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Q. What type of pricing plans does OBS Studio offer?

OBS Studio has the following pricing plans:
Pricing model: Free, Open Source

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Q. Who are the typical users of OBS Studio?

OBS Studio has the following typical customers:
Freelancers


Q. What languages does OBS Studio support?

OBS Studio supports the following languages:
Basque, English, French, German, Korean, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish


Q. Does OBS Studio offer an API?

No, OBS Studio does not have an API available.

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Rating breakdown
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend9.07/10
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Pros
It is one of the best open-source and free software I have come across. With such a wide range of features and broad range of plugin supports to expand on those, OBS is truly one of a kind software.
The thing that I love the most about OBS is that it creates quality videos that are not too big in size when compared to other similar software, it just has a really good encoder.
I never live streamed, but I just hear good things about OBS on this front. I definitively recommend and promote anyone to try this brilliant piece of tech.
Cons
It is less that intuitive to set up initially and there is no undo option so that, if you delete a scene or an element by mistake, you cannot undo your error.
Sometimes it'll overload your system making it lag, it can be very frustrating too. I've lost many videos as my laptop kept crashing due to there not being enough ram available.
That can means sending the wrong feed live at times - the power of OBS needs to be fully understood so that you don't make simple errors.

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Jimmie G.

Creative Director

Events Services, 1-10 employees

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Holy Cow, this is FREE?!

Reviewed 3 years ago

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Jimmy W.: I'm Jimmy, I'm a creative director and I give OBS a five star rating. For more information,...

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CharRon S.

Owner

Entertainment, 1-10 employees

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OBS time

Reviewed 3 years ago

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Charron S.: Hi, my name is Charron. I'm a multimedia technician and I give OBS a four rating. And if...

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Jeff V.

Construction, 51-200 employees

Used weekly for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Tie-ing It All Together

Reviewed 2 years ago
Pros

It's ease of use. We have a production team that, may I say, are not the most technically advanced but are able to follow simple directions. OBS Studio allows us to easily record our Sunday services directly from the Google Meet streaming service presented on the OBS Studio laptop. Once Google took away the ability to record (this was removed for non-profit accounts), we switched over to OBS Studio, and have been happy ever since.

Cons

No Cons about the software. The only Con is that we have to use another piece of software to record our Service instead of a direct download from Google Meet. OBS has come through for the last 16 months.

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Hans M.

Higher Education, 501-1,000 employees

Used monthly for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Just because it's free doesn't mean it's bad. There's another reason almost every streamer uses OBS

Reviewed 3 years ago

Overall, we had a really positive experience with OBS after some initial misgivings. We plan to use it every semester now for our capstone classes. This is a good exercise for our broadcast majors who are used to working in a live studio. I think it also taught them to me a bit more mobile and flexible when working with online video.

Pros

I looked for a livestream solution for a long time and talked with a lot of paid programs, such as Livestream and XSplit. When I learned there was a version of OBS for Mac, I took the plunge and tried it. I can't believe how easy it was. We used it to livestream a web show for our capstone project magazine Valley REality. The students were quickly able to figure out how to incorporate text overlays and multiple cameras in the stream.

Cons

There were some issues with connecting the livestream to Facebook and I wish there was an easier way to test the stream before we published it. We had to look up some things online to determine how to preview the stream. We had an issue connecting some cameras, but that wasn't an issue with OBS. That had to do mostly with the cameras. We also had some of live video get really choppy on the livestream and we weren't able to find a solution just by googling it. It would have been nice to have some live support to help with this, but I understand as open source software, you have to rely on the community.

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Donna D.

Cosmetics, 1-10 employees

Used weekly for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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OBS is great for LiveStreams

Reviewed 4 years ago

If I was still streaming on Twitch, I would still be using OBS. I tried Streamlabs after trying OBS but didn't like the way it ran. Too many hiccups .. so I definitely recommend OBS for streaming. OBS is also REALLY amazing if you want to record a webinar that you are working because it allows you to record your screen.

Pros

I used OBS for streaming on Twitch. I liked that I was able to integrate my own layouts and have them show up on my screen. I also loved being able to change back and forth between scenes.

Cons

OBS is challenging to use. I had to watch several YouTube videos to make sure I was connected correctly. I feel like OBS should come with a user manual to make it easier for tech noobs.

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Rafael C.

Telecommunications, 10,001+ employees

Used weekly for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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An honest review about OBS Studio

Reviewed 4 months ago

Overall if you want to start a career in Streaming or want to record for Youtube uploads then I highly recommend OBS Studio. Since OBS Studio is completely free and has tons of features and many custom extension which makes your experience better. I have been using OBS Studio to record videos of me and my friends playing video games together.

Pros

The best thing about OBS Studio is that it is free, it also has 2 versions which it's own website or the Steam version which both works fine, and it still receive updates.

Cons

The cons of OBS Studio is that new users will have a hard time setting up OBS for streaming or recording. But there is tons of Youtube tutorial on how to setup OBS to their liking.

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David C.

Religious Institutions, 1-10 employees

Used other for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Customizable and Reliable

Reviewed 3 years ago

We had a great experience using OBS out of the gate, but ultimately went with something with a more streamlined user interface.

Pros

OBS was a great first-try for our streaming worship services. We were able to download it and set it up quickly in response to COVID. It captured audio from our console well and worked with our cameras well.

Cons

The user interface for OBS is a little clunky until it is fully customized, which takes time. It is also harder to train new folks on using the software, and it is especially difficult for folks who aren't used to video recording software.

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