    Not provided by vendor
  • Pricing Details
    This is a free software.
  • Free Version
    Yes
  • Deployment
    Installed - Mac
    Installed - Windows

Vendor Details

  • Open Broadcaster Software
  • obsproject.com
  • United States

About OBS

Video recording system that offers online video/audio capturing, filters for video sources, audio mixer, and more.


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OBS Features

  • Application Sharing
  • Chat / Messaging
  • Electronic Hand Raising
  • On-Demand Webcasting
  • Presentation Streaming
  • Private Text Chat
  • Record & Playback Ability
  • Two-Way Audio & Video
  • Video Streaming
  • Whiteboard

OBS Reviews Recently Reviewed!


i've used this when broadcasting on my personal accounts through Twitch.

Jun 21, 2018
4/5
Overall
2 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Functionality is heavy. Lots of options and lots of ways to make your overlays work to your advantage

Cons: Tutorials need to be added. Very difficult when first beginning to use this software in conjunction with streaming

Capterra-loader

Record the live streams and videos

Jun 19, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: It is very easy to use and you don't need any expertise. Support both Windows and Unix platforms.
You can set and customize pictures quality etc.

Cons: If you want to figure out advanced features, it could be handy. I had to restart my system twice as it got hanged.

OBS let you Record and/or Stream your PC content in and really good way.

Jun 12, 2018
5/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: This software let you customize your Stream or Recording in a bunch of ways. You can decorate to obtain and awesome looking stream. A really Powerful Software.

Cons: The software provides so many options. It can be annoying for the beginner and inexperienced user. You have to study a little about video and stream options before using the software.

Overall: I could do really fancy streams without problems. It's the most powerful stream software I known.

Fantastic!

May 22, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Its an easy way to record multiple different modes, whether it be display capture, window capture, or audio capture.

Cons: It takes a bit of time and searching for online tutorials in order to effectively utilize this program.

Overall: I am able to easily record videos and audio without placing significant strain on my system

Capterra-loader

OBS offers video recording and live streaming options.

May 16, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Fairly easy to use and understand; ability to connect to do Facebook Live. Can set up multiple screens, adjust audio. Can also be used with YouTube.

Cons: There is a learning curve involved in using the program, especially with the more advanced features offered.

Overall: Open Broadcaster Software is used by many to do Facebook Live and other live streaming or video recording. Although there is a learning curve, one can usually handle the basics to go live.

Functional, fast and effective

May 11, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality

Pros: OBS is super easy to set up for new users. It's highly visual and really customizable with just some basic clicks.

Cons: If you want to set up OBS to integrate with a bunch of stuff, you'll need either someone who knows their stuff or a lot of time and patience.

Great open source alternative

May 10, 2018
3/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality

Pros: I like OBS since it offers support for MacOS, Windows and Linux platform. Has enough features to enable anyone to become a streamer.

Cons: It could definitely have a better user experience overall, since you have to read some tutorials before using it.

The Best Streaming Software

May 05, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: This software is one of the only software I have used that doesn't eat up resources like crazy. It is super versatile on what it can do.

Cons: A bit of challenge to get started at first but lots use it and once you get the hand of it. It is not bad at all.

Fantastic Program with tons of functions for all applications

Apr 26, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The best thing about this program is the ability to record your screen as well as stream live video. You can also customize the resolution, bit rate and aspect ratio of the screen you're trying to capture.

Cons: The program isn't the most intuitive at the beginning. Some playing around is required to get a grasp as to how to use it.

Overall: When I got it it was free. Being able to adjust bit rate is important for video editors like myself.

I am a YouTube poster, this program is free, fairly easy to set up, and allows for quick videos.

Apr 15, 2018
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The program itself is useful for creating quick videos and screen captures. The integration of other third party programs seems to work flawlessly.

Cons: There are many updates and at times, I have had to uninstall and reinstall to get rid of the "no launch" hang up. I.E. the program states it is running and shows as an active process but never shows up until you end the process in the task manager and relaunch. A fresh install typically fixes this issue.

Overall: I can make videos for my YouTube channel quickly and easily with the same standard setup as OBS remembers my settings, so it becomes a good set and forget program.

For the price (free) you can't beat it.

Apr 14, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: It is a pretty amazing piece of software for free. From what we have seen, it does as much or more than many of the paid, and expensive, software designed for streaming and making videos. I am always shocked at how good some of the open source software that is available out there really is. Another that comes to mind is Audacity for editing audio. I'd say OBS is to streaming, what Audacity is to audio (only without the actual editing ability and functionality).

Cons: Has a little bit of a learning curve at first. Once you get the basics down, though, you can do some produce some cool stuff with it.

Overall: Great streaming and video for the low low price of free!

Capterra-loader

Just what I needed

Apr 12, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I was able to record my screen running a software process, and send the video to a colleague. Worked well.

Cons: Have not used it to it's extent, but it has been pretty simple to use. The interface looks a bit intimidating.

OBS is the best screen recorder for gaming

Apr 09, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: OBS is free which is great, but there are so many good features about this product that it is impossible to list here. What I really love about OBS though is the level of control that it gives you over your gaming videos. You can screen record, while also recording yourself giving a walk through of the game, it looks amazing, and there is no watermark like there is in some "freeware."

Cons: OBS is INCREDIBLY difficult to master. Thankfully there are tons of Youtube videos that give you incredibly detailed instructions.

Overall: I am able to create crisp, professional looking videos at the low, low price of zero. I also really enjoy learning new features that I can perform with it, which I do almost every day.

Capterra-loader

Perfect for new and experienced broadcasters alike

Mar 31, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I can't believe this amazingly full featured software is free! It handles everything even a pro broadcaster could need - multiple cameras/sources, virtually unlimited layout elements/layers to craft the perfect appearance for your broadcast, direct integration with all popular streaming networks like Facebook Live, Periscope, Twitch, etc.

Cons: It can be a bit tricky to figure out some of the more advanced features, and I found it difficult to locate any good documentation on some of the functions in the program.

A great streaming program

Mar 19, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: This is a free and simple streaming program. It gets the job done when I need to stream to Twitch.tv and is fairly straightforward. I like that you can insert pictures (overlay) to your stream to customize it and set it as a default so you don't have to set it up every time you log on. If you have a good computer/camera/mic set up, the quality delivers perfectly. There are plenty of tutorials online if something is unclear, however I think this program is very easy to use even without tutorials.

Cons: It's a bit heavy on the CPU usage. Prepare yourself for a very hot PC and turn the fans on. The UI is also a bit outdated and could use an update, but that is just nitpicking on the aesthetics. I think it's fine the way it is.

Is very easy to use and to configure

Mar 16, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: OBS is very useful when you want to record your screen to create tutorials or some related things. Also, it provide a lot of ways to connect to streaming platforms like Youtube or Twitch, so this is a good choice if you want to do a streaming playing some video game. Yo can admin what screen or window you want to share in the recording, so this is a winning point too.

Cons: Of course, as OBS is a recorder screen and streaming software, you need a good computer in order to run this software the way it is expected to run, otherwise, you'll have some problems with the performance of your computer.

Overall: I made some streamings and record some tutorials that later I uploaded to YouTube.

Simple and Powerful

Mar 07, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: It is very easy to get the hang of this software. You will have your stream setup very quickly after you first launch the software, and can easily fine tune on the fly.

Cons: The UI is a little clunky, but it doesn't diminish the usefulness or enjoyment of the product. This is especially so if you are using a mac, as you will have some rigamarole to go through, particularly with your audio channels.

Overall: I decided to stream on a lark, and OBS made it very easy to get started in a short amount of time.

Capterra-loader

Easy and fun software to use

Feb 06, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I like the clear buttons and simple interface. I like that I can create new scenes for my podcast or facebook live shows.

Cons: There is not much I do not like about this software. The only thing I think that could be improved would be the appearance. It looks like it's from the 80's.

Not bad for streaming live videos

Jan 16, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I needed a way to stream live videos from my online TV channel Yoruba Kids TV and also stream videos on my laptop. Someone recommended OBS to me and gave me a quick tutorial on how to use. The software is pretty easy to use and straightforward

Cons: The most annoying thing about this software is that when working via browser source, you can't mute the audio on it. This prevents you from checking if the audio is coming through ok on Facebook live stream. I tried to stream a video and the output on Facebook live stream was extremely pixelated. The video quality was perfect via browser source.

Powerful and free

Jan 10, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: I love open source and free softwares, because in most of cases they provide what you need and more, in the case of OBS it's true, very stable lightweight and works 100%!

My experience has been great!

Dec 12, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: I love that I can use this in my live sales on facebook. I can put anything on my videos to my them custom.

Overall: I use it for my online business and it has met all of my expectations.

The software does work as a screen recorder.

Nov 09, 2017
4/5
Overall
2 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: After finally figuring out the settings in order to record your desktop, this software works well and is a great value for the money, since it is a free software.

Cons: I had a difficult time to record audio. The video came out well but audio was blank until after learning the settings from several YouTube video tutorials

Streaming to YouTube, Twitch and other services is a breeze.

Nov 07, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Streaming to YouTube, Twitch and other services is a breeze. Entering your service or a custom service is easy and setting up cams and overlays is intuitive.

Cons: It's very heavy on my computer. It seems to bog it down pretty bad, I suggest a powerful computer if streaming with OBS.

Overall: It's the best free option for streaming.

Fantastic Streaming Software

Jul 15, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Easy to install. I use two cameras and the software saw both. I also use a separate microphone while going live.

You can add pre-roll video, graphics overlays, and transitions effects. Music during a still image (which I used before going live, to make sure the stream was stable)

Even if not streaming, you can record as if going live and upload when convenient.

The stream quality is good, and this depends as much on your system and camera as it does the software.

I use this to do Facebook lives to a group as well as Youtube live broadcasts.

After doing live TV back in the day, this reminds me of the old days of Live TV. Except this is in a small software package and not an expensive studio set-up with the need for microwave transmitters.

Cons: It has a pretty steep learning curve. There's plenty of help, but the documentation could be a bit more newbie friendly.

If you are a non-tech savvy person, you might need assistance in getting this up and running.

Overall: It allows me to go live in Facebook without having to PAY another company for the privilege of going live from my desktop or laptop .