I’ve used OBS (Open Broadcaster Software) for a few months now and it’s been great. I’m able to record and stream videos the way I want it and I can easily change the layouts based on my requirements. In my previous post, I used OBS to actually record the video for UPGRADE STUCK ON FILMORA 9 CAN NOT UPGRADE TO 10. I wasn’t able to record using Filmora Screen Recorder because I had to uninstall the software.

The alternative was to use OBS since it’s open-source. However, when trying to record one of the display screen (the main laptop screen rather than the extended screens) using OBS, the screen would just be black. See below:

HOW TO FIX OBS BLACK SCREEN DISPLAY CAPTURE ISSUE black screen

After some research and testing, I discovered a fix and it may also help you fix the same problem. Firstly, let me share with you my laptop and screen setup. I have a Metabox laptop with a 17″ screen and 2x 32″ Samsung monitors connected. The Metabox laptop has two video cards, an Intel HD graphics 630 card and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 card and I believe the onboard 17″ screen by default is using the NVIDIA GeForce GTX card.

THE FIX

  • Go to Display Settings
OBS HOW TO FIX OBS BLACK SCREEN DISPLAY CAPTURE ISSUE Windows 10 Display
  • Go to Graphics Settings
OBS HOW TO FIX OBS BLACK SCREEN DISPLAY CAPTURE ISSUE Windows 10 Display Graphic settings
  • Click browse under the Classic Apps
OBS HOW TO FIX OBS BLACK SCREEN DISPLAY CAPTURE ISSUE Windows 10 Display Graphic settings 1
  • Select the executable where obs64.exe is located. On my laptop it was located in C:\Program Files\obs-studio\bin\64bit\
OBS HOW TO FIX OBS BLACK SCREEN DISPLAY CAPTURE ISSUE Windows 10 Display obs64
  • You will now see OBS Studio on the list and select options
OBS HOW TO FIX OBS BLACK SCREEN DISPLAY CAPTURE ISSUE Windows 10 Display obs64 list
  • Click on Options. Each video card will be associated with Power Saving or high performance
OBS HOW TO FIX OBS BLACK SCREEN DISPLAY CAPTURE ISSUE Windows 10 Display obs64 options
  • Select Power Saving so it’s using the Intel HD Graphics card (the default video card)
OBS HOW TO FIX OBS BLACK SCREEN DISPLAY CAPTURE ISSUE Windows 10 Display obs64 Power Saving Intel
  • Now test and OBS should be able to capture the video screen from Display 1
HOW TO FIX OBS BLACK SCREEN DISPLAY CAPTURE ISSUE black screen Display 1 Solved

Here’s a video showing you the issue with OBS displaying a black screen when using display 1 and the fix:

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