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Open Broadcaster Software, more commonly known as OBS, is a video streaming and recording program. It’s free, open-source, and fully cross-platform — Mac, Windows and Linux. When combined with solid audio and video editing software, it is a very powerful and flexible screencast video production tool.

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When doing screen capture for tutorials and other types of video presentations, probably the most commonly used applications are Camtasia and Screenflow. These are all-in-one solutions that provide tools for both recording and editing.

Another excellent option is to separate the screen recording stage from audio recording and video editing, using dedicated software for each stage. If you already have a video editing program, why buy another? Use OBS for the recording, and you’re good to roll. This is the approach I take.

In this series of short tutorials, we’ll show you how to setup OBS for screen recording and take advantage of some of its awesome features. There are many ways you can use OBS, but for the purposes of this series, I’ll be taking you through the method I use as part of my own video production process.

To get the ball rolling we’ll install OBS and go through and abridged, quick-start method to begin screen recording. This is to help give you an overview of the software so you have some context when we go into greater depth on-screen recording with OBS in the next tutorials in this series.

Download OBS from and install according to the instructions for your OS.

When you launch OBS you should see something like this (with a different look depending on your operating system):

Open Broadcaster 18 interface
The OBS interface

OBS uses a system of Scenes and Sources, which we’ll go into more detail on in a subsequent tutorial. When you first launch OBS you’ll see there is already a scene added in by default, which you can see in the bottom left corner of the interface.

Scenes and sources in Open Broadcaster
Scenes and sources in Open Broadcaster: currently on the default Scene.

Before you can start recording you’ll also need to add a source inside this scene. With the default Scene selected (it will be highlighted) click the + button at the bottom of the panel labelled Sources, then select Screen Capture on Linux or Display Capture on Mac and Windows.

Source selection
Select Screen Capture (Linux) or Display Capture.

Click OK on the box that pops up.

Confirm your choice
Looking good

Click OK on the next popup as well.

Set the screen dimensions
Still good

Now click the Settings button at the bottom right of the interface.

Choose the Output tab and take note of the Recording Path field. This is the destination of your computer where your recorded video will be saved.

Set the destination for your recording
Choose the destination for your video

When you’re ready to start recording click the Start Recording button at the bottom right.

Click Start Recording to begin
Ready to go!

When you’re done click Stop Recording and a video will be written to the folder specified in your settings.

All done.

So that’s a basic quick-start method for screen recording.

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How to Encrypt a USB Flash Drive or SD Card with Windows 10

Flash drives and SD cards are a convenient tool for transferring data. However, with the convenience and portability, comes a security risk. That’s where encryption becomes valuable, and BitLocker in Windows 10 makes it easy to do. Plus, Windows 10 version 1151 comes with a new and improved encryption algorithm.

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Encrypt External USB Flash Drive Windows 10

Plug-in your flash drive (you can do this with an SD card, too) and wait while Windows recognizes it. If AutoPlay comes up, select Open folder to view files.

Windows 10 autoplay

From the Ribbon select the drive you want to encrypt. Then from the Ribbon click the Manage tab then BitLocker > Turn on BitLocker.

file explorer

Alternately, you can open This PC, right-click the drive, and select Turn on BitLocker.


Whichever way you do it, the BitLocker wizard starts up. Check Use a password to unlock the drive and type in a password twice.


Next, you’ll be prompted to back up a recovery key that is a string of characters that will let you access the drive in case you lose the encryption password.

I recommend saving the recovery key to a file or printing it out and storing it in a secure location rather than having it in the cloud.

recover pw

Now choose how much of the drive to encrypt. You can select only the used space or the entire drive.

encrypt drive full

New Encryption Mode

BitLocker in Windows 10 version 1511 (November Update) now includes the 256-bit XTS-AES encryption mode that provides additional integrity support with the improved algorithm. However, it’s not available on older versions of Windows.

You’ll need to choose which method to use. So, if you only plan on using this drive on the PC you’re encrypting it on; you’ll probably want to use the new encryption mode.

But if you need to use the drive on other PCs that have older versions of Windows (which is probably the case with a flash drive or SD card), select Compatible Mode, which uses the previous 128-bit AES.

new encryption

Now you’re ready to start encrypting the drive.

start encryption

The amount of time it takes to complete will vary depending on your system specs, the amount of data, and the size of the drive.


Now when you plug in the encrypted drive, you’ll be prompted to enter the password you created for it. You can also choose more options and have the drive automatically unlock on this PC or enter the recovery key if you forgot the password.

unlock drive

You’ll know if a drive is encrypted when you open This PC by the lock symbol.

encrypted drive symbol

That’s all there is to it. Now the data on your flash drive will be much more secure.


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