OBS Studio 26 is already among us to continue delighting the professionals of the streaming and the screencasting. In addition to being a reference application within its segment, its source code is published under the license GPLv2, so it is also one of the great prides of the free software movement.
OBS Studio includes many interesting news that do not have to reach all users. For all systems, the addition of a source toolbar for easy access to the most relevant controls can be highlighted, which can be toggled through the ‘View’ menu; the addition of media controls to control VLC or media source playback to the toolbar when selecting a media source, VLC source, or presentation; in addition to a new noise suppression method called RNNoise, which is based on Artificial Intelligence and you should improve results by using your voice.
Continuing with the “generic” novelties of OBS Studio 26, we find the possibility of taking screenshots with a hotkey, the addition of a record viewer, the addition of “A percentage toggle checkbox to volume controls in advanced audio properties”, better audio capture support for BSD systems, the ability to disable antialiasing for text sources and “A context menu option when right-clicking on projectors to make a specific projector always on top of other windows.”
Among the improvements we can highlight the QSV encoder, which should improve the performance of OBS Studio on Intel graphics; The increase of “the refresh rate of the level meters in the audio mixer from 30Hz to 60Hz to improve smoothness and responsiveness “; a new “Right click context menu when clicking on scripts to allow opening script file location or reloading specific scripts”; and the inclusion in NVENC of a friendlier warning when an outdated NVIDIA driver is being used.
After covering some of the most interesting aspects that have come to all, we are left with the introduced exclusively on Linux. For our favorite system, four fixes stand out for the following problems:
- One that caused the browser font to crash when searching for files.
- Another affecting the “always on top” feature, which sometimes didn’t work with projectors.
- The wrong answer to pan and tilt controls on cameras using V4L2.
- Incorrect detection of the language used in the system in some contexts.
- Failure of camera controls on video devices.
Among other features for GNU / Linux, one of the most you should be concerned about is Wayland support. Fortunately, Georges Stavracas, who also contributes to the support of screencasting of GNOME, is going forward towards his goal of capturing a Wayland session with OBS Studio, which is that the screencasting (which obviously also encompasses the streaming) has become one of the major achilles tendons of the graphical server called to replace Xorg.
OBS Studio 26 can be obtained by Windows and macOS users from the official website of the project or the release notes of the version at hand. For GNU / Linux users the situation, as always, becomes more complex, not more difficult.
Distribution users rolling release as Arch Linux just have to wait for the update to arrive (if it hasn’t already), Ubuntu can resort to this PPA (version 26 is already available) and Fedora can take a chance with what is offered by RPMFusion (At the moment it is still in version 25). Alternatively, those who don’t want to deal with dependencies can pull the versions Snap Y Flatpak, which are not official.