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Solved | How to Fix OBS Discapture Not Working?

Jane Zhou Updated on Dec 06, 2021| min read

OBS Studio is an open source screen recorder, which can run perfectly on Windows, macOS, and even Linux. As it is completely free, most of you like to use it to record videos, live streams, and various gameplays. Usually, it will perform well and export the recording in high quality.

However, sometimes, you may find that the OBS simply displays a black screen or the OBS display capture is not working, and that may seem a little frustrating. But don't worry, OBS capture not working is just a common problem, and you can fix it by checking the below methods we shared in this post. So now follow the below demonstrating tutorial to fix OBS black screen display capture.

Fix 1. Run OBS As Administrator

Some features may be locked by Windows systems, without administrative privileges, and so does OBS. If the OBS Studio displays a black screen or its display capture is not working, just run OBS as an administrator to fix this issue.

Step 1. Find the OBS Studio on your desktop.

Step 2. Right-click on its icon, then select the "Run as administrator" option.

Step 3. Use OBS to capture your screen.

Fix 2. Change Graphics Settings

Sometimes, there are two graphics adapters on your computer. Windows has some automated algorithm to decide which adapter will be used by the app, and it may choose the wrong one. So you can set the default one by yourself.

Step 1. Click the Windows icon on the lower left, hit the gear icon, and next click "System" > "Display" > "Graphics settings".

Open display window

Step 2. In the next window, click "Browse" under Graphics settings.

Click browse

Step 3. Click C: > Program Files (x86) > obs-studio > bin > 64bit in turn. Then choose the obs64 and click "Add" at the lower right bottom.

add OBS

Step 4. Go back to the settings window, then click "Options" > "High Performance" > "Save".

Select high performance

Step 5. Restart the OBS Studio on your computer, then you will find that the display capture can work.

Fix 3. Enable the Compatibility Mode

If the issue occurred right after you updated the Windows operating system, then there is a chance that there might be a compatibility issue. So if this is the reason, you can enable OBS's compatibility mode to solve it.

Step 1. Right-click OBS Studio on the desktop, and click on the Properties option.

Step 2. Tick the "Run this program in compatibility mode for:" under the Compatibility Mode.

Enable the compatibility mode

Step 3. Click on the "Apply" > "OK" buttons.

Step 4. Reboot the system to check if the OBS not working is fixed or not.

Fix 4. Uninstall and Reinstall OBS Studio

If you tried all the three methods above and still cannot solve the problem, the issue might have nothing to do with your computer but with OBS itself. Every program has its shortcomings, and OBS Studio is no exception. So here you can uninstall it and get a new one from the official website, and that may work.

Step 1. Open the Control Panel window.

Step 2. Click "Programs" > "Uninstall a program. You can click "View by Categories" to find them quickly.

Find the Uninstall option

Step 3. Then click "Programs and Features" to find OBS Studio. Once you find it, right-click it to uninstall it.

Step 4. When you get rid of this software from your computer, you can move to its official website to download the latest OBS Studio for recording.

Fix 5. Use an OBS Studio Alternative - EaseUS RecExperts

If all the methods above are not working, or you think that they are too complicated, there is another easy and quick way to solve this program. That is to use a free OBS alternative.

There are lots of free OBS alternatives on the market. Given that the complex user interface of OBS Studio, we are going to share with you an easy-to-use recording alternative called EaseUS RecExperts.

As we mentioned before, this program is with an intuitive interface and workflow, and it will be easier to handle compared to OBS Studio. Like OBS Studio, this screen recording software supports capturing any area on your screen, recording audio (system sound & mic), and screencasting webcam. With its help, you are able to capture the live streams, various gameplays, online meetings, or courses, etc., without any hassle.

Moreover, better than OBS Studio, EaseUS RecExperts provides lots of editing tools, including trimming, extracting audio, etc., which means you can modify your recordings without downloading any other software. Just give it a try!

Let's dive into how to screen record with OBS alternative:

Step 1. After downloading, launch the screen recording software. You'll encounter a small panel on your screen with many options.

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Step 2. On the panel, one can record the entire screen by clicking on the "Full Screen" option or a specific region by clicking on the "Region" option. Now, drag your cursor onto the screen to select the desired area.

Select area to take screenshots

Step 3. For webcam recording, attach a webcam and click on the "Webcam" button from the main panel. Also, one can further choose the output format, quality, and frame rate from the settings.

Adjust recording settings

Step 4. Now, click on the "REC" button to start your recording.

Start screen recording on Windows 11

Step 5. Click on the "Stop" button once you are done. The recorded video will show up on the screen when a user stops recording. The editing features offers features like trim, rename a file or extract audio, and more. You can also take a screenshot by simply pressing F11.

View recorded file

The Bottom Line

We have talked about 5 workable solutions to help you fix the problem that the OBS display capture is not working in this post, and you can choose one of them as you want. Al last, we hope these methods can assist you in solving the problems.

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author Jane Zhou

Jane Zhou

Jane is an experienced editor for EaseUS focused on tech blog writing. Familiar with all kinds of video editing and screen recording software on the market, she specializes in composing posts about recording and editing videos. All the topics she chooses are aimed at providing more instructive information to users.

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