Open Broadcaster Software (OBS)

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What is the name of the tool?
Open Broadcaster Software (OBS)
Tool Class
To what "family" does the tool belong? Pick as many categories as are appropriate. EG: Data Collection, Security, etc. The wiki will automatically create a link to the relevant tool class.
Video Recording, Screen Capturing, Video Streaming
Who made the tool? Sometimes the tool name and the developer name are the same, and sometimes, they are different.
Hugh Bailey
Date Created
What was the date when the tool was first launched?
Still Maintained?
Do the developers of the tool continue to work on it, adding features and fixing problems?
Open Source?
Is the tool's source code original source code freely available and may it be redistributed and modified? (This makes it possible for users to employ the tool for free, with some technical effort.)
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PC, Mac, Linux
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Payment Structure
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Languages Supported
What languages does the app's interface support? Note: some apps allow users to communicate in other languages but require the user to use an English language interface. In this case, the app is considered only to support "English".
English, Dutch, French, Italian, Czech, Swedish, German, Finnish, Japanese, Korean, Hungarian, Spanish, Romanian, Russian, Croatian, Polish, Portuguese
Skill Level Needed
  • Beginner - The tool has a simple interface that assists the user, either through automatic processes or simple guides, in working with the tool. The user is able to do most things that they need to do without knowledge of advanced concepts, like code.
  • Intermediate - The tool allows the user to perform many tasks without knowledge of advanced concepts, but about an equal amount of functionality requires advanced knowledge. Some training may be required to use the tool.
  • Advanced - The tool requires advanced knowledge or training in order to use most of its functionality.

Tool Description

Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) is an Open Source tool for Video Recording, Screen Capturing and Video Streaming from a computer. The user can use OBS to capture video from their computer screen, which can be useful to publishing videos onto YouTube, Vimeo or other Video Publishing platforms.

Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) can be used for a number of purposes:

  • to record tutorials and train others on how to do things.
  • to capture conversations on Skype or Google Hangouts for later publishing.
  • to stream like Peace Game Development activities being done on a computer for live audiences

What Makes This Tool Different from Others in its Class?

Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) is a free and Open Source tool for capturing video from a computer screen. Other services like FRAPS are more expensive but capture full screen resolution - OBS uses compression, which decreases video quality in favor of saving space. OBS is a desktop tool - services like Screencast-O-Matic run from a browser. Within OBS the user must choose a full window that he or she wishes to capture - services like Screencast-O-Matic allow the user to draw a box around the desired space, but capture at a lower resolution.

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Projects that use this tool