Support: OBS Frequently Asked Questions

OBS Retro Gameplay

I want to use my Hauppauge recorder with OBS to stream retro game play. How do I setup OBS?

We assume that your retro gameplay is coming in from composite video (the yellow cable) and left/right stereo audio.

OBS by default uses HDMI audio/video, so you need to change the source in OBS to composite video and left/right stereo audio. If you have the Hauppauge Component AV Cable (Part number 6021333), connect the yellow jack from your video source to the Blue RCA jack on the Hauppauge AV cable.

Here are the steps to setup OBS:

  • Note: If you have a Rocket, make sure you have removed any HDMI cable connected to the HDMI In port on the back of the Rocket.
  • First, we need to test the video source in Hauppauge Capture. Open Hauppauge Capture. In Hauppauge Capture under Video In, select Composite and under Audio In select AV In. Make sure you can see your retro game video in the Hauppauge Capture preview window. If not, check your cables. You must see video in Hauppauge Capture before you can move onto OBS
  • Once you can see your video in the preview window, close Hauppauge Capture and open OBS
  • The first thing to do in OBS is add a new Video Capture Device. In Sources, click the + and select Video Capture Device
  • If you are using the Rocket, select IT9910 Capture. If you are using the HD PVR 2, select Hauppauge Sienna. Then click OK
  • Next, click Configure Crossbar. A few seconds later you should see the video source setup for the Rocket. Choose the source you are connected to, such as Composite In. You will have five choices: 0 Video Parallel Digital In which is HDMI, 1 Video YRYBY In which is Component video, 2 Video SVideo In which is S-Video, 3 Video Composite In for composite video and 4 Video RGB In
  • Then finish the setup: click Apply, OK and then Deactivate, Reactivate and then OK

In about 15 seconds you should now see your composite video source in the OBS Preview window.

OBS and Facebook Live

Instructions for setting up Facebook Live with OBS using Hauppauge recorders

Setting up your capture device for Facebook live streaming is fairly simple using OBS.

First, if you have not already done so, install OBS (OBS installer may complain about needed Visual C++ stuff but they have it linked on their site).

After installing OBS, the Hauppauge device will need to be configured as capture device in OBS. We have plenty of videos on how to do that, with a very simple one here:

Configuring a Hauppauge recorder as a capture device in OBS

In OBS, when adding your video capture device, select:

  • For the HD PVR 2, the StreamEez-Pro and the Colossus 2, select Hauppauge Sienna Video Capture
  • If using the HD PVR Rocket, select IT9910 Capture Filter
Once they have the Hauppauge device configured in OBS, go here:
https://www.facebook.com/live/create

Click on blue button Create Live Stream. You may be prompted to use Facebook’s new Live Producer. If so click Not Now.

You’ll get the RTMP server URL and the Persistent Stream Key. You only need the stream key for OBS.

In the lower right corner of the /live/create page will be a grayed Go Live button. Back in OBS click on Settings in the lower right corner. Select Facebook Live as the service. Enter the stream key and click Apply and OK. Click Start Streaming in OBS. The Go Live button on the Facebook page will now be available.

Click the Go Live button to start the stream.

There are other options on the Facebook Live page such where to share the video and who can see it.

Troubleshooting HD PVR 2

What do the lights on front of HD PVR 2 mean?

  • Blue light: When HD PVR 2 is powered on and the Windows driver is running, the blue light is on solid. When the blue light is blinking, the HD PVR 2 is not 'seen' by your PC. Check the USB cable!
  • Yellow light blinks once when Hauppauge Capture runs and means the HD PVR 2 detects video on the selected Video Input source. If the Yellow light blinks once and then turns to Blue, it means that Hauppauge Capture cannot detect a video signal. There are several reasons this can happen:
    • You did not plug in a video cable, or you have the wrong video source selected in Hauppauge Capture. In the Capture tab, make sure Video input is set correctly: HDMI or Component video. And check your video cable and your cable connections! If you have a bad cable or have made a mistake plugging in the cables, you will see a Blue light.
    • If you are recording from an Xbox 360, make sure your video mode is set to either 1080p or 720p. Here is where you can find instructions on setting your video mode.
    • If you are recording from a PC game system, make sure you have set your PC graphics video mode to 1080p at 60Hz. Here is where you can find instructions on setting your PC video mode.
  • Green or Blue LED ring: indicates that HD PVR 2 is recording video.
  • Red light: this means the video encoder inside HD PVR 2 cannot send data to your PC. There are a number of reasons this could happen. If your PC is running slowly and cannot get data from HD PVR 2 quickly enough, the red light might go on for a few seconds until the PC can accept data. If there is a problem with your USB cable or the USB port on your PC, the red light might be illuminated. Change to another USB port on your PC, then power down HD PVR 2, wait a few seconds and power up again. If you continue to see the Red light while recording, check your cabling and if you continue to have problems, contact Hauppauge technical support.

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OBS Frequently Asked Questions

I want to use my HD PVR 2 with OBS to stream retro game play. How do I setup OBS?

First, we assume that your retro gameplay is coming in from composite video (the yellow cable) and left/right stereo audio.

OBS by default uses HDMI audio/video, so you need to change the source in OBS to composite video and left/right stereo audio. If you have the Hauppauge Component AV Cable (Part number 6021333), connect the yellow jack from your video source to the Blue RCA jack on the Hauppauge AV cable.

Here are the steps to setup OBS:

  • First, open Hauppauge Capture. In Hauppauge Capture under Video In, select Composite and under Audio In select AV In. Make sure you can see your retro game video in the Hauppauge Capture preview window. If not, check your cables. You must see video in Hauppauge Capture before you can move onto OBS
  • Once you can see your video in the preview window, close Hauppauge Capture and open OBS
  • The first thing to do in OBS is add a new Video Capture Device. In Sources, click the + and select Video Capture Device
  • Select Hauppauge Sienna Video Capture and click OK
  • Next, click Configure Crossbar. A few seconds later you should see the video source setup for the HD PVR 2. Choose the source you are connected to, such as Composite In. You will have five choices: 0 Video Parallel Digital In which is HDMI, 1 Video YRYBY In which is Component video, 2 Video SVideo In which is S-Video, 3 Video Composite In for composite video and 4 Video RGB In
  • Then finish the setup: click Apply, OK and then Deactivate, Reactivate and then OK

In about 15 seconds you should now see your composite video source in the OBS Preview window.

I want to use my Rocket with OBS to stream retro game play. How do I setup OBS?

First, we assume that your retro gameplay is coming in from composite video (the yellow cable) and left/right stereo audio.

OBS by default uses HDMI audio/video, so you need to change the source in OBS to composite video and left/right stereo audio. If you have the Hauppauge Component AV Cable (Part number 6021333), connect the yellow jack from your video source to the Blue RCA jack on the Hauppauge AV cable.

Here are the steps to setup OBS:

  • First, make sure you have removed any HDMI cable connected to the HDMI In port on the back of the Rocket.
  • Now, open Hauppauge Capture. In Hauppauge Capture under Video In, select Composite and under Audio In select AV In. Make sure you can see your retro game video in the Hauppauge Capture preview window. If not, check your cables. You must see video in Hauppauge Capture before you can move onto OBS
  • Once you can see your video in the preview window, close Hauppauge Capture and open OBS
  • The first thing to do in OBS is add a new Video Capture Device. In Sources, click the + and select Video Capture Device
  • If you are using the Rocket, select IT9910 Capture and click OK
  • Next, click Configure Crossbar. A few seconds later you should see the video source setup for the Rocket. Choose the source you are connected to, such as Composite In. You will have five choices: 0 Video Parallel Digital In which is HDMI, 1 Video YRYBY In which is Component video, 2 Video SVideo In which is S-Video, 3 Video Composite In for composite video and 4 Video RGB In
  • Then finish the setup: click Apply, OK and then Deactivate, Reactivate and then OK

In about 15 seconds you should now see your composite video source in the OBS Preview window.