After you install OBS, make sure any hardware you want to use is connected and launch the application. You will be welcomed to a default screen that will usually open with settings and sources left where they were last time the application was launched.
How to add a video source
By default, the Sources window is located at the bottom of the OBS window in the center. Click on the
+ plus sign-shaped icon to add a new video source. You can choose to add a camera feed, image, capture a window and more. Look through the list of options and choose the video feed you want to add.
How to remove a video source
Sources can be removed by selecting the
- minus sign-shaped icon.
How to edit a video
The gear-shaped icon will open settings for whichever source is selected at the time. You can edit the name and a few other settings depending on the type of source you're modifying.
How to adjust video source layers
The up and down arrows can be used to move layers up and down. Sources highest on the list will be placed on top.
How to add filters to a source
To add a custom filter, right-click the source you want to modify and go to filters. Use the
+ plus-sign and
- minus-sign icons to add and remove filters.
Once you’ve configured OBS how you’d like, you can use it to record and stream content. OBS is useful in a huge range of environments from live-streaming and video conferences to podcasts and video recording. Check out some of the add ons like VirtualCam to extend your OBS support to whatever application you want to stream with.