Open Broadcaster Software

OBS


4.5 / 5
119 reviews

Who Uses This Software?

Videographers


Average Ratings

119 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.


OBS Features

  • Electronic Hand Raising
  • Mobile Access
  • On-Demand Webcasting
  • Presentation Streaming
  • Presentation Tools
  • Private Chat
  • Real-Time Chat
  • Record & Playback Ability
  • Screen Sharing
  • Two-Way Audio & Video
  • Video Conferencing
  • 3D Video Editing
  • Audio Tools
  • Brand Overlay
  • Collaboration
  • Media Library
  • Social Sharing
  • Speed Adjustment
  • Split / Merge
  • Supports HD Resolution
  • Text Overlay
  • Video Capture
  • Video Stabilization

OBS Reviews Recently Reviewed!


Streaming for the masses

Aug 23, 2018
5/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: OBS is an extremely capable piece of broadcasting software capable of anything from basic recordings to broadcasting on platforms such as Twitch.tv, YouTube, Facebook, or even to a custom streaming server. Configuring OBS is very easy for beginners, with many basic configuration options and even a setup wizard to help you get stream settings configured in minutes. However, if you are an advanced user, there are many options for setting up recording, ingest settings, audio, and hotkeys. Because of the wide range of configuration available in OBS, anything from basic screen capture to professional-level broadcasting using multiple scenes, video sources, and effects are possible. Because of the popularity of OBS, there exists an abundant supply of tutorials, guides, and user support that will help resolve any issues you may encounter when configuring and using OBS.

Cons: OBS is still currently being developed, so there may be some features that are not implemented or minor bugs. Because of these issues, OBS may not be the best tool for critical applications compared to similar, paid programs. Additionally, the open source nature of the product means that there is not an official support channel to go to for proper, professional assistance.

Overall: I use OBS as a recording and streaming for personal, freelance work, and volunteer work.

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The best tool for recording your screen

Oct 23, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The product is completely free, with no limitations. You can immediately start recording from multiple sources at once, with a fairly nice amount of customization in terms of the options you have. File formats, encoding, streaming, and so on. You can also create your own shortcuts to start streaming/recording. More functionalities are also available for users who need more control.

Cons: Shortcut seem not to always work on the first hit, and some users might find it difficult to use the more advanced functions. Sometimes records a blank screen when trying to record over videogames or other programs running in borderless fullscreen.

Overall: I use OBS almost on a daily basis for work, and even more often for personal purposes. At first I had some trouble setting it up, but after a few minutes it's really straightforward. I can now record my entire screen in its original resolutions, with no watermarks, completely for free. Honestly

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Twitch affiliate OBS review

Aug 11, 2018
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I love that OBS allows me to stream on twitch.tv. However I also love that OBS allows me to twitch on other platforms if I decide to leave twitch as well. I enjoy using the many features of OBS including the "Live" function as well as the "Record" function. This means while livestreaming I can also record for use of the footage later. The computer options for OBS are plentiful too. You can set your overall settings to either use more CPU or less, depending on the quality that you want to stream. Overall, for being a free software, I would highly recommend OBS for anyone trying to get into PC streaming.

Cons: OBS has its occasional crashes. These crashes don't often produce an error report and especially during the middle of a stream/recording can be a hassle. Another downfall to OBS is that sometimes it is the cause behind server to broadcaster communication meaning that your stream will go down simply because OBS is communicating with the platform correctly.

Overall: Overall, OBS is a fantastic product that I recommend to anyone wishing to stream on PC. They have plenty of features and options to choose from. The broadcasting is great, and I will continue to use and recommend this product.

Best Streaming Service

Sep 16, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: There is so much to love about this software. OBS offers so much versatility. You can switch from advanced and basic settings so you can completely customize your experience. I have used OBS and OBS multi-studio for over 4 years. Both programs are fantastic. The best thing about this is that you can stream, record and even do both at the same time.

Cons: The only con I can think of is that this program requires you to know a good amount about how streaming works in order to get the absolute best settings. Even with that said, it shouldn't deter anyone from giving this program a chance.

Overall: My experience with OBS has been fantastic. They're actively updating their program and their support has responded to be within a reasonable time.

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Simple and straight forward for more advanced streaming

Feb 15, 2019
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I used to use one of Adobe's products, but when support for that got dropped, I had to find something easy to use and inexpensive. OBS fit that bill perfectly. It's simple enough to allow me to select my streaming destinations easily, but also allow me to use my professional capture devices. As long as the computer can recognize it, it can be loaded into OBS and used as an input source.

I typically use a switcher for my streaming productions, but for times when I had to cue up other multimedia files, I can load those right into OBS and switch to them outside of the switcher easily. Very flexible software!

Not having to use an external recorder is a life saver too. I can just select start streaming and start recording and now I have my clean file to work with later if anything happens with the stream.

I also like being able to see my stream health right on the screen very clearly as well.

Cons: Not much! I haven't hit any issues with streaming to different sources, and if anything, maybe had some issues with stream health, but that's an internet connection thing and I'm guessing OBS can't work magic and give me unlimited bandwidth.

Overall: Great overall experience. I use this time and time again and have had no issues versus any paid-for program!

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Streaming at it's best.

Dec 29, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: Everything about this software is amazing. The ability to use different streaming platforms for output, the customization for scene inputs. Getting your stream to the right theme is a big plus.

Cons: At first, it is a hard software to understand. Getting the right output settings based off of your own ISP speeds and computer specifications. Once you figure out that learning curve, you will be streaming in no time.

Overall: OBS is the best if you are new streaming or even a long time veteran. Having different options at the power of your own creativity.

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
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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.

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Fairly simple and powerful tools for improving your stream/video's production value

Jan 04, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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Pros: OBS takes what seems like a daunting and difficult process and makes it simple and straightforward. Setting yourself up to stream on platforms like Twitch and/or record video for Youtube takes a few minutes. For someone like me who knows very little about the finer details of video and streaming, this is great.

The ability to create different presets for your streaming and capture is also fantastic, so you can easily switch between "starting soon" graphics, your game or software, full-screen face shots, etc. It has ample tools to set yourself up for a successful stream without hassle.

Cons: The OBS interface isn't as intuitive as it could be - as easy as it is to get started, it's not really a "pickup and play" kind of software. I've had trouble getting certain functions to work, particularly in organizing additional elements in a scene, and also selecting my audio source.

Overall: So far I've used OBS to record instructional videos for some clients and friends, and have also tried out streaming animation work and some games. It's a good simple tool for my uses.

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Great Streaming Tool For Those Needing A Free Alternative

Sep 11, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: It's very streamlined and easy to use once everything is up and running. Menus are simple to navigate, and there are many sources online to help you get started. It has the functionality of many higher priced streaming softwares, but in a free package. There are endless numbers of possibilities with the software, from desktop capture, to window capture, and the ability to input external sources with proper equipment.

Cons: This software is absolutely free, but it does take some knowledge of basic streaming in order to get things working properly. You have to be able to have a thorough plan in place and knowledge of your system before use, especially if you are planning on using external sources, like ingesting a multi-cam stream from a switcher. There's also no functionality to allow for streaming to multiple sources at once.

Overall: OBS is a great tool for us since we only needed a very basic streaming platform to go to Facebook Live. We are not using OBS to it's fullest extent, and only use one external source for video and audio. However, the great thing is that it easily and simply does what we need without any problems. After initial setup, it's basically a launch and go program every time you need to use it from there on.

The best choice for content creators

Dec 27, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: OBS is extremely easy to use and setup.

Cons: Some of documentation could be clearer for new starters.

Overall: OBS has been my go to choice for all content creation and up until recently streaming activities. For streaming I have migrated to Streamlabs OBS, which simply adds Streamlabs functionalities into OBS. The tool is easy to setup and even the most basic configuration already results in great quality content. There are plenty of options to fine tune and tweak the output and for the most part all of this is really easy to follow using in-house documentation or tutorials via YouTube.

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it reaches everyone in a simple way

Jun 27, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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Pros: Being able to reach all places through this tool is great since I can show you what I am seeing, I can also use my camera and show what I do and how I do it or I can use two cameras that allow me to have the help of other colleagues at the time of giving the workshops to people who are far away and that learning is better.

Cons: In my personal experience with the updates of each time I use it, I renewed the experience, for example, with the possibility of doing to the people who are doing the workshops, as well as having the possibility to communicate through the chat, I can also share the screen and the feedback process is more complete.

Overall: One of the functions of my work is having to give the employees of the foundation workshops on use and updating both programs and technical support and in some cases I have to be traveling to remote places. That is why with this tool I can first communicate to the majority of the employees of the foundation as well as the facility at the moment of giving the workshops since by not traveling I can concentrate more on my workshop.

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Power features for multiple use cases

Nov 14, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: The best feature of OBS was one I didn't expect: High quality screen recording. You can save recordings locally and control the quality settings or other overlays/transitions in real time. In addition, OBS makes streaming from multiple sources a cinch. Easily superimpose multiple screens or feeds all at once, have multiple audio sources, and multiple "scenes" to transition between. It's professional software that entry level users will benefit from, too.

Cons: Besides a small learning curve, there's nothing negative about OBS--it is feature rich while maintaining a simple interface.

Overall: OBS allows us to live stream professional events, webinars, and screen recordings in the simplest ways possible via all the major streaming platforms. It has also enabled us to create quality tutorial videos by allows us to record our screens and save it on a local drive.

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OBS for all video needs

Oct 02, 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: OBS has a wide variety of uses from streaming to websites such as Twitch and YouTube, but also has great recording capabilities. If you need to broadcast yourself but don't have the money, don't worry this program is completely free. The forums are a great way of learning and troubleshooting if you were to run into any problems. I use this for streaming video games and making videos for work.

Cons: No variety when it comes to interface colors, which really it stretching as a con.

Overall: Are you new to streaming or recording video? OBS is a great training ground that will help you blossom into a professional streamer and content creator.

Easy to start, good advanced option to dive deeper

Sep 09, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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Pros: I use this to stream to Twitch. It's easy to use right out of installing, but if you want to dive deeper and set bitrates and more to tweak your quality, it's easy to go through the options and tweak what's needed. There was a hiccup a year or two ago where updates would cause problems, but that was a while ago and I haven't had any troubles in a long time. Very easy to use to get streaming (or even just recording your screen to a local file). Highly recommended!

Cons: If you're not familiar with bitrates and resolution and knowing what works well with your connection speed, it can be a little daunting to get a reliable stream with good quality (more so the lower your internet speed is), But doing a quick search for the best settings for your speed is a good starting place to see what to set.

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 .

THE streaming software.

Jan 28, 2019
5/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: This is what everyone uses primarily for streaming on twitch and in youtube. The amount of consumer help you can expect to find is great, and being able to customize almost every aspect is without a doubt the biggest reason it is so widely used.

Cons: OBS is not as intuitive as other streaming platforms. This is not a bad thing necessarily, but it does have a learning curve.

Overall: I've used OBS for about a year and a half. It's been great to use and i really don't see myself switching platforms anytime soon. If your looking for a powerful program that can 'Do it all' this will definitely do the trick!

The go-to software for screen capture/streaming

Feb 13, 2019
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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Pros: This software is the go-to software for anyone looking to do video capture/screen capture, stream or even multi-screen work.

Cons: Took some research to learn all the specific settings needed to run smoothly for streaming and video capture.

Overall: Overall experience would be a 10/10. Once learned on how to use easily the most functional program for video capture, and dual monitor capture work.

A life saver

Nov 17, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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Pros: Its a life saver for me, I have online clases that require a lot of attention and constant labor, and since I cant take notes, I can record the class while I pay attention, and later on I can rewatch what we saw in case I have a doubt.

Cons: I dont think there is something I dont like about the software, I can do everything I want and I havent really faced an issue with it.

Overall: Its incredible, It is really intuitive and I love the window recording option, that way I dont have to worry about some app showing when I dont want it to.

OBS - Best Streaming Application

Oct 03, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I enjoy how much you can customize and manage your stream. You can control so much about your stream settings with things like bit rate, encoder, audio bit rate and so much more. It's reliable and I don't recall a time in which it's crashed or gave me any issues.

Cons: I've been using a fork of OBS called Streamlabs OBS and I have to say there are many features that I wish could be implemented in the base OBS program like the ability to title your stream for services like Twitch, the ability to use pre-made themes and switch them out on the fly and much more.

Overall: Overall, OBS does what it does best, stream. I've never had an real issue with it and it works reliability for me.

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An excellent piece of software... once you know your way around

Oct 31, 2018
5/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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Pros: OBS has a large number of features and, when properly configured, works really well.

Cons: Getting OBS correctly configured for your setup can be difficult sometimes.

Overall: I've been using OBS for streaming to Twitch and creating YouTube videos for some time now. In the past, getting the correct settings to ensure decent quality videos was sometimes a little bit hit and miss... but with the newer versions, it is significantly easier. That said, if you don't know what you are doing with the configuration, it can take some experimentation to get it right. Once it is right, however, OBS is brilliant. Switching between scenes, sources or changing the audio can easily be mapped to keyboard shortcuts (or a break-out box)... I rarely need to look at OBS while streaming. There are alternatives but I've yet to find one that tempts me away.

Stream/record/upload with ease

Feb 21, 2019
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: I love the ease of use with OBS. You have full control of what you want to display/stream and it puts you in the creator seat

Cons: It can take sometime to learn this software and there aren't the best tutorials out there.

Overall: Ive used OBS for the past several years and its the only platform i trust with my streaming/recording needs.

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
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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.

Love OBS best freewear around for videos

Jan 22, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: It is free, updated regularly and rarely does not work. I use this daily and for hours with very minimal disruptions. It is pretty user friendly too.

Cons: Takes up a lot of CPU but then again my computer may not be so good either.

Overall: I've learned to teach myself all the basics of video production with this program without education and only with youtube videos so it is pretty user friendly and is a solidly working program.

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
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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.

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Best streaming tool and its free

Aug 06, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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Pros: So many features, it also integrates beautifully into any game or thing I want to stream.

Cons: Hard to pick up at first but understanding grows quickly.

Overall: I use this exclusively for streaming. Its comprehensive, fluid, and FREE.

Surprisingly Good for Free Open Sourced Broadcasting Software

Dec 31, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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Pros: I've primarily used for two purposes: streaming a high-production value video feed to Facebook (think webinar with multiple camera/screen cuts), and for creating screen capture tutorials without having to do heavy editing. Every time I use it, I'm impressed with how much you're able to do, and how stable it is. It's not pretty, but it's pretty intuitive. It was a little difficult to figure out how to connect it to the Facebook page I wanted to livestream to, but a quick Youtube search offered a solution.

Cons: Documentation isn't great, but Youtube is your friend. Also, I occasionally have trouble finding USB devices, but reboots/relaunches usually take care of that. Also, you'll probably want to download VLC to change the exported file type. Not sure why they won't let you export an mp4, but maybe they do, and I just haven't found that Youtube video yet. ;)

Overall: I've primarily used for two purposes: live-streaming a high-production value video feed to Facebook (think webinar with multiple camera/screen cuts), and for creating screen capture tutorials without having to do heavy editing.

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Awesome Streaming and Screen recording software

Aug 24, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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Pros: This software is the best among the streaming software I tried. Everything you need is in the interface already and can be easily modified. It's not too overwhelming to learn. I just have to play around with the software for a bit before I was able to make the scenes that I want. It is also perfect for screen recording and saving you stream. No software issues and no random crashes.

Cons: Nothing I can think of. You certainly get a lot of functionality for the price (which is free)

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OBS is a great tool for video creation

Dec 05, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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Pros: As a teacher, I am frequently trying to update and make my classroom more exciting. This software enables me to do that. I can record video from online, as well as capturing my screen. It has a great selection of filters and audio mixing.

I think that the best part about this software is that it is 100% free to download and use!

Cons: There is honestly nothing that I can directly thing of that I feel is a con of this program. It is so easy to use and filled with ways to customize.

Overall: With how amazing it is, I would completely understand if the creators of this software decided to turn this in to a paid software. I would even say that it would be worth the money. I have been able to create so many useful videos for my classroom.

Awesome free video streaming service with tons of features!

Jun 30, 2018
5/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: I love this is a free software to use and it has so many features for streaming and recording video. Not to mention you can really get the video to look however you want. I have used this in my business and in my church's Livestream which works great. Considering how much other services which comparable to this cost, this is a no-brainer tool to use for live streaming video.

I love how you can switch cameras or change scenes. I also use external cameras and microphones and it all works great!

Cons: I love using OBS but when I first started using it I was a little overwhelmed and confused. It's not that easy to learn and there are so many features it can be hard to get everything set up right. But what helped me was going on youtube and watching tutorial videos on how to set everything up for my situation.

Barebones but quick to start

Dec 05, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
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Pros: It was very quick to get setup and start streaming on Twitch. Toying with the bitrate and other settings was likewise very easy and there is quick turnaround when you're able to first verify that local recordings look fine before diagnosing internet issues in your streaming setup.

Cons: This may be solved by plugins that I have yet to discover but not knowing what a scene I am about to switch to will look like ahead of time is annoying in some circumstances when I make a mistake in the broadcast and have to switch back emabrassingly.

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!

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Great Robust Free Streaming Encoder Option

Dec 12, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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Pros: The setup is simple and straightforward. It's great that you can do overlays and multiple camera inputs as well as video from your computer. Creating a quality stream with OBS is great since it allows you to do the things the pros do with lower thirds, etc.

Cons: my chief complaint is that OBS is limited to one streaming destination at a time. It would be great if there was an option to choose multiple destinations since most streamers are now sending their streams to multiple locations.

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Streaming and Screen Capture Have Never Been More Accessible

Feb 15, 2019
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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Pros: OBS is an entirely free product that is immensely customisable to suit your needs. Not a streamer? No problem, OBS can simply be used as a way to record your screen, for upload to various video sharing sites, such as YouTube. OBS also features so many quality of life options, such as a variety of hotkeys, and even flashback recording, similar to the likes of ShadowPlay.

Cons: There can be a bit of a learning curve when setting up OBS, as its customisability can be a detriment, due to the sheer amount of options.

Overall: OBS provides an accessible, free way to stream and screen capture at great quality. Sharing video has never been more simple.

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OBS for You-tubers

Jan 17, 2019
5/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: If you are a You-Tuber or a Trainer and looking for a best tool for recording and editing videos, screen recording, audio recording and mixing without any markup logo or time limit then OBS is the perfect choice. It is open sources tool with unlimited recording option and with amizing features of editing. I am using it for more than three years to record my tutorials. You need to give it a try!

Cons: Heaving and crashes on PCs with lower RAM.

OBS is great for standard video streaming and not much else

Jul 18, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

2 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: OBS has proven to be beneficial for us in a number of regards. We regularly stream content for our fans, and have used OBS to seamlessly send content to a platform (i.e. Twitch or Youtube). It's well made with a good amount of features

Cons: There is a steep learning curve for the software, and I found myself facing various issues and there's practically no support aside from some online articles and forum posts.

Overall: We're able to stream video content effortlessly

Nothing has been this awesome for free

Aug 27, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: I remember OBS being a life saver for me and my friend back in 2016 when we need to do a webinar on facebook and show some slides. To think this app offers screen recording abilities, and streaming options all for FREE is simply awesome. I'll say kudos to the team that created this app. I'll recommend them anytime

Cons: Although OBS is free and is still fast growing, i think they'd need to do more with their user interface and make it a bit more interesting.

Overall: It has been a great app

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A great screen recording software*

Aug 01, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Ease of use, Definitely. There's an easy menu, and an advanced menu. The easy menu determines your system specs, and chooses a bitrate and fps for recording/streaming. Most systems can get away with 1080p 30 or 720p 60.

Cons: Probably the high system requirements for decent recording or streaming. OBS re-renders your display inside the app, so it's kinda like running 2 displays on one machine.

Overall: Being able to record youtube videos and stream at the same time is pretty useful, all in one package

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A Total Solution for Broadcasting !

Jan 14, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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Pros: As a Broadcaster and Streamer, OBS is a software that has the customizations of many of the costly software options. I use this software for podcasting, streaming tutorials, and not only does it work flawlessly but it's free.

Cons: It can be little overwhelming for some to get it setup and running. If you watch some tutorial videos on Youtube it will save you a lot of time.

Overall: I use this software weekly streaming and in my video podcasting.

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.

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Dec 12, 2018
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Ease of use, compatibility with the most important video platforms

Cons: The graphical interface could have a better design

Overall: From Monday to Friday I use it to make live broadcasts. I love it, it's easy to use, easy to configure and has the essential to work.

Best software for streaming purposes!

Oct 13, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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Pros: I loved the ability to add any kind of layout you would like with tons of options for customization.

Cons: I think OBS could be a bit more user friendly. I had to look up a couple tutorials and specific settings as I couldn't locate them easily.

Overall: Overall, OBS is the best streaming software I've used. I tried a couple others, but OBS just beats them all. It provides the most options for customization and video settings.

The best way to screen capture video

Nov 20, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: it has a very easy to use interface that includes the ability to switch between scenes and set-ups.

Cons: Sometimes trouble shooting is difficult, finding logs or input/output issues is hard in OBS, and many programs simply do not work with it, but for what I do, these are small issues.

Overall: OBS is my favorite tool for streaming, or capturing video including screen captures of my clients computers as they use new products.

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.

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No easier way to professionally live stream

Dec 04, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: We used to use a different live video streaming program to broadcast our services every week but we have had literally zero problems since switching to OBS. We also got equipment sufficient for the program but it runs like a charm. No lag, no issues, no crashing, just easy streaming with a ton of options to customize and strengthen whatever your stream needs to be encoded to be.

Cons: I wish it was easier to tell when it was streaming versus not. The icons could be larger and there needs to be a more apparent sign that it is live.

Overall: If you're in any kind of work where you need to broadcast on a professional level. Go with OBS, it's reasonably priced and easy to use.

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OBS Is A Perfect Broadcasting Solution

Nov 11, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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Pros: Content matters, and that's why our business has been looking for ways to tap into video (live and recorded) for YouTube and other platforms.

We've been using OBS to help us capture and mix video interviews with figures in our industry and the results have been superb so far. There are lots of configuration options and the audio mixer is particularly beneficial.

Now, we are hosting multiple interviews per week on our YouTube channel and we're looking to go live on Twitch in the future.

All in all, don't fear that OBS is just a "free" solution, because it comes jam-packed with features and abilities.

Cons: There's almost no help in getting started with OBS. If you're not internet-savvy and didn't think to YouTube tutorials for OBS or find other guides online, it's likely that you'll pick up OBS and then stop using it after 5-10 minutes after feeling overwhelmed.

Without the YouTube tutorials from other sources, I wouldn't have been able to work with OBS.

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The Original with all the features of the big boys

Dec 13, 2018
5/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Anything you can do with the large paid competitors can be done with OBS

Less of a system resource hog than its competitors

Perfect when you dont need an AIO Streaming Solution

Cons: Sometimes gets finicky with Webcam setup

Requires a bit of know how to fully customize

OBS for live streaming and recording videos

Jan 22, 2019
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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Pros: It is a free way to broadcast live streaming and do recording at the same time across many other platforms such as YouTube and Facebook, etc. It has many features to help accommodate the output of quality videos.

Cons: It can be demanding on a PC's CPU so it requires a decent PC/Laptop with a good processor and plenty of RAM. Best used with a PC device that has a SSD.

Overall: It is a great tool that we use several times a week for livestreaming and recording.

From Noob to Streamer in Five Minutes

Dec 15, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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Pros: Versatile and powerful but SIMPLE once you're looking at the main interface! I was streaming like a pro in five minutes, literally. Very intuitive.

Cons: Seemed to lose connection with one camera or the other several times per session. The video was still showing up on PC desktop so it's not as though connection actually did drop. Not annoying enough to make me stop loving OBS though!

Overall: First class. Couldn't wish for anything better!

My choice for best screen recording/streaming software

Nov 30, 2018
5/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: OBS is a fantastic piece of software with all the features you could ask for. This software lets you choose multiple video and audio inputs, records high quality, allows you to crop to regions of interest and arrange picture-in-picture of multiple video inputs to your liking. You can also choose between recording to a file and live streaming your content.

Cons: There is a notable learning curve to this software. It can be tricky to figure out how to set up inputs the first time you use the software, but luckily there are plenty of resources online to help get you started.

Overall: I have used OBS for quick screen captures of powerpoints and animations, as well as larger projects such as software tutorials with multiple video and audio inputs. Whatever the scope of your project, OBS can handle it.

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Recommended it before; lightweight and does the job

Sep 07, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: - lightweight

- takes a moment to find your way around, but after that it's no issue at all

- flexible, good quality recording

- multiple options for what to include and exclude in recording

Cons: The first time you use it, it needs some exploring to understand. After that you'll immediately get going though.

Overall: I've been using it long-term and have recommended it to others; it's good software in my opinion.

Stream from any platform right now for free

Aug 28, 2018
5/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I liked that I could live stream from Facebook, and other livestream platforms using my laptop - all for free.

Cons: It's not very easy to use, but if you're willing to take the time to learn it, then it's worth it.

Overall: Great experience - I was able to use it to run some exciting webinars.

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Great Broadcasting Software

Oct 30, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I was looking for a solution for some friends of mine who have a streaming bible study. They didn't really have a lot of money to spend but wanted to do certain things like have more than one video input, have a title graphic and some other things...and I came across OBS and was blown away by the features I had access to without having to pay anything. It really has been great.

Cons: There's a bit of a learning curve, but if you have some tech-abilities and can use google and youtube videos, it's not too hard to find where to go to get what you need.

Useful and eficient

Feb 21, 2019
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
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Pros: The software is easy to use, and stops recording your screen once you close your laptop. That is useful because it can stop you from accidentally recording a really really long video.

Cons: The desired sources of what you are attempting to capture (for instance recording your monitor's display or audio) is hard to hoose from when you first start using the software. However, it doesn't take too long to learn.

You can't beat free!

Feb 05, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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Pros: OBS is a great piece of software which is easy to learn for recording and live steaming needs. I learned the basics in just a few minutes

Cons: Nothing, really. My only gripe would be the stream delay, but that's on Facebook's end, not OBS' fault!

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Great open source recording software

Nov 05, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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Pros: Other than the fact that it's free, the thing I like most about OBS is the ease of use along with all of the features that is has.

Cons: The only issue I've had with OBS is sometimes it seems to lag and run a little slow when I'm setting up and starting my recordings, but I think this may have more to do with my computer specs and less to do with the software itself, it's hard to say.

Overall: I was looking for a simple program that could screen record and also capture audio and OBS was one option that was recommended. I tried a few other programs similar to OBS but I found OBS to be the easiest to use while still providing all of the features I wanted. I've been using it ever since and I've had no desire to find another program since it's does everything I need it to do and I haven't had any issues with it.

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Live Stream High School Sports

Jan 24, 2019
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I have utilized this platform to live stream our high school sports.

Cons: Can be cumbersome and limiting, a lot of things moving on this app and you need to make sure you delete most things in the background.

Amazing software

Jan 15, 2019
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Super light in your machine as far as encoding goes. Works all the time wiht no flaws. It's the best one on the market.

Cons: You need quite a lot of time to set it up compared to other software.

Simple and free

Nov 28, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: This program is great due to its great cost (It's free!) and how it works for the majority of people. Its also quite easy to learn and packs many great features. I mainly use it for recording videos and live streaming. It can live stream to many services including Youtube and Twitch and is easy to set-up.

Cons: I don't have many complaints about the software. If I could improve it I would add a way so that you can edit the image right as you are recording. There are ways to currently do it however it is quite weird to do.

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Industry Standard

Oct 23, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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Pros: OBS is so good and therefore so widely adopted that we can freely call it - the industry standard. Massively popular with streamers due to it being extremely versatile - tons of options for adjusting all aspects of video and audio, multiple export solutions and last but not least - custom scripting.

Cons: OBS definitely has a learning curve, some tutorials online through posts and videos will get you going, at least for the basics.

Great for recording games

Dec 06, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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Pros: Cool software, easy to use. Just setup through the wizard and it opens, you'll see a button on the bottom right that says 'start streaming,' hit that and enter your streaming tube info and you're good

Cons: My computer gets really hot sometimes when I have had it streaming for too long. I don't know if this is really a problem but I imagine it could be

Overall: I use this to record games between my buddies and I on PC. Runs fine playing medal of honor

By far the best!

Jul 25, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: By far the best screen capture/recording program out there in the market. And best of all, this is free! The options and functionality provided are plenty.

Cons: No cons really to mention about OBS. I have tried dozens of screen capture programs that actually charge a fortune and they don't come close to OBS.

Easy to use

Nov 14, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
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Pros: OBS was easy to configure and use while live-streaming. We are very much novices in this field, and we downloaded OBS and were streaming in minutes. Audio AND video quality were great!!

Cons: Really did not have any problems with the software once we learned to understand the controls.

Overall: Great software!!!

OBS Studio: Free Screen Capture Software!

Nov 27, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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Pros: First, OBS Studio is free which is always awesome. You can do a little bit of editing within the screen capture software itself. It's pretty easy to use. In fact, my 12 year old son is the one that introduced me to the software. He uses it a lot for capturing his gaming. I use it to create original tutorials.

Cons: Sometimes it will glitch out and not work. This has only happened a few times, though.

Best bang for no bucks!

Nov 06, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: When I figured out how it worked and set it up it worked amazingly and outperforms all similar products in the price range (free).

Cons: Setting it up was a hassle but that could be due to all of the features that this software possesses.

OBS is Wonderful for Recording and for Editors

Sep 26, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
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Pros: I love how easy it is to navigate and use the software. It is a very friendly interface and has top quality.

Cons: I dislike how there are still bugs here and there with recording and with quality of the actual recordings and streamings.

Beast

Dec 07, 2018
5/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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Pros: As the title suggests, this software is an absolute beast. We use it to broadcast our podcast on youtube and it's very easy once you learn the inner workings of its interface. Great system support and overall product.

Cons: The only con is learning and knowing how to use each portion of the system, but with system support and Youtube you can really unlock off of OBS's power!

Live Streaming Made Easy

Dec 17, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: Pros:

Easy to Use

Good Specs

Integrations with other software

Cons: Cons:

Updates can sometimes cause an issue

Sometimes can cause a lag in the stream

Overall: If you are looking to live stream and need a quick/free option, this is it.

The best way to stream to multiple platforms

Feb 19, 2019
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
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Pros: The possibilities seem nearly endless as to where you can broadcast with OBS. It is very easy to direct video sources to Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. I love the ability to add custom graphics to the stream as well as picture-in-picture options.

Cons: There is definitely a learning curve to the software, but once you learn its capabilities, it becomes quite easy to use.

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Great for broadcasting

Dec 04, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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Pros: Lots of functionalities and many formats to chose encoding from

Great compatibility with popular streaming services

Multi input support

Cons: For what I use it have not found any cons

Overall: I use this mainly to stream my screen when playing video games and this is a great tool. Other use I have for this is on creating tutorials for my team members, easy to use and then to export and share

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Streaming or Capturing? OBS has what you need

Dec 07, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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Pros: This software offers what most professional capture and stream software offers for free.

Cons: From time to time, the software will hang based on bitrate and time out at times.

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%!

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Streamer btw

Nov 07, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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Pros: If you are a streamer btw there are not many programs to stream and OBS is by far the best.

Cons: The should make it easier to implement overlays. Like streamlabs did.

OBS is great!

Dec 13, 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 that OBS is so simple to use. As long as you know how the stream process works, you can record and broadcast as live very easily.

Cons: Finding the keyboard shortcuts for pausing, playing, and stopping the loop was a little tricky the first time.

Overall: I use OBS to live stream pre-recorded videos so that they are more professional.

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
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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.

Easy to use

Jan 31, 2019
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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Pros: - Free and open source

- Support a lot of streaming channels (although I mainly use it to stream my screen on YouTube, and it worked out pretty well)

Cons: - Consume quite a lot of power while streaming (heating up the computer), but it's just a minor weakness since it's a usual behavior in streaming programs.

Professional director at no cost

Dec 20, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
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Pros: The amount of options and the possibilities of use are really a lot. The community is the real plus

Cons: The stability of the program is sometimes not perfect, but there are few situations in which we are faced with this problem.

Overall: I've been using this software for 3 years now. I really like it and it allows me to do live streaming as a real professional direction. Simple and effective

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
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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!

May 22, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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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

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Awesome open source streaming solution!

Jan 08, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: It's free and works amazingly well. The interface and layout are all very straightforward to use and your streaming project is very easy to setup if you have a basic understanding of video, audio, encoding and streaming platforms such as Facebook Live, Youtube, Twitch, etc.

Cons: I haven't found anything that I didn't like about this software so far...at least for what I have used it for which has been primarily streaming to Facebook Live from a professional video switcher.

Overall: We have used OBS several times now to stream to Facebook live when inclement whether hindered a planned live event. It is an amazing piece of open source software. Many kudos to the development team on this one!

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We were looking for a seamless way to record desktop and we found it!

Jul 16, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: OBS has helped us in terms of recording videos of which we can post online. The best part of this tool is the ease of use in terms of setting up your various video elements!

Cons: I find the learning curve to be quite high and the feature set to be a bit lacking. The support for the software is non-existent and have had issues that went unanswered still to this day.

Overall: We're able to record our desktop and send the videos to people or put online. Great for tutorials and more!

More or less simple, depending on the service

Jan 08, 2019
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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Pros: I've seen my colleagues use OBS for streaming on Facebook. I wanted to use OBS to stream to Instagram and YouTube. Streaming in YouTube was easy as one-two-three, but Instagram was not. So, as far as the streaming service goes, it depends on the service itself, not OBS. As far as using different video and audio streams, it works as a charm, and also does auto-fade transitions. I will definitely keep using OBS for YouTube streaming.

Cons: Capture mouse cursor doesn't work in Fedora 29 with GNOME 3, and I can't find a solution to this. I'm sure they will fix this.

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SuperB!

Jun 25, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

Pros: This app has so many features! My main reason why I download this software is that I want to download a video from the internet that can't be downloaded. But using this software, I can just record any Videos using Display Capture. I also like their Streaming function that can select any local files from my laptop then turn it to a live stream in Facebook!

Cons: My only problem is when I am trying to create a live stream in Facebook using a local file, the video is always buffering, but I am not sure yet if the problem is in the software or just my internet connection.

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.

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.

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OBS: Amazing for Live Broadcast on Facebook

Nov 26, 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 have used OBS mainly for broadcasting video to Facebook as "live" videos. Throughout this features, I was able to get videos recorded, processed, and refined before being broadcasted. Without OBS, there could be no means for me to do this. And the best of all,its free.

Cons: I have no negative remarks. A mobile version and simpler to use could be a plus.

Overall: Amazing experience.

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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.

Best solution if you stream live often

Nov 02, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: You can combine several inputs and you must be inventive for some combinations. It's good if you have HD resolution cameras.

Cons: You can't stream PPT presentations so easily from the same computer.

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.

OBS makes Facebook Live easy

Jan 08, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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Pros: First and foremost, it's free! But without any of the glitches you might expect from a free broadcast software. OBS has been rock-solid for our Facebook Live streaming. Love the customization and ease of use it offers to get you up and streaming in no time.

Cons: The interface could perhaps be a bit more user-friendly, but for free software it's miles ahead of what I would have expected.

Overall: We've been using OBS to stream to Facebook Live from a DSLR for weddings and other events. It's a great system that just works.

A nice program to record/stream

Dec 24, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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Pros: You can download OBS so, you can record your screen either you play a game or doing works on your PC.

Cons: It can be little bit complicate on settings sometimes for the new users.

Very easy to setup and use!

Jun 26, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I use OBS to stream on Twitch. I was completely new to this when I downloaded OBS and it was very easy to setup. It's very intuitive, allowing for a lot of stream customization and control. And best of all, it's free!

Cons: I don't know if I would count this as a con, but I don't have much to say about the support for this software since I haven't had to contact them yet. I would've counted the support rating as N/A if possible, but decided to go with 5 stars since N/A isn't an option.

Best screen recorder ever

Oct 16, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: It's free,easy,and convenient... I've been using it for a few months now and it's given me so much

Cons: It's sometimes laggy when I film gameplay,but overall, it's good.

Overall: Meh

Simple and Powerful

Mar 07, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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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.

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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
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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.

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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
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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.

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.

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.

Great capture software

Nov 20, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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Pros: Easy to use and set up. Great screen capture options. Reliable. User friendly. High quality

Cons: No easy way (that I could find) to adjust/check audio levels being recorded in.

Overall: Great screen and audio capture for tutorials, and demonstrations.

Great For Streaming

Sep 06, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
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Pros: For streaming media online to youtube and etc, this is arguably the best free software.

Cons: Not really intuitive and the UI isn't for the faint of heart, you must know what you are doing because there are a lot of configurations.

It is Ok

Nov 17, 2018
3/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

1 / 5
Features & Functionality

1 / 5
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Pros: its compatible with different OS. I can us it with Apple or windows

Cons: Do not have all the features i need when broadcasting