In this blog, we will take you through the right method to use OBS studio for professional video streaming in 2022.
Streaming videos are a core part of any content creator’s life. The quality of your videos actually determines how far you will go as a content creator. While creators tend to invest a lot in the hardware that they use, they tend to compromise on the software part. You might be using a top-notch camera, microphone, and PC set-up but if you are not using the right software to edit and stream your videos, it’s a job half done. So, relying on just any random video streaming platform is not recommended at all.
So, what is the alternative?
Which is the one platform that you can use conveniently and efficiently for streaming videos?
The answer is OBS Studio.
One of the best tools for online creators, OBS Studio is recommended by all. It can be the one-stop answer to all your video streaming needs.
Now, to make the most out of OBS Studio, you need to know how to use it well. So, the question here is: how to use OBS Studio. And that is why we are here today. Through this blog, we at Graphy will take you through the step-by-step process of using OBS Studio for professional video streaming in 2022.
Stick through and become a pro at using OBS Studio to enhance the quality and reach of your content.
So, let’s get started.
What is OBS Studio and how to use it: All you need to know
What is OBS Studio?
OBS Studio is a free screencasting platform and streaming app that works with all operating systems, including Windows, macOS, Linux, and BSD. It is most commonly used by online creators like gamers to record and stream their gameplay.
OBS Studio is considered to be the best streaming tool for platforms like YouTube simply because of the quality of the videos it produces. It offers several features to the creators, including:
- Real-time video and audio capturing and mixing.
- Unlimited screen uploads for easy transitions.
- An intuitive audio mixer with numerous features like noise suppression, noise gate, etc.
- Handy configuration options like adding new sources, duplicating current ones, etc.
- Conveniently tweak every aspect of your video or audio recording.
- With Dock UI, you can rearrange the layout in whichever way you prefer.
So basically, with OBS Studio, you have every feature you need to create high-quality, custom audio-visual content.
Now that we are clear on what OBS Studio is, let’s figure out how to use OBS Studio.
How to use OBS Studio?
Using OBS Studio is not a tough nut to crack; it is definitely an easy-to-use platform. But you always need to adopt the right procedure to make the best out of the platform.
So, let’s go through the steps one by one and find an expert answer to the question; of how to use OBS Studio.
Install OBS Studio
- Visit the official website of OBS Studio and go to the download section.
- The software is available for different operating systems, so you have to select the one that you are using.
- Once you select the preferred option, the download will start automatically.
- Click on the downloaded file to install OBS Studio.
- The latest version would be automatically downloaded. Do check for regular updates to ensure its smooth functioning.
Setting up the software
- Once the set-up finishes, launch the downloaded file.
- Three launch options would appear:
- Optimize for streaming
- Optimize for recording
- I will only use a virtual camera
Depending upon your preference, select the suitable option and click next. As we are covering how to use OBS Studio for professional video streaming, that is the option we will follow.
- If you choose streaming or recording, you will have to set the video settings on the next screen, including base resolution and FPS. If you pick a virtual camera, the application will recommend the ideal setting for you.
Setting up OBS gameplay
- Once you set up the software, this screen (given above) will appear in front of you. For setting up the gameplay, you need to access two options, “scenes” and “sources”. You will find both these options at the bottom left corner of your screen.
- Go to the scenes window, click on the “+” button and give your scene any name of your choice.
- Next, you would need to add a source to the scenes you just created. For that, go to the “source” window, click the “+” button, then “display capture” and “create new”. You can also label it as per your choice.
(source) + < Display capture < Create new
- Once you add the scenes and source, a window will appear on the screen. From there, select your monitor. Usually, there is just one option, but in the case of a dual-monitor setup, you have to choose the one you would be using for streaming.
Setting up OBS webcam
Using a webcam is a key part of video streaming, so any guide on how to use OBS studio is incomplete without a step-by-step process of setting up a webcam. It is similar to setting up your gameplay.
- Go to the “sources” window and click the “+” button.
- Select “Video capture device” and select your webcam from the drop-down menu.
- Here you will see several other options to adjust the resolution, color range, and FPS. You can adjust them as per your requirements.
Note: If the default resolution is not satisfactory, in the FPS menu, change the default resolution to custom and change it to match the resolution of your webcam.
- To perfectly set up the webcam, check the color range setting. The default setting may seem a bit off, so try both the “partial” and “full” options and see what works best for you.
Setting up OBS audio
Next in our how-to-use OBS Studio guide comes setting up your OBS audio/mic.
- Go to the “sources” window and click the “+” button.
- Select “audio input device” and select your webcam from the drop-down menu
- Your audio device will be added to your “source” window. And from the “audio-mixer” window at the bottom center, you can adjust the volume.
Connect to your platform and start streaming
Once you are done setting up your gameplay, mic, and webcam, you can start streaming.
- To connect OBS Studio to your platform, click
Settings > control > stream > enter your stream key
Note: On Twitch you can find your streaming key from your professional dashboard. On YouTube, you have to go to your creator studio, switch to the “live streaming” tab, and from there you can locate your streaming key.
Also, never share your streaming key with anyone.
- At the bottom right corner of your screen, you will see the “start streaming” button. Click here and you are all set.
To sum up
This was our basic guide on how to use OBS studio for professional video streaming in 2022. This much is enough to get you started. Once you get hold of the basics, you can explore, optimize the settings, and improvise.
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