How to Monitor or Send OBS Studio Feed to Another TV/Monitor

When I first started using OBS studio I desperately wanted to monitor what people were seeing without having to log into the stream on the user end (for me that would be logging into YouTube to monitor with a delay). A little later I wanted to send the feed locally and realtime within our building without having to put another computer together.

I tried a couple things and searched a lot of forums but didn't find a great answer. I even learned how to send the stream over our local network (I hope to post on that soon because it is fun) but that takes up a lot of bandwidth, still may need another computer, and involves a bit more delay than going direct.

So here are some steps to send the feed over a monitor connection such as HDMI to one or multiple monitors. You can modify the steps as needed for your specific situation.

  1. Connect a television (or monitor with audio) with HDMI input to your video card (your video card will need to have multiple outputs) and turn it on before your computer
  2. Go to Settings (lower right side) in OBS Studio and set your monitor sound to go out your HDMI port to your TV Monitor.
  3. Go back to your video screen and right click your camera picture and select Fullscreen Projector and your TV Monitor.

4. Now check your TV Monitor sound and picture to see if they are in time with each other. On my system there is a slight delay on the video capture card so the sound comes through first from my sound capture device. Go to your device's sound settings (gear icon on the bottom center mixer) and Advanced Audio Properties. Set the sync offset by 10 ms increments until everything is in sync. Make sure your monitoring is on for that device of course.

That's it! You should now see a realtime or almost realtime (depending on your capture devices) feed that you can use for monitoring the livestream or for sending to another room in your building. If you want to send to multiple monitors use an HDMI splitter--you may need to make sure the monitors all have the same aspect ratio for this to work. Also remember to turn on at least one monitor before your computer or these things aren't likely to work this way. I hope it goes well!

( we are using an Elgato Capture card and a Focusrite audio card like below)

AViPAS Starter Settings

If you have a new AViPAS PTZ camera and you are anything like me, you may be shocked when you first start it up. That is because the auto contrast, color, and other lighting settings might not present your room very well. In my case, our projector screens were blowing out the image and putting a bunch of strange digital lines on our live stream feed.

In the camera menu (accessible via remote control) or once you have connected to the camera via IP, you can begin to manually modify the settings to meet your needs. Here are some starter ideas.

On Video Parameters, start with the Style section. Do this first because it will overwrite any other settings you do. For me, this got things close to what I needed (made the projector screen look a lot better).

I then set the focus to manual (my preference) and the exposure to auto (which gave me a brighter image than I could get manually for some reason).

Set your color settings. I had to dial down the saturation on mine (and then I added some back to my livestream using OBS).

Finally, set your image settings. I didn't find that the NR (noise reduction) settings made much difference in my case.

Your settings will be retained by the camera. I hit refresh a few times here and there. The camera may want to reboot. Enjoy!

A versatile and affordable camera

AV-1081W 10x Full HD HDMI PTZ Camera with IP Live Streaming - White

I'll write more on this soon, but I looked through many cameras for live streaming, and I found one PTZ camera (pan, tilt, zoom, via remote control or computer, etc), that is $1000 cheaper than PTZ Optics cameras (which look great), and is from a California company. I also needed on that could show a projection screen and a room at the same time (the projection screen is much brighter typically than the room--depending on your lighting). The answer was AViPAS. For about $620 plus the $55 wall mount (Amazon price varies depending on availability), I have a great camera that can do all those things and has a two year warranty. I'm not sponsored by them or anything, but I am including some links to Amazon. The trick is to go into settings and manually adjust the picture as needed. I'll post some more on that soon. Check it out! The one below outputs via hdmi or IP (yes via IP) but there are other versions available as well including a wide angle version. Also multiple colors (white version in picture above). Previously I had used Panasonic camcorders--the newer ones have HDR which evens out the high and low contrast areas--but while great, they do not work for streaming while on a PTZ stand (or so I have been told--I didn't want to try it after people said it didn't work). I've been overjoyed to find a camera that does so many things for such a low price. Look for my AViPAS base settings post here.