Screen Capture Recording Your Desktop With Open Broadcaster Software

In this article, we will briefly touch on how to setup Open Broadcaster Software, which allows you to record you desktop to mp4 format. This is useful for creating desktop tutorials or recording online webinars.

Install And Configure

1.) Download Open Broadcaster Software

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2.) Run the installer.

3.) Run Open Broadcaster Software

4.) Configure your OBS by going to Settings -> Settings

5.) Under “Broadcast Settings” switch the Mode to “File Output Only” and click “Browse.” Navigate to a proper directory and name the file “video” click save.

6.) Be sure to remove “video.mp4” at the end of the File Path and click “Apply”

File Path Example: C:UsersUsernameDocuments

7.) Left hand side, select “Video” and make sure your Resolution Downscale is set to the highest resolution. Click “Apply.”

8.) Left hand side, select “Audio” check that your Microphone is set to the appropriate mic. For instance, Logitech HeadsetClick “Apply.” and hit “OK”

9.) Setup your Sources by right clicking the blank column and going to Add -> Monitor Capture. Name and configure your monitor accordingly.

10.) Add any additional Scenes, Sources (Webcam, Text, Monitors) as needed. Use “Edit Scene” to move sources around the OBS canvas.

11.) Use the button “Preview Stream” to preview / interact with your OBS canvas.

12.) Click “Start Recording” to begin your desktop recording.

The File Output

All files should be placed into your “File Path” set in step 6 and named with a timestamp. You can use these mp4’s in video editing software such as Adobe Elements Premiere, Adobe Premiere Pro CC, iMovie, Final Cut Studio, etc. If you do it all in one take, you will not need video editing software and you can easily upload the mp4 file to Youtube or Vimeo. Enjoy!

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