Streaming and video conferencing are becoming more useful every day thanks to social distancing, a fact that makes Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) worth looking into. OBS Studio can cover some of the gaps that video conferencing platforms don’t. Even better, OBS Studio makes it easy and affordable to start streaming, a creative pursuit that many find fulfilling as the days spent indoors continue to limit our interactions with the world.
While there’s other software similar to OBS Studio — i.e., XSplit and Stream Labs OBS — OBS Studio is a free, open-source software. OBS Studio doesn’t cost anything to download or use, and while the software’s UI may look complicated, setting up a basic stream is easy. What’s more, OBS Studio can help connect any digital camera with a video output to your video conferencing platform of choice. The software works on Windows, macOS, and Linux, making it one of the most versatile software of its kind.
While it’s possible to use any digital camera with a video output port on OBS, Canon cameras can be used as a webcam, thanks to the EOS Webcam Utility Beta software. In this case, I’m using Canon’s M50 mirrorless camera.