How to Setup OBS for Recording – Quickstart Guide

The Ultimate Guide to Recording in OBS

Updated April, 5th 2023.

This guide covers everything you need about OBS recording. It covers everything you need to know about OBS recording, from how to record webcams to the best OBS recording settings.

OBS (Open Broadcaster Software), a free software program that allows you to stream and record audio and video on Mac and Windows, is available for download. It’s a lightweight, yet powerful tool that’s essential for podcasters, live-streamers, and filmmakers alike.

OBS is free and can record from any source of audio or video, external or internal. OBS can record on-screen video and capture the computer’s audio. It can also record sound from external microphones or webcams. You probably already know what a microphone is for recording.

You can transform your voice into anything you want! Voice Changer allows you to change the voice, environment, and character of your audio.


Why Should You Use OBS?

OBS can be used to record in many ways. OBS allows you to simultaneously record multiple audio channels. This means you can capture multiple commentators and Zoom calls. You can also use OBS to record in-game/on-screen sounds from one program.



Multiple video sources can be displayed simultaneously, including different angles and webcam angles. You can also layer static graphics and screen captures to create professional-looking videos. You can change the layout of your video sources at will.

OBS can also be integrated with streaming platforms such as Twitch or YouTube, so you can broadcast live to your audience.

You can learn how to use VST plugins within OBS. Voice changer allows you to add characters, environments, and effects to your voice.


How to use OBS for recording

How to set up OBS for Recording.



Step 1: Install OBS


The first step is, of course, to download and install OBS from their website.


Step 2: Create a new scene and add sources

First, create a new scene, and call it “My Scene 1”.

The Ultimate Guide to Recording in OBS

Step 2: Create a scene and add sources


Create a new scene and call it “My Scene 1”.

The Ultimate Guide to Recording in OBS

Each scene can contain its own unique combination of sources. Different scenes can be created that you can swap between to make quick layouts or configuration changes. One could be used to view your Webcam face up close, and one that records in-game with a small picture of your webcam. One scene can’t be changed.

Next, you will need to add media sources. This will depend on the type of media you are trying to capture (webcam, mic/internal, etc). Let’s now record our screen.

Click to add a new source. Here you can select which media sources to record. To see other media that OBS can capture, explore the Add Source menu.





The Ultimate Guide to Recording in OBS

To make more complex changes, you might want to go to the Settings menu. You can modify the recording format for audio and video, as well as file compression and video resolution.

Step 3: Record

You are now ready to record. You just need to click the “Start Recording” button at the bottom right and then click Stop once you are done.

It’s worth recording a test recording before you start your main recording. It’s not good to think you have recorded a great show only to find out that it doesn’t capture all of the microphones or make other mistakes. Make a short video to test the microphones, and video captures, and then play it back to make sure everything is correct.



How to Record On-Screen Video with OBS

From the Add Source popup, select “Display Capture”.

Choose the display that you wish to capture (0 will correspond to a laptop screen, 1 + external monitors).

Now you should see the screen captured appear in the video display. Any media source can be resized and moved on the screen.


The Ultimate Guide to Recording in OBS

How to Record a Webcam with OBS

Add a source to record from webcams and then select “Video Capture Device“. To create a new device press OK and then choose your webcam from this menu. Here you can also adjust the image resolution. You can also resize your window to view the webcam recording.


How to record internal audio in OBS

To record OBS’s internal audio, add a new source and choose “Audio Output Capture”. You can choose to use the default output device or any other device.

You might need a multi-output audio device or monitoring system if you can see the audio meters move but cannot hear any sound. You’ll need Blackhole for Mac. Next, open the apple Audio MIDI Setup App and create a Multi-Output device with a blackhole and your main speaker output.

This device can be selected in OBS’s Audio Output Capture source.

You should check that the audio mixer is metering audio signals. You need to make sure that the audio meters don’t go into the red. Otherwise, your signal may be distorted or sound low quality.

Recording will record any sound that comes out of your speakers. This is a great way to record from browsers, games, and other applications.


How to record microphone audio in OBS

Click to add external audio to OBS with a microphone. Next, select “Audio Input Capture”. To create a new input device click OK. Next, select the microphone that you want to record from the drop-down menu.

You will see a new channel in the audio mixer. Use these meters to mix audio at the desired level.

The microphone audio will then be recorded to the video file.

All audio sources will be combined into a stereo audio track within the outputted video file.

To get more advanced audio mixing, click on the audio mixer’s right-click and select “Advanced audio properties”.


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The Ultimate Guide to Recording in OBS

How to Pause Recordings in OBS

Sometimes, you may want to temporarily pause a recording but not stop it completely. The software will export the video file if you stop recording. The benefit of the pause function is that it allows you to suspend the recording for breaks, rearrange windows, or move sets around without having to create multiple files.

Just below the “Start Recording”, click the pause button. The status bar will now show “REC: Pausing” at the bottom right.


The Ultimate Guide to Recording in OBS

Click the pause button once more to resume your recording. OBS will start recording again. The recording time counter will begin from the point you left. You will see a seamless transition in the video when you pause it.



Are you ready to record audio with OBS?

Content is important, regardless of whether or not you use OBS to stream your content. If everything doesn’t fit together, you as a creator feel incomplete. When you are ready to get started, bring the accusonus ERA bundle to fix audio quality issues so that you can concentrate on your content.


Other tools can be brought along, such as voice changer software. These tools are especially useful for live streaming on Twitch using OBS. They can be used to fix or optimize audio issues. These tools open up new creative possibilities for you, your content, and your audience. An audio or visual accompaniment to a donation message can make it more memorable than text-to-speech.

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