Fix the Black Screen in the Open Broadcaster Software Application

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You're watching VisiHow. In this tutorial, we will show you how to fix the black screen in the OBS (Open Broadcaster Software) application. For this tutorial, we will be using the Multiplatform version of OBS on a Windows 10 computer.

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Steps

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    To get started, we move your mouse pointer to the taskbar, and then click on the Windows icon one time.
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    Once we've clicked the Windows icon, we scroll up just a little.
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    Then, we click "All apps".
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    After clicking "All apps", we scroll down until we find the "O" section.
    In the "O" section, we will see "OBS Multiplatform".
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    We click the drop-down arrow to the right of "OBS Multiplatform".
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    Once we've clicked "OBS Multiplatform", we click either the "(32bit)" or "64(bit)" version, depending on our OS.
    In this case, the "(32bit)" option is clicked. Once we've clicked either option, the application will be opened. We will see that we will have a black screen. Nothing will be shown.
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    In order to correct this, we simply move down to the "Settings" option and click it.
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    Once we've clicked "Settings", we click the "Video" option.
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    From the "Video" menu, we click the "Renderer" drop-down menu.
    We will change the renderer from "Direct3D 11".
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    We click "OpenGL".
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    Now, we click "Apply" to apply the changes.
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    Then, we need to click "OK".
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    After that, we move the pointer to the top-right of the application to close it.
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    We will repeat the process we performed earlier.
    We click the Windows icon on the taskbar.
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    We click "All apps".
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    We scroll down to the "O" section once more.
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    We click "OBS Multiplatform".
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    In this video, we click "OBS Multiplatform (32bit)".
    When the application opens we'll see our screen. This fix works for all of the versions of the Open Broadcaster Multiplatform application, and it will allow us to record everything on our screen.
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    If we add new sources or new screens, we may need to click "Settings".
    It depends on the settings we choose.
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    We click the "Video" application option.
    We make our corrections.
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Questions and Answers

Why all of a sudden I have a black screen?

I was using OBS just to record game footage and I've been really impressed with the program so far, now however when I try to record a game I get the sound but no the video. This happens in preview mode as well. I have not updated any of my drivers or anything so I am not sure what has gone wrong. Any advice would be greatly appreciated

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Game capture is not working on Windows 10?

I already tried the compatibility through properties as well as reinstalling, no luck. I have tried: Running the obs program as an administrator and using compatibility mode. I think it was caused by: Upgrading to Windows 10

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Here are some solutions for your problem.

  • Try running the captured source in full-screen window mode.
  • Right-Click "Game Capture" and "Properties". Check "Anti-Cheat".
  • Right-click an empty space on the desktop and click "NVIDIA Control Panel". Click "Manage 3D settings" and "Program Settings". Add Open Broadcast Software. Select either "Use global settings (High-performance NVIDIA processor)" or "Integrated graphics" (see what works) in the "Select preferred graphics processor for this program" drop-down menu. Click "Preview stream" in OBS to see if it works.
  • Start the 64-bit version with administrative rights (right-click the 64-bit link in the start menu and select "Run as administrator").
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I am just trying to stream to YouTube using my Microsoft life cam and I can only get audio from the camera?

I can not get the video to show

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Upgraded to windows 10, getting black screen on window capture?

Tried installing various versions and running compatibility mode.. I have tried: Installed various versions, ran in compatibility mode, checked filter and properties.

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Why does my "Video" Tab for OBS Settings say "Video Output is currently active. Please turn off any outputs to change video settings."?

I am trying to change my video settings for OBS Video but I cannot because of it saying "Video output is currently active." Is there a solution to this problem?

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How do I fix OBS black screen and crashing Minecraft?

So after the most recent forced Windows 10 update, OBS won't work properly at all. For instance, when I try to record Minecraft, it crashes the game. And it completely freezes in window capture. With CoD WaW and pretty much every other game it just won't record with game capture or it just freezes or shows a black screen. Any advice on how to fix it?

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See more questions like this: I have a black screen on OBS Studio?

I don't have these menues when I go to "video"?

So I go to settings and then video and I only have 4 options and none of them are the ones featured here to fix the issue. please help.

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I can't get the black screen to go away after I have made the changes state in the thread?

Basically I just need some help figuring out obs... very new here. I have tried: This pages instructions (hopefully 100%). I think it was caused by: Maybe my computer?

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I put game capture and it won't let me record the game I want because it sais I need administrator?

I try to game capture minecraft and it sais I need administrator for it. I have tried: I tried to delete and put another game capture,I tried to delete and put another scene. I think it was caused by: I think that minecraft caused the problem

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