How To Record Discord With OBS

Want to know how to record Discord with OBS? It's pretty easy! Here is a simple guide that shows you exactly how you can achieve this.

Whether you want to record Discord for audio or video purposes, it is best to do that with OBS. Open Broadcast Software is free, open-source, and one of the world’s most used video recording/stream software.

Here’s a quick, but extensive guide on how to record Discord audio with OBS and video too.

Installing OBS

Before we begin explaining the recording process, we first want to provide you with a short download & install guide.

Head over to OBS’s official website, download the version appropriate for your operating system. In our case, we’ll download for the Windows platform.

Open the .exe and follow the installation process. It should be pretty simple and straightforward.

Setting Up OBS For Recording

When you initially start up the application, you should get a quick setup wizard that should help you set everything up. But, first, make sure you select the presets for recording.

Once that is done, it’s time to add the video/audio source.

You have two options. Either add the Discord application as a source or record your entire screen. We suggest the former option.

To add a source, click on the plus icon on the bottom left of the application, under Sources. In the newly opened menu, look for Window Capture.

Open Window Capture, select Create New and type in Discord. On the next screen, expand the Window menu and look for the Discord menu. Just make sure Discord is open.

If, for any reason, you can’t see Discord as an option, open it to make it an active window, and then it should show up in OBS. Select it and press OK.

With that done, all you have to do is just hit Start Recording. Keep in mind; both audio and video will be recorded, resulting in large file size videos. Therefore, if you want to isolate just the audio from Discord, we suggest checking out this guide.

Alternatively, you can add OBS to capture your entire screen. To do that, click on that same plus icon, but select Display Capture this time. Next, select your Native for resolution, hit OK, and then Start Recording.

Replay Buffer

We suggest enabling OBS’s replay buffer feature in case you miss the moments that you want to record.

The replay buffer is identical to the Instant Replay of AMD’s Radeon ReLive and Nvidia’s ShadowPlay. This great feature buffers several seconds or a few minutes of video if you want to record it. After those few minutes pass, the buffer is wiped clean, and it starts the loop.

To enable it, head into Settings – Output and tick the Enable Replay Buffer box.

Once you hit Start Replay Buffer, OBS will record the past few minutes on your computer, including Discord.

As you can see, using OBS is pretty simple, and from now on, you can easily set it up for recording Discord.

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