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How To Crop Webcam in OBS

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Do you want to remove the clutter from the panoramic view of your webcam video using OBS? Don’t get frustrated; the process for this is pretty simple. 

Quick Answer

To crop the webcam in OBS, open the software and launch the webcam. Open your webcam video from the source, right-click on it and go to “Transform” > “Edit Transform”. Select “No bounds” from the “Bounding Box Type Section” and start cropping.

To make things easy for you, we have written a short step-by-step guide on how to crop a webcam in OBS. We will also discuss adding a webcam in OBS and removing webcam cropping if not needed.

What Is OBS?

OBS Studio, Open Broadcaster System, is a free live-streaming encoder that can be downloaded on Windows, Mac, and Linux. 

This software provides a variety of exclusive features for video capturing and mixing. With its configuration settings, you can customize the videos and switch between different video transitions before live streaming. 

You can also use OBS studio mode to create professional productions using various sources such as Window Captures, Capture Cards, Webcams, Images, texts, etc. 

Cropping the Webcam in OBS  

If you are wondering how to crop the webcam in OBS, our following 2 step-by-step methods will help you go through this process quickly. 

Method #1: Using the Alt Key

You can do quick webcam cropping in OBS using the Alt key in the following way. 

  1. Open OBS and enable the webcam in OBS. 
  2. Create a webcam video or open an existing video.
  3. Click on the edge of the video, and press and hold the Alt + left-click keys on your keyboard simultaneously.  
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  4. Drag the keys till the cropping is done.

This Alt key method will crop the webcam in equal dimensions from all sides. 

Method #2: Using Transform Cropping 

The other precise way to crop the webcam in OBS is by using Transform cropping with these steps. 

  1. Open OBS and launch the webcam.
  2. Open your webcam video from the source and right-click on it. 
  3. Click “Transform”.
  4. Click “Edit Transform”.
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  5. Select “No bounds” from the “Bounding Box Type Section” and start cropping.
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Quick Note

You can edit position alignment and size as well, thus cropping the webcam within your required pixels!

Adding a Webcam in OBS 

Before cropping the webcam, you need to add it in OBS with these quick steps.

Step #1: Downloading and Launching OBS 

Open a browser on your computer, download OBS from the official website, and install it. Then, launch it by selecting the “I will only be using the virtual camera” option in the Configuration Wizard settings and clicking “Apply”.

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Step #2: Launching and Accessing the Webcam 

Open OBS, click the “+” key in the sources section, and click “Video Capture Device”. Label the layer, name the device, and click “OK”. Finally, choose a webcam from the sources section. 

Click “OK” on the Allow OBS to access the Camera” option to give webcam access.

Removing Webcam Crops in OBS  

If you have cropped the extra layer of the webcam and now want to remove it, do these steps.

Method #1: Using Shortcut Keys  

You can remove the crop in OBS using shortcut keys in the following way. 

  1. Open OBS.
  2. Enable the webcam. 
  3. Open the cropped webcam video.
  4. Press the Ctrl + R keys on your keyboard simultaneously, and the webcam crop will be removed.

Method #2: Using Transform Settings  

With these steps, you can also remove the webcam crop in OBS using Transform settings. 

  1. Open OBS.
  2. Open your cropped webcam video from the source and right-click on it. 
  3. Click “Transform”.
  4. Click “Reset Transform”, and webcam crops will be removed. 
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In this guide, we have discussed how to crop the webcam in OBS. We’ve also discussed adding and webcam in OBS and removing webcam crops in the software. 

Hopefully, your query is resolved, and you can now crop the unnecessary layers from the webcam in OBS and keep the desired ones. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I crop video lengths in OBS?

To crop video length in OBS, add a video from the source section. Right-click on the video and go to “Filters” > “Crop/Pad” > “Effects Filters”. Add the required crop values in the field, and you are done.

Why can’t I crop the webcam using the Alt key in Linux?

Sometimes, the Alt key method often fails to work. In this case, try using Transform webcam cropping

How many webcams can OBS support?

OBS can support up to 8 webcam sources. With the OBS Multiview feature, you can transition between all these sources and open them with just one click. 

Can I rotate the camera in OBS?

To rotate the camera in OBS, open OBS, open video in OBS Video Editor, go to settings, and navigate to “Transform” > “Edit Transform” > “Rotate 90° Clockwise/Counterclockwise”.

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