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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This concludes our tutorial on how to fix the black screen on OBS. Thank you for choosing VisiHow! If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, please do leave them in the section below.

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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 a 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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Why Am I Getting A Black Screen In OBS After Reinstalling It To My Local D-Drive?

Hello I was wondering if someone could help solve a problem I am having with open broadcaster studio software ? First I'll give a little detail on the device am using to run obs. I have a Lenovo Y510p, its not the sli configuration and am running windows 10. Graphic card is a nvidia 755m and the laptop has ssd & hdd combo.. . When I installed obs 64bit version the first time I got an all black screen, but was able to hear my recordings fine. This turned out to be a easy fix I just had to change witch graphic card the software was using, for some reason it would not function when using the nvidia card. Obs was installed on the c-drive witch was the ssd and it was getting full, so I reinstalled obs on the d-drive witch lead to my current problems with the software. The trick with the graphics cards has no effect this time around, I tried changing to openGL as well and still no results the screen is still black. Why does switching the drives the software is stored on cause this to happen? I used whats covered in the article, but did not get any results. Like I said I started having problems after moving the software from my c-drive (ssd) to my d-drive (hdd). I just need to know if there's a way to get the program to run correctly from the d-drive. OBS opens fine its just the screen is black. I have tried: I tried every thing in the article I read here. I explained all I know in earlier question. I think it was caused by: Switching the software to another drive maybe, I not 100% sure if that is the source of the problem. That is why am here.

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I don't have these menus 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.

VisiHow QnA. Go to advanced under obs settings. You should find under "Video renderer.

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 page instruction (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 says I need the administrator?

I try to game capture Minecraft and it says I need the 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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I can't record my league of legends client and the game itself?

Every time I select the game or client in the "game capture" section everything it shows is just a black screen. I tried this and it didn't work, I did everything exactly as it was shown in this video. I have tried: Messing with the compatibility and ran it as administrator bur it doesn't work with the OBS Studio and I have tried what was shown in this video but still didn't work, this is everything I did. I think it was caused by: I don't know, It just happened, I actually recorded some videos in the past and it worked perfectly

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See more questions like this: OBS Studio League client not showing up on my OBS Studio?

Why are my videos turning to black screen? (OBS) how long do you need a question to be you half wits?

I have recorded several videos now of me gaming. 2 of my videos now show up as black when I try to playback. They did not do this before when first recorded and watched. also, I always have a black screen on OBS and your tutorial on changing video settings did not help, unfortunately. I don't know how long this question is supposed to be but that's it basically.

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I tried to go to video setting but I don't have the options shown in this tutorial?

I tried to go to video setting but I don't have the options shown in this tutorial? Its still black for me? I have tried: I tried to fix it to comparability Windows 7 (shown from another tutorial). I looked if I have more display adapters I only got the one named family, I don't have the invica (or something). I think it was caused by: Maybe I need another display adapter? because I only have the one named Intel family (something)

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I solved it. The Renderer option of changing to Open DL is not in the video setting its was in my Advanced setting. Sorry to bother you but maybe others also had this little problem...

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When I try to record the Windows Xbox app all I see is my mouse cursor, how do I fix this?

I want to record my Xbox app. I can't because it doesn't work.

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