Black Screen Game Capture Problems

Follow these simple steps to fix your game capture source not working: 

  • Delete the capture source, restart Streamlabs Desktop as administrator, and re-add the source.
  • Right click the shortcut on your desktop and select "Run as Administrator"
  • Have Streamlabs Desktop installed in Program Files (default install location). Some games and Windows Store games, like Sea of Thieves, need this due to given additional permissions.
  • Use: "Capture Specific Window" or "Capture foreground window with hotkey" to force the capture to the game
  • Try toggling the Anti-cheat hook on or off.
  • Disable 3rd party in-game overlays
  • Install Visual C++ Redistributable
  • Updated all drivers and software
  • If that did not help, adjust in-game settings to borderless fullscreen instead of (exclusive) fullscreen if used or try a window capture then instead (while using borderless fullscreen). Some games are also impossible to capture with a game capture such as Destiny 2.

If you are having issues with using Display Capture, Window Capture, or Game Capture and you are on a laptop, please see the following information in this guide.

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