how to livestream on obs studio

How to livestream on OBS

Today’s article is a tutorial that teaches you how to livestream on OBS. In the previous post, we explained how to livestream on YouTube.

OBS (Open Broadcaster Software) is free and open source software for video recording and live streaming. It can be downloaded for use on Windows, Mac or Linux.

OBS is ideal for livestreaming events from a stationary location. These include games.

How to livestream on OBS Studio – seven features

1. Livestream to a variety of platforms

OBS allows streamers to livestream to platforms including YouTube, Facebook, and Twitch for free.

2. Real-time video and audio capture and mixing

OBS Studio provides real time video/audio capturing and mixing.

3. Set up an unlimited number of scenes 

Users can create scenes from many sources including window captures, images, text, browser windows, webcams, capture cards and more. Custom transitions can be used to switch between an unlimited number of scenes.

4. Preview scenes and sources before publishing

Preview scenes and sources with Studio Mode  before going live.

5. Integrates an intuitive audio mixer with filters

OBS integrates an intuitive audio mixer with filters such as noise gate, noise suppression, and gain.

6. Integrates configuration options

OBS configuration options include add new sources, duplicate existing sources, and adjust their properties with ease.

7. Stream lined settings panel

A wide range of configuration options are available in the streamlined settings panel. This allows streamers to adjust various elements of their broadcast or recording.

How to livestream on OBS Studio step-by-step

The following video tutorial provides a detailed step-by-step guide on how to livestream on OBS studio. I hope that it will be helpful to you.

In the upcoming post, we will share a simpler, but paid option for livestreaming on YouTube.

OBS preview canvas

At the top is the preview canvas. This is where you can preview the stream. If you have an audio, this is where you see a preview of what you are going to record, whether it is camera or screen  If it is a live stream, you’ll be able to see the before and after before you even go live.

OBS controls

Next you have the controls  over here to the bottom right where you have the  start streaming option. Once you click on this, it’s  going to start streaming and you go live on any platform that you choose.

Start streaming

Click on the start streaming option to stream to any platform. is used to record your screen.

Start recording

Click here to start recording.

Virtual camera

To start virtual camera you can go to Studio mode.

Studio mode

Studio mode enables you to have a   preview of what you’re going to send online.

Scene transition

Scene transition is located  to the left of the exit tab. Scene transition is used in instances when you want to transit from one scene to another.


Change the effects over here. Effects include fade in, and cut,

Audio mixer

 The audio mixer is where you specify all of the audio devices and how they  perform. . You can adjust the auxiliary mic, the desktop audio, and the input and output device. These three dots provide a variety of properties to use. These include advanced  audio.


Sources are subsets of  scenes. Examples of sources include audio input capture and media sources like images.

How to livestream on OBS- Settings

The settings are the most basic thing you check before you start to record or livestream.

General settings

The general settings include:

  • language
  • theme.
  • preview options
  • importers
  • studio mode.
  • streaming.
  • stream  key.
  • streaming output – usually output mode is set to simple.
  • video bitrates – is usually five thousand kilo kilobyte per second depending  on what kind of video quality you want.
  • recording  format MP4.
  • location.
  • audio – 48 kilohertz.
  • channels – usually stereo.
  • mic – auxiliary audio which you can just select.
  • video – the highest video resolution is 1920×1080. This is usually the 16x9x aspect  ratio.
  • frame rate per second – there is a range from 10 to 60. You can go as far as 60 frame rates per second. Thirty frame rate per second can be used.
  • hotkeys – used to improve the processes for streaming, editing or recording.
  • shortcut keys enable  you start and stop streaming, or to start recording and stop recording. Assigning shortcut keys can help you become faster and much more effective and efficient in your  recordings.
  • color
  • advanced features
  • video recording features.
  • recordings.
  • video properties and  recordings.
  • stream delay – use to automatically connect within two seconds if there is an internet issue.
how to livestream on obs
    • scenes and sources.
    • Create a scene using the scene buttons and scene platform.
    • add a scene – use the plus sign at the bottom left.
    • rename  scene – right click and come  to rename and we can make this the main camera.
    • video capture device – main computer camera – make sure the source visible is selected over here always, then click on OK. This is where you specify the device you’re going to use. Go to the drop down and you see the list of all the the cameras that you are you can use.
    •   display capture will display  whatever is displayed on your screen.
    • start recording   so this is your screen you want to start  recording you can just hit on start recording.
    • add picture in  picture.
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