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Introduction #

Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) is a popular, free, and open-source streaming and recording program that supports VR (Virtual Reality) gaming content. With OBS, you can record and stream your VR gameplay sessions, which can be useful for creating tutorials, sharing experiences, or hosting gaming events. In this comprehensive guide, we will cover the setup process and provide tips for recording VR content using OBS.

Table of Contents: #

  1. Downloading and Installing OBS
  2. Basic OBS Configuration
  3. Configuring OBS for VR Recording 3.1. Capturing VR Gameplay 3.2. Adjusting Audio Settings 3.3. Configuring Stream Settings 3.4. Setting Up a Scene
  4. Recording and Streaming VR Content
  5. Troubleshooting and Optimization
  6. Conclusion

Downloading and Installing OBS #

Before you can use OBS, you need to download and install it on your computer. To do this, follow the steps below:

a. Visit the official OBS website ( b. Choose the version compatible with your operating system (Windows, macOS, or Linux). c. Download the installer and run it. d. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation process.

Basic OBS Configuration #

After installing OBS, you should configure the basic settings:

a. Launch OBS.
b. In the first-time setup wizard, choose “Optimize for recording, I will not be streaming.”
c. Follow the wizard’s instructions to set up your desired resolution and frame rate.

Configuring OBS for VR Recording #

3.1. Capturing VR Gameplay #

To capture VR gameplay in OBS, you need to use the Game Capture source:

a. Click the “+” button in the “Sources” panel. b. Choose “Game Capture” and name it “VR Gameplay.” c. In the “Mode” dropdown, select “Capture specific window.” d. In the “Window” dropdown, choose the window displaying your VR content, usually “[game.exe]: [game title].” e. Check “Capture Cursor” if you want the in-game cursor to appear in the recording. f. Click “OK” to save the settings.

3.2. Adjusting Audio Settings #

Next, you need to configure the audio settings:

a. Go to the “Settings” window and click the “Audio” tab. b. Set the “Desktop Audio Device” to your computer’s primary audio output device. c. Set the “Mic/Auxiliary Audio Device” to your desired microphone. d. Click “OK” to save the settings.

3.3. Configuring Stream Settings #

If you plan to stream your VR gameplay, configure the streaming settings:

a. Go to the “Settings” window and click the “Stream” tab. b. Choose your streaming service from the “Service” dropdown. c. Enter your stream key (provided by your streaming service). d. Click “OK” to save the settings.

3.4. Setting Up a Scene #

To create a visually appealing recording or stream, set up a custom scene with multiple sources:

a. Click the “+” button in the “Scenes” panel to create a new scene. b. Add sources such as “Game Capture,” “Display Capture,” “Window Capture,” “Audio Input Capture,” “Image,” “Text,” or “Video Capture Device” by clicking the “+” button in the “Sources” panel.

Arrange and resize sources as desired, and use the eye icon to toggle visibility.

4. Recording and Streaming VR Content #

Once your OBS configuration is complete, you’re ready to start recording or streaming your VR content:

a. Recording: To start recording, click the “Start Recording” button on the main OBS interface. Once you’re done, click the “Stop Recording” button. Your video will be saved in the default output folder or the folder specified in the “Output” tab of the “Settings” window.

b. Streaming: To begin streaming, click the “Start Streaming” button on the main OBS interface. Make sure your streaming service is properly configured in the “Stream” tab of the “Settings” window. When you want to stop streaming, click the “Stop Streaming” button.

Troubleshooting and Optimization #

If you encounter issues while recording or streaming VR content with OBS, consider these troubleshooting tips and optimizations:

a. Performance Issues: If you experience lag or stuttering, try lowering your resolution, frame rate, or encoding settings.

b. Black Screen: If you see a black screen instead of your VR gameplay, make sure the game window is in focus and not minimized.

c. Compatibility Issues: If you have trouble capturing specific VR games, consider using “Window Capture” or “Display Capture” sources as an alternative to “Game Capture.”

d. Audio Sync Issues: If your audio and video are out of sync, adjust the “Sync Offset” settings in the “Advanced Audio Properties” window (right-click the audio source in the “Audio Mixer” panel).

Conclusion #

OBS is a powerful and versatile tool for recording and streaming VR content. By following this comprehensive guide, you can set up OBS to capture your VR gaming experiences and share them with your friends or followers. As you become more comfortable with OBS, you can experiment with additional features and settings to further customize and optimize your VR recordings and streams.

Since it’s free to download you don’t need to worry about fees and the benefit is that this software is considered mainstream so there is a lot of support and help in other parts of the internet if you want to learn more.

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