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How to add your USB camera to OBS Studio

This article will review the steps needed to add a USB camera as a source in OBS Studio.

  • The first step of this process is to connect your camera to your computer and verify that it's working. The easiest way to do this is to use the Camera app in Windows or the Photo Booth app on a Mac. If your computer has a built-in camera you may need to select your USB camera in settings. If you have an image proceed to OBS Studio.
  • If you have no image please refer to our USB troubleshooting suggestions.
  • Open OBS Studio
  • In the 'Source' window of OBS Studio click the + and select Video Capture Device from the list that appears

Add USB Source OBS Studio

  • Name your source and click OK

  • In the Properties window that opens select your device from the pull-down menu. This will usually be something like 'USB Camera', 'USB Device', or 'HD Camera'.

OBS Studio USB Camera selection

  • When you select your camera from the pull-down menu the camera feed will appear in the preview window. Click OK to close the window.

USB Camera Preview window OBS Studio

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