In my previous post about working with OBS one of the things I mentioned was the website/tool OBS Ninja that allowed me to pull Paul Bond’s video into a shot seamlessly by using a URL as a video capture source. It is quite a powerful tool, and gives the illusion that Paul and I are in the same space (assuming he has a green screen) given once his video is a source I can add a Chroma Key filter and effectively make his background transparent.
This is done by going to the obs.ninja website and creating a room:
After you created and protected the room, you can invite guests and they show up below where Guest 1, Guest 2, Guest 3 etc. are and each will have a unique URL.
Once the person has entered, you copy the unique URL under their video source and paste it into the Browser Source:
Name the new Browser Source:
The you will be given the option to add the URL, which should then bring in the video source.
After that you can CTRL + click on the Browser Source and add a filter, in particular the Chroma Key that will allow you to dial in the green screen so the video participants background disappears. This tutorial does a nice job of explaining how to dial in the Chroma Key for a green screen.
After that, you would simply need to move and manipulate where you want the browser video source on the screen:
At this point you can add any other video capture sources and have multiple videos in the shot. Because the only thing better than one Jim is two Jims:
I have to say this was pretty fun to do, and it worked quite well. I have more to figure out with this, but I think the key for me is that it was pretty easy to get up and running with quickly. Plus, it highlights how cool and brilliant an open source community can be when it comes to quick, elegant, and cheap solutions to a potentially difficult and expensive feature.