Open Broadcaster Studio, aka OBS, is a free streaming program. It is widely used for streaming purposes and also to record and edit videos through your PC. With the release of Microsoft’s latest OS, Windows 11, many people have wondered if OBS works on Windows 11.
Simply put, yes, OBS does work on Windows 11. But since the release of Windows 11, many people have faced issues running OBS and the Windows 11 OS in general.
But don’t worry, in this article, we will show you how to install OBS on Windows 11 as well as discuss what you can do to prevent any issues that may cause in the future. But first, let’s get a better understanding of what OBS is.
What Is OBS and Why Do You Need It?
OBS is a program that helps you connect and stream content from your computer to BandLabs. It can be used to capture audio and video by activating your microphone and camera. You can then edit the video and publish it afterward or directly stream with it as well.
OBS is widely used nowadays and very popular among gaming streamers and other content creators. The ability to directly control what the viewers see on screen has given OBS an edge over other streaming software. So, you need OBS if you want to make your content stand out.
How Does OBS Work on Windows 11?
OBS is fairly simple to use and doesn’t take much time to learn the process. Here are the primary things you’ll need to do to use OBS on Windows 11:
1. Download and Install OBS
First, you need to download OBS and install it. You can download OBS from the OBS website, GitHub, or Microsoft Store. After downloading, go to the download folder and install it by following the on-screen instructions.
It is recommended by the quick start guide that; first-time users should run the auto-configuration wizard after the installation process. The first time you launch the app, the auto-configuration wizard will launch automatically. Here you can choose how you want to use OBS. You can decide if you want to use OBS to optimize streaming, optimize recording, or if you only want to use the virtual camera. Upon choosing, the auto-configuration wizard will determine the best settings for your PC.
However, if you want to separate your PC desktop audio and video sources, we recommend ignoring the auto-configuration wizard and manually adding audio and video sources.
2. Add Audio Sources
OBS will detect and set your default desktop video and audio settings in the audio mixer. But the one issue with this is that you may not want to stream or records audio that comes from those sources. So, you’ll need to do it manually, and here’s what you can follow:
- Click on Settings from the bottom left corner.
- Click on Audio from the left panel.
- Pick your specific default desktop audio and microphone from the dropdown menu or disable the sources under Global Audio Devices.
- Click on Apply and then OK to close the settings window.
3. Add Video Sources
Once the default audio sources have been chosen or disabled, you can add your video sources. OBS does not capture any video sources by default. To capture or record videos, you’ll need to add them by clicking the “+” sign at the bottom of the Sources window.
After you add the sources and pick the specific video and audio devices you want to use, your new sources will appear in the Audio Mixer menu to the right of sources.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is OBS compatible with?
OBS has the following system requirements: Compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux. AMD FX series or Intel i5 2000-series processor (dual or 4-core preferable) or higher DirectX 10 capable graphics card. At least 4 GB of RAM (recommended, but not necessary).
Is 8GB RAM enough for OBS?
It’s not necessary. You can get by on 8GB. But if you’re serious about gaming, modern games use massive amounts of memory, and having 16GB and sometimes even 32GB is beneficial. RAM doesn’t cost that much money, compared to high-end video cards.
In brief, for video recording and streaming purposes, OBS can be used on Windows 11. It is very easy to install and use. You can also choose which devices you want to use for the recordings. If you need further assistance, please do not hesitate to ask us in the comments section.