TikTok videos are designed for vertical viewing on mobile devices. The recommended dimensions for TikTok videos are 1080 pixels wide by 1920 pixels tall (1080×1920 resolution), which corresponds to a 9:16 aspect ratio. This vertical video format is optimized for full-screen viewing on smartphones, making it easy for users to engage with your content
To film your desktop for TikTok videos using OBS, you’ll want to set up your canvas to match the 9:16 aspect ratio required by TikTok. Here’s a step-by-step guide:
- Open OBS Studio and click on “Settings” in the lower-right corner.
- In the settings window, click on “Video” in the left-side menu.
- Set the “Base (Canvas) Resolution” to 608×1080. This resolution maintains the 9:16 aspect ratio while keeping the width divisible by 8, which is recommended for video encoding. If your computer can handle a higher resolution, you may use 1080×1920 instead.
- Set the “Output (Scaled) Resolution” to the same value as the “Base (Canvas) Resolution” (either 608×1080 or 1080×1920, depending on your preference).
- Set the “Common FPS Values” to 30 or 60, depending on your preference and your computer’s capabilities.
- Click “Apply” and then “OK” to save your settings.
Now your OBS canvas is set up for recording TikTok videos. To capture your desktop:
- In the “Sources” panel, click the “+” button and select “Display Capture.”
- In the “Create/Select Source” window, click “OK.”
- In the “Properties for ‘Display Capture'” window, choose the display you want to capture from the “Display” dropdown menu.
- Click “OK” to confirm your selection.
You can now record your desktop in the TikTok-friendly 9:16 aspect ratio using OBS Studio. When you’re ready to record, click the “Start Recording” button in the lower-right corner. After recording, you can edit the video to add any necessary effects, text, or transitions before uploading it to TikTok.