Livestreaming and Recording With Open Broadcaster Software

Author: Sean Ridgeley
Editor: Charles Oliver
Date: December 17th, 2012

Introduction, setting up, test setup

Livestreaming and video recording are popular activities for PC gamers, particularly FPS players. If you've ever looked into either, you've likely noticed the amount of easy to use, well-designed applications for the purpose are slim, particularly if you don't want to shell out a bunch of dough. Enter Open Broadcaster Software (OBS), an application that addresses all of these concerns: it's fairly user friendly, the interface is simple but effective, and it's completely free (and open source).

The application was released recently, and since then updates have been steady each mainly focused on bug fixing and polish, though soon an auto-updater will be integrated. As of now, it sits at version 0.460a.

If you're curious about how to use it and also what results to expect, read on.

Setting up

To get started, grab the latest version hereand install away. Note the 64-bit version doesn't support at least some popular titles, so for now it's likely best to just stick with the 32-bit version.

Test Setup

  • Processor: Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz (Stock)
  • Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB DDR3-1600 (1333mhz)
  • Graphics: EVGA Geforce GTX 680 2GB (Stock)
  • Resolution: 1920x1080
  • Driver: 310.70