Creating a Screen Recording Using Open Broadcaster Software (OBS)


How do I create a screen recording using Open Broadcaster Software (OBS)?


OBS is a free software approved for us at BGSU. Users can download the software here by following the instructions for their operating system (OS).

  1. Open OBS.
  2. Select the sources that will be used during your lecture recording.
    1. Recording with a Web Camera:
      1. Under Sources, select the plus (+) symbol to add a source.
      2. From the list, select Video Capture Device.
      3. Select Create new. Select OK.
      4. In the additional window the opens, select the appropriate video capture device from the Device drop-down. Laptops with built-in cameras will have this device labeled as Integrated Webcam. Other USB web cameras will be labeled according to their brand.
      5. Select OK in the lower right-hand corner to save your settings.
    2. Recording with Desktop Display/Screen Capture:
      1. Select the plus (+) symbol under Sources and select Display Capture.
      2. Select Create new. Select OK.
      3. If you have multiple monitors, select which monitor you would like to display during your recording.
      4. If you have a single screen, you will notice that your display preview loops within OBS; this will go away once the window is minimized.
    3. Recording with both a Web Camera and Display Capture:
      1. To ensure that the web camera is brought to the front of your display capture, the Video Capture Device option in the Sources menu box must be located above the Display Capture. To do this, select and drag Video Capture Device to the top of the list.
      2. These windows can be resized. When highlighted, select and drag the window anchor points to resize.
  3. Before you start recording, ensure your videos are set to save in a location that is easy for you to access.
    1. Select Settings on the right-hand side, and select Output from the left menu.
    2. Under Recording, you will see a Recording Path field; by default, this should be C:\Users\(your username)\Videos.
    3. Change the Recording Format to MP4 and accept the warning message.
    4. Select Browse to navigate to and select a location that may be easier to access, like the Desktop. Select Apply in the bottom right corner to save your changes
  4. Once you have selected your sources and set the location where the videos will be saved, you can then select Start Recording.
    • If you are working on a single screen, make sure to minimize the OBS window once you start recording to eliminate as much of the desktop display capture loop as possible.
  5. When you are finished recording, select Stop Recording on the right-hand side.
  6. Your new recording will be saved to the path you confirmed in Step 3 as an MP4 file.
  7. Because these recorded videos could be large*, please follow these steps to add your recorded lecture to Canvas using the Rich Content Editor.

*Please note that the current storage limit for uploading files in Canvas courses is 2GB, but videos uploaded using the Canvas Rich Content Editor will not count towards the storage quota. Larger video files can also be hosted using Avalon (contact the Coordinator of Scholarly Publishing in the University Libraries for more information) or YouTube (contact the Center for Faculty Excellence for more information).

For additional assistance, please contact Information Technology Services at 419-372-0999 or through chat.


Article ID: 100927
Thu 3/12/20 11:25 AM
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