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How to Use OBS |

The best tool to stream your game on YouTube or Twitch is Open Broadcast Studio. If you want to get yourself started with streaming for fans around the world, OBS is a great entry route.

Learning to use OBS, however, is a journey of its own. You want to get acquainted with the broadcasting application before you start opening up your life and gaming skills to the world. But don’t worry, we have you covered. Here’s how to get started with OBS and some useful OBS tricks.

How to install OBS

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You must install OBS software before you can actually start streaming. This means downloading, installing, and formatting your preferences. Fortunately, the software is completely free, and thanks to an explosion in use over the years, it is more user-friendly today than ever before.

Phase 1: Download OBS from official site. Install it as another application. If you are feeling generous and feel like you are using OSB, consider donating to open-source developers.

stage 2: Right-click and choose OBS Shortcut Run as administrator.

step 3: Before connecting OBS to the streaming platform of your choice, you will want to select your stream’s parameters. To do this, click on Adjustment Button in the bottom right hand corner, and access Video Tab on the left-hand menu.

step 4: Choose the resolution at which you will capture the footage and stream, as well as the frame rate at which you want to broadcast. If you’re not sure, YouTube, Twitch and Facebook have guides to help. You also need to ensure that the upload speed of your internet can handle it. If you are not sure, find out your upload rate using an internet speed test.

Step 5: Reach to Video Select the tab and the video you want using the left-hand menu BitRate.

If you are unsure about any of this, the OBS Configuration Wizard can streamline the process a bit more. You can access it from the main OBS window, under equipment Tab. Alternatively, leave everything as it is to begin with and then make adjustments to learn more about using software and streaming in general.

If your currents relax, you may want to reduce the bitrate, resolution, or FPS. If your video footage is low and you have bandwidth to spare, you can raise the bitrate and resolution to improve the quality of your stream.

Link OBS to your streaming service

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The next step is to connect OBS to your chosen streaming platform. In this guide, we’ll look at YouTube, Twitch and Facebook, although the process is similar for some options.

Phase 1: Launch OBS as an administrator.

stage 2: Press Adjustment Button in the bottom right corner.

step 3: Choose section From the left hand menu.

step 4: Make sure your Stream type It is on “Streaming services. Then use the drop-down Service To select the streaming platform you want to stream your footage.

From this point, you must input your specific stream key. How you get one depends on the platform of your choice. Use the related section below to find it.

pay attention: Your stream key is one that lets you stream directly to your respective channels or services. Be sure to keep it a secret, as someone can use it to stream in your name!


Phase 1: Go to the Producer Studio page for your channel and login if necessary. If you don’t have a YouTube channel yet, here’s how to start one.

stage 2: Use the left hand menu to select other features, after live streaming.

step 3: On the live streaming page, scroll down until you see a section Encoder setup. Press It shows Copy the button and your stream key.

step 4: Go back to OBS and paste it Stream key Section. Then press Applicable, after Okay.


Phase 1: Go to your Twitch TV dashboard and login if necessary.

stage 2: Choose to Adjustment Tab near the top of the page, then Stream key. Click Show key And then copy the key that is exposed.

step 3: Go back to OBS and input your Twitch Stream key in the corresponding field. Beat Applicable, Then Okay.

Facebook live

Phase 1: Go to the Facebook Live creation page and log in if necessary.

stage 2: Click the “Create Live Stream” button. Don’t worry about starting a stream right now. This is just the word to establish your ability to stream on Facebook Live.

step 3: If you want to stream one-way, copy Stream key. If you want to stream regularly on Facebook Live, tick the box that says Use a continuous stream key, And copy the resulting key.

step 4: Go back to OBS and paste it Stream key field. Click Applicable, after Okay.

Set up your game, video and audio

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The two main components of a live stream are video and audio. Whether you stream a game, yourself, or both, you need audio and video to move forward. Here’s how to set each component individually.

Note: We will not go into hardware options here. We have other guides for great cameras.

Game capture

If you plan to play the game to your audience, you need OBS to capture footage of that game in action. Here’s how to do it.

Phase 1: Open OBS if you haven’t already. in Sources At the bottom window, click on the “+” icon and select Game capture from the list. Name it something memorable.

stage 2: Select the mode you want to use, whether it is capturing any application that is fullscreen, a specific window, or any application in the foreground that you name from the hotkey. What you choose will be up to your personal preferences and sports. Most games can be captured easily, but sometimes the game will not be captured if you select it as a specific window. In that case, capturing any fullscreen application can work.

step 3: Decide whether you want to limit the frame rate or change the resolutions based on your desired quality and connection speed and if you want to hold your cursor or not. Just tick the corresponding box.

When you’re done, click OK. Now your game is ready for capture.

Webcam movie

Whether you’re capturing your face for those sweet leap reactions, or you’re the main attraction in a vlog-style video, a webcam can go a long way to personalizing your stream. Here’s how to set it.

Phase 1: Make sure your webcam is connected to your PC (here are some of our favorites).

stage 2: in Sources Window, click on the “+” icon and select Video capture device. Name whomever suits you best.

step 3: Use Tip Drop-down to select your camera from the list of options.

step 4: Use the configuration button and drop down to configure your video quality and FPS.

When ready, click the OK button.

Audio capture

It does not matter if you are recording your voice, your in-game audio, or both. Your audience needs to hear from you. Here’s how to set the audio of your stream.

Phase 1: Press Adjustment Button in the bottom right corner.

stage 2: Choose to Audio Tab from the left-hand menu.

step 3: OBS has several audio inputs that you can use. Configure each one that you need separately so that you can have your PC’s audio stream on one and your microphone on the other – if you want your voice to be heard as well.

There are also options for push-to-mute and push-to-talk if you want specific audio sources to be used only when necessary.

When everything is set as desired, hit Applicable Button, after Okay.

Start streaming

When you are all set, and you are ready to go, we would recommend hitting the “Start Recording” button. It will not send your stream live, but it will give you a chance to run a quick test to make sure everything is working the same way it should. This is not a terrible way to get on a leash at first – a test run never hurt anyone.

If you dive right in instead, then, or you are all set to test and hit Start streaming. If all is well, you should send video and audio to the eyes and ears of your fans.

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