A new version of OBS Studio, version 30.0, has been released with a number of new features and improvements.

OBS Studio is free, open-source live streaming and screen recording software that is popular with gamers, streamers, and even educators and businesses due to its powerful feature set, customisation options, and easy-to-use interface.

For Linux users, OBS Studio 30 is big update as it supports Intel QSV (Quick Sync Video) H264, HEVC, and AV1 on Linux. These additions will significantly improve OBS Studio’s performance on Linux when streaming or recording high-resolution video.

A screenshot of OBS Studio on Ubuntu 20.04
OBS Studio is popular with streamers

A new ‘Safe Mode’ enables users to run OBS Studio without third-party plugins, scripting, or websockets. If the app is not shut down properly, it will prompt to run in the new safe mode to support troubleshooting. Additionally, safe mode can be accessed from the Help menu

OBS Studio 30 also adds WHIP/WebRTC output, and support for HDR playback and 10-bit capture on DeckLink devices.

A revamped status bar shows all the info users are familiar with bit in a “well structured way, with more representative and recognizable icons”, say OBS.

Beyond new features OBS Studio 30.0 includes a huge number of changes, including:

  • Audio/video encoder drop-downs sorted by name
  • Accurate logging for Hardware Accelerated GPU
  • Filters can be arranged using drag & drop
  • Support for grayscale MJPEG in V4L/DirectShow sources
  • Ability to set FFmpeg Options for VAAPI
  • Dynamic bitrate for AMF encoders
  • v4l2 sources now always use linear alpha blending

Over 50 bug fixes are included in this release. They address crash issues in various PipeWire-related scenarios, issues when rapidly changing scenes or switching NVIDIA audio filters too rapidly, low video quality in FFmpeg VAAPI AMD encoder, and a race condition in the Vulkan graphics stack

For more details, refer to the OBS Studio 30.0.0 release notes on GitHub (a link to which is now accessible in-app via the Help menu). You can also download an OBS Studio DEB installer for Ubuntu although the official OBS Studio PPA also offers builds for Ubuntu.

Note: this version drops support for Ubuntu 20.04, Qt 5, and FFmpeg 4.4 or lower.

Flatpak fans can get OBS Studio on Flathub.

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