OBS Studio 26.1 arrives with virtual camera support, OpenBSD and more

The release of the new version of OBS Studio 26.1 has just been announced, a version that stands out for adding virtual camera support for both MacOS and Linux, as well as OpenBSD support, bug fixes, and more.

For whom it is still unaware of OBS Studio, they should know that the objective of OBS Studio development is to create a free version of the Open Broadcaster Software application that is not tied to the Windows platform, supports OpenGL, and is extensible through plugins.

The difference is also the use of a modular architecture, which means the separation of the interface and the core of the program. Supports transcoding of original streams, video capture during games, and streaming to Twitch, Facebook Gaming, YouTube, DailyMotion, Hitbox, and other services. To ensure high performance, it is possible to use hardware acceleration mechanisms (for example, NVENC and VAAPI).

Main new features of OBS Studio 26.1

Of the main changes that stand out in this new version of the software, one of the most important is el virtual camera support which is now available for Linux and macOS, allowing the OBS output to be used as a webcam for other applications on the computer.

It is important to take into account that for Linux, you must have the v4l2loopback-dkms package installed for the virtual camera to work.

Another novelty that is presented is to usar video on demand (VOD) when using Twitch, plus the ability to use a separate audio track has been added. If using simple output mode, "Enable advanced encoder settings" and "Twitch VOD Track (use track 2)" must be used. The Twitch VOD output will be on audio track 2. If using the advanced output mode in the Streaming tab, you should enable "Twitch VOD Track" and select the track you would like to use for it.

On the other hand, tAdded support for the OpenBSD platform is also highlighted (Although this support is still considered in an early stage).

Regarding the improvements for Linux, we can find that the program will now detect other instances that are currently running and it will warn the user about running more than one copy at a time. And that when creating a new profile, you will now be given the option to run the automatic configuration wizard.

As well, Changed "Apply Streaming Service Bitrate" to "Ignore Streaming Service Configuration Recommendations", moved to the Streaming section of the window.

Of the other changes that stand out of this new version:

  • Added "Decklink Subtitles" item to Tools menu to get titles from Decklink devices.
  • Added the ability to enable hardware accelerated animated transition effects.
  • Added option to duplicate filters from context menu.
  • Added the ability to use the clipboard to move the filter between sources.
  • Added HLS (HTTP Live Streaming) support for YouTube.
  • Added a replay buffer save event to the interface API

Finally if you want to know more about it of this new version, you can check the details in the following link

How to install OBS Studio 26.1 on linux?

For those who are interested in being able to install this new version of OBS on their Linux distribution, They can do so by following the instructions we share below.

Installing OBS Studio 26.1 from Flatpak

In general, for almost any current Linux distribution, the installation of this software can be done with the help of Flatpak packages. They should only have the support to install these types of packages.

In a terminal they just have to execute the following command:

flatpak install flathub com.obsproject.Studio

In the event that you already have the application installed by this means, you can update it by executing the following command:

flatpak update com.obsproject.Studio

Installing OBS Studio 26.1 from Snap

Another general method of installing this application is with the help of Snap packages. In the same way as Flatpak, they must have the support to install these types of packages.

The installation is going to be done from a terminal by typing:

sudo snap install obs-studio

Installation done, now we are going to connect the media:

sudo snap connect obs-studio:camera
sudo snap connect obs-studio:removable-media

Installation from PPA (Ubuntu and derivatives)

For those who are Ubuntu users and derivatives, they can install the application by adding a repository to the system.

We add this by typing:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:obsproject/obs-studio

sudo apt-get update

And we install the application by running

sudo apt-get install obs-studio 
sudo apt-get install ffmpeg

 Arch Linux and derivatives

In the case of Arch Linux, Manjaro, Antergos and any other derivative users. We can perform the installation by typing the following command in a terminal:

sudo pacman -S obs-studio


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