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Screen Capture with OBS Studio

You can use OBS Studio to create recordings of your entire screen or specific windows. To get started you'll need to do a little bit of setup. The first thing to do is set your recording options. Then you'll set up your canvas with what you want to record.

Set Recording Options

When you open OBS Studio for the first time, you will see an auto-configuration wizard. You'll set some initial recording settings. You'll only need to do this once. If you ever need to re-run the auto-configuration wizard, you can select it from the Tools menu.

  1. Choose Yes at the auto-configuration dialog.
  2. Choose to Optimize just for recording and click Next.
  3. Change the FPS dropdown box to 30 and click Next.
  4. At the Final Results page, click Apply Settings.

Capture Full Screen

To start recording video you need to specify a capture source.

  1. Under Sources in the main window, click the plus button to add a source.
  2. Select Display Capture.
  3. In the Create/Select Source window, click OK.
  4. You should now see a preview of your screen in OBS.


Once you've set your recording options and capture source(s), you can hit Start Recording to begin. When you're done, click Stop Recording. A video will be saved in the Videos folder in your Documents folder. Whenever you exit and reopen OBS, it will use the settings you used last time.

Use a Hotkey to Start/Stop Recording

You can set a hotkey to start or stop recording so you don't have to click anything in the program. Using a hotkey will make it so your videos don't show you turning recording on or off.

  1. Open the settings menu and click Hotkeys in the left pane.
  2. Find the Start Recording option, click inside the field, then press the hotkey. It will appear inside the field.
    • Your hotkey should be something you don't press frequently that doesn't perform an action in the software you're using. You can add a modifier key such as CTRL to your hotkey to help. I usually use Pause if I have a full keyboard or CTRL ` if I don't.
  3. Set the same hotkey in the Stop Recording field. This will make it so you can use the same key to start or stop recording.
  4. Click OK to close the Window. Now you can use your hotkey to control recording.
  5. Now that you have a hotkey, you can hide the OBS window by double-clicking its icon in the tray.

screen_capture_with_open_broadcaster_software.txt · Last modified: 2020/04/08 16:08 by abrashear