How to Pause OBS video recordings

Written by on August 30, 2019

Did you know that you can now pause OBS recordings! With the latest version of OBS 24.0 or later you can pause a recording in OBS and then restart the recording when you want to. This is an awesome new feature available in the latest OBS 24.0 release candidate.

OBS recording formats that support pause and restart

OBS recording formats that support pause and restart

In this video, we review the video formats that you can record in with OBS and pause the recording to be restarted. Currently, you can record video in Flv, Mkv, ts, and m3u8 for use with this new pause recording feature. When recording video, just remember that you cannot pause your live stream. But it is nice if you are recording video content of your live stream during the broadcast for later use. In this way, you can record short clips from your live stream and save them in one file with start and pause feature. One requested feature is the ability to pause a recording with the hotkeys. We will bring this up in the OBS user group.

New OBS 24 pause button during video recordings

New OBS 24 pause button during video recordings

Remember the popular Mp4 and MOV video recording formats do not support this new feature. OBS recording formats that support pause and restart are only Flv, Mkv, ts, and m3u8. The reason these video formats have this feature is that OBS has the ability to store this video without being finalized even if the computer is turned off due to a power outage. Assuming you have the latest version of OBS and your recording format selected properly you will see the pause button available once you start recording.

What are the other new OBS 24 features? 

  • The long-requested ability to pause recordings
  • A new option to use dynamic bitrate adjustment while streaming instead of dropping frames when the internet is congested for whatever reason
  • The ability to control browser source audio volume with the audio mixer, as well as apply audio filters, and output audio to stream only rather than desktop audio
  • The ability to create custom browser dock widgets so you can have custom web pages opened whenever OBS is opened
  • Hardware-accelerated decoding of H264 media files in the media source
  • Updated x264, FFmpeg, and CEF versions on Windows.  x264, in particular, has a number of new optimizations that should improve performance for anyone using software encoding
  • A whole lot of minor optimizations to the program

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