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OBS Studio

NEW VERSION Studio 0.16.2 / Classic 0.659

OBS Studio is free and open source software for video recording and live streaming. Record everything from your monitor/screen, window or camera/capture card and stream to youtube, twitch, etc or save to your HDD as mp4/flv. Requires Windows Vista SP2 or later.

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OS:Windows MacOS Linux
Version:Studio 0.16.2 / Classic 0.659
File size:92.8MB
Portable version
Old versions available
Version history available

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Studio 0.16.2 / Classic 0.659 (September 29, 2016)

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Version history / Release notes / Changelog

OBS Studio 0.16.2 Hotfix Changes:

Added a Gradient feature to the GDI+ text source (not fully localized yet however)
Fixed an NVENC crash that could happen occasionally
Fixed a few minor issues with AMD encoder presets
Once again, fixed a bug where the window's position would reset on startup (hopefully)

OBS Studio 0.16.1 Hotfix Changes:

Fixed a bug where the main window's position/size wouldn't save on exit
Fixed a bug where files under 3 bytes wouldn't be read by text sources
Changed text source file change update interval to one second

OBS Studio 0.16.0

General Changes:

Added a automatic scene switcher via the tools menu on windows/mac (and linux eventually) that can switch scenes based upon what program/window is currently in focus on the system. More features to be added in future versions. On macs, you can only select applications, not windows. Note that you can also use regex to match a window name.
Added a system tray icon, with the ability to control the program via the system tray, and the ability to hide to system tray.
Added the ability to drag and drop image/video files in to the program to create new sources on the fly (note that on windows this may not work properly if the program is running as administrator, the source being dragged from may also need to be run as administrator)
Added an FPS indicator to the status bar, mostly used to diagnose whether a source in the scene is causing rendering to lag.
Added a "b-frames" option to the NVENC encoder, and set the default to 2. Also fixes an issue where b-frames weren't being used by default, which would impact video quality.
Added a front-end API for developers
Fixed an issue where frames wouldn't drop under certain circumstances and become more delayed than expected.
Fixed an issue where the program couldn't connect to certain types of custom servers.
Fixed a bug where NVENC H.264 profile wouldn't be set.
Fixed a bug with the browser source that would cause it to sometimes freeze under certain circumstances (especially changing settings, deleting the source, starting the program, or shutting down the program).
Fixed a bug where URLs wouldn't work with the VLC video source.
Fixed a bug where hidden sources used by the slideshow source would show up in the "existing source" list when adding a new image.
Streams will now always stop after a maximum of 30 seconds regardless of buffering (though buffering should no longer happen)
You can now click "Stopping Stream..." or "Stopping Recording..." to force them to stop if they are stuck in a "stopping" state for whatever reason (typically streaming, caused by buffering such as with the aforementioned frame drop issue)
Windows-specific Changes:

Added an AMD H.264 encoder for AMD video cards on windows (also pre-configured settings available in simple output mode). Note that this plugin should still be considered an early/experimental build; please report issues on the plugin's repository here:
Added an improved text source with many more features and better drawing language support, and deprecated the old text source. Any lingering text sources you have saved will still use the old source, so if you want to use the new text source you'll have to create a new text source for them. A new text source is also in the works for mac/linux.
Added a tooltip to the "use buffering" property in the video device capture source properties that explains its function.
Game capture should now no longer require a hotfixes every time windows updates and changes D3D9 libraries.
Linux-specific Changes:

Added the ability to specify a custom audio device when using the ALSA audio capture source.
Fixed a design flaw with the pulseaudio capture where the source would have no properties if the device was unplugged since last time the program was opened.
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All features / Full description

Supported features include:

Encoding using H264 (x264) and AAC.
Support for Intel Quick Sync Video (QSV) and NVENC.
Unlimited number of scenes and sources.
Live RTMP streaming to Twitch, YouTube, DailyMotion, Hitbox and more.
File output to MP4 or FLV.
GPU-based game capture for high performance game streaming.
DirectShow capture device support (webcams, capture cards, etc).
Windows 8 high speed monitor capture support.
Bilinear or lanczos3 resampling.

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Acronyms / Also Known As

Open Broadcaster, OBS Studio, OBS Classic, Open Broadcaster Software

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One of the superior optimize streaming software, MUCH MORE better for hardware then - Xsplit and simply aswell Adobe Encoder and etc... Also the best of the best FREE out there and everywhere.

Amazingly easy to set up. Watched a 5 min tutorial and was up and running.

Posted February 28, 2015 by e7d_. Tool version 0.64b using OS Windows 8 64-bit
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10

Quiet day so wanted to test this just for the halibut. My rating means nothing since it should make it very clear that it won't work on XP. It just says "Windows" This program needs Vista sp2 and above with DX10.

Posted June 21, 2014 by gll99. Tool version 0_625b using OS WinXP
Ease of use - of 10 Functionality - of 10 Value for money - of 10 Overall score 5 of 10

I know it's still in beta, but my experience wasn't particularly happy. I'm certainly not a "video ace", but I have a bit of experience.

I looked at the download choices and selected the portable version: I unzipped the 64-bit version in a folder and with a click, the program started just fine.

This, however, was the end of the fun. I found the interface anything but intuitive, but after LOTS of clicking around and looking at the online help >(for some reason the built-in help file was blank), I was sort of able to make a movie of myself with my webcam.

The result was lousy, though I have to confess I didn't try to modify any of the settings. One problem was that the resolution of my monitor (2560x1440) is much higher than that of my webcam, so the movie didn't fill the entire image window. Also, my graphics card (Matrox M9128) isn't particularly designed for video, so the film was choppy - although when I take movies with my digicams, the results are super. Finally, the sound - taken with the mike of my Logitech C910 webcam - was badly out of sync and started with me sounding like Frankenstein but ended with me sounding like Mickey Mouse. Weird.

Anyway, I just tried it because I had nothing to do, but it's not a program I'll look at again. Sorry. Maybe someone with more experience will have better results.

Posted May 26, 2014 by jgg. Tool version 0.624 Beta using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 2 of 10 Functionality 5 of 10 Value for money 5 of 10 Overall score 5 of 10

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