Why did I take so long to start using OBS or “Open Broadcaster Software” to do my live streams? OBS is so ridiculously nice. It’s so easy to just do all these different clips on OBS, move my face around and get a controller with it.
OBS is so nice and I’ve been using Wirecast for the last two years. Technically I’m using Wirecast to record this because then I don’t have to use OBS to record itself.
OBS First Impressions After Switching from Wirecast for Live Streaming
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I’ve made a lot of great videos with Wirecast, but man OBS is so nice. I think several of my friends paid like $1,000 for Wirecast. My bad on that.
Some of the things I’ve figured out with OBS getting started are critical. One of the things that Wirecast does better, Wirecast has a built-in limiter.
OBS doesn’t have a built-in limiter and one of the hardest things for me to figure out yesterday was how to get a limiter on OBS.
So, what I did, I went and got the “LoudMax” plug-in after googling a bunch of different options. I got the LoudMax plug-in and I put a limiter on with the “VST 2x” plug-in, because on Wirecast, you can just put a limiter on pretty easily.
In OBS there is no way to just stop the clipping and the compressor doesn’t go up high enough. Technically it can still clip even if you put the compressor on at the highest settings, and you need to put a limiter on every single audio track because then the game can clip if there is any volume distortion or if the game gets loud the game can clip.
You really don’t want your stream to clip because it screws all the sound up for your stream. Don’t let your stream clip. The nicest thing on OBS you can do actually, I’m going to pull a second computer to demonstrate how this works for you.
If you are trying to live stream on Facebook it’s way better with OBS. You can easily just put a little thing to get your star alerts in on Facebook. You can just pop it up there and a nice sound comes up.
OBS has this really nice thing in it where you can actually interact inside the browser. For some reason in Wirecast, I don’t know if it doesn’t have it or if I just couldn’t find it, but I couldn’t find a way to interact with the browser. If you tried to get the Facebook star alert in Wirecast, you couldn’t sign the browser inside Wirecast in.
You lost me as a Wirecast customer because the stupid browser wouldn’t sign in in the window when I do a web display.
On OBS it does.
All you need to do is put in a browser alert, and then you right-click “Interact” on it. That’s the key, you have to right-click “Interact” on it, and then you can log in, which is extremely helpful.
I’ve switched over to OBS. It’s a little different in recording than Wirecast, but it’s amazing. It just makes me think what else have I not done or am I forgetting about?
I saw almost everyone I was watching streaming with OBS, and I said, “I’m using Wirecast.” This is a big switch from my live streaming setup that if you watched this far I’m guessing you care about.
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I hope this is useful for you if you are using Wirecast and you are thinking twice about it. Wirecast is good, it has a lot of great functionality. I recorded thousands of videos and live streams on Wirecast.
I’m really liking OBS getting started with it.
They are both outstanding.
OBS is free and Wirecast is pricey.
So, that’s up to you.
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Edits from video transcript by Michel Gerard at www.michelgerardonline.com.