Instruction with Open Broadcast Software (OBS)
This session will occur online and is facilitated by the University of Toronto Scarborough Library. It is part of the library's Digital Scholarship @UTSC Series.
- David Kwasny, Digital Projects and Technologies Librarian, University of Toronto Scarborough Library
- Chad Crichton, Liason Librarian, University of Toronto Scarborough Library
Open Broadcast Software Studio is a popular open-source streaming software. It gained most of its notoriety with the rise of the video game streaming platform Twitch. It is currently used by these streamers to synchronously display their videogame play, a camera of themself playing, and generate graphic overlays, while conversing with viewers through chat functions. Based on their ability to do all of these actions synchronously, I wondered if it could also be used for synchronous online instruction.
Over the course of this two-day workshop, you will learn to use OBS Studio and how to use virtual cameras within Zoom, Teams, or BB Collaborate, to use the software during instruction. I will show you how to stage your Scenes and Sources in your Preview and Transition them to your Program and go over all the features of the software. Additionally, we will have some fun with this, I will go over greenscreen techniques, methods of creating panel discussions, and present PowerPoints like a weatherperson infront of their display, understanding the software interface, create tickers for important information, how to use OBS to record your desktop for instructional videos, and how you can use the software to provide a more dynamic synchronous and asynchronous instruction experiences for your students.
This software can be downloaded for Windows, Mac, or Linux: https://obsproject.com/
Windows Virtual Camera: https://github.com/CatxFish/obs-virtual-cam
Mac Virtual Camera: https://github.com/johnboiles/obs-mac-virtualcam
Day 1: Interface Introduction, Using Virtual Cameras, Understanding Scenes & Sources
Day 2: Advanced Streaming & Problem Discovery and Solutions