Let’s talk about the difference between OBS Studio Vs Classic. If you’ve ever streamed before, you may have already used OBS Classic, the original version of OBS. If you’re new to streaming you can skip this post and move onto installing OBS Studio.

If you’re not sure if it’s time to make the change, then read on and learn why it’s time to uninstall the original version and move to Studio.

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Why should I upgrade to OBS Studio?

The major reason for this name chance is that OBS Studio has had its code rewritten from the ground up with the purpose of creating a better streaming program. The first thing that this will mean is that Studio should perform better on your current system. Another major point is that OBS Classic will be losing support from the developers (in fact its last update was about 5 months ago at the time of this post). This means that over time you may see no updates at all. Take a moment and say farewell to our old friend, as it’s time to move on to a better program, OBS Studio.

You may have also heard the term OBS Multi-platform before. This was the name of OBS Studio before they decided to rename it. It was called Multi-platform because this version is meant to work across all major platforms. From my experience I’ve noticed that it works great in Windows 7, 8 and 10 – and I’ve also tried it out on Mac OSX. If you’re a Linux user, you can install OBS Studio and stream to Twitch, and a host of other streaming services, as well. A nice difference between OBS Studio Vs Classic is that the settings menu has been reworked and redesigned to make things easier to understand and set up.

OBS Studio Vs Classic

OBS Studio Vs Classic

OBS Studio Vs Classic Major Differences


If you watched my YouTube videos, you may remember a part where we had to install and set up OBS Plugins. A great thing about OBS Studio is that popular plugins have been included with the installation. This means that you’ll have a source capable of playing videos without doing any extra work. If you install the correct version of OBS Studio you’ll also have access to the browser source (which is my favorite source) as well. The browser source is also known as the CLR Browser Source. I’ve received a lot of questions about comments about installing plugins, so with this reason alone I’d already recommend upgrading. You can still install other plugins for OBS Studio, but the developers have done a great job of giving us what we need to get started.

OBS CLR Browser Plugin

The OBS CLR Browser Source can be installed with OBS Studio


An interesting difference for OBS Studio Vs Classic is that all sources are now all global in Studio. This means that the sources are running at all times and are usable across different scenes. In the Classic version you would have to specify which sources you would like to be global.

It’s also extremely easy to add multiple desktop audio and mic/auxiliary audio devices.


I believe that one of the reasons some people aren’t ready to switch yet is because of filters. However, filters are one of the most powerful features that OBS Studio has to offer (well, almost). Audio/video and effect filters give you a ton of different options for how you can set up your stream. While they may seem a bit intimidating at first, they’re really quite easy to learn! I’ll make sure to walk you through how to use filters properly, so that your stream can stand out from the rest.


Something that I always felt that was missing from OBS Classic was the ability to do transitions from scene-to-scene easily. Well, the good news is that Studio has built in transitions. At the time of this post there are only a couple available, but I believe that we’ll see more, and even the potential of adding in customized transitions, in the near future.

Easily Add Transitions

Studio Mode

Last, but certainly not least is Studio mode. If I had to compare OBS Studio Vs Classic, one of the biggest things I’d tell you is that OBS Studio is designed with higher quality production in mind. Studio mode gives you the capability of setting up and making changes to your scenes in a “behind the scenes” sort of fashion. Once your changes to a scene are looking how you would like them, you can hit a button and have your scene set up pushed live. Basically, you can make live updates without your viewers knowing that anything is going on. While this might not be as advanced as a similar mode in other streaming programs, it’s certainly a major step for OBS.

A quick glimpse at Studio Mode

A quick glimpse at Studio Mode

Minor Points

I do want to quickly mention that at the time of this post not every single feature from OBS classic is available in OBS studio. However, I have noticed that Studio is being updated frequently.

Anyways, it’s time for you to make the switch. In our next guide we’re going to download, install and set up profiles in OBS Studio.

The Core OBS Studio Tutorials

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  1. Introduction to our OBS Studio Tutorial Series
  2. OBS Studio Vs OBS Classic (current post)
  3. Installing and Setting Up Profiles In OBS Studio
  4. Best OBS Studio Settings
  5. In-depth look at OBS Studio Sources
  6. Using OBS Studio Filters
  7. Setting Up OBS Studio Scenes
  8. What Notification Should You Use With Twitch?
  9. Setting Up Your Twitch Account Before You Stream
  10. Streaming Live on Twitch and How to Improve Your Stream
  11. OBS Studio Updates – Alt Cropping, New Transitions, and Source Snapping