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After you’ve streamed a few times, you might be interested in recording your streams to post on YouTube and Twitch, or archive them for safekeeping. Luckily, Streamlabs OBS makes it super easy to record and stream simultaneously. All you have to do is hit the “Rec” button in the bottom right, next to “Go Live.”
But, to do it right, you’ll need to make sure you’re recording at the highest quality possible, and this requires a bit of extra setup. First, read How To Use Streamlabs OBS To Create Next-Level Videos and Livestreams for some basic setup tips like selecting your input sources, choosing the right audio and video settings, using the mixer and choosing a theme.
Ready to learn how to record with Streamlabs? Read on to learn which settings to use to get the best results.
The Output settings menu is the key to setting up Streamlabs OBS for recording.
Most of the key settings for recording in Streamlabs can be found in the Advanced Output Settings menu. Click the gear icon in the lower right to open Settings, select “Output,” and switch the Output Mode to “Advanced.” Then, reference the list below to make sure you’ve got the right settings for recording.
Once you’ve got everything set up, record a test stream to make sure your computer can handle the task of simultaneously streaming and recording. If you’re a game streamer, choose a processing-intensive game to test the limits of your system. Stream for at least 15 minutes and check the Performance Metrics in Streamlabs or your operating system to monitor your CPU, GPU and memory usage. If any of those stats get close to 100%, you may need to settle for slightly lower recording quality settings to ease the burden on your computer.
When you’re done, import your test recording into a video editor like Descript to make sure the quality is good and all of your audio tracks sound clean. Now that you’ve learned how to record a livestream, you’re all set to go live and record the real thing!