How to set up OBS virtual camera

How to set up OBS virtual camera

OBS studio is an amazing software that lets creators have endless possibilities of custom layouts that you can take advantage of and create unique live streaming or recording experiences. Today we would like to show you how you can utilize OBS studio, customize the layout of your liking and connect it as a virtual camera with any platform of your choice.

Why You Need OBS virtual camera

There are endless possibilities of OBS studio, we will list some of them:

  1. Use it as powerful tool for streaming your games
  2. Add multiple sources and set up unlimited amount of scenes
  3. Have advanced audio mixer settings and filters
  4. Create fully customizable layouts that you may miss in browser based solutions

But what if you want to get the most out of both - OBS and the current encoder you’re using? Solution is easier than you may think: you can integrate the layout you created with the help of OBS and use it as a Virtual Camera with live streaming tools like Melon. Here is how:

How It Works

1. First and most important step is to download OBS Studio on your device. Once downloaded, follow the installation instructions that will pop up (depending on your OS, steps might be slightly different);

2. Once downloaded and installed, please open your studio. It should look like this:

3. Under Sources, click on + icon to add new source - we will show you an example with the Video Capture Device option;

4. Name your Source however you prefer and click OK button:

5. You may see access request pop up for the first time - please make sure you allowed it:

(Mac version)

6. Once you allow camera access, you will see Device options to pick from and other camera settings. Please choose accordingly and click OK button when ready:

7. You will see a camera added to the main screen. You now have options to resize it or change its position on canvas:

8. Now let’s go ahead and add new source by clicking on + icon under Sources - we will be adding an Image this time:

9. Let’s give it a name:

10. Upload image of your choice from your folder:

11. Once uploaded - you will see a preview, click on OK when ready:

12. You might need to resize your element now (depending on your layout vision and image dimensions):

13. You may also notice that your camera is no longer visible. It happens because each new element you add will be forwarded and reflected as the primary source. You can easily make a change in Sources section by dragging and dropping one under another or by clicking on the arrows at the bottom of the section:

Depending on your layout preference, you can add more sources repeating the same steps. We will pause here and show you how you can use newly created layouts in other tools like Melon.

Connecting OBS with Your Tool:

We will be connecting OBS as a camera source using Melon as the example. Here are the steps:

1. Open your Melon Studio and add yourself on the main screen;

2. Click on Arrow next to Camera icon and open Camera input dropdown:

3. Pick OBS virtual Camera from the list. You can mirror it in Melon camera settings just like any other camera option you use. Please note: if you don’t see OBS in a dropdown or you just downloaded OBS Studio, you may need to fully reload your device in order to see OBS virtual camera displayed as input option in camera settings;

4. Once you picked OBS, you will most likely see this on your screen:

Don’t worry, it is expected that you don’t see your OBS layout in a real time mode yet. We will need to take one more step to fix this:

5. Open OBS studio and click on Start Virtual Camera button:

6. You can now go to your Melon Studio and see the new layout on your screen, add overlays, logos and other important elements - boom! You are good to go live or start recording your content with us as well!

As always, if you have any questions or feedback - don’t hesitate to reach out at [email protected] - we would like to hear from you!

Happy streaming and recording,

Melon team