Open Source recording and streaming app OBS Studio 29.0 released

Martin Brinkmann
Jan 9, 2023
Music and Video

The OBS Project released OBS Studio 29.0 today for Windows and Mac OS devices. The Linux version of OBS Studio 29.0 is not yet available at the time of writing on the official project website, but downloads are available on GitHub.

OBS Studio, the OBS stands for Open Broadcaster Software, is an open source solution to record and stream content. It is a popular solution to record video and audio, and to live stream to various support services.

OBS Studio supports dozens of streaming sites, including Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and many others.

OBS Studio 29.0

OBS Studio 29.0 includes several important changes. Noteworthy is support for AV1 encoding on select AMD and Intel graphics processors, which complements AV1 encoding support for devices with NVIDIA GPUs.

Support is limited to certain graphics cards models, however. It is available on devices with AMD RX700 series GPUs and Intel Arc GPUs only on Windows. AMD launched first graphics cards of the Radeon RX 7000 series on December 13, 2022.

The Radeon RX 7900 XT and RX 7900 XTX are both available. They are powered by AMD's RDNS 3 architecture, which is said to offer major improvements over previous generations.

AV1 is an open royalty-free video format that is developed by the Alliance for Open Media. Members include Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Intel, Mozilla, Netflix and Cisco.

OBS Studio users may change the video encoder in the application settings. There they need to open the Output section and switch from Simple mode to Advanced to display more configuration options. Encoder is one of the first settings on the page that opens.

The new OBS Studio release includes several other improvements. Among them support for the Intel HEVC Encoder on Windows, support for native HEVC and ProRes encoders on Mac OS, and support for Mac OS Desk View.

Existing users should note that the memory limit of the Replay Buffer has been adjusted. It was set to a fixed value of 8 gigabytes previously, but is now 75% of installed system RAM.

Other features worth of note include media key support on Linux devices, improved display capture screen naming and saving on Windows, support for higher refresh rates in the Video Capture Device source on Windows, and audio capture improvements on Windows.

The full list of changes on OBS Studio 29.0 is available on the project's GitHub repository.

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  1. Someone said on January 11, 2023 at 1:38 pm

    I really love OBS, using it many years, got a nice place in my heart :) . It has a good interface, many codec options for streaming and recording, and with appropriate tutorials from the web, you can set it up according to the capabilities of your PC. I hope it continues to be as good as it is now.

  2. VioletMoon said on January 9, 2023 at 5:14 pm

    Have you tried OBS Studio?

    Yes, it’s an esoteric program for me, and I’ve yet to find an understandable, online tutorial for using the program–something simple.

    “The Most In-Depth OBS Course Ever Made” helps.

    A couple of years ago, I was successful in streaming something to YouTube, a private channel. I think it was my Security Cam.

    Recording the desktop should be a simple affair, and tutorials make it appear that way until one starts working with the program.

    Even now, I avoid OBS much like I used to avoid Linux. No doubt, there will be a time when I spend 30 days with nothing but OBS and become proficient in its usage. I laugh to myself when I see YouTube tutorials, “OBS in 30 minutes.” Right!

    Thanks for the update notice.

  3. basingstoke said on January 9, 2023 at 4:41 pm

    OBS is quite an incredibly impressive tool in terms of what it can do, although very obtuse to set up (I found ffmpeg, a command line tool, easier to use!) but I don’t much follow it’s progress ever since they dropped Win7 support.

    I had a random cheapo capture device with the right drivers and everything but OBS couldn’t capture it without dropping a few frames every second, when ffmpeg and vlc could both record it flawlessly, so your mileage may vary.

  4. BillD said on January 9, 2023 at 4:07 pm

    I’ve used OBS to capture video that’s otherwise hard to save. Examples:
    – a zoom call that someone else is hosting
    – saving paid Vimeo classes that are only available for 48 hours

    Still have a lot to learn about how to reduce quality in order to get smaller file size

  5. jimbo said on January 9, 2023 at 1:56 pm

    I struggled with OBS a few years back finding the interface clumsy (to be honest I couldn’t get it to work).
    I tried ShareX and found it much easier to use (if not setup, there are extensive options and the ability to mod ffmpeg).

  6. jkdkj said on January 9, 2023 at 9:10 am

    I couldn’t believe this article was posted! In view of the daily spam/flood posts on the topic of windows 11… and the users who leave this site precisely because of the aggression of the windows 11 posts!

    1. Genisis said on January 10, 2023 at 1:48 am

      ….and yet, here you are.

  7. NeonRobot said on January 9, 2023 at 6:32 am

    For those who are interested in latest version for Windows 7.

    1. Anonymous said on January 9, 2023 at 11:11 pm

      Thanks. Archived for future use on Windows 7.

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