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How to Fix: OBS Black Screen when Window Capturing

By Jennifer Mario

April 24, 2020

You may somehow meet with the Black Screen Error when capturing screen on Windows with OBS Studio. Frustrated, isn't it? In order to fix OBS Windows capture black Screen problem, we would like to share you with the 3 methods to effectively fix OBS black screen with the best effective altenative way to fix this annoying problem. Now keep reading and see how to fix it.


Part 1. How to Fix OBS Black Screen When Capturing

There are several reasons why OBS is not working properly to capture what is being displayed on your screen. Each reason has its corresponding solution.

Method 1. Optimize GPU Settings

If the program you are recording takes up more GPU than OBS, then it can lead to a black screen in OBS display window. You may need to adjust the OBS's GPU by going through these steps:

Step 1. Close OBS if it is running.

Step 2. Click "NVIDIA Control Panel" in Windows control panel to open it.

Step 3. Select "Manage 3D Settings" > "Program Settings" tab.

Nvida Control Panel

Step 4. Under "1. Select a program to customize", click "Add". In the pop-up window, navigate to the .exe path for OBS and add it to the list. Default paths are:

For 32 bit: C:\Program Files (x86)\obs-studio\bin\32bit\obs32.exe

For 64 bit: C:\Program Files (x86)\obs-studio\bin\64bit\obs64.exe

Step 5. Select "High-performance NVIDIA processor" from the drop-down list under "2. Select the preferred graphics processor for this program".

Step 6. Close the panel and restart OBS to see if the issue is fixed.

Method 2. Enable Compatibility Mode of OBS

Black screen may occur due to OBS's compatibility with Windows 10 operating system. You can try to run the software in compatibility mode, to do that:

Step 1. Search "OBS Studio" in Windows search bar.

Step 2. Right-click on the program icon and select "Open file location".

Step 3. In the pop-up window, right-click on the executable and select "Properties" > "Compatibility".

Step 4. Check the box of "Run this Program in compatibility mode for:", and select Windows 7 or 8 in the drop-down list.

OBS Compatibility Mode Setting

Step 5. Save changes and exit Properties. Launch OBS and see if the issue is resolved.

Method 3. Run OBS as an Administrator

Another reason for causing a black screen could be OBS doesn't have proper administrator privileges to run on your PC. To grant the administrator right is easy:

Step 1. Close OBS if it is running.

Step 2. Go to OBS's executable properties as we did in Method 2 --- clicking on the OBS icon > "Open file location" > right-click on executable > "Properties".

Step 3. Click on the "Compatibility" tab and select "Run this program as an administrator".

Run OBS as Administrator

Step 4. Save changes and reopen OBS to see if it works.

Though using the methods introduced above can solve your issue most of the time, it is possible that the problem still there. In such the case, we will recommend you to replace OBS Studio with a better screen recorder.

Part 2. Effective Way to Fix OBS Black Screen when Window Capturing

Another effective way to fix the problem is to use TuneFab Screen Recorder instead of OBS Studio to record your screen.

Main features of TuneFab Screen Recorder:

* Multiple recording modes: Record screen activities, record audio or overlay webcam in your video.

* Variable recording area: Capture your entire screen, region or preset areas.

* Various file formats: Save your video to major output formats such as MP4, M4A, MOV, AVI and more.

* High video quality: Record your video in lossless quality.

* Adjustable frame rates: Set frame rates to 20 fps, 24 fps, 25 fps, 30 fps or 60 fps.

* Intuitive video editor: Allows you to edit your video with annotations in real-time.

* Easy-to-use: Record video with just one-click or set your preferred hotkeys.

* Scheduling recording is available: Schedule your recording when you are not available.

To capture your windows with TuneFab Screen Recorder is easy, please follow these steps:

Step 1. Download and Install TuneFab Screen Recorder for Windows or Mac

Click the "Try It Free" button below to download and install TuneFab Screen Recorder on your PC. Launch the software, and you can register for a free TuneFab account when prompted.

Step 2. Select Video Recorder to Start

On the main interface, you will see various options available, such as "Video Recorder", "Audio Recorder", "Screen Capture" and "More". If you are on Mac, you will see "Webcam Recorder" instead of "More". To record your screen, choose "Video Recorder".

Screen Recorder Main on Mac

Step 3. Set the Recording Area

Select the area or window that you want to record. Click on "Full" for entire screen capture while click on "Custom" to drag over the area that you want to record. You can also select a preset area from the drop-down list. If you want to record your screen with sounds, you can turn on your Microphone or System Sound.

Video Recorder Interface

Step 4. Adjust Video Recording Settings

Click the Gear icon at the right to open "Preferences". You can set the location of output files, Video format, Video quality and Frame rate under "Output" tab. For Mac users, you can save your videos into MOV, MP4, M4V and Gif while for Windows users, you can save it to MOV, MP4, M4V, Gif and more.

Set Output Settings

Step 5. Start Recording by Clicking "REC"

To record your screen, click on the green "REC" button at the right of the interface. If you prefer hotkeys, you can pre-set your hotkeys in Preferences and use it to start recording. While recording, you can click on the Pencil icon to open the intuitive video editor which allows you to add texts, lines, arrows and more on your video.

Edit Recording Minecraft Video

Step 6. Save Your Recorded Videos

Click the red square button to stop recording. Replay the video and see if you have recorded everything you need. You can easily save your video on your PC or share it with your friends via social media.

Record Minecraft Gameplay

After knowing the solutions to solve OBS black screen issue, it is your turn to try it on your PC. Don't forget to share our post with your friends if it solves your problem! If you have another good solution, don't forget to share it with us in the comment below!

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