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Screen is staying black.

Lemonsausage Mar 05, 2013 02:24PM PST


I've downloaded Open Broadcaster Software and followed this guide; (

But my screen stays black and I can't figure out why. I'm not sure if it has anything to do with the guide itself because it's always been black but thought I'd toss a link to it in any case.

Thanks in advance,


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gamefreakboy: Mar 06, 2013 09:54AM PST
Did you check to make sure you have a source to your scene? If you are using window capture, make sure that you are playing in windowed mode. Use the game capture if you want to play in full screen. Also make sure that you right click on the source and click properties. In this new window, check to make sure that you have the right program/window selected for what you want to record.
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Xangold: Mar 06, 2013 09:54AM PST

Can you paste your scene config somewhere? I'd try adding some text and seeing if you can see that (make sure to make the text color yellow or something bright!) You need to press "preview stream" before it actually shows up.


If you mean while live, your screen is black, you may have a full screen program or game that needs to be set to windowed or borderless (for league) mode. These programs can also be captured using the built in game capture/window capture if they are full screen.

Hope that helps!
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Lemonsausage: Mar 07, 2013 03:01PM PST
Hello and thanks for the answers!

I'm currently using Game capture since it seemed most logical..

I made a few screen shots of some configurations to try to help you guys identify the problem;


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Lemonsausage: Mar 14, 2013 10:20AM PDT
Anyone? Please?
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Dudelianer: Apr 17, 2013 02:42PM PDT
Damn. I have the same Problem. When I'm Previewing, everything works, but when Streaming it's a Blackscreen. Help ;_;
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GanjoCloud: Apr 24, 2013 09:53AM PDT
The main problem I am having with OBS is that when I create a Game Capture Source for my scene to record full screen gameplay, it doesn't record the gameplay and the screen is just black when I try to stream it. Does any one know how to fix this??
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nooglide1: Oct 18, 2013 12:52PM PDT
Make sure Fraps or another capture software isnt already running. This was my problem and turning off other capture software fixed it.
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Loadin_Ohdin: Dec 11, 2013 10:24AM PST
Im Currently Having the Exact same problem, i want to try streaming it in gameplay mode, but if i cant, then ill simply try monitor mode and see if that works for me.
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Golai: Dec 24, 2013 06:58PM PST
If you get a black screen in your stream you need to tell OBS what window to stream.
Do this by starting your game/program/webpage.. or any window you want to broadcast.
If you started a full screen game, Alt-Tab to windows and go to the OBS program. Under "Source" you should have a name. Right-click this and go to properties. In the new window that opened go to Application: YOUR game/program/webpage.
Choose in the scroll list the window you want to broadcast, hit OK and you should be set.

If you go with the hotkey, make sure you hit that hotkey when you're ready to broadcast, else it going to stay black!.
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Agentoodles: Dec 29, 2013 10:22AM PST
i'm trying to stream DayZ Standalone, which doesn't have windowed mode.
I stream using XSplit. I also get the black screen problem, How do i fix it? :c
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bearly11: Feb 27, 2014 03:22AM PST
looks like we all have this problem. haha, I came here looking for answers and only got a few tips I haven't tried yet. If there is a definitive answer I haven't found it yet.
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kerristine: Apr 09, 2014 07:12AM PDT
right click the "scenes" and add new scene
right click "sources" and add

- game capture if you're playing a game
- video capture if you're video taping yourself as well
- text capture if you want to have some text scroll across

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littledayz: Apr 09, 2014 09:31AM PDT
kerristine --- wow do you think were all stupid? we know the basics of obs that why were all here with the same problem

right click the "scenes" and add new scene
right click "sources" and add

- game capture if you're playing a game
- video capture if you're video taping yourself as well
- text capture if you want to have some text scroll across

we all know this
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Deliciousdsl: May 06, 2014 04:29PM PDT
Only way for me to do this is run as admin. then no blackscreen
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Wacktopia: Jun 09, 2014 03:35PM PDT
I had this issue and from the logs I believe the issue to be that my PC just couldn't encode it fast enough at full screen.

Down-scale'd the resolution. Bingo - fixed. Basically work down the list until it starts working.

OBSProject > Settings > Video > Resolution Downscale > 768 x 432

If it still doesn't work even at the lowest try tuning down your graphics settings in game to a smaller resolution. Or drop the FPS and/or bit-rate.

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SkeepsN: Jul 01, 2014 12:37PM PDT
So does it have to be windowed?
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AmazingPokemonGuy: Jul 29, 2014 10:27AM PDT
SkeepsN, if you are using Window Capture, yes. If you want fullscreen, use Game Capture.

I have the same problem. A viewer reported a black screen in-game:

It says LIVE
But black screen.

If someone can help, it would work. Thanks!
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ProwlsGirl: Jan 01, 2015 03:35AM PST
I am having the same issue but with XSplit. My viewers can hear me and the game but can't see the stream at all.
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Chicalechicken: Jan 03, 2015 03:08PM PST
I am having the same problem with XSplit! Audio works but me and the viewers get a black screen.
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blackspace866: Jan 31, 2015 03:48AM PST
i click start stream on obs is good but on my channel is says live but is just a black screen plz help
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DemBossGamerZ: Feb 08, 2015 12:49PM PST
I had a problem with DayZ, and I had to go to properties and then check "Anti-cheat compatibility hooking"
Works fine now.
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Notheebie: Feb 20, 2015 07:42AM PST
"I had a problem with DayZ, and I had to go to properties and then check "Anti-cheat compatibility hooking"
Works fine now."

THIS WORKED FOR ME! Thanks DemBossGamerZ
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JediJam: Mar 13, 2015 06:12PM PDT
Works with the anticheat for me too! Cheers and thanks!
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captian_onosa: Mar 27, 2015 08:03PM PDT
Try turning on Compatibility mode on your source settings for window capture.
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xXxV1P3RxXx: Jul 20, 2015 06:08AM PDT
Hey all, I also tried with the''Anti-Cheat Compatibility Hooking'' and it worked fine until now...

Its just incredible, i cant stream DayZ once again... Please can someone help me?

Many thanks in advance =/

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