How to do Live Study With Me with OBS

written by Marie

Last updated on: September 4, 2020

Published on July 25, 2020

This article will explain exactly how to be able to create live videos on YouTube, called “Study Live Stream”! If you don’t know, these live study sessions are a bit like a group of studies that would normally take place around a table, but virtually!

So I film myself working on my homework for 50 minutes, then I take a 10-minute break. These study sessions are transmitted live on YouTube, and this allows you to study (or work) with other students all over the world!

If you don’t fully understand the purpose of filming yourself while working, I have filmed a video that explains all the benefits I could get from this method.

The equipment you need to stream online

To get started, you don’t need to buy a lot of equipment. However, this can be very useful. When I started my videos, I was just using the webcam on my MacBook. By cons, here is the equipment that I bought to be able to make better videos.

A step-by-step guide to making live study with me with OBS

  1. Download the software Open Broadcaster Software (OBS), and open it.
    1. If asked, accept the software to make changes on your system 
    2. Accept the auto-configuration wizard 
      1. Optimize for streaming 
      2. Service: YouTube
      3. Follow the steps on this website to prepare your YouTube channel to live stream, then to link OBS to your YouTube account. Follow up to step 6 of “Link OBS to YouTube”.
  2. I created a set of configurations you can use to get started quickly. You can download the file on Google Drive.
  3. In the software menu, go to “Scene Collection”, then “Import”. Select the file you just downloaded.
    Screenshot of the "Scene collection" menu on OBS
  4. Go to “Scene Collection” again, and select “Study-Live-Streams”
  5. Download the text files required to create countdowns during the video. For that, you need to download this file on my google drive. It is the script Countdown-lua from the OBS website. Unzip the folder, you will find two files instead. One of them will be the timer for break time (10 minutes), the other will be the timer for work sessions (50 minutes)
  6. Go back to OBS, go to Tools > Scripts. The full procedure is shown in the following video, but is also explained in steps 6 and 7!
  7. Click on the “+” sign, and go select one of the two “Countdown-lua” scripts we just downloaded. Then, select this new entry, and add Timer (minutes): 10 minutes, select the Text Source “countdownBreaks”
  8. Then, we will do the same thing again but select the other “Countdown-lua” file. Click on the “+” sign again, select it, but this time add a duration of 50 minutes, and select the text source “countdownSessions”
  9. You have now imported the configuration that you offer. I will explain each item to you in detail!

Scenes on OBS

The “Scenes” section is a collection of items to show to people watching our video. For example, I have two scenes: “Full Webcam – Work” and “Full Webcam – Break“. I use the “Work” one when I’m working for a 50 minutes period. When the timer is over, I manually change to the “Break” scene.

Screenshot of the "Scenes" section on OBS

Changing the scene restarts the timer. It will start at 10 minutes and will go down until 0 where we need to change it back again to the work scene.

Sources section on OBS

The sources section contains all the elements that you have added to a scene.

Screenshot of the "Sources" section on OBS

Be-Right-Back and Lunch Time are two text elements that I use to tell people watching the video that I’m currently eating or that I’ll be back soon if I have something quick to do away from the computer. You can hide ou show these by clicking on the eye. For example, Hide-Keyboard is hidden at the moment.

I use Hide-Keyboard to hide my keyboard when I’m writing passwords during a livestream. It is a “Color source” element, so it’s only a big black square.

countdownSessions is the timer that I use for 50 minutes work session. Hiding & making it visible again will restart the timer. (For advanced users, I use the script Countdown Lua for this timer)

To move around elements like the timer, you simply need to click on the element to move it around.

To add elements like another text or any other, click on the “+” icon of the Sources section.

To change the color of the timer, or any text element, you need to double click on it. In the window that opens, you will have to scroll down and there will be two fields : “Color 1” and “Color 2” which you need to both change. These steps are shown in the animation below:

Gif on how to change the color of texts in OBS

Webcam is the element that makes it possible for you to show yourself through your webcam. You need to configure this element to make it work. That’s why the background is currently black. When we’ll finish setting it up, you’ll see yourself instead of a black image.

  1. Double click on “Webcam” to open properties
  2. For the “Device” field, select the webcam that you want to use.
  3. Click on “OK” to save changes

Select the microphone to use for sound

The only step left is to choose which microphone you are going to use. The animation below will show you how to do so. For this example, I didn’t have my Blue Yeti connected to my laptop, so I just selected the “Built-In Microphone” of my MacBook Pro.

Connect OBS to YouTube

Follow the steps on this website pour préparer votre chaîne YouTube à faire des vidéos en direct, puis pour lier OBS à YouTube. Suivez les étapes jusqu’à 6 de la section « Link OBS to YouTube ».

How to start a live stream on YouTube

  1. Go to YouTube
  2. Top right, click on “Go Live”
  3. Follow the instructions asked by YouTube.
  4. When you are ready, in OBS, click on “Start Streaming”. This will start sending your video to YouTube. To be live on YouTube, you still need to click on the blue button “Go Live” on the YouTube dashboard.
YouTube dashboard when you're about to go live


I hope this article has helped you to get started doing live study sessions on YouTube! You are now able to do your own study sessions on your YouTube channel! Feel free to write a comment if you have any questions.

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BRYAN August 4, 2020 - 3:17 pm

Wow this post was very usefull, im having online clases and the tests require to record screen and webcam, thanks for this post

Marie September 1, 2020 - 11:17 am

Hello Bryan,
Glad I could help!!

Vishesh December 8, 2020 - 12:20 am

Can you please make a full tutorial video on this?

Marie December 17, 2020 - 5:25 pm

Yes I can definitely do that! I don’t have enough time at the moment, but I hope I can one day!

Alissa December 18, 2020 - 7:40 am

Thanks ! Now I’m all set to start my live streams

Marie June 3, 2021 - 8:42 pm

Awesome Alissa, glad I was able to help! 🙂

Christine December 18, 2020 - 9:43 pm

This is awesome and very helpful. You did an excellent job of explaining and supplying visual aids without overcomplicating! Thank you!

Marie June 3, 2021 - 8:42 pm

Hello Christine!
Thank you so much, that is exactly what I wanted to achieve with this blog post!

Raihaan February 4, 2021 - 3:08 am

Hello Marie!
I am currently connected to my 21:9 monitor with an HDMI and I am facing problems with the resolution. I am not able to fit the whole screen with my camera. Can you tell me what to do?
Thanks for making such an informative blog!

Marie June 3, 2021 - 8:41 pm

Hello Raihaan!
I don’t think I had that problem before. I assume you tried to “stretch” the webcam element to fill the black square?
Otherwise, you can try to look on Google with keywords like “21:9,” “Ultrawide,” “OBS.”

Riddhi February 26, 2021 - 1:16 pm

This was really helpful!! Thank you so much for your efforts

Marie April 24, 2021 - 7:16 pm

Hello Riddhi! Thank you so much for your comment! I’m glad it was helpful!

SUHAIB April 22, 2021 - 12:48 am

thx this so helpful

Marie April 24, 2021 - 7:13 pm

You’re welcome, glad I could help 🙂

Bhumika May 10, 2021 - 2:33 am

I dont have a laptop or a desktop with a webcam and hence I would like to use my phone to stream. Is it possible to get these features (timer, beep after timer, changing scene automatically after timer ends etc) on a mobile phone application?

Marie June 3, 2021 - 8:18 pm

Hello Bhumika! I have no idea, I haven’t tried. You could look into Streamlabs OBS! 🙂
Good luck!

Bhumika May 10, 2021 - 2:37 am

I couldnt find anyone but you on the WHOLE INTERNET who’s put up a guide to study streaming and software info. I wish there were more people who gave this info. Would be really helpful if you made a video about this. Thank you so much! 🙂

Marie June 3, 2021 - 8:19 pm

Hello Bhumika!
Thank you so much for your lovely comment!
I will definitely make a YouTube video soon with a step-by-step!
I’ll also add a few steps 1- how to automatically switch the timer and 2- add a sound when the timer ends 3- how to hide the hour of the timer!

Abc May 23, 2021 - 9:27 am

that 10 min timer was not coming when I was doing this

Marie June 3, 2021 - 7:54 pm

Can you explain a bit more what was the issue? I can’t help if you don’t give a more detailed error message or problem you encountered! 🙂

madhura June 18, 2021 - 11:57 am

we need mobile or camera just for video recording purpose which is going to be shown on screen because youtube app is not working in my mobile and i have a laptop for OBS

Marie September 8, 2021 - 1:30 pm

I’m not sure I understand your comment?

Jayesh August 10, 2021 - 3:33 am

thank you very much!!!!!!

Marie September 8, 2021 - 1:28 pm

Hello Jayesh!
I’m glad that I was able to help you!


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