OBS Screen Recorder

What Is OBS Studio and How to Use It to Record Screen with Best Settings

Selena Thomas

September 29, 2020 14:11Posted by to Record Video

There are many reasons why you need a screen recorder, but the budget may be a big problem. The good news is that open-source projects can help you save a lot of money. When it comes to screen recorder, OBS Studio should be a good choice. However, you may wonder whether it is safe to download or worth to use. This article will tell you what OBS can do and how to use it, so that you can make the best decision.

OBS Screen Recorder

Part 1: Brief Introduction of OBS Screen Recorder

OBS Studio is an open-source screen recorder popular among gameplayers and vloggers. In addition to free of charge, you can get more useful features from OBS, such as:

Part 2: How to Use OBS Screen Recorder with the Best Settings

As mentioned previously, OBS screen recorder includes powerful configuration options. If you set them up correctly, the recording will be pretty good. That is why we share the steps below.

Step 1

Open OBS

Suppose you want to record gameplay with OBS. Open the free screen recorder. You can download it from the official website for free.

Go to the Sources section at the bottom, click the Plus icon and select a proper mode. To record game, choose Game Capture. If you want to record something on your desktop, select Display Capture. Click OK on the popup dialog. OBS will add the necessary scenes in the Scenes section and you can change it.

OBS source game capture

Step 2

Configure the best settings

Click the Settings button at bottom right side to open the Settings dialog.

Go to the Output tab from the left side, and choose Simple from the Output Mode option. Hit the Browse button and select a Recording Path to save your recordings. Choose High Quality, Medium File Size from the Recording Quality option, which is good enough for sharing. By default, OBS records screen in FLV format, but you can change it to mp4 in Recording Format option. For Encoder, select Hardware, which reduces the load on your CPU.

OBS settings

Head to the Video tab, set the video quality. Then set 60 in the Common FPS Value box, which is the best for game recording in OBS.

OBS settings video

If you want to set the audio quality, go to the Audio tab. Next, click OK to confirm your settings.

Step 3

Record gameplay with OBS

Open your game or whatever you want to record. Then click the Start Recording button on OBS immediately to begin recording it.

Record obs

Step 4

Stop recording

When you are done, click the Stop Recording button at bottom right side and OBS will save the recording to the path you set.

Stop record

Part 3: Best Alternative to OBS

Though OBS is a powerful screen recorder, it is not perfect. It may crash or be choppy for unknown reasons sometimes. If you are looking for a stable screen recorder, Blu-ray Master Screen Recorder is a good choice. It can meet almost all your need. Moreover, it integrates advanced technology to improve the performance based on your hardware.

Main Features of the Best Alternative to OBS

How to Record Screen with Alternative to OBS

Step 1

Install Screen Recorder

Install the best alternative to OBS screen recorder if the freeware does not work well. Then launch it and choose Video Recorder to move on. If you want to customize options, open the Preferences dialog by hitting the Gear icon. By default, Screen Recorder will optimize them according to your situation.

Main interface

Step 2

Record screen smoothly

You can see four options in the main interface, Display, Webcam, System Sound and Microphone. Make sure that Display is enabled and set the recording area. Turn on Webcam if you want to add your face into the screen recording; otherwise, turn off it. Then choose the audio source, like System Sound and/or Microphone. Once you are ready, click the REC button to begin recording screen with the best alternative to OBS. When recording, you can add annotation or paintings with the Edit icon or take screenshots with the Camera icon.

Start recording

Step 3

Preview and save screen recording

When screen recording finished, click the Stop button. Then you will be presented the preview window. Check the recording in the built-in media player and remove unwanted frames with the Clip feature. Finally, click the Save button to save the recording to your hard drive.

Preview video

Part 4: FAQs about OBS

What recording format should I use OBS?

Use FLV as recording format, as this format is crash-proof. MP4 is not recommended since the video can get unplayable if OBS or your computer crashes during recording. OBS can convert FLV to MP4 after recording if needed.

Does OBS have a recording limit?

OBS has no recording limit at all. According to our research, OBS recorded screen for over 80 hours with no problem. However, you must make sure that your hard disk has enough space.

Why are my OBS recordings choppy?

There are a couple of reason why screen recording could look all choppy and laggy after recording. One possible explanation is that OBS needs to be run on a higher setting in Task Manager to record effectively.


Now, you should understand what OSB can do and how to use it with the best settings. Obviously, it requires some technical skills to set up OBS in order to let it work as you wish. For beginners, we suggest you to try an alternative, like Blu-ray Master Screen Recorder. It is easier to use and more stable. If you have more questions, please feel free to write them below this post.

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