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Can OBS record while my monitor is off?

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#1 Vilatus


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Posted 16 November 2017 - 10:26 AM

Hi everyone, first post here. 


I was wondering if I would be able to record my system's screen while my monitor is off? I would like to record a movie from the original disk so I can have it on my PC, just in case. I won't be home while it's recording, so I don't want any family members to see my PC on and start messing with it trying to turn it off/snooping through my files while it's recording though. They aren't all exactly computer literate and I'm afraid they'll mess something up haha


Any advice is appreciated, thanks! 

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#2 hamluis



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Posted 16 November 2017 - 10:33 AM

From What I See...whether the monitor is on or off should make no difference.  Monitors provide a visual for users who want to see what the screen output is.  Screen captures have nothing to do with the monitor., IMO...it's the system activity that is being recorded.




The simple way to find out...is to try a short sample with monitor off, IMO.

Edited by hamluis, 16 November 2017 - 10:37 AM.

#3 TyronSmiteApril


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Posted 16 November 2017 - 07:15 PM

As @hamluis stated the monitor has no affect on the application. You can record while your screen is of its 100% system activity that's being recorded. 

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Posted 17 November 2017 - 07:03 AM

A poster on the OBS forum agrees:

" if i record a window or a selected region in xsplit my computer can lock, monitors screen saver and then go to sleep and the recording is fine. also i tested in OBS that if i manually lock my computer and turn the monitors off while recording a window it continues to record just fine."

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