Open Broadcaster Software: Your Secret to High Quality Videos and Streaming
Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) is free and open source software that can be used for video recording and streaming. It allows you to capture and mix multiple sources including your desktop, record picture-in-picture, or live switch between scenes. It’s also easy to stream to YouTube, Facebook, and other streaming platforms.
The Faculty Multimedia Center (FMC) at the University of Central Florida is a space for faculty to create media content for their courses with the assistance of professionals. The space is equipped with computers with video recording and editing software, microphones, cameras, lights, a workshop area with lecture capture equipment, scanners, and a media digitization station for converting any analog media a faculty member might still be using in their courses. As technology has changed, the FMC has had to adapt but little funding makes that difficult at times. To overcome this challenge, FMC staff try to implement free or inexpensive hardware and software that faculty would find useful for creating media content. One of the most popular pieces of software that we use at the FMC is Open Broadcaster Software or OBS. OBS is free and open source software that can not only record videos but also allows users to easily live stream to popular streaming platforms. We use it at nearly all of our stations in the FMC including our Lightboard studio. We also offer demonstrations and trainings for faculty on how to use it on their own computers so they can record in and outside of the FMC. Faculty are so excited when we show them how to use OBS because it means they aren’t tied to coming to the FMC to record videos and they also don’t have to invest in expensive software and hardware. It’s simple to use and setup and once you’ve set it up once to your liking, you don’t have to worry about setting it up again as you can save your preferences. OBS became popular when it was used by online gamers for recording and streaming their video game play. Gamers were able to now share what they were playing and their webcam and audio easily with interested viewers without a large investment. As word spread about OBS to people outside of the gaming world, more and more schools and universities have started to use the software. In this discovery session, you’ll be able to get hands on experience with OBS. You’ll learn how to capture your desktop, microphone, and webcam. You’ll also learn how to use picture-in-picture and how to set up a livestream to YouTube. A handout will be available with short directions on where to download the software and a link to a video made by the FMC staff using OBS that also demonstrates how to get started with using the software.