OBS StudioFree to use. Works with: Windows, macOS, Linux
Restream SubscriptionWorks with all Restream plans
OBS (Open Broadcaster Software) is professional software that allows you to record and live stream your video content. It is completely free and open-source, meaning you can download and use it right away or even create your own plugins for the software and edit its code.
Pros and cons of OBS
OBS has lots of great benefits, but just like every other software, it also has some downsides you should be aware of. Here are the main pros and cons of OBS Studio:
- A very simple installation process
- Easy to connect to streaming platforms
- Smooth switching between sources and scenes during your broadcast
- Great editing tools to help you design what your viewers will see
- High quality of live videos produced by OBS Studio
- High number of custom plugins to extend OBS abilities
- The UI can be quite overwhelming at first
- A high learning curve makes the process of learning the program more time-consuming
- The process of incorporating plugins can be unhandy
- Delayed feature releases on Mac and Linux
Who can benefit from OBS Studio?
Whether you are a professional streamer or a novice, OBS Studio can definitely be your choice of live streaming software. Millions of streamers across the world are using this tool to broadcast their content. These are gamers, marketers, artists, bloggers, influencers, churches, top business corporations, and many others! OBS can also be used as a last tool in complex production chains for big studios.
OBS Studio use cases
OBS Studio is designed to help you live stream and record your video content. It allows you to add multiple sources on one screen and broadcast all over the world on a streaming platform of your choice. OBS Studio is absolutely great for:
- Live streaming video games
- Zoom conferences
- Church services
- Product launches, and more!
OBS Studio and Restream.io
Although OBS Studio is an incredibly powerful live software on its own, you can take things even further thanks to Restream and OBS integrations. Let’s take a quick look at how this combination can benefit your live streams.
Multistreaming + OBS Studio
OBS allows you to live stream to just one platform. However, by choosing Restream.io as your streaming destination, you can broadcast your content to as many platforms as you want — including the top ones like YouTube, Facebook, Twitch, LinkedIn, and Twitter — all at the same time without the need for added Internet bandwidth!
Chat + OBS Studio
Live streaming platforms have their own chats. So when you broadcast to multiple platforms, it gets pretty hard to keep up with the communication. With Restream Chat, however, it’s no longer a problem. Restream Chat gathers all chats from streaming platforms in one place to help you stay connected with your audience.
Analytics + OBS Studio
By streaming directly to Restream with OBS, you get access to tons of useful insights that show your current live streaming state and future development. Thanks to Restream Analytics, you can learn what drives your audience, catch all trends, and determine your most successful streams.
Studio + OBS Studio
Restream Studio allows you to live stream directly from your browser to multiple platforms in just two clicks. With Restream Studio you can also invite guests directly to your live stream, moderate chat, add your own branding, and much more!
The RTMP Source feature allows you to connect OBS Studio to Restream Studio and create complex, professional live streams. With this feature, you can combine all the benefits of Restream Studio and OBS. For example, by running OBS through Restream Studio, it is possible to apply additional custom visual effects, easily change lower thirds, and always have your branding on regardless of the camera source.
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