OBS crashing after 10 minutes of recording


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I'm running

Mac OS Catalina version: 10.15.7 (19H2)
It's a Macbook 16 inch, bought a few months ago, so it's quite new.

Here's the crash text Mac displays:

Process:               obs [2123]
Path:                  /Applications/OBS.app/Contents/MacOS/obs
Identifier:            com.obsproject.obs-studio
Version:               25.0.8 (25.0.8)
Code Type:             X86-64 (Native)
Parent Process:        ??? [1]
Responsible:           obs [2123]
User ID:               501

Date/Time:             2020-10-10 14:00:15.282 -0400
OS Version:            Mac OS X 10.15.6 (19G73)
Report Version:        12
Bridge OS Version:     4.6 (17P6065)
Anonymous UUID:        96EA3A95-AD75-7D3A-8731-287091B53F9E

Time Awake Since Boot: 12000 seconds

System Integrity Protection: enabled

Crashed Thread:        0  Dispatch queue: com.apple.main-thread

Exception Type:        EXC_BAD_INSTRUCTION (SIGILL)
Exception Codes:       0x0000000000000001, 0x0000000000000000
Exception Note:        EXC_CORPSE_NOTIFY

Termination Signal:    Illegal instruction: 4
Termination Reason:    Namespace SIGNAL, Code 0x4
Terminating Process:   exc handler [2123]

Application Specific Information:
*** CFRetain() called with NULL ***

Thread 0 Crashed:: Dispatch queue: com.apple.main-thread
0   com.apple.CoreFoundation          0x00007fff2d83a98f CFRetain.cold.1 + 14
1   com.apple.CoreFoundation          0x00007fff2d68da08 CFRetain + 109
2   libqcocoa.dylib                   0x000000001105dc47 0x11045000 + 101447
3   org.qt-project.QtGui              0x000000011101b553 QBackingStore::beginPaint(QRegion const&) + 195
4   org.qt-project.QtWidgets          0x0000000110793440 0x110775000 + 123968
5   org.qt-project.QtWidgets          0x00000001107939b2 0x110775000 + 125362
6   org.qt-project.QtWidgets          0x00000001107bfc0b QWidget::event(QEvent*) + 1643
7   org.qt-project.QtWidgets          0x00000001108d0194 QMainWindow::event(QEvent*) + 276
8   org.qt-project.QtWidgets          0x0000000110785c1d QApplicationPrivate::notify_helper(QObject*, QEvent*) + 269
9   org.qt-project.QtWidgets          0x0000000110787055 QApplication::notify(QObject*, QEvent*) + 581
10  org.qt-project.QtCore             0x0000000111634994 QCoreApplication::notifyInternal2(QObject*, QEvent*) + 212
11  org.qt-project.QtCore             0x0000000111635a43 QCoreApplicationPrivate::sendPostedEvents(QObject*, int, QThreadData*) + 691

Anyone else seeing this?


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Oh btw, I'm also using a Chroma key filter on a single video capture input. Not sure if that could be causing it.


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Also just to add, OBS crashes when it's practically doing nothing. I just have:
- NDI source, with a chroma key filter
-Display Capture
- Audio Input Capture.

I'm not recording or streaming and after a few mins it crashes. Please help. Is there an older version of OBS I should try? Really struggling with this.


Soooo, how much memory? what cpu? what capture card? what speed network? wifi or wired? what canvas size? what output settings? saving locally or on a network drive? log file?


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Here are the last four logs from the crashes.

Here are all the specs:

Canvas Size: 1344x840
Output: 1152x720
Capturing via iPhone through NDI
Not streaming nor recording so network doesn't matter.

CPU Name: Intel(R) Core(TM) i9-9980HK CPU @ 2.40GHz
CPU Speed: 2400MHz
Physical Cores: 8, Logical Cores: 16
Physical Memory: 32768MB Total
OS Name: Mac OS X (NSMACHOperatingSystem)
OS Version: Version 10.15.7 (Build 19H2)
Kernel Version: 19.6.0
hotkeys-cocoa: Using layout 'com.apple.keylayout.US'
Portable mode: false
OBS 26.0.2 (mac)


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Also seems to be taking up a lot of CPU.

Screen Shot 2020-10-14 at 10.19.11 AM.png
Please help as I'm not able to record or stream :(.


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Same problem on MacOS 10.15.7, OBS (any version between 25 and 26 I've tried) seems to crash every 10 minutes, and not from any one action. My CPU is between 12-14% though.

I just made it crash by dragging it from my linked display to my main display. Not sure if that is connected. I was running from Terminal and it did not send me a crash report.