OBS Studio 117 – What File Format Should You Record To? MP4? MKV? FLV? – OBS File Formats Explained

OBS Studio 117 – What File Format Should You Record To? MP4? MKV? FLV? – OBS File Formats Explained

November 21, 2019 95 By Kailee Schamberger


OBS Studio is great – it lets you record to
a vast multitude of formats right out of the box, and a few really cool ones if you know
how to tweak it just a bit. But what format should you be recording to? I’m EposVox, here to make tech easier and
more fun, and welcome back to my OBS Studio tutorial course. I have many, many more videos on the software
in the playlist linked in the description. Check that before asking questions, and check
the introduction video to learn how this course works, if you get confused. By far, the most compatible format you can
record to in OBS Studio is MP4. Most video editors and YouTube itself tend
to work best with the MP4 container. It’s also compatible with multiple audio
tracks, which FLV is not. The problem with MP4, though, is that it’s
prone to corruption very easily. If OBS crashes, your computer loses power,
or sometimes even if just an audio device disconnects while recording – the whole recording
gets corrupted and unrecoverable. Thankfully, you have two options to avoid
this. You can record to MOV – which is less prone
to corruption, though it can still happen – but it’s not always compatible with all
video editors. The best option for recording is to record
to MKV. MKV allows the file to still be saved, even
if your computer crashes or OBS crashes or gets closed mid-recording. You generally can’t edit MKV files, but
OBS lets you “remux” the file back into a MP4 file that you can edit, with the multiple
audio tracks in tact. In my opinion, MKV is the BEST format to record
to, then remuxed to MP4 to do whatever you want with. If you record to MOV, you can remux to MP4
as well. I hope this episode of my OBS Studio tutorial
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