Create Online Courses Fast for Free with OBS!

Would you like to know what software I use to create online courses fast, adjust what I’m doing in real time, and publish the video without rendering as soon as I hit the “Stop” button?

Create Online Courses Fast for Free with OBS!

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For your video filming software where you put together your camera, you put together your microphone and you put together your screen, the best option is named Open Broadcaster Software.

You can see it right here it goes by OBS for short.

This is what I use to film my video courses after initially filming with Camtasia because OBS is free, and OBS is made for live streaming, but what’s really nice about OBS, is the ability to very quickly adjust to what you’re doing in real time.

I can move my camera angle here in real time. This is a powerful feature.

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Most importantly, when I film a video in OBS, the rendering is done as soon as I hit the record button. This is my secret really that allows me to film videos so fast. I don’t have to render them.

When you use something like Camtasia to record and you screw around and edit it a bunch, and then you need to render it, that takes a lot of time. When I just literally hit start, start talking, keep talking forever. Then I hit stop, I’m done, I’m ready to upload my video as soon as I’ve hit stop, and that takes things to the next level. The beauty of it, this is for free, you don’t even need to buy anything.

If we go to OBS Studio, you can see it’s on Windows, it’s on Mac, and it’s on Linux.

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It’s very easy to bring your camera and your audio in, and pull all different types of sources and to make minute high quality adjustments to give your picture a really good touch. Once you’ve got OBS downloaded and set up, then the key thing to do next is configure it.

I’ll go in here with you and we’ll look at some of the basic configurations.

The first thing you have on OBS is scenes.

Now, before you even do that, you may want to go in here and check your settings.

The settings option is on the lower right. If you really want to go try hard like me, what I’m using is the Elgato stream deck. This allows me to dynamically move my face around the video. I can even put video things like “subscribe to my channel.”

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I can move my video around in real time, which is really cool. I’m doing that by the Elgato stream deck switches between scenes here for me.

This gives me the ability to take things to the next level.

Before you get to that point, you hit settings up here, and what you need to do is make sure your video is set up in the correct way.

I recommend to make sure that your base canvas resolution in your output scaled resolution is 1920 by 1080, and your common fps values are 60, that gives you the highest-quality video.

Create Online Courses Fast for Free with OBS!

Then on the audio over here, you just need to make sure your microphone is in the correct source.

Now, it will say “Scarlet” or something and that will be where your microphone is. You could put if you wanted to “mono” on, it might be nice.

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Then, you can go over to “Output” here, but this is only if you’re live streaming, so you don’t need to do that.

Once you’ve got your video over here, you can go into “Advanced” if you want, but you really don’t need to. You just set the video up correctly.

Then, you hit the recording button on here. You can see it says, “Stop recording” down here. You hit the record button and just start talking.

Once you’ve got that configured, and you’ve got your video correctly set up, then it’s really easy to move things around and configure panels. The first key thing you want to do is add your camera as a source in whatever your first scene is.

In your first scene, you will go over here and your camera. You hit the “plus” sign, and then you will put in “video capture device” and that should be your camera. If it’s a USB camera, it should show up as one of the devices in there.

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Once you add your camera in, then it’ll look something like this.

If I hit it like this, it has the resolution 1920 by 1088, and it has a device name.

Since I’m actually using a Canon AX11 into a capture card, that is called USB Capture HDMI.

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That setup costs around $1,500, but this gives me a significantly better picture than using that Logitech C930E, which I do because I’m a professional and I do this all the time, it makes sense to spend that extra money on it.

I have the 60 frames right here.

Now the next thing, the key thing to do on the camera is to put a filter and if you’ve got the green screen and do the Chroma Key.

The OBS Chroma Key runs pretty good straight up at the default settings. I turn the contrast up a little bit to give myself a little bit more color.

What’s cool, if you want to turn off the Chroma Key, you can just hit this button and now look. You’ll see the Chroma Key is off. What you can see now is where my green screen actually is.

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This is what it really looks like with no Chroma Key and this is why OBS is awesome, you can change all this stuff in real time.

You’ve got the Chroma Key, you can see on these different size scenes that I’m using where the actual green screen is. Then, when I put it up over here and I go over to “Filters,” and I turn the “Chroma Key” back on, then everything is all set back behind me.

Once you’ve got your camera in and your audio in, you may need to sync them. This is one of the key things to make sure your mouth is speaking exactly at the same time your audio is going off.

What you can do is a quick clap test.

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You do a quick clap test, and you make sure that your hands, you hold your hands up to the camera, you make sure your hands touch at the exact same time in the recording that the audio is spiking, you can do this with the audio editing program.

I use Final Cut Pro X. All I do is I take it in, I make sure that the audio spikes right when my hands touch. What I found is 115 milliseconds or about a 10th of a second difference by default.

Make sure your lips line up, make sure your clap test lines up exactly to where your lips really are. If you’re using a USB camera, this might not be an issue, but with me I’ve got a little bit of lag because I’m using the Canon XA11 into a capture card, and I’ve got 115 millisecond difference, which is enough to annoy me, if I watch someone else like that.

In OBS, or any program, make sure your audio is lined up.

The beauty of doing it this way, is once you set it up, it’s lined up indefinitely. You never have to change it. You just go into “Advanced Audio Properties,” your sync offset is done.

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You calculate that based on the frames. If it’s 60 frames per second, you calculate the seconds based on the frame difference. Mine was off about a 10th of a second, about six or seven frames, and then I just put that in there.

We’ve got the microphone and the camera connected.

In order to get your background on, the last thing you need to do is add a monitor. If you hit “plus” on here, you can do individual browsers, you can do a display capture. What you want to usually do is a “Display Capture.”

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If you had a display capture, it will allow you to pick up an entire monitor.

Then, you can easily pick up one monitor or another, you can crop it if you need to. The basic thing to do is hit “plus” and hit “Display Capture.”

Once you’ve hit Display Capture, then you’re set.

All you do from here is moving yourself around.

For example, if I want to change the size of this, I can just drag this to different sizes. Let’s say I want to make this bigger, I can drag it there.

Now, be aware, you can’t undo stuff like this lots of times. If you do that, then it can make it slightly off. You can just drag this, you can also right click and go to “Transform.”

You can always go to reset Transform anytime you want to and that will put you back to the default.

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Then, if you’ve got something else, like I can go to the small right and I can hit “Transform,” and I can hit “Edit Transform,” and this will give me the ability to put things in exactly the right position.

This way, I can see exactly what size it is.

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Then, you can also shrink it or you can expand it. If I go over to “Properties,” that’s the Display One. If you have not seen the selection, make sure you’re on the right source. I was not on the right selection over here, then I can see the exact size this is on that one.

For example, if I wanted to match it up there I could, but OBS is so cool. You could just literally drag yourself exactly how big you want it, put yourself in there. You can even do this in real time while you’re recording.

You can also add some color fields. If you’ve got a website, you can put things like that up there. If you’ve got something like a YouTube channel, you can put something like a little background artwork, asking people to subscribe on it.

There’s a ton of things you can do in OBS to take your setup to a beautiful professional level.

I’ve given you all of the basic details that you need in order to set the foundation up where you can then film courses and just crank them out without having to spend a bunch of time editing.

Now that I’ve shown you how to set up the equipment, from the audio equipment, the video equipment, and then the actual software that puts it all together, I’ll talk about some more of the soft skills you need in order to actually use this equipment successfully to make a course.

I love you.

You’re awesome.

I appreciate the chance to serve you today and I will see you again soon.

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Jerry Banfield

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