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Streamlabs OBS is Finally on Mac!

OBS Studio is one of the most (if not the most) popular app used when a user wants to stream live video. Whether you want to stream to Twitch or YouTube, OBS is the software that people turn to. Twitch recently released Twitch Studio (Windows only) which should be a viable alternative to OBS.

While OBS has had a high recommendation from streamers, it isn't the easiest to learn or even look at. The UI could be much improved; it doesn't scale well for HiDPI screens. It doesn't add many features besides the main streaming and scenes tools.

Streamlabs OBS (lovingly named SLOBS) was my favorite streaming app on Windows. It has now made its way over to Mac! SLOBS is an open source streaming software built on OBS and Electron.

Compare SLOBS to the OBS interface.

Streamlabs to the Rescue

Streamlabs is a company that has provided all the tools necessary for streamers. They recently got bought by Logitech and that is two of my favorite companies joining forces!

They provide

  • The main streaming app
  • A much improved UI
  • Live chat built into the app
  • A feed of events in the app
  • Ability to stream to Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, and Mixer
  • Ability to stream to multiple places at once
  • Chatbot built in
  • Alerts for feed events
  • Themes
  • Widgets
  • Performant
  • Hardware encoding

The amount of improvements that Streamlabs has made to OBS are impressive. The amount of services they've added around streaming are also useful.

You can update your alert themes so your stream can have popups whenever you get a new follower or subscriber.

We can stream to multiple places at once!

We can update the look of our stream with themes:

Chatbot is built in.

There is also a store where you can add plugins to your stream. I'll be using Pretzel to add background music.

Streamlabs OBS Is My Favorite Streaming App

Streamlabs OBS is an all-in-one live streaming app to help all streamers build up their streams. The main tool they provide is their version of OBS.

Streamlabs OBS (SLOBS) is the same code as OBS but improved functionality and UI.

Streamlabs makes it incredibly easy to get started with streaming. I was bummed when I switched over to macOS and found that SLOBS isn't on Mac... until now! I have been using Ecamm Live in the meantime but it's had performance issues for me.

Check out the video for a walkthrough of SLOBS, the tool I'll be using to stream from now on.

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