Record Like a Pro with OBS

How to record and make your videos LOOK and SOUND AMAZING without dubbing.

This video was recorded using the Direct Line In Method, an iPhone 11 Pro as the camera, iPad 2 as sound source, and Streamlabs OBS (listed on this page).

Lights

Nothing makes a video look bad more than improper lighting, especially when recording in HD off your phone or webcam. For the best setup ensure you have lights facing you and no backlighting which will distort your videos by making them look grainy and give you a halo effect.


Sound

In order for you to provide mp3 quality audio in your video, you need to record in mp3. For this you need to use one of my 3 Methods.

You can do this via any of these methods.

  • Direct "Line In" Method, Mic & Mixer Method, or Mic & Event Speaker Method
  • Using Computer Sound (from iTunes, Spotify, etc.)

    Recording Computer Sound Instructions

    macOS / OSX Setup

    You will need to install an internal sound capture application in order for OBS to "hear" your computer. For this I have chosen iShowU Audio Capture by shinywhitebox.

    iShowU Audio Capture (Free)

    Download and follow the installation instructions exactly as outlined. Integration instructions will be provided in the setup instructions.

    Windows Setup
    Tutorial coming soon.


Camera

If you want high quality video you must record in HD. For this task I suggest using a webcam (or even a phone) with at least 1080p or 4K capability. Please note that most laptop webcams only support 720p which is why videos always look better on your phone.

If you want to use your phone as a webcam, instructions on how can be found in the Use Your Phone as a Webcam tutorial.

Action

In order for you to properly capture and save the video (and even add in a few extras) you need high-quality (and FREE) software that will allow you to record in full HD. For this task I have chosen OBS which coincidentally is the same software I use for all my actual live streams.

I like this program because its FREE, you can use your webcam (and even phone) as the camera, and it also allows us to add layers such as graphics with our names, logos, and such as an overlay to the video. Also note that while it will look and seem a bit complicated, I will walk you through the setup.

OBS Studio
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NOTE: The videos and instructions below are for Streamlabs OBS but they are almost exactly the same for OBS Studio although icons/options may be in different spots.


1
Set up your Sources

First thing we need to do is tell OBS what to capture our video and audio with. To do this we need to add "sources".

  1. Add Video Source

    • Click icon in Sources pane
    • Choose "Video Capture Device", then click "Add Source"
    • Rename the source or leave as is, then click "Add Source"
    • Select your camera and the highest resolution available, click "Done".
    • If needed, resize your camera box to fill in the entire space.

    Note: If you do not see video, or chose the wrong camera, double click the video source to change cameras.


  2. Add Audio Source

      Line-in, Mixer, or Event Speaker...
      1. Click icon in Sources pane
      2. Choose "Audio Input Capture", then click "Add Source"
      3. Rename the source or leave as is, then click "Add Source"
      4. Select your USB Audio Device, click "Done".
      5. Play the music off your device and ensure the "bars" are moving in the "Mixer Pane". Adjust your volume so the bars move and only clip into the red a little.

      Computer Audio: macOS / OSX (Video Coming Soon)
        First, let's set up a sound source for Mac
      1. Open "Audio MIDI Setup"
      2. Click icon on lower left hand side
      3. Check the Use boxes for both your desired output device (whether it's built-in, headphones, etc) and the iShowU Audio Capture
      4. Make sure the box under Drift Correction is *only* checked for your desired hardware output and not the iShowU Audio Capture. Drift Correction will make sure that there's no lag / desync between these outputs / audio signals.
      5. Now, go to Apple > System Preferences > Sound and choose this new Multi-Output Device as your default device for sound output. Then "Close".

      6. Now let's add the source into OBS
      7. Click icon on lower left hand menu ("Settings" button in OBS Studio on Right Panel)
      8. Click " Audio" in left menu
      9. Under "Mic / Auxiliary Device 1" select "iShowU Audio Capture", if your microphone is listed here choose the next device.
      10. Click "Done".

      Computer Audio: Windows
      • Tutorial coming soon.

  3. Let's Personalize It!

    OBS lets us add overlays onto our videos such as graphics with logos etc. This is how you do it.

    • Click symbol in Sources pane
    • Choose "Image", then click "Add Source"
    • Rename the source or leave as is, then click "Add Source"
    • Browse for your then click "Done".
    • Position and resize your image as needed on the viewer.

    Repeat as necessary

2
Set up your Recording Output

Now we need to tell OBS how we want our recordings.

  1. Click symbol on lower left side of OBS. (Settings on Right Side of OBS Studio)
  2. Click "Output".
  3. Click "Recording" tab.
  4. Click "Output Mode" to "Advanced" and set "Video Bitrate", "Keyframe Interval", "Video Encoder", and "Audio Bitrate" to match the image.

3
Let's Record!

Now that we have everything setup, let's do a quick test to make sure all is working properly.

  1. Play the music off your device and ensure the "bars" are moving in the "Mixer Pane".
  2. Click round "REC" button on bottom lower right hand side of OBS.
  3. After a few seconds, stop the recording and go to the folder you selected for your videos and play the video.
  4. If everything looks and sounds good, you're ready to record your full class!

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