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 Teaching 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.

Guides to using OBS

Enabling the Virtual Webcam in Streamlabs

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Articles planned for September/October 2020

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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