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A simple step-by-step guide for using OBS for Online Teaching

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Do you want to start online teaching? What a great thought! 

Due to the economic downturn, layoffs, lockdown measures, and the risk of sickness brought on by COVID-19, self-employed such as online teaching are becoming increasingly appealing. 

Online teaching and learning have grown manifold compared to the times before the pandemic. There is a significant change in the behaviour of learners and teaching. The volume of teachers turning into online teachers has increased enormously. The pandemic situation has created an irreversible change in the learning community. 

According to the research done by T. Muthuprasad, the benefits of online learning were regarded as having a flexible schedule and being convenient. Online learning allows students to learn at their own speed and at a time that is convenient for them. As a result, the demand for online education is fueled by its flexibility and convenience. 

Online Teaching

The technique of educating people via the internet is known as online teaching. One-on-one video chats, group video calls, & webinars are some options.

What is OBS?

OBS, or Open Broadcaster Software, is a Mac and Windows-compatible free and open-source solution for offline video recording and live streaming. Thanks to its open canvas approach to video creation, this programme can mix a range of audio and video inputs to a single output for creative video and broadcast applications. With this multipurpose application, recording is a breeze, as OBS may record directly to your hard drive-in record only mode or in conjunction with a simultaneous live stream. With the built-in ability to stream to your custom RTMP servers, OBS permits live broadcasts to various prominent streaming platforms, including Youtube, Facebook Live, Twitch, Twitter, and Mixer, and helps teachers with online teaching. 

Download OBS here and install it on your device. 

It works with Windows, Mac, and Linux. 

A step-by-step guide to using OBS software

◉ Step - 1

Go to the control panel and select studio mode; you will now see two windows, one for preview and the other for the programme. The output window of the programme has been created. 

◉ Step - 2

Now go to the first box with the word “SCENE” written. There’s no need to create another scenario right now if one already exists. However, you can make many more by clicking the plus symbol or right-clicking in the box. 

◉ Step - 3

After you’ve created the “scene,” you’ll need to construct the “source.” In the source box, it will be generated. Simply press the plus button, but wait, what source is required? Define your purpose with the source? Do you want to record your PPT or any other media file, image, or use your webcam? Yes, simply click the plus sign or right-click in the box to record a PPT presentation. A popup window with options will appear; examine it from the bottom side and click on “window capture” first. 

◉ Step - 4

Why would you want to capture a window? This will record your PPT. But, for me, the question is how. Yes, you simply click it, and another popup window will appear. Sift through it and note the three options listed below. The first is “window,” followed by “capture method,” and finally “window match.” 

◉ Step - 5

Select “OK” from the drop-down menu.

◉ Step - 6

It’s now visible in the source box. Bring your PPT into presentation mode by opening it. The sliding mode is now visible. From here, go to the OBS Studio window. OH! There is no way to get there from the lower side, so how will you get there? Press the ALT and Tab keys simultaneously. 

◉ Step - 7

Yes, you can see all of your computer’s open windows.

◉ Step - 8

Simply choose the OBS window, and you will be sent to the OBS panel. 

◉ Step - 9

Return to the source (below the box) and choose the window capture file. 

◉ Step - 10

A popup window will appear when you click it again, similar to the one you saw earlier; scroll down to the box where “window” is written. You must now select your slide in the full slide mode option. 

◉ Step - 11

When you cannot select the appropriate PPT option, you will only see those slides that are not in presentation mode. No issue, just go back to window capture and select the right choice from the window box. 

◉ Step - 12

In the preview option, you can now see your slide 

◉ Step - 13

If you select the preview option on PPT, you will see an exterior edge. Select that and drag it here and there to reduce or raise its size. 

◉ Step - 14

Remember that whatever you type in this preview box is the only thing this software will record. 

◉ Step - 15

Next, we will discuss webcam applications. Go to the source for it. Select “Video Capture” from the bottom side by clicking the + sign. 

◉ Step - 16

Your webcam will be present there if you click OK. 

◉ Step - 17

In preview, position the webcam in one corner. As a result, set your camera and PPT to symmetry mode; neither your PPT nor your camera view should be too small if you’re using one.

◉ Step - 18

After that, tick the audio mixer box from the “source” menu. Is there a blue line that extends to the speaker icon? If not, you should pull it. Then look for whether there is a green or yellow tint when you talk; if so, your mic is working. But, if not, what will you do? In most cases, this does not occur; but if it does, please leave a message/comment below. 

◉ Step - 19

Right now, pay close attention to the controls. Streaming is the first choice, followed by recording, studio, and setup buttons. You only need to click the setting button and look at the popup window. You will notice an output option in this window, which you may select to see the recording option. 

◉ Step - 20

You can give the storage path to your recording. Select Browse and create a folder in the drive of your choice.

◉ Step - 21

When you record a video in the future, you can find it in that folder.

Let us know about TutorPlus, the best alternative for OBS for online teaching

Do you know a simple device can transform the way you teach? Become limitless with TutorPlus Live while you are teaching online. Interesting and intelligent device to use for online teaching. You never need to follow these tedious steps. You are one click away to go live or record an engaging online lecture. 

Let us see the features of TutorPlus Live

  • Touch Interactivity: Turns any display into a touch interactive device. You can simply annotate on the device by getting any document to the display and explain the concepts in an interactive way. Let your students understand the concepts in a deeper manner. 
  • Knuera Teach Suite: You can have a bundle of teaching tools and the device in the form of Knuera Teach Suite. Teach every concept visually. For example, teaching the construction of a triangle and circumcircle online is a challenging task for a mathematics teacher. Tools like a compass, ruler, and protractor in the suite allow you to show how to make a circumcircle or to draw a tangent to the circle effortlessly. 
  • Live Stream or Record: An option on the display to go live to your class is present on the canvas. You can simply click on it and go live or record. 
  • A Built-in Camera: A super HD wide-angle camera that can capture you even when close to the display. 
  • A Built-in Mic-Array: A built-in mic array with smart noise cancellation can capture your voice clearly from a long distance of 5m. 

TutorPlus Live is a unique device that can be used to teach online and offline classes. It can be used in blended mode too.  

Final Words

We hope this write-up has helped your online teaching initiative. If you have a laptop, camera and mic system, you can go live instantly. TutorPlus can be the best solution and alternative for OBS. 

Learn more about TutorPlus. Don’t hesitate to contact us. 

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