How to Record Zoom with OBS

Zoom has quickly become one of the most popular conferencing tools in the world, allowing businesses and groups to seamlessly schedule and join meetings. However, the standard Zoom recording capabilities leave a lot to be desired and usually suffer in quality as it tries to keep the livestream side effective. Therefore, many users turn to third-party recording programs to improve their recording quality and enhance the capabilities of Zoom.

There are two ways to use OBS with Zoom. The first is to just record whatever Zoom is running and use the OBS’s superior resolution and sound quality to edit that recording for later use. However, OBS can also connect directly to Zoom, allowing you to make real-time changes, add more sound channels, and even enhance live streaming Zoom conferences.

Record a Zoom meeting with OBS

If you want to record and save Zoom meetings for later, you can get great results without any third-party tools. All you need to install is OBS and Zoom. Here’s what to do:

  1. Launch Zoom and OBS.
  2. In OBS, under sourcesClick on the + icon and select View recording. This works best if you have more than one monitor for your PC, but it still works if you only have one.

    You can use the Capture window option and select Zoom.exe as your source, but this may not always work.
  3. Name the recording whatever you want and then click Okay. You can use the name of the monitor you are using for Zoom to keep it simple.
  4. Choose the monitor to display the video from the drop-down list. The preview shows the current feed from the monitor.
  5. Uncheck the box Capture cursor box.
  6. Click Okay when you are happy with the choice. Your OBS now has the current monitor feed on the display. You will usually see cascading previews if OBS is also on that monitor.

    Now you need to add the audio coming from you (the microphone) and the participants (the computer audio).
  7. In OBS click + below sources again, then choose Capture audio input.
  8. Rename the recording source if you want to keep it separate from the other source and avoid confusion, then press Okay.
  9. Select your input device from the drop-down list, then press Okay. You will now see a new audio input in the audio mixer screen below the video preview showing you the microphone recording.
  10. Add another source by pressing . to click + and select Capture audio output.
  11. Rename the source if desired, then select Okay.
  12. Choose the output device from the list. To avoid duplicate sounds, we recommend using headphones. Press Okaydo you see the second line in the audio mixer section.
  13. Press Start recordingyou can also use Start streaming if you want to stream the conference elsewhere.
  14. Maximize Zoom to full screen mode to make it the only visible program displayed.
  15. When you’re done recording, return Zoom to windowed mode and select Stop recording.

The video will have a short period when Zoom is not in full screen, and the cascading preview will show if the OBS is on the same screen. You can remove that in post-processing if necessary.

The sound in the recording is doubled if you use speakers because your microphone picks up the output sound from your device. Use headphones to avoid this.

Connect OBS and Zoom

If you want more freedom in Zoom meetings and have OBS the main program for your video and audio, you need to connect them. For this we recommend using the OBS VirtualCam plugin.

Here’s what to do:

  1. Download the OBS plugin. Follow the instructions in the installers.
  2. In OBS Studio go to Tools in the top bar and select VirtualCam.
  3. Turn on the virtual camera OBS camera and click Okay to save the settings.
  4. When you’re done, click Get started bottom right of the pop-up window.
  5. Select in the Zoom app Video source in the meeting or the General settings.
  6. Select OBS camera as your video source. If the camera is not displayed, select Start video. Your video feed from OBS will now be routed directly to Zoom and any change or effect you make will be reflected in Zoom.

Your OBS and Zoom are now connected, so any changes made to OBS will be reflected in Zoom.

To use Capture window or View recording to start recording or streaming your Zoom meeting in OBS.

Higher quality recording with OBS and zooming together

When you use OBS to record and manage your Zoom meetings, you can get higher resolution video and audio. While Zoom can be used perfectly as a live meeting platform, the things you can do with OBS far outweigh the cost of setting up the system. Play around with the settings to get the results that work best for you.

How is your Zoom and OBS system set up? Let us know in the comment section below.

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