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How to Set Up a Camera in Streamlabs OBS for Your Video

Last Updated on December 11, 2020 by Michael Brockbank

Streamlabs is one of the easiest pieces of streaming software you can use. After all, it’s already integrated with the Streamlabs Alert Box and other widgets that so many Twitch and YouTube streamers show off. Today, we’ll go over setting up a camera in Streamlabs OBS.

It’s not an overly difficult process and may take just a few minutes. As with many other pieces of software for streaming, Streamlabs gives you a quick and easy way to set up a YouTube or Twitch stream camera.

How to Add Your Camera to Streamlabs OBS

For this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to go about setting up a webcam. In this sample, I am using my Logitech C920. I’ve had it for a while, and it still does the job very well.

I’m going to assume you’ve installed Streamlabs OBS and already signed into your Streamlabs account.

Also, make sure you’re in the correct Scene that you want to include the camera in Streamlabs OBS.

Step 1: Add a New Video Capture Device

Click the “+” icon to add a new source.

Add New Source Icon

Select the “Video Capture Device” option from the source list and click, “Add Source.”

Video Capture Device Source

Add a new name for the source and click, “Add Source.” This way, it’s easier to find in Streamlabs OBS in case you need to make adjustments or changes. For this tutorial, I’m simply going to put, “Logitech C920,” the actual camera I am using.

Add New Camera Name

This will bring up a settings window so you can make adjustments.

Step 2: Modify the Video Capture Device Source

Depending on how many video devices you have, they will show up in the settings window for Streamlabs OBS. If you only have the webcam, it should be selected by default.

Use the drop-down box to select your camera.

Select Camera for Streamlabs OBS

Next, configure the settings for the video feed. Though, I do recommend you use the default settings until you get a grasp over some of the nuances of the camera layout.

For example, I know that I use a resolution of 1920×1080 for the camera. So, I would change the “Resolution/FPS Type” to custom and change the “Resolution” to 1920×1080.

But if you’re unsure of what your camera produces, it’s always a safe bet to just leave the default settings as-is until you look closer at your camera settings.

After modifying settings (if you made changes), click the “Done” button.

Save Camera Settings

This will take you to the main preview screen.

Step 3: Resize Your Camera in Streamlabs OBS

Depending on the resolution of your camera, you could have a preview screen full or perhaps a small box in the top left-hand corner.

Now, we’re going to resize and move the camera feed to a good place that won’t interfere with most games.

Click and hold any of the white squares showing around your camera box.

Hold Resizing Tool

Drag the resizing tool to your preferred dimensions. I’m just going to make this a small box to show in the bottom left.

Camera Resize

If you want to move the camera window without resizing, just click and hold within the window and drag it about.

That’s all there is to it.

Moving the Camera Using the Transform Tool

Let’s say you have an overlay you want to use in Twitch. How do you get the camera to fit precisely into a specific location?

That’s when the Transform tool comes in handy.

Right-click the camera from your sources. Mac users will do CMD+Click.

In the functions window, hover over Transform and click, “Edit Transform.”

Edit Transform

In the Edit Transform window, you can select the exact pixel position, size, and crop settings for the camera.

Edit Transform Settings

So, if your overlay has a spot available for your camera, you can move it into the precise pixel location to make the video look perfect.

After you’ve moved the camera, click the “Done” button on the bottom.

4 Things to Be Aware Of When Adding a Camera to Streamlabs OBS

Streamlabs makes setting up your video feed exceptionally easy. However, there are a few things you might want to keep in mind when getting everything ready.

Although the Streamlabs OBS setup is relatively straight forward, there might be a few things that are a bit obscure.

1. Make Sure the Camera is at the Top of Sources.

The way sources work, everything on top covers everything on the bottom. So, if the game was at the very bottom of the Source window, everything above it overlaps the capture.

If your camera isn’t visible during a live stream, this is the first thing I would check. Because if a full-screen game is above the camera in the Source window, it’ll cover the camera.

2. Streamlabs OBS Supports a Lot of Video Displays

You don’t have to settle for a webcam. You can use this process to add another streaming software or game capture device, such as an Elgato.

If you look closely at one of the screenshots above, you’ll see all the different things I can add as a video source.

This means you can get quite creative with streaming software.

3. Adding Filters to Video

Streamlabs OBS also gives you the ability to add quite a few filters to the video source. One of which is the Chroma Key, which is what you would use if you want to set up a green screen.

I’ll do a tutorial on setting up a green screen for Streamlabs in the future.

My point is that there are a lot of things you can do with your camera feed. Just right-click the camera and select, “Filters.”

4. Turning Off the Camera

To turn off the camera in Streamlabs OBS, you have two options. You can either hide the video in the Source window or set the camera to Deactivate when not showing.

To hide the video in Streamlabs OBS, you can click the eye icon on the far right.

Hide Video

To turn off the camera completely when using other scenes, open the settings of the camera by clicking the gear icon.

You can also double-click the camera to open the settings window.

Click the check box to “Deactivate when not showing,” and click done.

Deactivate the Camera

This will help prevent conflict issues if you plan on using a lot of different scenes during your Twitch or YouTube streams.

Adding a Camera to Streamlabs OBS is a Breeze

Adding the video feed is the easy part. Planning out the overall design of what you want viewers to see while streaming or recording is another matter.

Whether you’re streaming for Twitch or YouTube, it’s all about visual appeal to most of your audience.

As time marches on, you’ll most likely move the camera about while making room for other additions, such as adding a Twitch viewer count.

In any case, have fun with it and get those creative juices flowing. Impress your viewers and they’ll keep coming back.

Michael Brockbank
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Michael Brockbank

Michael developed ColoradoPlays to help various charities through his favorite pastime. Since then, the blog and Twitch channels have donated several hundred dollars to Extra Life, Geeks of Grandeur and Operation Supply Drop to name a few.