How to use OBS to get video in virtual worlds.
Not the long and short of it. Just the short.
And a few links to the long.
Use-case instruction for capturing video clips in virtual worlds with OBS.
OBS at the start
Click image to enlarge
Open Broadcaster Software
- OBS Studio (Open Broadcaster Software)
- Install and run Autoconfiguration.
- Completely free
- Compresses captured video to MP4.
- Supports live streaming and recording.
- An introduction to OBS studio
- Tutorials from Open Broadcaster
- Tutorials about Open Broadcaster
- Articles about video from this blog
- Free video resources for virtual worlds
- Video/Machinima in virtual worlds. Community, Market, Resources
- The instructions
- Start with a single specified use of the product.
- Give detailed, step-by-step instructions on how to use the product for this goal.
- Add hyperlinks for how to do anything else needed to complete the task.
- Plan for use as JIT instruction.
- Ask for questions, collect and publish a page of FAQ.
- Use questions to suggest improvements in the instructions.
- These instructions are developed from use on Windows.
- OBS may be slightly different on other operating systems.
- Look bottom left.
- Ignore the scenes panel.
- Start at the sources panel.
- Open the window for the virtual world you want to capture.
- For browser-based virtual words, open the browser you will use.
- To make it easy, you can close all other windows.
- Right-click the Sources panel.
- On the resulting menu, select Window.
- You will get a list of active windows.
- If you closed the other windows, the list will only offer the one you want.
- Click your selection and OK the selection.
- Click the eye in the line of your chosen source.
- The source window should appear in the upper OBS panel.
- You can use the source window to manage the window area being captured.
- You will probably want to tear off the controls panel (bottom right)
- You need the Controls panel at hand to start and stop recording.
- You only need the Audio Mixer panel at the start to check for sound activity.
- Then you can leave the main OBS window under the active windows.
Selecting another window
Bottom of OBS window
Click image to enlarge
- In the above illustration, there is already a source called "Windows capture."
- To set a new target window. open it.
- Right-click the source name.
- In the resulting menu, click Properties.
Bottom of Properties subpanel
- Make five video captures from three different sources.
- Award yourself a VR Capture badge, apprentice level.
What else do you need?
- You would normally capture video clips to produce a published video.
- That requires editing: I recommend Shotcut:
- Simple video editing with Shotcut, for virtual worlders
- I will later publish an improved set of instructions for using Shotcut.
- Other needs: Pre-production planning, publishing and publicity.
- I will publish articles on these later.
More about OBS
Video from virtual worlds
Visit me on the web
- Drop by my web offices Weekdays: 12:-12:30 pm Central time (US)
- I am available for free consulting on any topic in this blog.
- Cybalounge and 3DWebWorldz (Orientation room)
- I will be in both places, so you may need to speak to get my attention.
- Web-worlds, 3D virtual worlds running in a browser. Summary
- And we can visit the Writer's Workshop on the Web
- Don't register -- enter as guest.
- Original text in this blog is CC By: unless specified public domain.
- Use as you please with attribution: link to the original.
- All images without attribution in this blog are CC0: public domain.
- Screenshots from ShareX
- Second Life, Linden, SLurl, and SL are trademarks of Linden Research Inc.
- Annotated screenshots made with Jing
- This blog is not affiliated with anything. Ads are from Google.
- Selby Evans in Kitely and Hypergrid, Thinkerer Melville in Second Life.