OBS Studio is one of the most popular broadcasting programs available. It is free and open-source, allowing you to add plugins to increase its functionality and meet your streaming needs. With so many options available, it can be a little overwhelming knowing which plugins to choose when you are initially setting things up.
We looked at dozens of plugins in preparation for this post and have come up with a list of 7 unique options that you should consider for your channel.
OBS Studio Plugins That Will Improve Your Stream
- OWN3D Pro Plugin
- OBS.Live Plugin
- StreamFX Plugin
- VST Plugin
- OBS Websocket
- OBS NDI Plugin
- Closed Captioning Plugin
1. OWN3D Pro Plugin
The design of your stream is one of the most important aspects of your channel. Most of the time, your graphics can be seen as part of your thumbnail when people are looking for a streamer to watch. Fortunately, OWN3D has created a plugin that provides all the bare essentials you need to brand your channel.
Created for OBS studio, the OWN3D Pro plugin gives you access to more than 575 overlay and alert designs to help you make your channel shine. Feel free to experiment with designs as often as you like to keep things fresh or match your content. Additionally, the plugin comes with the following benefits:
With over 2,000 reviews, the OWN3D Pro Plugin is a high-rated asset to anyone who is using OBS and wants to have different options on the appearance of their stream.
2. OBS.Live Plugin by StreamElements
Every streamer knows that there are many things you need to track while you are live. The OBS.Live Plugin by StreamElements was developed to customize how your OBS looks so that you can see everything you need while broadcasting.
The plugin makes it easy for you to track many aspects of your stream and you can drag and drop each feature to the best setup for you. A few of the features that the plugin offers are as follows:
The OBS.Live plugin is great for streams where you can’t always keep an eye on your chat through Twitch or have it overlayed onto your stream.
3. StreamFX Plugin by Xaymar
The StreamFX plugin by Xaymar offers several visual effects that can be added to your stream. They offer new filters, sources, and transitions that will allow you to mask things you don’t want your viewers to see or manipulate one of your sources to appear that it is in a 3D space. Here are a few of the features that the plugin has to offer:
Many OBS users consider the StreamFX plugin one of the most essential aspects of their stream’s setup.
4. VST Plugins
The audio quality of your stream is more important than any other aspect. While some viewers will watch a stream at low-resolution or one with no webcam, most will not stay if you have issues with your audio.
Fortunately, the VST Plugin is perfect for improving your audio quality overall. It comes with several control features (such as compression, microphone EQ, and control background noise).
5. OBS Websocket
If you don’t have an Elgato Stream Deck, but you want to take advantage of similar functionality, look into the OBS Websocket. This simple plugin allows your OBS to communicate with a third-party program to change your scenes, activate transitions, and more. You will be able to use OBS Websocket with one of the following programs:
Touch Portal works with Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS and connects with several different streaming apps.
Deckboard is a superior app that will connect Platforms and apps seamlessly, giving many options on how to control your stream graphics.
6. OSD NDI Plugin
If you want to use your mobile device as a webcam or use a dual PC streaming setup, you generally need to purchase a capture card. The OSD NDI plugin, however, allows you to get around that by providing audio/video input using your local network.
While many users report that there can be some lag or quality issues, the plugin is perfect for novice streamers or those who occasionally stream with their phones around the home. This is made possible through the NewTek NDI technology.
7. Closed Captioning Plugin
Many streamers overlook the importance of closed captioning on Twitch, especially if they have never had to use it themselves. In fact, many viewers are hard of hearing or would prefer to keep the stream muted to not disturb those around them.
The Closed Captioning OBS Plugin was created by a GitHub user who goes by the name Ratwithacompiler. It uses the Google Cloud Speech Recognition API to integrate a CC button onto your steam.
Not only will the plugin work for both live-streams and VODs, but you can also have it replace certain words with others. That way, everyone reading closed captioning will see every F-bomb turn into the word “fluffy.”