OBS Studio 30.1 Update Adds AV1 Support for VA-API and PipeWire Camera Source

The latest release of OBS Studio, version 30.1, introduces several new features and improvements. One of the major additions is the PipeWire Video Capture Device source, which enhances compatibility with modern audio and video systems. Additionally, OBS Studio 30.1 adds AV1 support for VA-API and WebRTC/WHIP output, bringing improved video compression and quality.

This update also includes HDR support for HEVC over RTMP, enabling high-quality video streaming for HDR content. Another notable enhancement is the multi-track audio support for MPEG-TS, allowing for more flexibility in audio management during streaming and recording. Additionally, users can now select channels for CoreAudio input devices, improving audio input customization.

Furthermore, OBS Studio 30.1 introduces a maxRGB tone mapper for SDR in the HDR Tone Mapping filter, enhancing the viewing experience for standard dynamic range content on HDR displays. The Image Slideshow source has been revamped to load files asynchronously, improving performance and responsiveness when using this feature. Additionally, a new option for automatic cropping to the bounding box has been added, simplifying the process of adjusting sources for a cleaner presentation.

Lastly, GPU rescaling options for streaming and recording outputs have been implemented, providing users with more control over the scaling process for optimal performance and quality. Overall, OBS Studio 30.1 brings a range of new features and improvements that enhance the functionality and usability of this popular screencasting and streaming application.

OBS Studio 30.1 introduces several platform-specific enhancements, catering to macOS and Windows users. For macOS, the update includes a new Capture Card Device source. Windows users, on the other hand, benefit from a new Capture Audio option for window/game capture and a Premultiplied Alpha option for game capture, enhancing audio and video capture capabilities.

Additionally, OBS Studio 30.1 adds HDR support for the Elgato HD60 X Rev.2, improving compatibility with high dynamic range content. The update also enhances the simple mode replay buffer settings, adds support for PCM audio in (fragmented) MP4/MOV, changes the default recording format to fMP4/fMOV for stable releases, and switches to bigger units in the user interface for high bitrate/large recordings, improving overall recording stability and efficiency.

Among other changes, OBS Studio 30.1 introduces Lua script location support to search paths for Lua native libraries and theme data search paths. It deprecates Ubuntu 20.04 LTS and Windows 7 NVENC fallbacks, improves support for disabling Edit Transform and Paste Transform on locked scene items, and adds Python 3.11 support for macOS systems, enhancing scripting capabilities.

The update also includes numerous bug fixes, addressing issues such as WebRTC/WHIP streaming, WHIP output, offset/desynced audio tracks, incorrect VST window sizes on HiDPI displays, Intel QSV support in the Flatpak package, and audio track titles not being set in Custom FFmpeg Output, ensuring a smoother user experience.

OBS Studio 30.1 is available for download from the project’s GitHub page for Ubuntu systems or as a source tarball for those who prefer to compile it from sources. Additionally, users can install this release as a Flatpak app on virtually any GNU/Linux distribution from Flathub, providing easy access to the latest features and improvements.

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