Fix OBS Studio Only Captures Static Image and Animated Cursor Only - Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) is a free and open-source cross-platform streaming and recording program built with Qt and maintained by the OBS Project. You can install OBS on Linux, Windows, ord Mac OS X.

OBS Studio provides real-time source and device capture, scene composition, encoding, recording, and broadcasting. However, few days ago I encountered OBS only records static image, audio or animated cursor only.

It happened while trying to record Steam game in Ubuntu.

OBS Studio Only Captures Static Image

I decided to make an article on how to fix these, in case you run into the same issue. So let's start the race!.

How to Fix OBS Captures Static Image

Usually, users will open OBS, add Screen Capture (XSHM) as source, and click the Start Recording button. There's nothing wrong if you just need to capture screen to presentation.

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The problems comes up if you when trying to record game sessions. For example, recording Steam a gameplay.

To solve this, you just need to use Window Capture (Xcomposite) instead of Screen Capture (XSHM) at the source panel. This was shared on my YouTube videos as shown :

Once added, you can disable or remove Screen Capture (XSHM) to eliminate lags during recording.

These were all to fix video only records as static image or black screen on OBS when recording screen or streaming. Thanks for reading, see you in the next Linux tip!.