How to Add Lower Thirds in OBS Studio

Last Updated on August 24, 2022

OBS Studio allows you to add lower thirds that are animated and can be customized through pre-made presets or uploaded textures. With this quick guide, we will teach you how to add lower thirds in OBS Studio.

Guide To Add Lower Thirds in OBS Studio

Whether you’re using your live stream as an additional way to market your channel or just want to add some fun and excitement to your recordings. A custom lower third can be a great way to stand out from the competition.

Plus, they’re perfect for adding an extra level of immersion and personality to your videos.

Adding a lower third in OBS Studio is simple and can be done with this simple guide.

  1. Open OBS Studio and create a new project.
  2. In the main window, select Sources and then Audio/Video sources.
  3. Click the + sign to add new audio or video source.
  4. Select Lower thirds from the dropdown menu and click Add.
  5. In the lower third settings dialog box. Click the Position tab and specify the height and width of the lower third in pixels (or inches).
  6. Click OK to close the dialog box and return to the main window.
  7. Select your source in the Sources list and press Play to test your lower thirds.
  8. When you are satisfied with your lower third. Hit the Save button (at the top of the Sources list) to create an.OBB file. Your lower thirds will be added to your project.

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Customize Lower Third in OBS Studio

If you are looking to customize the lower third in OBS Studio, there are a few things you can do.

Size & Shape

Open the video file source that you want to use as your lower third.

Determine the size and shape of your lower third. You can do this by entering values into two input fields – Width and Height – or by clicking on the button that appears next to each field and selecting one of the preset sizes from the drop-down menu.

Add a CSS rule that will allow OBS Studio to use your newly created lower third. To do this, click on the Add Rule button located in the bottom right corner of the Lower Thirds window and select the CSS option from the drop-down menu. OBS Studio will now automatically open a browser window and prompt you to enter the URL of the video file associated with your lower third. The URL can be anything, as long as it is a valid URL for YouTube (i.e. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=insert_video_file_here).

Color & Positioning

Once you have entered this into the input field, click on the Go button located in the bottom left corner of the browser window to return back to OBS Studio’s main window where you should notice that the background color has changed to green and that your previously created lower third has been added to your video file’s timeline.

The newly added lower third will be positioned in the center of your video at 15 seconds and 30 frames per second. Click on the Play button located at the bottom right corner of the app’s main window to begin streaming your newly created lower third.

After about 15 seconds, OBS Studio will automatically stop recording and any previously recorded video files will be deleted from its hard drive. You should now see a green bar appear approximately 12 inches from the top left corner of your browser window.

This is where you should click and drag to move your monitor’s display so that it borders on the outside edge of the green bar. From here, drag up or down until you are satisfied with where the color will be displayed from your lower third.

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