The brand new Open Broadcaster Software program (OBS) replace is out, and as per normal it features a bunch of adjustments and fixes that may make your streaming life just a bit bit higher. The most important change on this model of OBS is assist for the function that Twitch debuted in Twitch Soundtrack — the flexibility to play music in a second observe when you’re streaming to Twitch, in order that it may be stripped out of your recorded broadcast, or VOD (video on demand).
This launch provides a second audio observe when streaming to Twitch which might be saved to the VOD as a substitute of the stream audio. You may allow this function in Output settings when streaming to Twitch. Particular because of @Twitch for helping through the improvement of this function!
— OBS (@OBSProject) December 15, 2020
For the uninitiated: it’s regular to play music within the background of reside streams, however points round copyright imply that it may be harmful. Twitch has been engaged in an extended battle with the music industry as a result of streamers habitually play copyrighted music on-stream that they don’t have the rights to; it got here to a head earlier this yr, when streamers have been flooded with copyright takedown requests from the music trade. These requests have been based mostly on copyrighted music present in clips from streams and full recorded broadcasts — which is what Twitch Soundtrack, and by extension this function, are supposed to clear up.
OBS identified that Twitch helped with the event of the function, which is fascinating as a result of the corporate already has Soundtrack. I can solely think about it implies that that is the most recent entrance in Twitch’s fight with the music industry — as a result of if streamers get used to stripping music from their VODs as a common observe, the issue of individuals broadcasting copyrighted music on Twitch would possibly ultimately clear up itself. Although, personally, I imagine that’s wishful considering. Both means, OBS implementing the function implies that extra streamers will use it.