How to Start Streaming with Open Broadcaster Software (OBS)

How to Start Streaming with Open Broadcaster Software

Live-streaming with the Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) app is super easy because that is one of the things that makes this app so unique. OBS is also a free and open-source app that is free to everyone all the time, regardless of what purpose you’re using it for. Even though it’s free, the software offers a lot of perks that both beginners and advanced streamers will appreciate, so if you want to know just how to start live-streaming with OBS, here is your chance to learn.

How to Start Streaming with Open Broadcaster Software (OBS)

Getting Started With OBS

If you want to live-stream your favorite games, you have to first connect OBS to your preferred platform, which usually means either Facebook, YouTube, or Twitch. OBS supports other services, of course, but these seem to be the three platforms that are the most popular. To connect to the right platform, perform the following steps:

  • Right-click on OBS, then select the option Run as Administrator if you’re on Windows. This is because you have to have Admin permissions when using any game capture software on a PC.
  • Click on File, then Settings, and finally, select the Stream tab found on the left-hand side.

At this point, you’ll have to select your platform, and each one is going to be a little different when it comes to setting everything up. Here is what you do for each of these platforms:


  • From the drop-down list of Streaming Services, click on Twitch.
  • Using your Twitch TV dashboard, select Settings, then Stream Key, then Show Key and make sure you agree to the on-screen prompts that ask you not to share your key with anyone else.
  • Copy the Stream Key into the Stream Key box in the Broadcast Settings menu in OBS. Then, click on the Apply button.


  • From the drop-down list of Streaming Services, select YouTube/YouTube Gaming.
  • Go to YouTube Creator Studio then select the Live Streaming tab found on the left.
  • Find the Encoder Setup section, then click Reveal to find out what your Stream Key is.
  • Copy and paste the Stream Key into the Stream Key box, which is found in OBS under the Broadcast Settings menu. Then, click on the Apply button.

Facebook Live

  • From the drop-down list of Streaming Services, choose Facebook Live.
  • Go to the Facebook Live creation page and click on Create Live Stream.
  • In the Connect tab, make sure the box that says Enable Persistent Stream key is checked.
  • Copy and paste the Stream Key into the Stream Key Box, found in the Broadcast Settings in OBS. Then, click on Apply.

Setting up Your Stream Layout

To set up the layout of your stream, you can choose to add your Twitter handle, add a banner or some nice images, or anything else that will make it personalized. Under the OBS options of Scenes and Sources, keep in mind that each scene is comprised of multiple sources. You can create multiple scenes for different games or make it easy on yourself and create just one scene for all of your games. After your scene is created, you’ll have to add your sources. To do this, simply follow these steps:

  • In the Sources menu, click on Plus, then select Game Capture.
  • Give your game capture a unique name that you won’t forget.
  • Customize the capture settings by setting the Mode to automatically capture any full-screen application and capture the foreground window whenever you press a hotkey or manually select which window should be captured. If you have a Game Capture card, select it now.
  • Once you’re happy with the settings, click OK to save them and to add your source to your scene.

Adding Other Features

It’s now time to add some features before you can go any further. These are some of the most important additions for live-streaming.

Add your webcam

  • In the Sources menu, click on the Plus icon then select the Video Capture Device.
  • Name your video capture device, and make it a simple name that makes sense.
  • Access your webcam capture properties by selecting your webcam from the Device drop-down menu. Then, tweak the settings if this is important to you.
  • Once everything is the way you want it to be, click on the OK button.

Add text

  • In the Sources menu, click on the Plus icon, then select Text (GDI+).
  • Enter a name for the text box (the name of the source, not the actual text that’s displayed).
  • If you like, you can change your font, color, and so on, to your text.
  • Once you’re happy with the way things look, click on the OK button so the text will be saved.

When you’re done, you should see the text displayed on your screen. You can select Edit Scene if you want to adjust the text in any way.

Add images

  • Go to the Sources box, click on Add, then Image, then name your source so you’ll remember it later.
  • Click on Browse to find the saved image on your computer, then click Open to use that image. If you want the image to be transparent, simply change the Opacity to a number that is less than 100.
  • When you’re done tweaking your settings, click on OK so the images can be added to your live stream.

Finally … Streaming Live With OBS

Once you’ve connected to your preferred platform and you’re happy with all of your on-screen elements, you can go live. OBS makes it super easy to go live whenever you’re ready. All you have to do is go to the OBS window, look on the bottom right-hand corner of that window to find Start Streaming, then click on that button to get going. It really is that simple!

Conclusion – Streaming With OBS

If you’re curious about what OBS can do, you should take some time and explore their website because it is chock full of valuable information for live-streaming and all of its other valuable features. Live-streaming is easy once you decide which platform you’re going to use, and you can even add a little variety to the way everything looks by adding banners, fancy text, and even images that personalize everything and make it your own.

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