How to Record Browser with OBS on Computer

Once you search for a screen recorder on the Internet, you will find that OBS (Open Broadcaster Software) is highly recommended by others. It is a free screen recorder that can help you record all activities on your screen. It can not only be used to record browser on your Windows, Mac, or Linux, but also can edit videos. However, how to record browser with OBS may confuse you when you are a beginner. This is an instructional article on how to record with OBS step by step. Furthermore, it also introduces another third-party recording tool. You can choose the screen recorder that most fits you according to what you really need.

Part 1. How to Record Browser with OBS

According to the above introduction, you already learn some basic functions of OBS screen recorder. Now, let's see how to use it to capture the browser on your Windows computer.

  • Step 1Download and Install the Open Broadcaster Software

    Download the OBS from its official website. Then run it on your desktop. Move to the bottom, you will see two terms. One is "Scene" and the other is "Sources".

    find scene and sources terms of obs
  • Step 2Confirm Settings before Recording

    To use this program, you need to set up it first. Tap on the "+" icon on the bottom of the Sources tab > select the "Display Capture" option. Hit the "+" button under the "Source Window". Then choose "Audio Output Capture" or "Audio Input Capture" if you want to record the sound from the system or your microphone. After that, click "Ok" to save the settings.

    Note: By default, OBS will record in full screen. If you want to change the capturing area, you can press the "Ctrl" button on the keyboard and drag the mouse.

    how to set up the obs
  • Step 3Start Recording Browser with OBS

    Open your target browser on your desktop. Return to OBS and tap on the "Start Recording" button. Then OBS will start to capture. Click the "Stop Recording" button to stop.

    Note: You can also set shortcut keys on the Settings menu to start or end recording. Just tap on the "File" on the upper left corner and choose the "Show Recordings" from the drop-down menu.

Part 2. How to Fix OBS Window Capture Black Issue

It is not unusual for OBS users to confront with black screen issue after web browser screen recording. Several reasons account for why OBS is unable to function properly. For example, sometimes they may related to hardware condition on your computer system. This section will focus on how to solve this problem in 3 possible ways.

Solution A: Turn off hardware acceleration on Google Chrome

Step 1: Open Google Chrome;

Step 2: Click the "Customize and control Google Chrome" icon at the upper right corner to open the menu;

Step 3: Tab Settings;

Step 4: Choose Advanced at the left side of the screen and select the System category;

Step 5: Uncheck "Use hardware acceleration when available";

Step 6: Restart OBS and Google Chrome.

Solution B: Turn off hardware acceleration on Firefox

step 1: Open Firefox;

Step 2: Click the Menu button and choose Options;

Step 3: Press Advanced and select the General panel;

Step 4: Turn off "Use hardware acceleration when available" under Performance;

Step 5: Restart OBS and Firefox.

Solution C: Run OBS as administrator

Step 1: Right-click the OBS software icon and choose "run as administrator";

Step 2: Follow prompts from your computer to complete the process.

If all these 3 methods don't work for you, you are supposed to reinstall OBS and check whether it can work right lately.

Part 3. Alternative to OBS - Joyoshare Screen Recorder

Joyoshare Screen Recorder is also perfect for what you are looking for. It allows you to record any on-screen activities with few clicks only. You can use it to record browser, gameplay, online lectures, streaming music, movies, etc.

Additionally, you are free to save your recordings in various formats, including MOV, MKV, AVI, MP4, 4K video, FLV, WebM, etc. in high quality. Then you can choose to export your recorded videos to iPhone, Apple TV, iPad, LG TV, etc. What's more, it comes with other flexible functions, including embed watermark, trim recordings, set shortcut keys, take screenshots, highlight cursor, etc.

Key Features of Joyoshare Screen Recorder

Record in full screen or selected screen

Capture screen in high quality with zero lag

Output recordings to MP4, MOV, 4K video, etc.

Show or hide the cursor, insert watermark, etc.

Grab audio from the system and the microphone

Record browser or other actions on the screen smoothly


To sum up, you can learn how to record browser with OBS with clear steps mentioned above. However, you may realize that free as OBS is, it is a little bit difficult and inconvenient to operate it. So if you are a beginner to use a screen recorder, perhaps you could consider to use Joyoshare Screen Recorder, a more easy-to-use screen recorder with powerful features. The operation is simple, the output format is various, and the quality is high.


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