OBS Game Recording Settings Full Guide

Alma Elliott
2021-07-15 19:27:37 • Filed to: Record Games

Open Broadcaster Service (OBS) is one of the most popular software for gameplay recording. This is because it comes with robust features designed to make the whole gameplay recording process easy and give a unique user experience.

But to be able to use OBS effectively, there are some settings that you will need to configure to match your recording project. These OBS game recording settings are numerous and can therefore be confusing. In this article, we take a look at the best OBS game recording settings and how they can help you ease the recording process.

Best OBS Recording Settings

To record the best gameplay video that you can use OBS, you need to be aware of the program’s various settings and how they work. We will take a look at some of the settings individually in a minute. But the following simple steps should show you how to get to the settings;

Step 1: Right click on the OBS Studio app icon and then select “Run as Administrator”

Step 2: When the studio opens, click on the “Settings” tab at the bottom of the screen.

Here, you should see the following settings;

  1. General Settings

The “General” tab in the settings allows you to change various aspects of the program itself including whether you would like to use a dark or light theme. You can also change how updates for the program are installed and other preferences

obs setting

  1. The Output Settings

In this section of the settings, you can choose a recording path (where the recorded video will be saved). Click on “Browse” to select the preferred folder on your computer. In the output settings, you will also have additional selections including the “Recording Format” and “Recording Quality”.

In the “Recording Format” section, “FLV” is set as the default format. But you can choose from a wide range of other formats including MP4, MOV and MKV.

obs output setting

In the “Recording Quality” section, you also have a number of options to choose from including “same as stream”, high quality, indistinguishable quality, lossless quality. The file size of the recorded video will depend on the recording quality that you choose.

Still in the “Output” settings, you can get additional options to customize the recording by selecting “Advanced” in the “Output Mode” section. Here, you will get to choose the Encoder to use and the rate control that you want to use.

  1. Audio Settings

In the “Audio” tab you will find numerous to customize the audio that you record. You can choose the audio device that you would like to use, the sample rate and the channels to use. Unless you have very specific project that requires very specific audio presets, you may be better served by the default settings.

obs audio setting

  1. Video Settings

In the “Video” settings, the first option you see is the “Base (Canvas) Resolution which is the resolution of your computer’s screen. The next option, “Output (Scaled) Resolution is where you can change the resolution of the video you want to record. For example, if you want to shoot a video for YouTube, you would set this resolution to 720p.

OBS Alternative to Record Games

All of these OBS settings, as useful as they can be confusing particularly to the new user. If you are looking for a program that is designed to simplify the recording process, then Wondershare DemoCreator may be the ideal solution for you. The following features make it the ideal OBS alternative for recording gameplay;

  • DemoCreator makes it very easy to capture videos on your screen. You don’t need any tech expertise or previous experience with the program to use it.
  • It also allows you to easily record the computer and microphone audio, you can add narration to the recording.
  • DemoCreator has an editing suite that you can use to edit various aspects of the video
  • Settings are easy to navigate, making it easy to personalize your recording project

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To use DemoCreator to record gameplay on your PC, follow these simple steps;

Step 1: Begin by downloading and installing the program on your computer. The installation process is simple; all you have to do is follow the steps on the installation wizard.

Step 2: When the program has been installed on your computer, run it and then click on “Capture” to begin the recording process.

democreator interface

In the next window, you will see a number of settings that you can configure depending on the recording project. The following are some of the most relevant settings to gameplay recording and how you can configure them;

screen recorder

In the “Screen Tab”, select “Game” and then click on the “Choose a Game” drop-down menu, to select the game that you want to record. Select the “Frame Rate” that you would like to use.

If you would like to include game audio in the recording, click on the “Audio” tab and make sure that the “Computer Audio” is set to “Capture.” If you also want to include your own narration in the recording make sure that the “Microphone” is also set to “Capture”.

You should only touch the “Camera” settings if you will want to include webcam footage with the screen recording.

Step 3: Once you are happy with the settings, click on “Start Recording” or press the “F10” hotkey to begin recording the game. The program will begin a 3-second countdown before the recording process can begin.

start screen recording

When you’re done recording, press the “F10” key to stop the recording. The recording will be saved in the pre-determined output folder and if you need to you can open it in the DemoCreator editing interface to edit various aspects of the video.

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