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Instruction with Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) In-Person

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/  

Virtual Cameras

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 

Wednesday, December 9, 2020
10:00am - 1:00pm
Time Zone:
Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)
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