How to Crop Window Capture in OBS Studio: A Guide


Are you looking to create screen recordings and tutorials using OBS Studio? One challenge you may face is capturing specific windows or cropping your recordings to remove unnecessary elements.

Fortunately, OBS Studio offers various options to help you achieve this. In this guide, we’ll explore different methods for cropping and capturing windows in OBS Studio, enabling you to produce professional-looking content.

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How to Crop Window Capture in OBS

If you want to record a single open window instead of the entire screen, OBS Studio’s Window Capture feature can be useful.

However, it has limitations when capturing pop-ups, menus, and additional panels. To overcome this, you can crop a standard Display Capture to fit the screen, allowing you to record all necessary elements. Here are three methods to achieve this:

1. Using the Crop/Pad Filter

How to Crop Window Capture in OBS
  1. Right-click on the Display Capture source in the “Sources” box and select “Transform,” then choose “Edit Transform.”
  2. A new window will appear. If needed, click “Reset” to adjust the source settings.
  3. Enter the desired width in the “Crop: Right” field and the height in the “Crop: Bottom” field.
  4. Once done, close the window and go to “Settings.” In the “Video” tab, ensure that the Canvas Resolution matches the window capture.

2. Cropping With Edit/Transform Feature

How to Crop Window Capture in OBS (transform method)
  1. Select the Display Capture source in the “Sources” box and right-click on it. Choose “Transform” and click “Edit Transform.”
  2. Adjust the “Crop: Right” and “Crop: Bottom” fields to achieve the desired cropping.
  3. Close the window, and in the “Settings” menu, make sure the Canvas Resolution matches the window capture in the “Video” tab.

3. Using ALT Button to Crop Window Capture in OBS

  1. Select the Display Capture source using your cursor.
  2. Hover your cursor over the red dots on the red outline and press “Command” (Mac) or “ALT” (Windows and Linux).
  3. While holding the key, left-click and drag the red circles to crop the Display Capture to your desired size.

Capturing Windows in OBS on Mac or Windows PC

In addition to cropping, you may want to capture specific windows while using OBS Studio on Mac or Windows PC. Here’s how:

Method 1: Using Window Capture

  1. Open OBS Studio and navigate to the “Sources” box.
  2. Click on the “+” button at the bottom-left corner of the box and select “Screen Capture” from the pop-up menu.
  3. A small window will appear, allowing you to name the source. Enter a name and click “OK.”
  4. Next to “Window,” click the downward arrow to access a drop-down list. Select the window you want to capture.
  5. Ensure that the “Capture Cursor” box is checked. Then, click “OK.”
  6. If the window capture doesn’t match the screen size, go to “Settings” and adjust the Base Resolution in the “Video” tab.

Method 2: Combining Display Capture and Cropping

  1. Launch OBS Studio and locate the “Sources” box. Right-click and choose “Add,” then select “Display Capture” as the source.
  2. Name the source and click “OK.”
  3. If you have multiple monitors, manually select the desired monitor.
  4. Check the “Capture Cursor” box and click “OK.”
  5. Right-click on the Display Capture source in the “Sources” box and select “Filters.”
  6. In the pop-up window, click the “+” button at the bottom-left corner.
  7. Select the “Crop/Pad” filter from the list and click “OK.”
  8. Adjust the cropping parameters and click “Close.”

By following these methods, you can align the OBS Studio window with your desired capture, ensuring a perfect recording.


Mastering the art of capturing and cropping windows in OBS Studio is crucial for creating engaging livestream.

By utilizing the methods described in this guide, you can enhance your content creation workflow and produce outstanding videos. Experiment with different techniques and find the approach that works best for your needs.

With OBS Studio’s versatile features and your creative flair, you’ll be on your way to producing professional-quality video content.

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