When comparing ScreenFlow vs Open Broadcaster Software, the Slant community recommends Open Broadcaster Software for most people. In the question“What are the best tools for recording gameplay videos?” Open Broadcaster Software is ranked 1st while ScreenFlow is ranked 6th. The most important reason people chose Open Broadcaster Software is:
OBS is [licensed under GPLv2](https://github.com/jp9000/OBS/blob/master/COPYING) with code available on [GitHub](https://github.com/jp9000/OBS). It's available on Windows, OSX and Linux.
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Pro Can export to animated GIFs
Pro Non-expiring trial available
The free trial never expires, however it will place a sizable "Demo Mode' watermark over the middle of the screen which makes the content unusable for anything other than trying it out.
Pro Suitable for novices and experts alike
Start creating vanilla screencasts. Continue exploring a plethora of presentation and editing features. You won't ever grow out of this "shirt".
Pro Records your iOS device too
You can plug your iOS device into your Mac, and record the screen through your Mac. You can find details on how to do this here.
Pro Light resource usage
Open Broadcaster uses relatively fewer resources than competitors, especially when streaming using Game Mode and by limiting the number of frames per second to 60 or lower.
Pro Stream settings are extremely customizable
Open Broadcaster lets you add different streaming profiles, each with its own settings. Each profile can have its keyboard shortcut to start or stop recording, custom resolution, frames per second or even the audio codec of choice.
Pro Has over 20 plugins that enhance functionality
OBS has over 20 plugins to choose from, including one's that allow adding video files and any other media supported by VLC as a source, integrating Twich chat and switching scene depending on what window is in focus.
Pro Several capture types supported
There are multiple capture types that can be used to stream. By clicking in "Sources Window", you can add the type that you need. Windows Capture, for example, as the name suggests, captures the windows. Monitor Capture is similar but captures the window regardless of where it was, this way you can for example capture the whole monitor or a sub-region of the screen. But the most important capture type by far is Game capture, which allows users to record full screen captures of games.
Pro Streams to most live streaming video platforms
OBS can stream to any RTMP-enabled service, including Twitch, YouTube, DailyMotion, and Hitbox.
Pro Supports Intel's Quick Sync for faster and more power efficient video processing
Quick Sync is hardware video encoding and decoding technology that's comparable in speed, compression ratio and quality to x264. Since Quick Sync is a dedicated hardware core on the processor die, it allows for faster and more power efficient video processing.
Pro Scene previewing allowed in Studio Mode
OBS allows to look at scenes before streaming them in Studio Mode.
Pro Simple user interface
Open Broadcaster has a clean and simple interface that is easy to understand even for people who have never used a streaming application before. It has a "Start Streaming" button on the bottom, which, when clicked lets you stream from your chosen source.
Con Free version produces virtually unusable content
The free trial adds a large watermark to the middle of the screen which makes the video virtually unusable. Most trials expire after a week or two, however the content you create with them can still be used.
Con Creates large (e.g. mp4) files
Work-around: Export using lossless codec, then use Handbrake to create your production mp4.
Con GUI may be hard to navigate for beginners
Con Difficult to configure
Con Can't output to multiple streams at once (planned)
Ability to stream to multiple outputs is planned.
Con Cannot record to multiple audio tracks with Replay Buffer (planned)
It's possible in regular recording though.
Con Does not support ASIO
Con Captures overlays even when told not to
This software has had a bug for several years where it will capture the Steam overlay and other overlays. This is problematic because your private conversations can be viewed by anyone watching your current or past streams. Privacy issues are a major reason to avoid this software.
Con Does not yet support H.265/HEVC video encoding
Con Can't link to an audio file as a source
You can download a plugin called DirectShow Audio Source, but you're only given options to use audio inputs (mic, speakers, etc...). You cannot simply select a wav or mp3 file to loop (going AFK or BRB for example).