Getting Started with OBS — Scenes

To make things easy on those of us who make content for multiple shows, or stream for multiple brands, OBS lets us have unique setups for different situations. If you haven’t already, check out the partner post, “Getting Started with OBS-Profiles” where I go over all the major settings for OBS.

Scene Collections

Scene Collections are a set of scenes that you’ve made for your streams. For example you could have a Scene Collection for different shows, with different branding elements. I have one for each of my podcasts. This makes it really easy to switch between shows.

So let’s set one up! In the menu select Scene Collection and choose “new” give it a name and hit return.

Now we’ve got a blank slate to build on. You’ll notice two boxes for your scenes and your sources. A Scene is a set of Sources in a certain order. A simple Scene might be a full-screen with a small graphic on top of it.

Let’s make that happen

First let’s rename the default Scene.. Right click the word “Scene” and choose “Rename.”

Change it to say “Full-Screen Camera” and hit return.

Now we just need to add some sources to this scene.

In the Source window click the “+” button and dropdown to “Video Capture Device.” You’ll get a pop up that asks if you want to create a new source or use an existing source. Choose “Create New” and give it a name you’ll recognize like “Webcam.”

The pop-up for choosing a ‘video capture device’

Then in the window that shows up next you can select your video capture device. Simply choose it from the dropdown. and choose a preset size, something like 1280×720. You’ll immediately see your camera feed in the main OBS window. If the settings in your profile are set to 1280×720 your camera will be full screen.

If you have a different size in your settings and you camera doesn’t quite fill the screen, you can grab the red ‘handles’ and stretch the camera to full screen. Or you can hit command “F” to make the selected source be full-screen.

Now let’s add something over the camera. Simply click the ‘+’ button again and this time choose “Image.” In the window that pops up, browse to the location of the picture you want, then hit OK. Your image will appear over your camera with red handles that you can use to adjust the size of your image.

You can also click and drag your picture to any place within the scene

If you can’t see your picture for some reason, double check that it is listed above your camera in the sources list. This is a hierarchal list. Anything at the top of the list will appear all of the sources below it. You can stack multiple images and sources on top of each other. i.e., place your camera in a box over the top of a screen capture of your game. Or place a graphic frame around your entire broadcast.

That’s a simple setup for Scenes. There are many other options under the source ‘+’ button. Experiment with some of the others like “Display Capture” or “Window Capture.”

Now that you know how to build things for your scene, you can make multiple scenes. Go back to the scene list on the left, and click that ‘+’ button to start a new layout. Or right click your first scene and select “Duplicate” to get a copy of the scene you just made and make some adjustments.

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