After only two Release Candidates for testing, OBS Studio 26.1 has now officially rolled out with some fun new features for all supported platforms. If you're planning to do any sort of video creation on Linux, OBS Studio is now practically the standard. It's our go-to solution for everything when it comes to video creation (and plain audio recording since it has some easy real-time filters) and being free and open source is a nice big plus.
This release follows shortly after announcing YouTube as a new sponsor, so they have plenty of funding to keep bringing on new and advanced feature releases.
What's new in OBS Studio 26.1, here's the release highlights:
- Added Virtual Camera output on Linux (requires v4l2loopback-dkms) and macOS
- 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
- Added HLS support and ingests for YouTube
- Added a Replay buffer save event to the frontend API
Various bug fixes also made it in like properly warning you of more than one instance running, which can cause some issues (especially with Virtual Camera). There's also some helpful UI tweaks, like showing you the max limitations of various streaming services.
You can grab OBS Studio from the official site.