Why I like OBS Studio
I love OBS Studio and use it daily.
It’s not necessarily something I recommend for complete beginners or people who want to do live interviews (it is technically possible to use OBS Studio for this but you’ll need some extra tools to pull it off).
But I want you to consider it as an extra tool in your content creation and video toolbox. It’s not necessarily a replacement for anything you’re already using, but a supplement.
So why do I like OBS Studio?
- It’s literally free and open source. If you’ve recently spent money on gear (microphones, cameras, lighting, etc.) this can be a great way to save some money.
- It is cross platform. You can use OBS Studio on Windows, MacOs and Linux.
- It lets you livestream, record local video and change how your webcam appears in software like Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Google Meet (and anywhere that you use a webcam).
- There is a community of developers working to extend OBS Studio’s features and functionality with things like scripts and plugins.
The OBS Studio Challenge
Yes, OBS Studio is fully featured production software, but the thing I like to tell beginners is that you don’t need to know all those options and settings to start simply.
The OBS Studio Challenge takes you through the process of:
- downloading and installing OBS Studio
- creating a single scene with your webcam, images and text
- using the Virtual Camera feature to share that scene in software like Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Google Meet.
This can be an incredibly powerful tool even if you don’t livestream, even if you’re just a coach talking to your clients via your computer.
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