Open Broadcaster Software

Create and distribute a wide range of recorded and live content via open source software

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  • Works under:

    Windows 8 / Windows 10 / Windows 7 / Windows 10

  • Program available in:In English
  • Program license:Free
  • Vote:
    8.5 (1)

Open Broadcaster Software allows users to record content or live stream their own creations for free. The software's interface is easy to use, with a basic and clean design that allows users to choose the source they want to use for their recording. For those who wish to record gaming sessions, there should be no complaints about the video and sound quality of the finished product. The window capture feature allows the user to record their own videos, and there are several ways to adjust the audio depending on individual preferences.

The software gives users the added option of setting shortcut keys for starting and stopping the recording so video production and live streaming are easier to manage. Users may also customize the resolution and the frames per second (FPS) of the video. Voiceovers are made simple by Open Broadcaster Software since the users can simply record from their computers' microphone function. Open Broadcaster Software is compatible with the following Windows operating systems: Vista, XP, 8, and 7 (32-bit and 64-bit).

One problem with Open Broadcaster Software is that the program does not easily let the user know that recording has begun or is in process. The addition of some sort of indicator light would be a simple fix for this issue, but there is currently not one included.


  • Interface is simple and easy to use.
  • Free software includes the same features as many of the paid programs.
  • Among the popular service supported by OBS are YouTube, Twitch, Hitbox, Daily Motion.
  • Several free plug-ins are available.


  • There is no indicator that lets the user know recording has begun.
  • New releases and updates for open source software can sometimes can tend to take some time.

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