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How to successfully use OBS for screen recording

In the era of virtual learning and social media interactions, the need to produce instructional videos has emerged exponentially. OBS is open-source broadcaster software, free to end-users, and quite easy to use. It is useful for recording screens and streaming videos.

In this short tutorial, you will be presented with easy-to-follow guides that will support you to produce a qualitative video that can be shared on any platform of your choice.

I share 6 simple steps that will help you achieve your dream goal to produce a high-quality video for e-learning and or other social passions.

Below are the steps to follow; starting from installing the software to the production of your first video!

Step #1 - Install the OBS software

If you are yet to have the software on your machine, click on the LINK to download OBS. It should take less than 5 minutes to install. Follow through the prompts - whether on your Windows or Mac. You can also use the button below to download this free lightweight software on your PC.

Step #2 - Configure OBS for recording

After successful installation, OBS will open to a default display and you may need to configure it for recording or streaming purposes. For the purpose of this tutorial, you may configure OBS for recording (as we intend to screen capture our PowerPoint presentations).

To achieve the best configuration, go to the "Tools" menu at the top bar of OBS and click on that.

  • Select Auto-Configuration Wizard.

  • Select Optimise just for recording.

  • Click Next - in this window, accept the default setting and click NEXT

  • Wait for the configuration to complete and finally, click on Apply Settings

If you have successfully completed this step, your OBS should be ready for customizations and ready for recording.

"For the purpose of this tutorial, you may configure OBS for recording ." – NG Ladep

Step #3 - Set your recording scene

By default, the scene is located on the left side of the lowermost part of OBS. You can leave it as it is or rename it by right-clicking on it. For the purpose of this tutorial, do not change the scene.

Step #4 - Configure the sources

To the right of the Scenes, you will find Sources.

In this area, there are sections of adjustments that you will need to make in order to bring in your presentation within the capture window.

  • Select Display Capture {Select the properties};

  • Next, Audio Input Capture {Properties, select the default mic - You could select a headphone mic, if you have one connected to your PC};

  • Output capture - repeat as for input capture;

  • Add a Video capture device to include your video (adjust)

"6 simple steps that will help you achieve your dream goal to produce a high-quality video" - NG Ladep

Step #5 - Record your presentation

Congratulations to have configured your OBS for an impactful presentation!

  • You can start the presentation by clicking on "Start Recording"; then commence your presentation.

  • During recording, you may need to hide your OBS - or it could be covered by what you have on your screen.

  • Once you finish, Bring up your OBS and stop Recording

Step #6 - Retrieve your presentation

You can do this successfully via 2 steps:

  • Then Go to File - Select “Remux Recordings”

  • Click on the three ... dotted lines in the center of the Remux dialog; select the .mkv folder you just created (This will be shown by the timeline of your recording);

  • Click on Remux - this process is very quick; When finished, close the remux dialog information

  • Then go to File again and select “Show Recordings”. You can then find your .mp4 file (which is compatible with many video sources and ready for sharing etc


You have just successfully produced a great video using OBS by following 6 simple steps!

If you are in doubt about the steps, carefully watch the video below as a guide:

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Mar 30

I used to use OBS for screen recording too, but then I got myself a mac and OBS became not very convenient for me. Tried a lot of other recorders I found here, but settled on ScreenCast. Have you heard anything about it, maybe give a comment?

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