One of the first things most users learn about Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) is how to add a webcam. Because of the reduced UI, the process is quite simple. You can also use the webcam mic if you don’t have any other audio equipment.
A step-by-step guide on adding a webcam to OBS may be found below. In addition, we have included instructions on how to increase the image quality by tweaking the settings and what to do if your webcam stops working.
How To Add a New Webcam to OBS
OBS lets you connect any video device, from camcorders to webcams, to your computer. Most streamers, on the other hand, broadcast using the built-in webcams on their computers. We’ll show you how to add a webcam to OBS in the sections below with step-by-step instructions. If you want to use the webcam mic, we’ll also show you how to change the audio settings.
Video Capture Device Input
You can broadcast any video driver from your operating system using the “Video Capture Device” capability. That includes your webcam, of course. To get started with the integration, follow these steps:
- Launch OBS and go to the bottom of the window to the “Sources” box.
- To open a pop-up panel, click the little + button.
- Finally, select “Video Capture Device” from the drop-down menu.
Naming the Layer
Next, you want to label the webcam layer for better navigation. It’s essential if you plan on adding more than one video device. Here’s how to do it:
- A little pop-up window will show after you’ve selected the Video Capture Device.
- Next to “Create New Source,” draw a circle. Fill in the name of the layer in the dialog box below. “Webcam 1,” for example.
- Select the process below if you wish to add an existing layer to the broadcast. Next, select a layer from the drop-down menu.
- Finally, make sure the tiny box labeled “Make the Source Visible” is checked; otherwise, you won’t be able to find it. Click “OK” when you’re finished.
Selecting the Device
If you have more than one webcam, you must choose which one to use as your Video Capture Device. This is what you must do:
- A new “Properties” box will appear once you name the layer.
- To open a drop-down list of devices, click the “Devices” dialog box. After that, select your webcam.
- You can adjust the webcam settings if you find something is wrong with the image. To access the settings, click the “Configure Video” button below. Then, using the sliders, adjust the camera’s settings. When you’re finished, click “Apply” and then “OK.”
- Click the “Resolution/FPS Type” dialog box if you wish to modify the default resolution. Choose your desired option from the drop-down menu.
- When you’re finished, click “OK.”
Adding the Webcam Microphone
You must manually add the webcam microphone as an audio source because it is not automatically added. Fortunately, it’s not too difficult to accomplish, and you can do it from the “Settings” menu. To make your webcam audio the primary source, follow the steps below.
Select the Webcam Under the Audio Tab
Here are the steps:
- In the bottom-right corner of the OBS window, select “Settings.”
- There will be a new window open. Select the “Audio” tab from the left-hand panel.
- To access a drop-down list, click the “Mic/Auxiliary Audio Device” dialog box.
- Click “OK” after selecting your camera as the audio source.
- Scroll down to the “Audio Mixer” box to set the volume level. Depending on whether you want it lower or higher, move the slider to the left or right.
What are optimal webcam settings for OBS?
If the image quality isn’t to your liking, you may always alter the camera settings to get a better result. While your video device’s default settings should usually suffice, several things can degrade image quality. The lighting in your room, for example, maybe too dim for the webcam’s preset exposure.
Whatever the cause, there may be a solution. So, here’s how to improve your camera settings for better broadcasting:
1. To access the settings, go to the “Sources” box and double-click on your webcam.
2. Change the resolution and FPS to a custom setting if you haven’t previously. Select a chosen resolution and frame rate in the “Resolution/FPS Type” dialog box.
3. Select “Configure Video” from the drop-down menu. A window called “Settings” will appear.
4. If the problem is a lack of brightness, move the “Brightness” slider to the right to boost the intelligence.
5. Increase the exposure if the image is still too dark. If it’s on the verge of becoming translucent, though, you should lower it by dragging the slider to the left.
6. Adjust the color temperature if you want the image to appear “warmer.” To get warmer hues, use the “White Balance” slider to the right and left if you want the image to be “cooler.”
7. If the image appears “grainy,” your webcam is most likely having trouble with the illumination. To solve the problem, try toggling the “Gain” feature.
Why is my webcam not working with OBS?
There may be complications with the webcam integration at times. The majority of the time, it’s nothing significant and can be resolved with a simple reboot. If the easy fixes don’t work, you can try some more complex troubleshooting techniques.
Try closing and re-launching OBS if your webcam isn’t responding. If that doesn’t work, the program may need to be updated. Glitches can occur when the firmware is out of the current; thus, getting the latest version of OBS may be beneficial. Here’s how to go about it:
1. Go to the official OBS website in your browser.
2. Go to the top of the website and click the “Download” tab.
3. Next, choose the correct version for your operating system. For Windows, Linux, and Mac, there are three editions to choose from.
4. Finally, to complete the download, follow the on-screen directions.
Background apps could also be a source of the problem. OBS will not add the camera as a video device if programs like Skype or Zoom are currently using it. When attaching your webcam, make sure all background apps are closed and the broadcasting software is restarted.
If you’ve tried all of these fast remedies and your webcam is still not working, you’ll need to take more drastic measures. For example, if you have many “Scenes” in OBS, you’ll have to enable a different webcam configuration for each one manually. So this is what you must do:
1. Go to the “Scenes” section and select the first one.
2. To reach “Settings,” double-click on the webcam in the “Sources” box.
3. Select “Deactivate When Not Showing” from the drop-down menu.
4. Repeat steps 1 through 4 for each Scene and Source in OBS.
Finally, as a troubleshooting approach, OBS support suggests reinstalling the webcam. It may improve the performance of the video driver, making OBS integration easier. Here’s how to go about it:
1. On your PC, open the “Device Manager” software.
2. Select your webcam from the list of devices. Right-click to bring up a menu, then select “Uninstall.”
3. Select “Update Driver” instead if you only want to update the video drivers.
4. Wait a few minutes after disconnecting the camera before reconnecting it.
5. Last but not least, restart your computer.
Smile for the Camera
Any video device currently available on your operating system, including the built-in computer camera, can be added to OBS. In just a few simple steps, you can incorporate your webcam. Additionally, the camera mic can be used as the primary audio source.
OBS lets you modify the parameters to get the best outcome if the image quality isn’t quite right. In the event of any errors or bugs, there are a few different remedies you can try. It’s usually better to start with the fundamentals, such as resetting the software, and then more complicated troubleshooting if that doesn’t work.
Do you use OBS for live streaming, or do you prefer another program? Do you have any other suggestions for resolving webcam issues? Would you please let us know if there is anything we missed in the comments area below?
Source: Editorial Times