How to Record with Streamlabs OBS

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Can You Record with Stramlabs OBS?

Streamlabs OBS is a free and open-source software for live streaming and recording of videos. It is one of the easiest streaming programs to use and is generally recommended by most people that live stream on Twitch and YouTube. It’s only drawback is the lack of recording controls and configuration options.

So can you record with Streamlabs OBS? The short answer is yes.

The long answer is that it’s not as straightforward as using other, more advanced streaming platforms. For example, in most streaming platforms, you can record your game play or a live stream and have the option to simultaneously broadcast the recording on a separate channel.

This can be crucial for saving your best moments as a highlight reel for later on.

Although Streamlabs OBS does provide the capability to simultaneously broadcast a recording while broadcasting live, it’s not as simple.

For you to do this, you’ll need to set up another device specifically for recording. All of this is outlined in this article detailing how to record with Streamlabs OBS.

How do I Record on Streamlabs OBS 2019?

Streamlabs OBS …or for short, SLOBS …is promising to help you create amazing overlays, webcams, alerts and stream overlays.

It’s a pretty good piece of software and makes streaming a whole lot easier!

However, it takes a bit of time to learn how to get the most out of it. I’ve got you covered on everything from running a recording program to having your stream actually show up on your stream!

It works pretty well for smaller streams. The service provides you with all the tools you need to have your stream actually show up and look good on your stream compared to tool-less platforms like Streamlabs.

Streamlabs OBS renders exceptionally well for smaller streams. Obviously, you won’t be able to utilize this program for streaming large audiences or live esports. It’s pointless to even try to use it for those purposes. However, SLOBS makes sure you can stream to your community in the most professional way possible with its suite of tools.

Streamlabs OBS is the most popular streaming software out there!

It offers you the ability to connect with audience members that are interested in your content and your stream. It also allows you to create a more interactive experience with your viewers.

Can You Record Without Streaming?

If you start streaming with live commentary, you can have’t a cool feature of recording your sessions so you can share them with friends, share them to your favorite social channel or as a recap of something exciting.

If you want to record your sessions separate to your live stream, then you will need a program which can record your desktop.

I personally prefer Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) for this as it’s free, stable, has infinite customization and is used for streaming by the majority of streamers.

Set up your OBS to record your desktop then select which scenes you want to record.

I recommend selecting scenes with:

  • Your webcam picture
  • A webcam picture of the game, preferably windowed

Streamlabs OBS vs. OBS/Streamlabs vs. OBS – Which is the Best?

If you are looking for an app to record your stream either while broadcasting or afterwards, your choice should be Streamlabs OBS.

There are a few versions of OBS and Streamlabs OBS offers the greatest functionality and customization features of any program on the market.

To get started with Streamlabs OBS, first download it from the website. Once the installation process is finished, the program will open. While creating a new profile, you can add a custom scene that will load up whenever you start the program.

You can also add a Streamlabs bot, which will allow you to monitor chat, add new stream alerts, and much more. A useful feature of the Streamlabs bot is the ability to embed music that you don’t want to lose into the stream.

Also, add any music you wish to use in your stream to the Music tab for easy access.

You can also add multiple camera scenes to record on multiple channels at once. A common use for this is if you are recording a podcast with someone and want to capture both you and your guest on separate YouTube or Twitch channels.

The streamer and the guest can sit together and record separately.