Best OBS Alternatives to Live Stream and Record Screen

author Lois Green
date Thursday, August 02, 2018

Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) is a very powerful screen recording and live streaming app for gamers with multiple professional functions and high-quality footage. It can create several views with several sources (your webcam and microphone, footage from games, etc.), recording more than one window and its comprehensive setting allows you to fine-tune every possible feature of the recording. General speaking, it is a very powerful app for those experienced and professional people who do live stream and video making.

However, it lacks stability and security since it is a free and open source software. You may frequently encounter issues like OBS black windows (opens new window) or OBS stop working when using it and yet cannot find service support or guidance from developers. Therefore, today I will introduce you alternatives to OBS, an easy-to-use yet powerful and stable screen recording software and 3 wonderful live stream apps.

OBS Blackscreen


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Best Alternative to OBS Screen Recorder

FonePaw Screen Recorder (opens new window) is a beginner-friendly, easy-to-use yet powerful software with concise user interface layout. With OBS, you may have trouble trying to figure out how to use OBS (opens new window), while recording gameplay with the FonePaw recorder, you can start recording without any guidance. Also, this recorder is more stable and safe to use with follow-on product support and guarantee. Moreover, it shares many useful features and powerful functions with OBS. Let's have a look!

#Record microphone voice as well as system voice

FonePaw Screen Recorder is equipped with 3 tools: Video Recorder, Audio Recorder, Snapshot. In both the interface of Video Recorder and Audio Recorder, you can choose to turn on microphone & system voice recording by respectively clicking the switch buttons below the loudspeaker and microphone icons.

Video Recorder Microphone

Recorder System Sound

#Record a specific window

When recording screen videos with Video Recorder, click the down arrow beside display icon and choose "Lock window" so that you can fix your recording on the window you pick up. It's quite practical when you need to do other things on the computer while recording game, live stream or online video, etc.

Lock Window

#High-quality footage with adjustable FPS and definition

Click menu icon on the right top corner of homepage and open Preferences. Click Output on the left side of the pop-up window and on the right side you can adjust frame rates, video quality and format. It is totally up to you whether to record a high quality video.

Output Settings

#Available webcam to record your face

Still in the interface of Video recorder, clicking switch button beside webcam enables recording yourself and screen activities at the same time.

Record Webcam

#Highlight mouse cursor in screen video

Click menu icon on the right top corner of homepage and open Preferences. Click Mouse on the left side of the pop-up window and on the right side you can check "Record mouse clicks" and "Record mouse area" to make your cursor and mouse clicks more eye-catching.

Record Mouse Action

FonePaw Screen Recorder records screen and audio stably and doesn't have black screen issue like OBS when performing similar powerful functions. And it also has many functions that OBS does not have, such as Marking tools during recording, scheduled recording and snapshot, etc. Besides, its user-friendly interface and icons make it easy enough for users to finish screen recording independently.

Unlike OBS without official tutorial, FonePaw Screen Recorder can also provide official comprehensive and specific instructions for your reference (How to Record Screen on Windows and Mac (opens new window)). And you can consult FonePaw support if you have any question in using the recorder.

Best Streaming Alternative to OBS

Xsplit Broadcaster and Gamecaster

Xsplit has pushed out two similar apps both designed for live streaming. They support all the capture cards with many professional production features. Moreover, webcam can be turned on to record yourself during live streaming and it can remove your background meanwhile to protect your privacy. With a plugin stored in Xsplit, you can download plug-ins with different functions to personalize your broadcast. Unfortunately, you cannot set custom framerates.



The most significant advantage of Wirecast is compatibility which allows users to live stream on multiple platforms at the same time including Twitch, YouTube Live and Facebook Live etc. Besides, it also allows users to switch different input sources with effect of fades and transitions. The input source can be captured from webcam, microphone, camera, pre-made videos, from computer screen and images etc.

Telestream Wirecast


LightStream is a web-based streaming platform which avoids the hassle of setting up an app and reduces the burden of your PC. And another feature is that it claims to provide powerful features with less consumption of power. This is especially good for those with less powered devices. Brilliantly, LightStream has developed a new streaming mode called Prism which allows several people to broadcast to the same stream simultaneously.


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