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Getting Started with OBS (Open Broadcast Software)

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OBS or Open BroadCast Software is a free and Open-source software for video recording and live streaming, the software is multi-platform; Windows, Mac, and Linux. It’s a worthy contender for other paid solutions like XSplit and Evolve.

Learning to use OBS is essential for many; podcasters, let’s play video game streamers (YouTube, Twitch), instructors creating webinars, teachers and even entrepreneurs pitching their solutions over the internet. So it’s a useful asset in your toolbox.

The aim of this post is to present and compare between free online sources that beginners can rely on to learn to use OBS, the sources stated here are full-structured courses that beginners can follow along.

If you just want the bottom line (the road map to learn OBS) and you don’t wish to read the entire article then go to the “Bottom Line” section at the end of the article.

Getting Started with OBS from Scratch

Nerd or Die

Nerd or Die is the first free online outlet where beginners can start to learn using OBS through video as well as text tutorials, you don’t have to register to have access to the tutorials.

Structure: The training is divided into 13 video/text lessons that cover the basics of broadcasting via OBS, the outlet provides also some free assets that you can use to enhance your own broadcasting. It’s worth noting that you can go to Nerd or Die YouTube channel to find a compiled playlist of all of the video tutorials, but to download the assets you’ll have to visit the website.

Interface: The interface is very simple, just click on the lesson you’re interested in and you’ll be directed to the page where the video and text tutorial resides.

1 - Nerd or Die Free OBS Training

Now the pros and cons:

Pros

  1. Free.
  2. The training is well-structured and organized for complete beginners.
  3. Free assets are available to download.

Cons

  1. The training doesn’t cover every tip and trick about the software, though that won’t be a problem for complete beginners.

Verdict: This is the best free online outlet where beginners can start learning to use OBS through video as well as text tutorials.

Robin Jack0r YouTube Channel

Robin Jack0r YouTube Channel is the second free online outlet where beginners can start learning to use OBS through video tutorials.

Structure: The training is divided into 24 video tutorials, each video tutorial covers a certain tip/technique in OBS.

Interface: Standard YouTube interface.

2 - Robin Jack0r Free OBS Training

Now the pros and cons:

Pros

  1. Free.
  2. The training is well-structured and organized for beginners.
  3. The training has special videos covering streaming specific popular games which might be useful to let’s play streamers.

Cons

  1. The training doesn’t cover every aspect of the software, though that won’t be a problem for complete beginners.

Verdict: This is an excellent free online outlet where beginners can start learning to use OBS through video tutorials.

Terry Leigh Britton

Terry Leigh Britton is the third free online outlet where beginners can start to learn using OBS through video tutorials.

Structure: The training is divided into 22 video lessons, each video lesson covers a certain aspect of using the software.

Interface: Standard YouTube interface.

3 - Terry Leigh Britton Free OBS Training

Now the pros and cons:

Pros

  1. Free.
  2. The training is well-structured and organized for complete beginners.

Cons

  1. The training doesn’t cover every aspect of the software though that won’t a problem for complete beginners.

Verdict: This is a very good free online outlet where beginners can start learning to use OBS through video tutorials.

EposVox YouTube Channel

EposVox YouTube Channel is the fourth free online outlet where beginners can start learning to use OBS through video tutorials.

Structure: There are 22 video tutorials that cover the various aspects of the software, the training focuses on streaming for gamers.

Interface: Standard YouTube interface.

4 - EposVox YouTube Channel Free OBS Training

Now the pros and cons:

Pros

  1. Free.
  2. The tutorials are well-structured for complete beginners.
  3. The tutorials focus on streaming for gamers.

Cons

  1. The tutorials aren’t well-organized for complete beginners.

Verdict: This is a very free online outlet where beginners can start learning to use OBS through video tutorials. If you’re learning OBS to stream your gameplay then this outlet is one of your best options.

Casual Savage YouTube Channel

Casual Savage YouTube Channel is the fifth free online outlet where beginners can start learning to use OBS through video tutorials.

Structure: There are 19 video tutorials, each video tutorial covers a certain tool/technique in OBS.

Interface: Standard YouTube interface.

5 - Casual Savage YouTube Channel Free OBS Training

Now the pros and cons:

Pros

  1. Free.
  2. The training is well-structured for complete beginners.

Cons

  1. The tutorials aren’t well-organized for complete beginners.

Verdict: This is a good free online outlet where beginners can start learning to use OBS through video tutorials.

Bottom Line

The recipe for learning to use OBS:

  1. Nerd or Die is the best outlet for beginners to start learning to use OBS through video as well as text tutorials.
  2. Robin Jack0r YouTube Channel is the best outlet for beginners to start learning to use OBS through video only tutorials.

Remember that the first step is always the toughest step, and the aim of this post is to provide you with resources that will help you take your first step in learning to use OBS.