OBS Studio Recording Color Problem – Fix

Another computer problem in the world order. This one is a bit different as I had to solve one of my own computer related problems. I recently installed OBS studio on a Hewlett Packard Pavilion X360 laptop.

Also, I am using MX Linux on this laptop. MX Linux is a Debian distribution derivation. I noticed when recording videos, that the colors did NOT look right.

At first I thought perhaps it was a hardware related graphics problem. However, OBS Studio was the only application I noticed the color problem. In order to fix this issue you want to go into your “Sources” in OBS Studio.

The source I think that was causing this problem perhaps was a web browser. Also, it could be that that is where you have to make the change that fixes this OBS Studio recording color problem. Click the “Properties” gear icon on a source.

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Under the “Crop” settings look for a check box next to “Swap red and blue”. Place a check in this box with your mouse and then click on “OK” to save those settings. This immediately fixed this OBS Studio recording color problem, as I noticed the colors were fixed in studio mode.

I performed a test video recording and the recording color problem had been fixed. I have used OBS Studio for 3 to 4 years now and have never seen this problem crop up, no pun intended, before. Also, I have used two other desktop computers to record videos and neither computer had this issue.

I am not sure if it is a problem with the graphics processor on this laptop, a problem with MX Linux, or a problem with OBS Studio. All I know is that I found the solution to one of my own computer problems. This one was kind of an obscure computer problem, but I was much relieved to have fixed this issue.

I can now record videos with this laptop pretty much anywhere now. These instructions were written for a Hewlett Packard Pavilion X360 laptop with MX Linux 18.3 installed. Also, the version of OBS Studio is 23.1.0 64 bit.

These instructions could certainly be used for possibly other operating systems like Microsoft Windows, Apple Macintosh and Linux with this same OBS Studio recording color problem. As long as OBS Studio has a “Swap red and blue” properties setting you could potentially fix this problem, even on other Linux distributions.