Scenes and Sources in OBS Studio

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This week in The Video & Livestreaming Show, we look at setting up and using scenes and sources in OBS Studio.


Sources are the things that appear, either visually or audibly, as part of your scene.

You will find the following options in OBS Studio:

  • Application Audio Capture: Capture audio from a specific application on your computer.
  • Audio Input Capture: Capture audio coming into your computer (from a microphone for example).
  • Audio Output Capture: Capture audio coming out of a device.
  • Browser: Display a webpage or part of a webpage on your scene. This can be useful in conjunction with a service such as Ninja Chat.
  • Color Source: Display a solid colour.
  • Display Capture: Capture a whole screen connected to your computer.
  • Game Capture: Capture game play.
  • Image: Display an image from your computer. (OBS Studio supports many image file formats and transparency where supported.)
  • Image Slide Show: Show a slideshow of images.
  • Media Source: Play a video or audio.
  • (Nested) Scene: Insert one of your other scenes into this scene.
  • Text (GDI+): Display text on the screen.
  • VLC Video Source: Another way to play videos within OBS Studio.
  • Video Capture Device: Display video from a webcam or similar device.
  • Window Capture: Capture the video of a specific application on your computer.

To add a source:

  1. Go to the Sources dock and click the Plus (+) sign. (If you can’t see the Sources dock go to the Docks menu and select Sources.)
  2. Select the source type from the menu.
  3. Make sure the Create new radio button is selected, give your source a name and click OK.
  4. Adjust the source settings. (These will vary between different source types.) Click OK.

Grouping Sources

Switching between scenes