Virtual Lobby: How to use OBS software for broadcasts

Updated 3 months ago ​by Ciro D'imperio

How to create media entries (plugin) in the Virtual Lobby using streaming software, for example, more than one camera, microphones, camera cut, masks (GC) and other functions present in the program of your choice.

Using OBS Studio

OBS Studio is a free program used to transmit live video on the Internet, and it is possible to include multiple cameras, soundtrack, visual effects and texts.

To capture images and audio using OBS Studio and transmit them to a Virtual Lobby session, you will need:

1. Download and install the OBS Studio program.

2. Download and install the OBS Studio virtual camera plug-in.

3. Restart your computer so that the programs are available for use.

4. When accessing the Virtual Lobby, choose the software camera as the entrance camera.

Configure OBS Studio

Initializing the Virtual Cam

To start the OBS Studio virtual camera, you will need to open the software and access Tools in the top menu. Then click on VirtualCam.

A new window will open for you to configure your virtual camera. In the Target Camera option, it will be necessary to choose the same camera that was selected in the Virtual Lobby.

To complete the setup and start the camera, click Start.

It is necessary that the OBS Studio virtual camera plug-in has been installed to correctly perform this operation.

How to add a Source

After starting your virtual camera, you will need to indicate the source of the image you want to capture. To do this, locate the Source menu (software footer) and then click on the + sign to add a Source.

When clicking, an option list will be displayed on your screen, as shown in the image below. Add the source that makes sense for the purpose of your broadcast.

The OBS camera does not appear as a camera option when accessing the Virtual Lobby. What to do?

Depending on the version of your computer or your browser, the virtual camera created by the OBS plugin may not be recognized at first. If this happens, we recommend configuring the OBS camera as your browser's main camera.

For the OBS-camera to appear in the drop-down list of cameras, it is necessary to restart your computer, as indicated in step 3, after installing the software and the plugin.

How to configure OBS as the primary camera in Chrome

1. Access the settings panel of your Chrome browser through the three dots that are located in the upper right corner of your screen.

2. Click Settings.

3. Click Privacy and Security.

4. Click Site Settings.

5. Click Camera.

6. From the drop-down list, choose your software camera.

If you wish to use your computer's standard camera, you will need to undo the process indicated above by re-selecting it.

Frequently Asked Question

Which OBS source is best for a slide show?

For a slide show, we suggest that you choose the Window Capture Source.

After inserting the source, you must select which of the windows on your computer you want OBS to start transmitting to your screen. Finally, after choosing the correct window, just click OK and the font is added.

How do I capture the sound from my computer?

If you wish to capture the sound on your computer to share audio or video with music, you can add an Audio Output Capture source by clicking the + button and selecting this option.

Then select the option Create New and click OK.

On the next screen, in the Device option, change the option for your computer's Speakers. To finish, click Ok.

In addition, it is also possible to make a simple sound mix from the OBS Studio itself, where you can adjust both the volume of the computer's sound and the volume of the sound of your microphone, as in the example below. The same will apply to other sound outputs configured correctly.

I inserted the text / image source, but it doesn't appear on the virtual camera, why?

When inserting a Source, it will be necessary to configure it. Each source an unique setting and it will require different types of configurations.

In the case of a text or image source that has been inserted, but does not appear in the reproduction, we recommend that you review the source settings. For example: make sure there is no other source covering the font of the text, or interfering with the visualization inside the canvas you have created.

In addition, it is possible to click on the "eye" icon, next to each source, to make it visible or invisible.