OBS Studio

Free Video Editing Solution for Professional Video Creation

About OBS Studio

OBS Studio is a free open-source video editing and live streaming system that provides real-time audio/video capturing, sound mixing, aspect ratio configurations, and more advanced editing options to create professional video content. The systems configuration options allow users to upload media from multiple sources and alter video length, speed, and contract in real time. Additionally, OBS Studio provides multiple transition options to enhace clip quality while maintaining smooth transition sequences.

Pricing starting from:

Not provided by vendor

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

Top 5 alternatives to OBS Studio

Typical Customers

  • Freelancers
  • Small Businesses (2-50)
  • Mid-size Companies (51-500)
  • Large enterprises (500 and more)

Deployment

  • Cloud-based
  • On-premise

Markets

United States

Supported Languages

English

Pricing starting from:

Not provided by vendor

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

Top 5 alternatives to OBS Studio

Images

OBS Studio Software - OBS Studio audio management
OBS Studio Software - OBS Studio screen transitions
View 2 more
OBS Studio Software - OBS Studio audio management
OBS Studio Software - OBS Studio screen transitions

Features

Total features of OBS Studio: 11

  • Audio Capture
  • Collaboration Tools
  • File Management
  • Multi-Screen Recording
  • On-Demand Recording
  • Screen Capture
  • Screen Recording Software
  • Video Capture
  • Video Conferencing
  • Video Editing
  • YouTube Uploading

Alternatives

Wirecast

4.6
#1 Alternative to OBS Studio
Wirecast is a cloud-based and on-premise live video streaming solution designed to help churches, schools, event...

Albacross

4.5
#2 Alternative to OBS Studio
Albacross is a web analytics solution which offers webpage visitor tracking, revenue information, email reports,...

SlideDog

4.6
#3 Alternative to OBS Studio
SlideDog provides real-time remote slide show broadcasting, live audience interaction features, and remote control by a...

Zoom Meetings

4.6
#4 Alternative to OBS Studio
Zoom is a scalable, cloud based video conferencing & web conferencing platform enabling online meetings, webinars, file...

Reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5
(863)
Value for Money
4.8/5
Features
4.6/5
Ease of Use
4.1/5
Customer Support
4.2/5

Already have OBS Studio?

Software buyers need your help! Product reviews help the rest of us make great decisions.

Showing 5 reviews of 863
Tolu
Overall rating
  • Industry: Internet
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
  • Review Source

Overall rating

  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support
  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

OBS Studio review: The best screen capture and live stream tool on the web

Reviewed on 18/06/2022

I love OBS studio, it is perhaps one of the best open-source software available online today. I can...

I love OBS studio, it is perhaps one of the best open-source software available online today. I can record from multiple sources and even livestream if I want. I can configure it any ways I like to suit my system and my workflow.

Pros

Easily record your screen and live stream
Open source and free to use with a wide range of options some paid tools can't offer
Not so heavy and so you can still get the best of it even with low performance or budget laptops
Good for multiscreen setup
It has support for all the major livestream services like twitch, YouTube, Dailymotion, etc.
Great for gamers

Cons

Requires a bit of learning or getting used to - Not an intuitive software.

Alternatives Considered

Icecream Screen Recorder and FlashBack Express

Reasons for Choosing OBS Studio

Wanted more features and options.

Reasons for Switching to OBS Studio

Open-source and it had better features
Aniket
Overall rating
  • Industry: Research
  • Company size: 201-500 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
  • Review Source

Overall rating

  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

The best screen-casting software out there!

Reviewed on 19/05/2021

OBS Studio has helped me record a lot of my lectures (for the students) very easy! I could record...

OBS Studio has helped me record a lot of my lectures (for the students) very easy! I could record off my camera, screen, windows and the filters help enhance the quality or crop off sections off the recording. This makes my post-recording work almost none! The best part is that its open source and hence, FREE! There is an excellent community that maintain this software and I am nonetheless amazed of what all it has to offer.

Pros

The features OBS Studio offers are immense. There are a truck load of features, from recording screens/windows to streaming/broadcasting to adding filters! OBS Studio is efficiently optimized to do its work and doesn't add much to the system load! It is available for all major distributions, like Windows, Mac, Linux and supports all of them flawlessly!

Cons

You'll need a manual before starting out with OBS. Although, once you start, it gets pretty intuitive and it gets better by the minute. It would take some time to get accustomed to the UI, but it is a really powerful software, that can literally do anything!

Verified Reviewer
Overall rating
  • Industry: Education Management
  • Company size: 1,001-5,000 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 1-5 months
  • Review Source

Overall rating

  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support
  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

Bring remote teaching to the next level

Reviewed on 17/03/2021

By using OBS forums and some Youtube videos I got started in a few days and could manage my online...

By using OBS forums and some Youtube videos I got started in a few days and could manage my online lessons by myself, giving them a more professional and effective touch. I then learned how to bring outside speakers and computers into the show, and the possibilities were amazing.

Pros

OBS Studio is a free video editing software with lots of helful functions for live sessions. You can set up multiple shots (close-ups, half-length, etc.) and bring multiple elements into your scene (e.g., another computer screen to use as background, an external camera, even a co-host that is broadcasting via his/her cell-phone and that you can put next to you on the same screen!). Features are almost endless, but you have to learn about them via the product's forums and install them as separate addons. The whole thing can be connected to Zoom, Teams, Skype etc (OBS may start a "virtual camera" that you can choose as a video source within each of those softwares). You can use captions, filters, etc... and switch shot by just pressing a shortcut key (e.g.: F1 is the close-up, F2 is the external co-host, F3 is the Powerpoint presentation, etc.). It brings new life to your remote teaching, providing effective solutions and keeping students involved and entertained. Although it may take a while to learn, i found it an excellent investment.

Cons

Like many video-editing programs, it is CPU- and memory-hungry and eats up a lot a PC resources. Accordingly, it may freeze or crash if your PC is not strong enough to cope with the load. The fact that it is open and community-developed does not help. There are commercial alternatives that are more streamlined but less flexibles (and expensive), and you may decide to turn to them at a later stage.

German Liber
Overall rating
  • Industry: Arts & Crafts
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Monthly for 6-12 months
  • Review Source

Overall rating

  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support
  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

OBS, the king of streaming (on budget) studios

Reviewed on 07/01/2021

It was a slow learning curve and at first really confused me, but OBS Studio was the best solution...

It was a slow learning curve and at first really confused me, but OBS Studio was the best solution for my project. While looking at the stream I really thought it looked professional, and I was very satisfied.

Pros

I started using OBS while doing a film series in my city, the project was open to the public, but the pandemic forced me to turn the thing into an online project. I used a lot of streaming software at first, skipping OBS for no reason, but when I tried the software I was in awe. The whole package its free to use, while limited sometimes, if you learn how to set it up (Wiki and guides are really useful on the official website), you're good to go. I like to think about OBS as a solution for basic or minimalistic projects. On audio, you can set different audio tracks, separate them and record them. About video, the settings for streaming are useful if your internet connection it's not too good or if your PC/laptop it's not the most powerful out there. The software was using a lot of ram on my laptop at first, but after tweaking the settings a bit, it became really lightweight. You can add a capture device, you can capture your own desktop, a window, you can even add GIFs, images and videos and resize them or drag them through the screen. And yes, you can record on .H264, and that's one of the best things about it. Rookie streamer, if you're reading this and want to take a challenge, download and install OBS right now, it's the best solution for your project if you're on a tight budget.

Cons

As said, sometimes it lags the computer a bit if you didn't set up the whole thing correctly.
The instructions guide it's really extensive and things are kind of hard to understand if you're a novice (YouTube tutorials can help you a lot on this).

Alternatives Considered

XSplit Broadcaster and vMix

Switched From

XSplit Broadcaster

Reasons for Switching to OBS Studio

OBS it's free and open source, and I chose it because I had zero money on the project.
Roya
Overall rating
  • Industry: Entertainment
  • Company size: 10,000+ Employees
  • Used for 2+ years
  • Review Source

Overall rating

  • Ease of Use
  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

The Recorder and Broadcaster's Homeland: OBS Studio, the Free Resource

Reviewed on 19/08/2020

OBS Studio is the successor to the original Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) application, delivering...

OBS Studio is the successor to the original Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) application, delivering a lot of serious Quality of Life benefits to the software and allowing for a more Professional Grade look while also not having nearly as many problems as the original OBS suffered from; while OBS Studio suffered in its earlier years because many of those who adopted to this from the original OBS were on noticeable lower end hardware (such as myself), the performance handicaps that it suffered from have only dissipated over time as computer hardware evolved and allowed for more accessibility; now plentiful games, applications, and videos that were attempted to be recorded and/or aired using the software five years ago are noticeably easier to run now and that is essential towards the future of its life going forward.
In 2016, I personally used OBS Studio to get back into Live Broadcasting, with me even recording the first and only North American commentary of Star Cruiser (Sharp X68000) on the application in July of 2019, and with the improvements that have come as it evolved, I can easily recommend OBS Studio to anybody getting into any form of Yellow Collar work; it may require some messing around with the settings to optimize certain projects, but the end result will always pay off far better than anticipated, it's not often that one finds free resources such as this and OBS Studio will forever remain on your person if you need to record or go on the air without a hitch.

Pros

~ Virtually Lossless recording quality when capturing footage locally in any available framerate and resolution provided by the software.
~ Plentiful visual effects and the ability to layer multiple images and clips allows for a Broadcast Quality and Professional Grade template and appeal for any project or Live airing.
~ Customization of User Interface themes allows for proper Eye Care when in Dark Mode.
~ Users of the software who are running an Intel CPU that has QuickSync will see a reduced load on their Graphics Card by about 05% to help improve performance and stability in GPU~intensive workloads.

Cons

~ RAM consumption is high and not meant for modern systems with 016 GB or less without the proper CPU and Graphics Card combo.
~ Users who have a CPU and Graphics Card with a low core/thread/pipeline count, frequency, and VRAM can expect noticeable framerate dips and massive performance instabilities, especially when using hardware that is running on older architectures.
~ Footage may occasionally get inexplicably cropped Horizontally when imported into Vegas Pro and other video editing software for Post~Production.
~ Not fully compatible with all forms of Video Capture devices, Webcams, and Professional Grade Cameras (though there are workarounds for some forms of hardware).

Showing 5 reviews of 863 Read all reviews

OBS Studio FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for OBS Studio.

OBS Studio offers the following pricing plans:

  • Pricing model: Free Version
  • Free Trial: Not Available

Open source and free software

OBS Studio has the following typical customers:

11-50, 51-200, 201-500

OBS Studio supports the following languages:

English

OBS Studio supports the following devices:

We do not have any information about what integrations OBS Studio has

OBS Studio offers the following support options:

24/7 (Live rep)

Related categories

See all software categories found for OBS Studio.