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 25.0.4 (see changelog for more)?

- Added an option to use MixrElixr when using Mixer in the streaming section of settings
- Fixed a crash that could occur when using secure input fields on macOS.
- Fixed a crash on Windows with certain audio devices
- Fixed a crash with Decklink output
- Fixed a crash with Vulkan game capture hook on Intel GPUs
- Fixed scenes not always importing correctly from Streamlabs
- Fixed a bug with QuickSync ICQ rate control where it would have a limited bitrate
- Fixed NVENC not showing up on Windows 7
- Fixed keyboard input on Linux not being fully functional when interacting with browser sources


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