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How to pause recordings in OBS 24

A wonderful new feature in OBS 24 is the ability to pause you recordings. This can come in handy if you want to create a quick and rough recording, without taking multiple files into a video editor. It’ll speed up your workflow and increase quality for files you want to send away “as is”.

Question is: HOW do we pause recordings in OBS 24 and above?

If you’ve been looking for a pause button but can’t find it, let me give you some pointers on how to make it magically appear. First of all, OBS can’t pause live streams. Those have to be delivered continuously. By default, the encoder for recordings is the same that’s used for live streaming. It’s efficient and reduces processing overheads.

Under Settings – Output – Recording you’ll see an option that’s set to “Use Stream Encoder”. If you change that, it means OBS will open up different settings that can be configured independently of those used for streaming (for example, you could use a software encoder instead of a hardware encoder, or use a different bitrate).

As soon as we change this, and then press the big RECORD button in the main interface, we’ll see that it has a PAUSE option next to it.

Now we can either stop the recording as usual (closing the file), or pause the recording and then un-pause it so that OBS keeps recoding at the end of same file.

And there you have it! You can download OBS 24 from the official website or the GitHub Repo (past versions are available under the Releases Section).

PS: OBS 24.0.1 was the 100th release by the team 🎂 I’ve even made a video to celebrate:

How to play XIII (Classic) – PC Keyboard Layout

Back in the days when I had a physical copy of XIII, I never had that problem with the console versions of the game. There are only so many buttons to press on a controller, and there’s an in-game tutorial that tells you.

Surprisingly, the current GOG.com version comes with a manual, but it does not mention the keyboard layout. Neither did the original manual for the physical game if I remember correctly. When I wanted to map the PC kets to my controller using Xpadder, I quickly realised that aside from walking and basic shooting, I had no idea how to use the scope of the grappling hook.

I’ve compiled this handy list to remind me how it works for next time, might come in handy if you’re in the mood for some retro comic type FPS action:

  • WASD keys – walk around, rather fast
  • hold the left SHIFT key – in addition to WASD to walk slowly
  • SPACE – Jump
  • MOUSE – look around
  • Left Mouse – Fire
  • Right Mouse – Alternative Fire (like throw grenades, or stab with a knife)
  • Q – use Quick Heal, i.e. take next available med kit
  • E – Action (i.e. open doors, pick up items, etc)
  • G – Throw hand grenade
  • R – Reload Weapon
  • Right ALT – use the Sniper Scope
  • C – Crouch down (toggle between standing and crouching)
  • Page UP / Page DOWN – cycle through weapons

UMLAUTBOARD: Easy access to Umlaut Characters from anywhere

I’ve just released UMLAUTBOARD, a super simple single-page mobile friendly website that allows anyone to copy German Umlaut characters to their clipboard. Let me tell you a little about why I made this, how it works, and how ya’ll can expand it if you want. And here’s what it looks like:

What is UMLAUTBOARD?

The idea is very simple: it’s a fixed page with umlaut characters at the bottom. Click on one, and the respective character is copied into the current device’s clipboard. Now navigate to where you need that character and paste it in. This works irrespective of your operating system, mobile/desktop device or keyboard/language settings.

All you need to remember is this short URL wpguru.tv/ub. Works on any OS, anytime and anywhere.

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How to find the URL to a Facebook Post

I wanted to share a quick screenshot with a viewer on YouTube, and come to think of it, I didn’t know where to put it. My Facebook Page sprang to mind, since it’s not doing much of anything, so I pasted it there with the intention of sharing a link to the post.

However, every available share option on Facebook doesn’t give yo a direct URL. It’s all meant to stay “within the platform” and all, and direct URLs are not something they’d like to you discover easily. It’s Facebook after all, the people from the Cambridge Analytics scandal in 2018.

So how do we find that URL to a post? Let me show you. Hover over the time of the post, in the item that says “just now” or “4 days ago”. That’s actually a powerful menu. Right-click on it to reveal it (courtesy of your browser).

One of the options you’ll see is “copy link location”, which will give you the direct URL you can share anywhere so people can view the post.

And that’s it – you’ll end up with a hugely long URL like this one: https://www.facebook.com/wpguru.tv/photos/a.342467492449157/2796419980387217/?type=3&tn=-R, but it’ll work just fine.

Note that the post you’re sharing needs to be public for everyone to see it, otherwise people will only see a “login to Facebook” screen. Not everybody has Facebook (anymore), nor is this a guarantee for logged-in users to see the post.

Hope this helps!

How to revoke active Discord Invites

Discord invitations can either be set to expire automatically after a given amount of time, or they can be set to “never expire”. The latter ones are great if you give the link to select users only, however sometimes you might just want to disable them manually.

Here’s how to do that in Discord for Desktop (Windows and Mac).

Right-click on your server’s title and choose Server Settings. I mean the strap at the top above all the channels, not the server icon on the left hand side.

In here, on the sidebar at the bottom left, find the Invites section, under User Management.

This will show you a list of your currently active invites. Hover over the one you’d like to revoke and click the little red X icon in the top right corner.

That’s it! Once removed, the invitation link is no longer valid, and users trying to join your server that way will receive a message.

Beginners Guide to Improving Your Audio

This is a guest post by DreamLab Studio, who kindly shared this information on our Discord Server. This is an expanded edition I thought would be great for everyone. Enjoy!

So you have decided you want to start creating your own content to share online. Perhaps you want to make YouTube videos, create a podcast, or maybe start live streaming. One problem you may run into is working with Audio. You may think it’s going to be the easiest thing to deal with, after all humans have been recording audio since 1877 thanks to Thomas Edison.

Unfortunately audio is something that can be pretty tricky to work with and more importantly viewers are willing to put up with poor quality video much more than they will with poor audio. As an example, check out this video from RainDanceCanada:

I’m not an audio expert but I have learned a bit over the years that I hope will help you record better quality audio and make the learning experience easier and more enjoyable.

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How to create a read-only channel in Discord

Some of the simplest things to do often turn out to be the hardest ones – only because we have no idea how to do them properly. One of those tasks is setting up a simple read-only channel on Discord.

What I mean by that is a channel that you and perhaps an admin can post in (like a welcome or rules channel), readable by everybody, nut you don’t want anyone to be able to leave reactions or post messages in it. I’m fairly new to Discord, and while many features appear very intuitive, this one neither of us could work out for the longest time. Looks like I’ve finally found out how to do this, so let me share it with you before I forget.

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Screensharing and Video Calls in Discord

We had a blast last night trying to setup our first screensharing/conference call through Discord. We’re so used to Skype and FaceTime that these habits have made it a little difficult for us to grab the concept of getting started with Discord calls.

Before we forget how it works, I thought I’d better take some notes. Here’s how we made it happen.

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Roles and Permissions in Discord

We just started using that Discord thing everyone is talking about. It’s really easy to setup your own server, but with such great powers come great responsibilities.

We wanted to run a private invitation-only server and see how it would work for our team, but an obvious caveat was that everyone who had joined could send invitations to others willy nilly. It was not really obvious for me to fix this, until I did some digging. Here’s how to remove the default invitation setting from @everyone, and a brief explanations for new Discord Server Owners.

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How to change your user name on Mixer

Although we can use a Microsoft ID to login to Mixer.com, when we do so for the first time, the system assigns a random (rather funny) user name to us. It’s usually not what you want to be called in the chat.

Thankfully there’s an easy way to change this, and here’s how.

Click on that little icon at the top. It’s usually a little blue man icon (I’ve already changed mine). This opens up a menu, at the bottom of which you find an Account option. Click that.

Now you’ll be presented with a number of boxes, one of which will be the Change Username box. It’s not that obvious, but after entering your new name, you have to click on the white change username instruction – which turns out to be a button. It’s vital that you click it.

To make your changes take immediately, you’ll have to logout of Mixer, then log back in. As soon as you do, your new user name will appear in the chat.