Many content creators use OBS (Open Broadcaster Software) for recording and live streaming their computer screens. This free, open-source solution provides a professional experience both on Windows and Mac. However, a recent update has given many regular users a headache.
Has a yellow border appeared around your recorded screen or window in OBS? If you’re wondering where it came from and whether you can disable it, read the following guide.
What Is the Yellow Border in OBS?
Some OBS users have reported a yellow border around their screen when trying to record with the program. While it may look like a minor inconvenience, the bright border can be annoying for you and your viewers. It can ruin their experience, especially if you’re streaming an otherwise dark screen.
If you’re affected by this pesky yellow line, you’re probably wondering if it’s a bug or some other kind of issue. The good news is that it’s not a bug – it’s a normal occurrence on Windows 10 PCs. However, the bad news is that you won’t be able to simply toggle it on or off, although there is a workaround that sometimes is effective.
The yellow border is not something OBS introduced to drive its users crazy. It’s a Windows 10 feature that was implemented for security reasons.
Cyber threats are all around us, and it’s not rare for hackers to access your screen in order to gain your sensitive data. You may be entering your credit card number in your browser and never realize someone was remotely recording your screen. The yellow border is there to prevent exactly this. Whenever your Windows 10 PC notices that an application is capturing your screen, it alerts you with this feature.
How to Get Rid of the Yellow Border, Hopefully
As we mentioned, the yellow border in OBS can’t be simply disabled. If it bothers you, you’ll need to use a workaround. Switching the capture method in OBS is an effective method many users have turned to.
This method will work for most programs, but not all. Some games and applications can’t be recorded using alternative methods, so you’ll need to put up with the border if the screen you want to record isn’t compatible. However, since it’s easy to tweak this setting, it’s worth a try. Let’s take a look at the steps to eliminate OBS’s yellow border.
- Launch your OBS app and find the “Sources” section on the lower part of your screen. You’ll see your input sources listed here.
- Right-click “Display Capture,” i.e., the screen you intend to record.
- Select “Properties” from the dropdown menu.
- You’ll see the “Capture Method” option in the popup window.
- Change the Capture Method to “DXGI Desktop Duplication” and hit “OK.”
- The yellow border will disappear from your screen.
It’s possible to run into an error when following these steps. However, that’s no reason to panic as it can be easily fixed. If your screen went black when you changed the Capture Method, you’d need to adjust a few additional settings. Here’s what to do.
- Minimize OBS and right-click anywhere on your screen.
- Select “Display Settings” from the dropdown menu.
- Scroll down to find “Graphics settings.”
- Click “Browse” under “Choose an app to set preference.”
- You’ll need to find your OBS app. By default, the OBS Studio folder will be in your Program Files folder on your (C:) drive.
- Open the OBS Studio folder, then “bin,” and then “64bit.”
- Select the OBS application file and hit “Add.”
- OBS will be added to your Graphics settings. Click “Options” underneath its icon.
- Change your graphics preference to “Power Saving” and save the changes.
- Close the settings and restart OBS. The black screen issue will be gone.
Say Goodbye to the Yellow Border
A glaring yellow border can be truly distracting when you’re streaming or recording your screen. Unfortunately, there is no way to turn it off. Changing the capture method will work for many programs, but not all, so you’ll need to test it for yourself.
Did you manage to remove the yellow border using the method mentioned above? Do you have another workaround up your sleeve? Let us know in the comments section below.