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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Open Source recording and streaming app OBS Studio 29.0 released
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  1. Anonymous said on August 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Why not make use of the mplayer.conf?

  2. Mike J said on August 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Huh, I have never even seen this “font cache” pane; videos play at once for me, using VLC & XP SP3.

    1. Martin said on August 1, 2010 at 3:39 pm

      Mike, in theory this should have only been displayed once to you, at the very first video that you played with VLC. The time this window is displayed depends largely on the number of fonts in your font directory.

      1. Mike J said on August 2, 2010 at 2:30 pm

        huh, I lucked out for a change?? Amazing!!
        Apparently VLC keeps this info through version updates, but I didn’t see this message after a fresh OS install about 8 weeks ago, & a new VLC.

  3. myo said on August 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    yes, yes, i have the same problem. sometimes, VLC crashes when it is playing .mov file.

  4. Kishore said on August 13, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Buidling font Cache pop-up


    Open VLC player.

    On Menu Bar:


    (at bottom – left side)
    Show settings — ALL

    Open: Video
    Click: Subtitles/OSD (This is now highlited, not opened)
    Text rendering module – change this to “Dummy font renderer function”


    Re-open – done.
    Progam will no longer look outside self for fonts

    Source –

    1. Martin said on August 13, 2010 at 3:10 pm

      Great tip, thanks a lot Kishore.

  5. javier said on August 14, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    @Kishore, I’ll try your tips, but does this mean it will no longer show subtitles either?
    I do use subtitles, but the fontcache dialog box pops up (almost) everytime I play a file.

    Could this be related to the fonts I have installed? Or if I add/remove fonts to my system?

    I’ll try to do a fresh install also, if your tips does no work. I’ll post back here later…


  6. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,

  7. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,Dont worry, VLC is currently sorting out this issue and the next version will be out soon.

    No probs @ Martin !! Its my pleasure

  8. Ted said on October 22, 2010 at 3:57 am

    Try running LC with administrator privileges. That seemed to fix it for me

  9. Evan said on December 8, 2013 at 1:48 am

    I am using SMplayer 0.8.6 (64-bit) (Portable Edition) on Windows 7 x64. Even with the -nofontconfig parameter in place SMplayer still scans the fonts. Also, I have enabled normal subtitles and it is still scanning fonts before playing a video. Also, it does this every time the player opens a video after a system restart (only the fist video played).

  10. Mike Williams said on September 6, 2023 at 1:26 pm

    Does that mean that only instrumental versions of songs will be available for non-paying users?

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