OBS Studio and Streamlabs

While Zoom and other video conferencing software are great, there are also very limiting in how you can share presentations with your viewers. OBS (OBS Studio and Streamlabs OBS) is a powerful broadcasting software that enables full customization over your webcam feed. This collection of articles – that we are releasing over the coming months – introduce the software, and illustrates how you can use it to enhance your class.

Overview to OBS Studio and Streamlabs OBS

OBS vs Streamlabs OBS for Presenting Online

If you want to do more with your class presentations, at some point you will come across OBS as well as its cousin Streamlabs OBS. This article explains the key differences between the two versions to help you determine what is best for you.

OBS vs Streamlabs OBS for Presenting Online

If you want to do more with your class presentations, at some point you will come across OBS as well as its cousin Streamlabs OBS. This article explains the key differences between the two versions to help you determine what is best for you.

Getting Going Guides

Setting up Streamlabs OBS

Strealmabs OBS is one of the most comprehensive platforms for streaming, either on platforms such as Twitch and YouTube, or via conferencing platforms such as Zoom. This setup guide covers the basics to help you get started.

Setting up Streamlabs OBS

Strealmabs OBS is one of the most comprehensive platforms for streaming, either on platforms such as Twitch and YouTube, or via conferencing platforms such as Zoom. This setup guide covers the basics to help you get started.

Guides to using OBS

Adding a Webcam to Streamlabs OBS

The first thing you are likely to want to do with Strealmabs OBS is to add a webcam – in this step-by-step guide, we walk though through the entire process. 

Using Streamlabs OBS with Zoom

Streamlabs OBS is a great way to turbo-charge your Zoom calls, allowing you to display overlays on your content. This article outlines the easy approach to connect Streamlabs to OBS.

Enabling the Virtual Webcam in Streamlabs

Connecting Streamlabs to your conferencing software, such as Zoom, uses a ‘virtual’ webcam – essentially a video feed, that you can select from within Zoom and other programs. This article explains how to enable the virtual webcam and select it from your conferencing software.

Adding a Webcam to Streamlabs OBS

The first thing you are likely to want to do with Strealmabs OBS is to add a webcam – in this step-by-step guide, we walk though through the entire process. 

Enabling the Virtual Webcam in Streamlabs

Connecting Streamlabs to your conferencing software, such as Zoom, uses a ‘virtual’ webcam – essentially a video feed, that you can select from within Zoom and other programs. This article explains how to enable the virtual webcam and select it from your conferencing software.

Using Streamlabs OBS with Zoom

Streamlabs OBS is a great way to turbo-charge your Zoom calls, allowing you to display overlays on your content. This article outlines the easy approach to connect Streamlabs to OBS.

Useful setting when using OBS

When using OBS it can be useful to disable mirroring of your webcam:

Disable Webcam Mirroring in Zoom

While mirroring your webcam is often a useful feature on Zoom – with your preview the mirror-image of how it is recorded – there are occasions when it is more natural to disable this and see your preview the way participants do. This article explains how to disable the mirroring of your webcam in Zoom. 

Disable Webcam Mirroring in Zoom

While mirroring your webcam is often a useful feature on Zoom – with your preview the mirror-image of how it is recorded – there are occasions when it is more natural to disable this and see your preview the way participants do. This article explains how to disable the mirroring of your webcam in Zoom. 

Articles coming soon...

The key benefit of OBS/Streamlabs that they are feature-rich, with many ways of customizing the video feed. We are working hard to cover their features and how to use the software, and will be adding multiple articles over the coming weeks to help you deliver a successful class:

  • OBS Basics: An overview to get going with OBS/Streamlabs, with details on how to insert a webcam, slides, and chance scenes.
  • Ensuring that your video and voice are in sync: One of the issues that you may run into when streaming via OBS is a slight delay between your voice and camera – often your voice being transmitted a fraction of a second before the corresponding video. While our brains can deal with voice appearing after the video without significant issues, hearing sound before the corresponding mouth movement appears very natural. We will explain how to calculate the delay, and offset the sound accordingly, to ensure that the sound appears natural.
  • Connecting a web browser to OBS: How to embed a web-browser into your video stream, with examples of using this to display and edit Google Sheets live during the class.
  • Adding animated transitions between your slides: Learn how to integrate short animated transitions (‘stingers’) as part of your class.

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