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Cool Tool: OBS Studio

Friday, May 1, 2020

Whether it's for broadcasting a training session throughout your organization, making tutorials, or giving people a tool to help them create user-generated content, easy-to-use video software is always beneficial for talent development. And for those with limited resources at their disposal, free software is even better. That's where OBS Studio comes in.

An open-source software for video recording and live streaming, OBS Studio ( is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems. It features real-time video and audio capturing and mixing, enabling you to mix media from sources such as screencasts and webcam footage to make professional-looking videos. It comes with deep configuration options and settings, making the software easy to fine-tune for an organization's needs. Also, being open source, the software's code is publicly available, which means companies can provide it to their IT departments for deeper customization.


In addition to its powerful, budget-friendly features, OBS Studio has many support resources that ease the learning curve. On its help page, you can find a wiki and guides for using the program and troubleshooting. There is also a link to an active Discord chat room and forums where you can communicate directly with other OBS Studio community members, power users, and developers.

About the Author

The Association for Talent Development (ATD) is a professional membership organization supporting those who develop the knowledge and skills of employees in organizations around the world. The ATD Staff, along with a worldwide network of volunteers work to empower professionals to develop talent in the workplace.

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