Starting A Stream Dream: The Basics Of How To Use OBS


Are you wondering how to use OBS? Well, you’re in the right place.

In premise, OBS is an advanced screen-sharing technology that allows you to broadcast your screen, camera, microphone, and other elements to an audience on a platform for whatever purpose you like.

In this article, we will cover how to get started with OBS. 

So get your keyboard and mouse ready, keep reading to learn more.

Why Stream? What to Get Out Of It?

The real beginning to your journey starts here. Ask yourself: Why do I want to stream?

Be honest, don’t just say something that some other stream said when speaking about their past. Maybe you want fame? Maybe you want fortune? Maybe you want to have influence online?

Or maybe you just want to play games and have fun with others online? Maybe you want to show off your specialized skill (singing, fitness, comedy, etc)? Or does it just sound like a fun thing to do?

These reasons are all valid. Nonetheless, it’s still important to find out why you are doing and what you expect from it, as this will help determine the kind of setup that you will need in the future.

What Is OBS?

When attempting to understand complex functions, one needs to understand the basis of principles that makes up it. So what is OBS? 

OBS is completely free software that allows you to capture, record, and share your screen to a streaming platform, such as Twitch or Youtube. Because of these three abilities, OBS studio has gotten a special place in the hearts of streamers and gamers who perform live all around the world.

Not to mention, OBS has the ability to overlay many templates that allows you to customize your stream in accordance with your audience, content, and much more. Be it a frame for your camera, a counter for subscribers, an animation for a donation, and practically anything else that belongs to you stream necessities. 

OBS offers all of this and more. You can also create your own templates, or simply buy them from developers who are experts in streaming overlays. Whatever you choose to do, you will always have the ability to change it and add your personal flair when needed. Now with that out of the way, let’s take a look at how to use OBS. Keep reading, don’t miss out.

How to Use OBS: Platform Setup

This is a technical faculty of how to use OBS, but important nonetheless. Since there are so many live stream platforms online, such as Twitch, Youtube, Facebook, Mixer, etc. We can set up your stream for any particular one, depending on your personal preference.

To do this in OBS, follow these steps:

First and foremost, because Game Capture software requires admin permissions, right-click on OBS studio and choose the Run as Administration selection.

After that’s done, click on the File option. Now navigate to the settings and choose the Stream tab. 

At this point, you will be provided with a list of Platforms to stream on. When choosing one, a short sub-set of instructions will be provided below, as well as some codes that you will need to input on the streaming platform itself. 

Copy the code, go to your account, input the code and you’re pretty much set. Depending on the platform, there might be additional requirements, such as preferred bit-rates, minimal resolution changes, so on and so forth. However, most streaming platforms are lenient, and you get to choose the extent to which your stream is customized.

How to Make A Stream Layout?

This part relies upon only the aesthetic of your stream. When streaming, you can either have a very minimal layout or a very aggressive themed one. It all depends on your own preference and the recommendations of your audience.

First and foremost, you need to choose a window or game that OBS will be capturing, and evidently streaming later. You cannot stream the game without actually choosing it.

Click the + icon in the Sources tab, and choose the Game capture selection.

Add your Game Capture a unique name, which will make it easier for you to find when choosing among other sources. Now, you can customize the capture settings, these will vary depending on the capacity of your hardware. 

The mode is the most important part. You can either set it to automatically capture all applications in full-screen mode or manually choose a window to capture (the game has to be on). If you have a dedicated GPU, this is where you choose it for processing.

Once you have become satisfied with the settings, click on the OK option, and then choose a source for the scenes panel. You might also need to convert formats,

OBS Done Right

Now that you know how to use OBS on a very minimal level, feel free to perform more intricate research to assist you in becoming a great streamer on your own time. As long as you spend enough time learning the platform, you will get to a point of proficiency allowing you to do what you like with it. 

Streaming is all about creativity and going beyond the boundaries. If that sounds like something you’re interested in, then this journey is for you. 

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