Open Broadcaster Software (OBS)

Open Broadcaster Software, or OBS, is a free and open source solution for offline video recording and live streaming that is Mac and Windows compliant. With an open canvas approach to video creation this tool can mix a variety of audio and video sources to a single output for creative video and broadcast applications. Recording is a snap with this multifunctional application as OBS has the ability to record straight to your hard drive using a record only mode or in conjunction with a simultaneous live stream. Speaking of live streaming, OBS allows live broadcasts to several popular streaming services including Youtube, Facebook Live, Twitch, Twitter, and Mixer with the built in ability to stream to your own custom RTMP servers.

Use Cases

  • Screen Capture with Audio
  • Live Event Streaming
  • Podcasting
  • Instructional Video Creation
  • HIPAA compliant offline video recording (when paired with an encrypted storage device)

Possible Student Benefits

  • Feeling of being more 'involved' in class
  • Sparks creativity and broadens understanding of broadcast technologies
  • Real world experience with a tool used by industry professionals

Possible Instructor Benefits

  • Powerful free tool for screen capture
  • Increased engagement in online or hybrid courses
  • Implementation of the newest technology
  • Flexible multi-layer content creation without post-production time loss

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