It’s been awhile since I’ve written anything. I’ve been doing a lot more streaming and content creating lately that, well lets face it, I don’t have a good excuse.
I was planning on doing a LIVE chat with AWS Chief Evangelist Jeff Barr, two days after his birthday. Like all events, we did a dry run the day before going LIVE just to test out our systems. Things worked out great for testing and then the day of our event, as always we couldn’t get our event to stream. It was one thing after anther. In the end, we couldn’t go LIVE, my system crashed trying run OBS locally and the video quality was horrible. We ended up rescheduling the event to a later date.
A few days later, Jeff suggested using something called OBS.ninja, he used it recently for a virtual AWS Community Day event.
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First, I’m using a high powered AWS WorkSpace to handle all my streaming, 16vCPU and 122 Gib of memory. If you read my post back in May, I invested a lot into my home streaming and using it for all my streaming, check out my post. I’m still using the same setup but with OBS.ninja all the streaming is done on my AWS WorkSpace and not my laptop to give me 1080 quality.
Time to get cracking and test out OBS.ninja
The site looks very simplistic but sometimes simple is the best tool to use.
What is OBS.ninja? It’s an Open Source Peer to Peer communication tool that is browser based.
If you are a single user or want to add only your camera or screenshare, you do not need to create a “Group Chat to OBS”. I prefer to create a Group Chat because it gives you a way to manage the environment and possible add more people.
Single User: Add your Camera to OBS and it will generate a quick link that can be used as a browser source in OBS.
Group Chat is very easy to use. All the URL’s and links are customizable. Each one of the boxes are really a TEXT box which means you can create your own reusable links.
Keep in mind that if you create a room without a password, anyone can use that LINK. If someone already created a link using the same room they will automatically be added to your chat.
Funny Story, Never create a room called “TestRoom” without a password. I was running through a test with another colleague in Australia and all of a sudden another person joined our Group Chat from Germany. “TestRoom” is a popular name and used frequently.
Within the management tab, the first link is for anyone to join the session. The second is for anyone else that wants to restream it and the third link is for a group scene. I don’t use the second or third link because I like to manage the scenes myself which means I have control over who I bring into my stream and where to place them.
Any time someone uses the LINK provided, you will see them in the management tab or console. At that point you’re able to control if the person is added to the group scene or you just want to use the SOLO LINK for OBS. Which gives you the ability to add their video into a specific scene.
If you want to add the Group scene to OBS, copy the Group scene URL by just clicking on it and adding it as a source within OBS. Then within the OBS.ninja management console, the person controlling the console can manage who is part of the Group Scene simply by clicking “Add to Group Scene“.
I’m working on a few more videos that will show how to create a custom URL or Link using OBS.ninja including how to setup a scene for sharing content.
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