OBS Studio 30.0.0

November 12, 2023 - Software
OBS Studio 30.0.0

OBS Studio is an application designed for gamers, artists, developers or amateur users who enjoy creating tutorials and streams that they share over the Internet. Create high quality recording with OpenGL or Direct3D on your desktop and stream them on the Internet via this intuitive software solution. Works with multiple streaming services, including Twitch The setup is quick and uneventful, so it is unlikely that you can encounter any issues at this stage. Upon launch, you are welcomed by a minimalistic, yet clean and intuitive interface that displays all available features and functions.

You should know that the program allows you to connect to the major streaming services, such as Twitch, YouTube or DailyMotion, for instance. Alternatively, you can add your custom streaming service or save the recordings on your local drives in high-quality formats (MOV, FLV, MKV, MP4, TS and M3u8).

As you would expect, the application permits you to configure the stream, so that you can be sure that the audience watching your live recording gets quality. Therefore, you can change the resolution, adjust the FPS, alter the delay and set the maximum bitrate, so that they are suitable for a wider range of devices.

Enables you to add multimedia files into the stream easily
Even though the primary goal of the initial releases was to make the application work on multiple platforms, there are some notable differences between this too and Open Broadcaster Software.

For starters, the program comes with a more dynamic API that enables developers to create their own plugins, so that they can have a more efficient control over the streaming experience. In addition, the Studio version allows you to include more type of files into the streaming, such as Audio Input and Output Capture, Display Captures, Images and Browser, for instance.

Perhaps the most noteworthy difference is the Studio mode that enables you to compare scenes and customize transitions with just a few clicks. It is worth mentioning that both applications allow you to record videos from various sources and integrate text, media, desktop recording, game capture or webcam streams into the content.

A tool that allows you to better manage the streaming process
Irrespective of whether you are creating a tutorial to upload for your gamers friends or you want to exhibit a highlight feature of a product that you want to launch in the near future, OBS Studio enables you to make live recordings that you stream or save locally effortlessly.



  • Added support for the AMD AV1 Encoder for the RX7000 series GPUs on Windows [AMD/Jim]
  • Added support for the Intel AV1 Encoder for Arc GPUs on Windows [Intel/Jim]
    • Note: CQP is available but not fully supported
  • Added support for the Intel HEVC Encoder on Windows [yuriy-chumak/rcdrone/Jim]
  • Added an upward compressor filter [pkv]
  • Added a 3-band equalizer filter [Jim]
  • Added support for native HEVC and ProRes encoders on macOS, including P010 and HDR [Developer-Ecosystem-Engineering/PatTheMav/gxalpha]
  • Added support for macOS Desk View [Developer-Ecosystem-Engineering]
  • Added update channels for opting into receiving beta/release-candidate builds to Windows [Rodney]
    • Work is still underway to get everything ready on the server side, updating via the built-in updater may not be available until later in the OBS 30.0 beta-testing period
  • Websockets updated to 5.1.0, which has a number of bug fixes, UI improvements, and new stream reconnect events. [tt2468]

Tweaks and Improvements

  • The Replay Buffer’s memory limit is now set to 75% of installed system RAM rather than fixed to 8GB [Rodney]
  • Added media key support in Linux [kkartaltepe]
  • Various improvements to NVIDIA Video and Audio filters, including a Mask Refresh slider and support for temporal processing, which provides better quality masking [pkv]
  • Improved Display Capture screen naming & saving on Windows; indexes should now match regardless of Mode, and reconnected displays should show the correct monitor [jpark37]
    • Note: This does mean existing Display Capture sources will be blank until manually configured, to avoid showing the wrong display
  • Added support for encryption and authentication for SRT and RIST outputs [pkv]
  • Disabled ScreenCaptureKit Display & App capture on macOS 12 due to various issues; users should either update to macOS 13 or use the existing Screen Capture source [PatTheMav]
  • Removed the automatic numbering on Multiview labels [Warchamp7]
  • Added the ability to mute individual browser docks [WizardCM]
  • Added the ability to right click and ‘Inspect’ individual browser docks [WizardCM]
  • Changed the default Simple Output NVENC preset to P5 for better compatibility & performance [RytoEX]
  • Added support for higher refresh rates in the Video Capture Device source on Windows [WizardCM/EposVox]
  • Added the Apple VT Hardware encoder to the Auto Configuration Wizard [gxalpha]
  • Improved FFmpeg VA-API enablement by directly using Libva to check device capabilities [tytan652]
  • Various minor UX/accessibility tweaks in the UI [Warchamp7/cg2121]
  • Raised the speed at which dynamic bitrate recovers after a drop [Jim]
  • Audio should now be automatically captured for most capture card brands using the Video Capture Device source on Windows [WizardCM/EposVox]
  • Added a slide counter to the Source Toolbar when an Image Slide Show is selected [cg2121]

30.0 New Features

Added WHIP/WebRTC output [Sean-Der / kc5nra / DDRBoxman / tt2468]
With the introduction of WHIP, FTL is slated for removal in a release after May 2024
Redesigned the status bar [cg2121 / GeorgesStavracas / Warchamp7]
The redesigned status bar now provides the same information in a more organized and well structured way, with more representative and recognizable icons.
Added option for Full-Height docks to the “Docks” menu [ujifgc]
When enabled, a dock such as chat can take up the entire height of the OBS window
Added support for Intel QSV H264, HEVC, AV1 on Linux [kkartaltepe]
Added a shader cache to improve OBS startup time on Windows [notr1ch]
Added application audio capture on macOS [jcm93]
Added a “Safe Mode” that runs OBS without third-party plugins, scripting, and websockets [derrod]
When OBS detects that it was not shut down properly it will offer the user the option to launch in Safe Mode for troubleshooting purposes. It can also be manually activated via the “Help” menu.
Reworked the virtual camera on macOS to work with all applications (on macOS 13 and newer) [gxalpha/PatTheMav]
Added a YouTube Live Control Room Panel when streaming to YouTube [yuriy-chunak]
Added 10-bit capture support for Decklink devices [jpark37]
Added HDR playback support for Decklink output [jpark37]
Added an option to hide OBS windows from macOS Screen Capture’s “Display Capture” [PatTheMav]

30.0 Changes

Changed audio/video encoder dropdowns to be sorted by name [gxalpha]
Changed the list of applications in the macOS Screen Capture source to be sorted by name [Colerar]
Updated NVIDIA Audio/Video Effects SDK versions [pkviet]
Added more accurate logging for Hardware Accelerated GPU Scheduling status and support [derrod]
Added the ability to arrange filters via drag & drop [cg2121]
Clarified surround sound warning for YouTube 5.1 audio support [pkv]
Added warning if Lenovo Vantage is installed [notr1ch]
Added logging for scene changes in Studio Mode [Penwy]
Changed Video Capture Device sources on Windows to not show an audio device in the Audio Mixer if none is available/selected [Exeldro]
Added support for grayscale MJPEG in V4L / DirectShow sources [Staacks]
Improved settings interface of the “Text (FreeType 2)” source [gxalpha]
Added button to reactivate stopped capture in macOS Screen Capture [gxalpha]
Changed scene collection removal to retain a backup file (.bak) that can be easily reimported if needed [derrod]
Added IPv6 support for RTMP streaming output with IPv4 fallback (“happy eyeballs”) for dual-stack streaming services. The preferred protocol can still be selected in advanced settings. [jgh-twitch]
Fixed virtual camera output when used with additional output channels (e.g., Downstream Keyer plugin) [tytan652]
Added ability to set FFmpeg Options for VAAPI [nowrep]
Added a Help menu item to view the Release Notes [WizardCM]
Added logging for “Ignore streaming service setting recommendations” [derrod]
Added logging for Video Capture Devices on macOS for portrait and studio light effects [gxalpha]
Added more logging for Video Capture Device names on Windows [norihiro]
Added more logging for QSV [RytoEX]
Added logging for WASAPI source names on Windows [prgmitchell]
Increased minimum output resolution to 32×32 to prevent certain encoder failure scenarios [RytoEX]
Reenabled dynamic bitrate for AMF encoders [derrod]
Enabled “Paste Filters” after copying from scenes or mixer [gxalpha]
Removed D3D9 code from QSV encoder plugin [RytoEX]
Changed QSV plugin settings new to Beta 1 to use translatable strings [RytoEX]
Exposed shader creation errors [exeldro]
Changed v4l2 sources to always use linear alpha blending [SludgePhD]

30.0 Bug Fixes

Fixed a crash when using Touch Portal to control OBS [notr1ch]
Fixed a crash when selecting a window in PipeWire capture if one is already selected [GeorgesStavracas]
Fixed a crash on OBS shutdown on macOS [norihiro]
Fixed a crash with the auto-config wizard [norihiro]
Fixed a crash when trying to capture screen via PipeWire [columbarius]
Fixed a crash when rapidly changing scenes [PatTheMav]
Fixed a crash when quickly switching between NVIDIA Audio Filters [pkviet]
Fixed a crash when starting and stopping multiple DeckLink outputs [jpark37]
Fixed a crash caused by plugins deleting properties [ujifgc]
Fixed an issue that could cause hardware encoders not showing up as options on capable GPUs [notr1ch]
Fixed possible security certificate verification failure when trying to stream with RTMPS on macOS [PatTheMav]
Fixed checking for updates not working on Windows if the username contains special characters [derrod]
Affected users will have to manually update to OBS 30.0
Removed legacy AMD encoder plugin [derrod]
Users upgrading from an older OBS version will continue to be able to use the old plugin
Fixed max bitrate not working in NVENC VBR mode [flaeri]
Fixed async sources (e.g. video capture devices) sometimes unnecessarily dropping frames while buffering is enabled [derrod]
Fixed order of IP binding/family setting [tytan652]
Fixed some issues with hotkeys with groups and duplicate sceneitems [derrod]
Fixed warnings being cut off in the UI in Simple Output Mode [gxalpha]
Fixed the installed version number visible in Windows Settings not being updated when using the auto-updater [derrod]
Fixed window capture showing the last frame of a closed window on Windows [Walker-WSH]
Fixed alignment helpers rendering below safe area indicators [cg2121]
Fixed some edge cases where certain undo/redo actions could behave in unexpected ways [derrod]
Fixed media source restarting playback when not necessary [CodeYan01]
Fixed frontend_save_callback in Python scripts [Penwy]
Fixed “flip” not working with “stretch to bounds” [Penwy]
Fixed OBS stealing focus when launching minimized [BenJuan26]
Fixed lossless recording not working if fragmented MP4/MOV was selected [gxalpha]
Fixed rendezvous mode with SRT [pkv]
Fixed browser source events not being sent to all frames [Exeldro]
Improved FFmpeg VAAPI AMD encoder video quality [nowrep]
Fixed virtual camera not deactivating correctly in some cases [Lain-B]
Fixed lag with VLC media source, particularly on macOS [usakhelo]
Fixed “Show more” in service settings selecting the first service in the list [gxalpha]
Fixed incorrectly positioned labels in a scenes-only multiview projector [norihiro]
Fixed detected framerate of videos encoded with Custom Output (FFmpeg) [jack-karamanian]
Fixed a bug where the “Show fullscreen and hidden windows/applications” option in macOS Screen Capture did not apply immediately [niw]
Fixed a bug where the Auto-Configuration Wizard didn’t save YouTube stream key [Lain-B]
Fixed a bug where the OK button was enabled in the Add Source dialog if “Add Existing” was selected but no existing source was selected [gxalpha]
Fixed a bug where using VoiceOver to toggle the “Use Different Colors” GroupBox in the Accessibility settings, the Apply button would not activate [gxalpha]
Fixed a bug where the Auto-Configuration Wizard would show current frame rate in scientific notation if FPS was 100 or greater [gxalpha]
Fixed an issue where importing a Streamlabs Desktop scene collection would result in OBS performing seemingly random scene changes and scene item visibility changes [prgmitchell]
Fixed not being able to select a stream audio encoder if previous selection was invalidated [derrod]
Fixed source transform shortcuts in context (flip, rotate, etc.) when multiple scene items are selected [gxalpha]
Fixed source type version when dropping files onto the OBS UI [norihiro]
Fixed alignment of vertical audio mixer controls [cg2121]
Fixed a bug where HDR video could incorrectly produce black pixels when tonemapping [jpark37]
Fixed v4l2 source not working correctly with certain non-standard input frame rates [kkartaltepe]
Fixed hotkeys of different scene items for the same source not being saved correctly [derrod]
Fixed hotkeys being lost when moving a source in or out of a group [derrod]
Fixed a possible issue with logging high frame rate video capture devices on Linux [kkartaltepe]
Fixed a bug causing AMF AV1 to have low quality in Simple Output Mode [Penwy]
Fixed a race condition in the Vulkan graphics hook [sawillms]
Fixed an issue with Sparkle delta updates [PatTheMav]
Fixed some unexpected behavior when transforming sources in groups [Zulleyy3]
Fixed Stream Key label not displaying in UI [TianQiBuTian]
Fixed “Use Stream Key” button not hiding from UI when appropriate [TianQiBuTian]


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