OBS Studio, the free and open source one-stop solution for video capture and livestreaming has a new release coming with the first Release Candidate for OBS Studio 26.1 out now.
What's the major new features? Here's the highlights:
- Added Virtual Camera output on macOS and Linux (needs v4l2loopback-dkms)
- Added the ability to use a separate audio track for the VOD when using Twitch
- If using Simple output mode, enable "Enable Advanced Encoder Settings", and enable "Twitch VOD Track (Uses Track 2)". Twitch VOD output will then be on audio track 2
- If using Advanced output mode in the Streaming tab, enable "Twitch VOD Track" and select the track you'd like to use for it
- Added OpenBSD support
- Added the ability to ingest captions coming from Decklink devices via "Decklink Captions" from the Tools menu
- Added hardware decoding options for stinger transitions
- Added an option to duplicate filters in the right-click context menu of filters
- Added ability to copy and paste a single filter between sources
- (API) Added a replay buffer save event to the frontend API
Virtual Camera support sounds useful, enabling you to use OBS Studio output as a camera for other apps. That could have quite a lot of uses I'm sure.
Along with the usual bug fixes, they also improved OBS Studio in a few other areas. For Linux specifically, it will now warn you if it detects other instances of it running which may cause problems. When setting up a new OBS Studio profile, it will now give you the option to run the auto-config wizard and it will also now show the maximum limits for streaming services in the settings.
OBS Studio has come so far it's an incredible piece of software, especially with the new noise suppression included with the last release that works wonders.
You can grab OBS Studio from the official site.