Use OBS as a Virtual Camera with Riverside

OBS (Open Broadcaster Software) is an open-source, cross-platform streaming and recording program. You can use it to add images, overlays, filters, backgrounds, and more to the video feed created by a physical camera connected to your computer. Follow the steps below to set up OBS as a Virtual Camera with Riverside.

NOTE:
Virtual Cameras like OBS use a lot of your computer's processing power to enhance your video feed. We recommend reducing the Studio's default quality (recording resolution) to ensure the best recording and a local High Quality Track with a smooth frame rate when using a virtual camera.

Step by step:

  1. Using a computer, download and install OBS.
  2. Close any programs that may be accessing your computer's camera, including any browser windows with the Riverside Studio.
  3. Open OBS and click Tools, then select Auto-Configuration Wizard.
  4. Under Usage Information, select I will only be using the virtual camera.
  5. Click Next, then click Apply Settings.
  6. In the Sources panel, click + (the plus button) and select Video Capture Device.
  7. Enter a name for the device and click OK.
  8. In the Properties window, select a camera connected to your computer in the dropdown next to Device.
  9. Click OK.
    TIP:
    Use + (the plus button) to add additional visual sources like images, a display/screen capture, or a web page.
  10. In the OBS Controls panel on the right, click Start Virtual Camera.OBS-01-Start-Virtual-Camera.png
  11. After starting the OBS Virtual Camera, join a Studio on Riverside.
  12. In the Studio's Lobby, select the OBS Virtual Cam as the camera input.
    NOTE:
    If you do not see OBS Virtual Camera, restart your browser or try these troubleshooting steps.
    OBS-02-Select-Virtual-Camera-crop-resize.png
NOTE:
Text or graphics you add in OBS will look reversed in the Riverside Studio because your video is mirrored by default. The video track recorded by Riverside is not mirrored and will look as it does in the OBS preview to other participants.

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