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Hi there, welcome to Streamer’s Haven!
So, normally, I write about live streaming, but for this article, I will be going over something very closely related. Mainly because this helps flesh out my coverage of OBS studio, but also because creating YouTube content is a proven way that will push you towards becoming more discoverable as a live streamer. Understanding how to get the most out of your tools is one is an important step towards this.
If you haven’t started a YouTube channel yet, then you are missing out on a big opportunity to put your content in front of a huge number of people.
With that said, there are limits to how far you can go with certain hardware. If you push the limits of what the program is capable of, to utilize the Best OBS settings for recording possible, then you may find them bringing your system to heel.
Wait, there is no one group of settings that are the best?
There are a number of factors at play when ultimately determining what the best settings for recording are for you and your system. Unfortunately, this also means that each configuration needs to consider your specific hardware limitations.
One of the biggest limiting factors on what settings would be best for you happens to revolve around your storage solution. For example, if you plan on recording lossless 4k video, and then archive it, then you need to understand that you will need to heavily invest in a media storage solution that can handle that. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself out of room on your PC, and that can grind your creative processes to a halt very quickly.
This is because of the sheer quantity of pixel data that is stored for each frame.
- A 4k image has 8,294,400 pixels in it,
- Your recording frame rate determines how many of these images are displayed each second.
- That means that you have a jawdropping 248,832,000 pixels at various color states being recorded every single second*
- *when recording a 4k 30 fps video.
- This is an astounding quantity of data that rapidly builds up.
So If you don’t have multiple terabytes of storage, and you like to record at 4k, then you will have to make a compromise on the visual fidelity for the sake of storage practicality. That, or to transfer your older work onto an external drive for cold storage. Just remember, Data isn’t forever – expect it to last 9 to 20 years on a traditional HDD storage device. SSD’s are even worse, with data lasting merely a year if unpowered from consumer-grade drives, and in some cases, a paltry one week from enterprise SSD’s, according to that source. HDD’s are still the king of long term storage(and why I still have two in my system for backups.)
Or you could not archive your data, but then you are deleting potential B-Roll footage for later videos. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
What is the Best Recording format for YouTube?
One of the most frustrating things that can happen during recording a YouTube video is some sort of interruption to your recording itself – A program crashes, a power surge, or your little brother hits the relay on your power strip as a joke, to name a few. If you were recording that take using a traditional video format, such as MP4, then that take is toast.
It is for this reason that the best recording format for YouTube is MKV. While this format adds an additional remuxing step to your video editing workflow, since most editors can not open an MKV format video by default, it comes with peace of mind. If you were to record directly to MP4, then the files that are interrupted during a recording session become corrupt and are essentially a total loss. OBS, despite all of my praise in many of my articles, will still on occasion crash. It is for this reason that taking that extra step of recording first to MKV is important.
At least if you want to limit the total number of retakes you have to do.
How to remux your MKV recording to MP4 in OBS Studio
To remux your MKV recordings in OBS Studio to MP4:
- Click “File”, located in the top left of the window.
- Click Remux Recordings
- Ensure your MKV format file is selected (click the three dots, and select the video to be remixed)
- Click the “Remux” button
After a few seconds to a minute, your video will have been processed into the mp4 format, which is the format that will go into your video editor of choice. I recommend Davinci Resolve, as it is, in my opinion, the best free video editor available on the market. The Professional version is also very reasonably priced, in case you wanted access to the full suite.
There are many other recording formats available to you, but MKV has served me well over the years, and reliability is important. So for now, it remains my recommended recording format. Feel free to test them out for yourself to figure out which one performs best for you.
What is CQP & CRF?
CQP stands for “Constant Quality Profile”, and CRF stands for “Constant Rate Factor”. These two recording options are Rate control formats that will tell the encoder to throw as much bitrate as necessary at the recording process to maintain a constant quality video output. This is easily the best option for recording a consistent video fidelity across the entire process.
CRF is available only for the X264 Encoder, while the CQP setting is available to both AMD and Nvidia cards. The lower the number entered into the setting, the higher quality the video will be, up to 0 for 1:1 lossless. The closer that it becomes to lossless, the larger the file size of the recording, and the faster it will consume your drive space. A good median to aim for is 16-20, Which will ensure a nearly imperceptible loss of video fidelity, while keeping the file size at a manageable level.
The Best OBS Settings for Recording YouTube at 1080p 60fps
|Quality Preset||Rate Control Method||I,B Frame QP||Keyframe Interval||Minimum Storage|
|Quality||Constant QP (CQP)||15||2-5||4TB HDD || SSD|
|Quality||CQP||18||2-5||2TB HDD || SSD|
|Quality||CQP||22||2-5||1TB HDD || SSD|
For 1080P 60 fps, the best OBS settings to use for recording a YouTube video are to use the CQP Rate Control Method and put the I-frame, P-frame as low as you can without causing it to devour your disk space. The best I-frame and B-frame settings for CQP will vary based on the size of your storage solution – See the table above for my recommendations on that. This, coupled with the “Quality” quality preset will ensure that your video will be crisp.
To modify your recording settings in OBS to match the ones outlined above:
- Click Settings
- Click on the output tab in the left
- Select “Advanced” in the Output mode selector
- Click the Recording tab
- Keep the type “Standard”
- Select “New NVENC” or “H264/AVC Encoder (AMD Advanced Media Framework)”
- Leave “Rescale Output” unchecked
- Ignore “Custom Muxer settings”
- Leave “Preset” blank
- Select “Quality” in the Quality Preset
- Adjust the I-frame/B-frame to the values in the table above
- Set Keyframe interval to 2-5
- Leave View mode at Basic
- Click on the Video tab on the left
- Set your Base (Canvas) resolution to match your display’s native resolution
- One exception is Ultra-wide Displays. You will want to force 1080p or 1440p or whatever on those displays when recording your screen
- This avoids large black bars from being added to the top and bottom of your video when uploaded to YouTube
- One exception is Ultra-wide Displays. You will want to force 1080p or 1440p or whatever on those displays when recording your screen
- For Your Output (Scaled) Resolution, set it to match your base canvas setting.
- Downscale filter is fine at Bicubic – You aren’t rescaling output, so this setting is unused.
- Ensure your Common FPS value is set to 60.
If you have a larger resolution display, such as 1440p or 4k, then you will want to instead set the Base canvas to match your native resolution, and then set your Output (Scaled) resolution in the video settings to 1080p.
Regarding the range on the Keyframe interval, it is important for live streaming, given that Twitch pretty much dictates that you use a keyframe interval setting of 2 seconds. However, there are some sources that suggest that having a higher number of results in better quality for the purpose of recording without much clarification on what effect it has on the video. Personally, I don’t see any real difference between 2 or 5 for the purpose of recording in my testing. Maybe I’m blind, or maybe it doesn’t matter that much. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Keep it at least 2, as the default of “0” is a flag for OBS to decide for you…and it doesn’t always do a good job of making that decision.
As for my recommended minimum storage recommendations, this has to do with the file sizes of the videos that result from these settings. As stated earlier in the article, there is a lot of pixel data to record, and the more accurate the recording becomes, the more data that is required to represent the video file. AKA, the video files get bigger with greater levels of quality.
As for higher than 60 fps videos – YouTube does support high refresh rates, however, it isn’t worth the extra file size that it costs, in my opinion. Plus, 120fps footage on a 60 fps timeline means you can get slow-motion footage or super slow motion footage on a 30 fps timeline with no visual artifacts. This is a nice boost to b-roll production value (Side note, here are some plugins for OBS that can boost production value), especially if you have any product displays on a rotating pedestal.
What about recording at 720p 60 fps? Does it change?
For the most part, the settings in the above table will work just as well at 720P 60 fps as it does for 1080p 60 fps, and even 4k 60 fps, really. This is, again, because of how CQP and CRF works. The only thing that really changes is the file size, and minimum recommended storage.
- CQP/CRF 15 – 1TB HHD/SSD Minimum
- CQP/CRF 18 – 512 GB HHD/SSD Minimum
- CQP/CRF 22 – 512 GB HHD/SSD Minimum
An additional benefit of 720p footage is that it will perform better with lower end pc components, particularly in the editor’s timeline if your pc doesn’t have access to a lot of RAM. This makes the editing process a much more streamlined experience, giving you the ability to quickly jump from one positon to another.
As for 4k, Expect to double, or even triple the recommended minimums listed on my 1080p recommendations If you are in for the long haul on YouTube.
The Best Streaming Settings for OBS (2021)
Streaming is a ton of fun, but it can take some work to get right. This is especially true when you are getting your settings correct. Getting the right video and audio settings can mean the difference of a stream that is inviting and high-quality, or a stream that looks like its ran off a potato. Luckily for you, we got you covered. We put together a guide on all of the settings you need to adjust to ensure the stream is as high quality as your system and internet can handle. Let’s get into it!
Bitrate Rule of Thumb
Your internet speed is a major factor in determining what quality you can and can’t stream at. Therefore, it’s best that you run your internet to your computer with an ethernet cable. This provides a much more consistent internet connection for the stream compared to Wi-Fi. As far as how fast of internet you need, it all depends on the resolution and FPS you want to achieve.
- For 720p video at 30 frames per second, we recommend 1,500 to 4,000 kbps
- For 720p video at 60 frames per second, we recommend 2,500 to 5,000 kbps
- For 1080p video at 30 frames per second, we recommend 3,000 to 6,000 kbps
- For 1080p video at 60 frames per second, we recommend 4,500 to 9,000 kbps
You can run a speedtest from Google to see what your speeds are at. This, along with your equipment, will help determine what you can stream at!
*Note: If you are a Twitch streamer that isn’t a partner, you should set your max bitrate to 6,500 Kbps. That is the highest you can go as a non-partner. Twitch will throttle your bitrate down and cause massive downgrade in your quality as a result.*
OBS is a great program to stream with. Not only is it free, but it is filled with settings that you can adjust to make your stream look great. However, there are only a couple areas that we really want to focus on to ensure a quality stream. You can adjust whatever you’d like after, but this is what we recommend.
Let’s start by opening up OBS and select “Settings”
On the General tab, there isn’t much to change that will affect your stream. However, you can change the theme for Dark mode if you don’t like the blinding white colors of the default OBS. You’re welcome ????
This is where you’ll place your stream key or log into the streaming service you’ll be using. Make sure you log in or place your stream key here.
Output is where the majority of our changes are going to happen. First, we want to change the Output Mode to “Advanced”. This will allow us to adjust our settings on a finer level. Next, ensure that the Streaming tab is selected.
On the Audio Track, make sure that 1 is selected.
For the Encoder, if you have a 10, 20, or 30 series NVIDIA card, we recommend using the NVIDIA NVENC H.264 (new) encoder. There is a couple reasons for this:
- This encoder allows you to encode on the graphics card, rather than the CPU. If you are playing CPU intensive games, this can save a lot of resources and allow the graphics card to take the brunt of the streaming load.
- The encoder was built by NVIDIA to work with the card, but also not affect the GPU performance. The encoder runs off a separate part of the card from the main components, which allows it to multitask handling the stream and game.
Please note that the quality of the stream will take more power to get a clearer look compared to the CPU if you are using the NVENC encoder. But if you have a decent system, this shouldn’t be an issue. If you don’t have one of the cards mentioned above, or have a much more powerful CPU, then change the encoder to x264 to encode off the CPU.
Ensure that the Rescale Output is unchecked. We will handle any resizing in a separate area.
If you are using the NVIDIA NVENC H.264 (new) Encoder:
- Rate Control: CBR
- Bitrate: Max 6500 Kbps if you are a non-partnered Twitch streamer. This is dependent on your internet and quality you want to stream at.
- Keyframe Interval: 2
- Preset: ‘Max Quality’ if you have a 20 series GPU or higher / ‘Quality’ if you are using a 10 series GPU.
- Profile: High
- Look-ahead: Checked
- Psycho Visual Tuning: Checked
- GPU: 0
- If you are using only 1 GPU, then set this to 0.
- If you are using multiple GPU, your number will adjust based on which GPU you want to use.
- Max B-Frames: 2
If you are using x264 Encoder:
- Rate Control: CBR
- Bitrate: Max 6,500 Kbps if you are a non-partnered Twitch streamer. This is dependent on your internet and quality you want to stream at.
- Keyframe Interval: 2
- CPU Usage Preset: For games with high movement (FPS, Sports games, etc.), choose Fast to VeryFast. For games that are slower or with minimal movement (Card games, etc.), choose Medium. The slower the preset, the more clear the image will be, but the more strain on the CPU to create a clear image.
- Profile: High
- Tune: None
Getting your audio correct is a huge deal. While many people think that having a clear video is more important, it’s actually the opposite. If you have a lower quality looking stream, but good audio, people will hang around. If you have a crisp/clear stream with terrible audio, people will click off very quickly. So nailing your audio is a must!
You have two Sample Rates available to you: 44.1 kHz or 48 kHz. As we mentioned about setting up your stream audio, many people will not notice the difference between the two. If you want the best audio available, select 48kHz. Also ensure that you chose “Stereo” for the channel.
Under the Global Audio Devices section, you can set the different devices for your desktop audio, microphone, etc.. This will be different from person to person. If you use a GoXLR, you will only apply the Broadcast Stream Mix to Mic/Auxiliary Audio. But if you are using multiple different devices, you might need to apply a Desktop Audio or Microphone device.
The Video tab is where you’ll change the resolution of the stream and the frames per second. This is also where you’ll resize the livestream if you want to do that.
The Base (Canvas) Resolution is the size of the game or display that you want to capture. So if you are playing your game in 1920×1080, then set the Base (Canvas) Resolution to that. Likewise, if you are only playing at 1280×720, change it to that resolution.
The Output (Scaled) Resolution is what you want your stream to be at. So if you want a 720p stream, you’d set it to 1280×720. Likewise, if you want it to be a 1080p stream, set it to 1920×1080.
The Downscale Filter decides how you choose to downscale your resolution (if you are downsizing from a higher Base Resolution to a lower Output Resolution). We recommend Bicubic or Lanczos for most individuals. Lanczos will provide the clearest sharpening of the video, but requires more power from the components to work. We recommend this for higher-end PCs (20 series GPU or higher / Ryzen 5 CPU or higher / Intel i7-7700 CPU or higher). For lower-end PCs, we recommend Bicubic.
Depending on your equipment and internet, you can set your FPS to 30-60 frames, but 60 is preferred for most streams.
There you have it! If you followed the above suggestions, you’ll have a quality stream ready for people to enjoy. While what we provided above is a great baseline, everyone’s systems are different. We recommend that you use what we suggested and then tweak the settings more to your specifications and equipment. If you have any other suggestions on how to get a quality stream in OBS, let us know in the comments down below! We might even add them to this article!
Thank you so much for reading and, as always, keep on creating and GLHF!
Best OBS Settings for Recording Videos [Video & Audio]
People often ask me what the best OBS settings are for recording videos. I guess that is what you’re here for too. So let’s get straight into this.
The settings below are my recommendations, but OBS recording settings vary from one person to the next, depending on the computer you are using and the speed of your internet. Therefore, you have to play around with some of the adjustments until you find the most suitable one.
Best OBS Settings for Recording Videos
When setting up OBS recording settings, go into Settings>Output and update Output Mode to "Advanced."
From there, go into the recording tab. It will bring up a list of options. First of all, make sure "type" is set to standard and select a recording path. This is the location where you want to store your screen captures. You do this by creating a new folder on your computer in the usual way. Then all you have to do is select browse and choose the appropriate link.
Update the recording to MP4 and set audio track to 1
If you've got a better graphics card than the x264 in OBS settings, select the graphics card you want
Select rate control to CBR and set the bitrate to 40000. If you have low-end specs, you will need to downscale the bitrate to 15000-25000. If your computer can handle it, you can upscale bitrate.
The last OBS settings to change in this screen are in the Two-Pass Encoding. Set GPU to 0 and B-frames set to 2.
Best audio settings for OBS Recording
The first audio setting to change is in the Output menu. Go to the Audio tab and set the audio rate to 320 in track one. If you are using more than one track, boost the scale to 320 also. This is typically the best sound, but you may need to adjust settings that work best with your computer.
Then go into the Audio menu from the list on the left. Set the sample rate to the same rate as your microphone.
If you’re using a second desktop device, select it from the relevant field, otherwise, keep the setting at disabled.
Then select the microphone you want to record with. Leave all the other settings as they are.
Best Video Settings for OBS Recording
Then go into the video tab from the menu bar on your left
If you’re recording in 1080p leave the base resolution as it is. If the quality of the recording is not good, downscale the resolution to 1280 x 720. Set the output resolution field to the same setting.
If the quality of your video is poor downscale the resolution appropriately. Again, you may need to try several settings until you find the best resolution.
Set the downscale filter to 32 samples
YouTube can handle 60 FPS, but leaving OBS recording settings at 30 FPS is okay too. Click Apply to save your settings on the video screen.
Advanced Setting for OBS
The last to do when setting up OBS is in the 'Advanced’ menu.
Leave the process priority at above normal and renderer on Direct3D 11
Code format should be set to NV12, YUV color space to 709, and YUV color range to FULL. This will give you the best color rendering.
Click ok to save the changes and start recording.
Best OBS Alternative – DemoCreator
Although OBS is one of the best free video editing suites available right now, it does have its faults. The biggest problem with OBS is the software is difficult for beginners to use – hence why I get so many people asking me about the best OBS settings for recording.
If you keep running into problems with OBS, try a different video recorder. The best alternative is DemoCreator Screen Recorder. It’s far easier to use than setting up OBS.
One of the best features of DemoCreator is the program, which enables you to record from 2 devices simultaneously – your screen and your webcam. If you are hosting a chat show, tutorial, or recording a game, you can show viewers your screen and appear in the corner of your screen at the same time. What’s more, it allows you to record at up to 120 fps, which is perfect for recording fast-paced games.
How To Record Screen with DemoCreator?
Step 1: Get Started
After launching DemoCreator, click the settings icon to set up the camera recording, audio recording, hotkeys, and advanced parameters before recording.
Step 2: Settings
Customize the settings to full-screen capture or set a custom size later and choose a frame rate you like, for example, 30 fps.
Step 3: Record
To start recording, go into the recording screen and click 'Capture’ or press F10 on your keyboard. The recording will begin after 3-seconds. Press F10 to finish recording.
Step 4: Edit
To edit videos, select “Export all clips to the editor." You will automatically be transferred to the video editing suite where you can cut, rotate and scale your clips, add annotations a whole load of other cool features.
Step 5: Export
When you’ve finished editing, click “Export" and select the file format (MP4. MOV, or GIF). Click 'Export' again wait for it to complete then click “Find the target" to locate your file.
Sometimes, you need to add some transitions, filters, or overlays to the recorded videos. You can choose to do some basic video editing, such as splitting, cutting, and rotating in DemoCreator. However, if you think the video editing features are limited, you can try Wondershare Filmora which has many more presets for Titles & Text, Animations, Effects, and Transitions.
With Filmora, you can be more creative with its built-in audios and video effects. Just download the free trial version now and have a try today.
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The Best OBS Settings For Streaming Professionally In 2021
When it comes to live streaming, OBS (short for Open Broadcaster Software) is one of the most popular pieces of streaming software on the market. It's a very powerful program, no doubt. The only potential downside is the steep learning curve. To help you set up OBS faster, we've prepared this easy guide on the best OBS settings.
So, what are the best OBS settings for streaming?
Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. This guide will help you understand the basics of professional streaming so that you can configure OBS for your particular live streaming setup.
And, if you prefer to learn through video, check out the tutorial below.
How Do You Change The Stream Settings In OBS?
Once you are done installing OBS, it’s time to configure the stream settings. Here’s how you can change them, add stream keys, and link your account on Twitch, Periscope, YouTube or another streaming service.
- Open OBS, and click on ‘Settings’. There are two ways you can do this—either access the ‘Settings’ option through ‘File’ or just click on it from the bottom right corner.
- Click on the ‘Stream’ option in the resulting window.
- You can add RTMP streaming keys from different live streaming platforms, such as StreamingVideoProvider. To see exactly how this is done, watch the video below.
What Is A Good Bitrate For OBS?
The success of your live stream is directly influenced by the video quality, and this is where the OBS bitrate comes in. If you get it wrong, you will experience increased buffering or a very low-quality stream.
According to TechTerms,
”Bitrate, as the name implies, describes the rate at which bits are transferred from one location to another. In other words, it measures how much data is transmitted in a given amount of time.”
The bitrate you can stream at depends on your Internet upload speed.
Test Your Internet Connection Speed
For live streaming, we recommend an ideal upload speed of 5Mbps (5000kbps). This is enough to stream at your desired resolution, including 720p at 30 fps and 1080p at 60fps. The minimum upload speed for smooth streaming with good quality is 3Mbps (3000kbps).
You test your upload speed here: https://testmy.net/upload
You need to get your total audio + video bitrate number to be smaller than your upload speed. For example, if you choose a video bitrate of 2500 kbps and an audio bitrate of 256 kbps, your upload speed will need to be at least 2756. If it’s 3000 kbps, you can stream with these settings.
Let’s now dive in and see what these kbps mean in terms of audio and video quality.
The Best OBS Video Bitrate
The best OBS video bitrate settings depend on your upload speed. By default, the bitrate is set to 2500 which falls somewhere near the middle of the scale. Choosing a video bitrate for your live stream depends on what you want to achieve.
If you want pixel-perfect video production, then try to push your video bitrate to the maximum.
Below is a table that will help you decide on a good video bitrate for OBS.
Best OBS Video Bitrates
|Quality||Resolution||Recommended Video Bitrate (kbps)|
The Best OBS Audio Bitrate
Now, let's move on to audio streaming. As a rule of thumb, the lower the bitrate, the more compressed the sound will be. This essentially takes away subtle instrument and vocal sounds in the background that may be difficult to hear, but affect the overall quality.
Just like with streaming video, the higher the streaming audio bitrate, the clearer the sound will be. The ideal audio bitrate for your live stream depends on various factors such as your internet connection and microphone, to name a few.
If your internet connection is slow or sound quality is not your top priority, go for low-quality audio. Here’s a table to help you decide.
Best OBS Audio Bitrates
|Quality||Recommended Audio Bitrate (kbps)|
|High Definition (Highest MP3 quality)||320|
Let’s not forget that the audio and video go together. Your audio bitrate in OBS is affected by the frames per second, the bandwidth and the processing power of your system.
So, while these tables do depict realistic figures, your actual bitrates may vary. For instance, an HD broadcast operating on a 720p may require a total bitrate as high as 4000 kbps.
Likewise, the OBS bitrate for a 1080p 60fps stream can go as high as 14,000 kbps. In short, there is no definite formula to find the best OBS stream settings, but the higher the quality, the higher the bitrate. The easiest way to figure out the right settings for you is to do several test streams.
OBS Bitrate Calculator
Getting your OBS stream settings right is as much an art as it is a science. There are so many variables that affect the quality of the streaming media!
This is why a member of the OBS community created an OBS plug-in called OBS bitrate calculator. It allows you to calculate the best resolution or frame rate for a predefined bitrate. So, if you’re confused about the stream configuration, you can use this calculator to figure out the best settings.
Note that this plugin doesn’t change your OBS settings, but only suggests suitable audio and video bitrates for you.
When you get comfortable with the OBS bitrates, you can explore advanced options to tweak and fine-tune the live streaming experience even further.
Advanced OBS Stream Settings
For advanced live streamers who want to configure the best stream settings for OBS, there are a couple of hidden options in the ‘Output’ section.
There are several guides on YouTube that go in great detail about the subject. We’ll break down the basics for you.
What do these advanced streaming settings do?
The keyframes in a streaming video are complete images unlike the rest of the frames. Regular frames only contain data about what has changed since the last keyframe was captured. So, if you’re streaming 30 fps, you've got 30 frames in total per second but not all of them are keyframes.
When it comes to live streams, the keyframe interval basically means the time a viewer will require to catch up to the ongoing broadcast. For example, if the keyframe interval is 2 seconds, then a viewer who just joined in will have to wait for 2 seconds before the feed is displayed.
The encoder preset OBS option is not as hidden as others, but you have to enable it to function.
The encoder preset allows you to dictate how much CPU computing power you want to dedicate to video encoding.
The relationship between the preset and time spent encoding is inversely proportional, so the lower the preset, the more time the CPU will spend encoding.
Also, keep in mind that the time spent encoding is directly proportional to the video quality. So, you need a lower preset time to achieve greater stream quality, e.g. ‘veryfast’ will yield the highest streaming video quality.
OBS Recording Settings
One of the many useful features of OBS is the ability to record videos of your live streams. To do this, just click ‘Start Recording’, once you’ve started streaming.
To access the live video recordings, go to ‘File > Show Recordings’. On Windows, the default location for OBS video recordings is your ‘Videos’ folder.
How To Resolve The OBS Encoder Overloaded Error Message
In some cases, OBS flashes an ‘Encoding overloaded!’ warning. This means that your computer can’t encode your live video quickly enough. As a result, your stream can freeze or lag.
Here are some ways you can resolve this issue:
Downscale Your Resolution
The resolution quality that you specify in OBS has a significant impact on your CPU usage. For instance, a 4K resolution has more than twice the number of pixels in each frame, as opposed to a 1080p resolution.
As your resolution increases, so does your CPU usage. Here’s how to adjust it:
- Click on ‘Settings’ when you open OBS
- Click on the ‘Video’ option
- Skip the ‘Base (Canvas) Resolution’ option and tweak the ‘Output (Scaled) Resolution’ box.
Try GPU Encoders
As a free broadcasting program, OBS makes use of the open-source x264 encoding library. This is known as software video encoding. However, new computer graphic cards such as Intel, AMD, and NVidia come with hardware encoders—Intel QuickSync, AMF, and NVENC, respectively.
While the hardware encoders don’t stack up to x264, they are a good substitute for reducing the CPU load and avoiding the overload warning. The tradeoff is a minor, yet visible, decrease in the quality of the video.
There are several more ways to resolve the OBS encoder overloaded error message in this guide.
While this guide contains some general tips, the best OBS settings for streaming differ from system to system. The best way to figure out what suits you is to continuously test your settings and measure the results. And this is just the beginning. From adding OBS overlays to using OBS scenes, there is so much more to learn about this amazing live streaming software. Stay tuned for more articles like this one!
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Recording videos and gameplay is a lot more common these days than ever before. Technology has gotten to the point where nearly anyone with a decent computer and record some quality footage and upload it to streaming or video sharing platforms like YouTube and Twitch. One of the most popular recording software options on the market is OBS. Right out of the box, the default settings are not the best if you’re going for quality, so you’ll need to do some tinkering. Here’s what we think are the best recording video output settings for OBS.
Best Recording Video Output Settings for OBS
To get to the Output settings, launch OBS and go to File and then Settings. Next, navigate to the Output tab from the left menu. You’ll probably have a screen in front of you that looks like this:
At the very top, change Output Mode to Advanced, which will give us a little more control over the settings. For this guide, we’ll be focusing on recording settings, so head to the Recording tab. Here’s a list of the best recording video output settings for optimal quality in 1080p and 60 FPS:
- Type: Standard
- Encoder: NVIDIA NVENC H.264 (new)
- Rate Control: CBR
- Bitrate: 16000 Kbps
- Keyframe Interval: 2
- Preset: Max Quality
- Profile: High
- Look ahead: Enabled
- Psycho Visual Tuning: Enabled
- GPU: 0
- Max B-frames: 2
Next, you can navigate to the video tab to ensure you’re using the optimal settings. Here’s what you can use:
- Base (Canvas) Resolution: 1920×1080
- Output (Scaled) Resolution: 1920×1080
- Downscale Filter: Lanczos (Sharpened scaling, 36 samples)
- Common FPS Values: 60
We’ll also want to change a couple of things in the Advanced tab. Change these settings:
- Process Priority: Normal*
- Renderer: Direct3D 11
- Color Format: NV12
- Color Space: 709
- Color Range: Full
If you’re having issues with encoding, you can try setting the process priority to something higher, like Above Normal or High. Your computer will prioritize OBS over other applications if you put this higher.
Lastly, we’d recommend binding some hotkeys through the Hotkeys tab if you don’t happen to use a stream deck. Consider binding keys to start and stop recordings and to pause and resume your recordings.
Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) is an open source software for video recording and streaming. You can download it for Windows, Mac, or Linux here.
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