OBS Studio (a rewrite of the original Open Broadcaster) is a comprehensive open-source package for video recording and live streaming.

The program supports multiple sources, including media files, games, web pages, application windows, webcams, your desktop, microphone and more.

These sources can be combined. For example, you could include a web development tool, a browser window with a live preview of the site you're updating, and a microphone to tell the viewers what you're doing.

A Record option can save your show/ demonstration/ game/ presentation as an FLV/ MP4/ MOV/ TS/ M3U8 video with your choice of encoder and settings.

Alternatively, there's support for live streaming via Twitch, YouTube, hitbox.tv, DailyMotion, beam.tv, Livecoding.tv, Facebook Live or Restream.io.

The program doesn't make much of an effort to lead you through all this, but it doesn't take long to figure out the basics. Add a source, explore the settings, click Start Recording and check the video results.

What's new in 23.1 (see changelog for more)?

- [Image/Slideshow/Color Source] Image slideshow prompts for a file when editing a directory entry (cg2121)
- [OBS Studio UI (Qt)] unused help icon (R1CH)
- [Video Capture Device Source (Windows)] OBS Studio crash on opening AVerMedia DarkCrystal SD C351 source (R1CH)
- [OBS Studio UI (Qt)] "Hide source when playback ends" does not show source as hidden when ending. (Fenrir)
- [OBS Studio UI (Qt)] "Yes/No" text isn't using localized strings in the ”Dialog with no source" (dodgepong)
- [OBS Studio UI (Qt)] Stats window "HDD Space Available" (dodgepong)
 -[libobs] Audio from mono input quieter than in other recording programs (pkv)

Verdict

OBS Studio could be easier to use, but you'll soon learn the basics, and overall it offers plenty of video recording/ streaming power.