OBS Studio 142 – How to get the BEST Possible Settings for Streaming & Recording (OBS Guide)

OBS Studio 142 – How to get the BEST Possible Settings for Streaming & Recording (OBS Guide)


Learning the ins and outs of OBS Studio can
be nice, but sometimes you just want to jump ahead to the best possible settings. This is the video for that. I’m going to skip over creating scenes and
sources and all that, let’s tackle setting the right bit rates and settings for a high
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below. I’m EposVox and this is the video where
we will cover bit rates, resolutions, frame rates and so on. If you need to know how to set up OBS Studio
in the first place, or aren’t understanding some of the lingo – consider checking out
the rest of my OBS Studio tutorial course videos for more information. When adjusting your OBS settings for streaming
and recording, there are three main number-y things that you need to worry about, so it’s
important you really understand what they are and which ones you need. Those numbers are: Resolution, Frame Rate,
and Bit Rate. Real quick for those who don’t know what
the numbers mean, let’s summarize… Resolution refers to the dimensions, in pixels,
of your video feed. This is usually 1920×1080 or 1280×720, but
if you have monitors of different aspect ratios or sizes, your resolution could be different. On newer Windows versions you can right-click
your desktop and choose “Display Settings” or “Screen Resolution” to find your monitor’s
resolution. Alternatively, you can create a “Display
Capture” scene in OBS and when you choose your monitor it will tell you your resolution
across all systems. When setting your base resolution in the Video
Settings tab, this should be either your computer monitor resolution or the input resolution
of an external capture card if you are recording from a console or external video device. Change the “Scaled Resolution” setting
to be the same as your base resolution, as we will scale for streaming in the Output
settings later. Choosing frame rate is fairly straightforward
– either 30FPS or 60FPS. You can choose 25 FPS instead of 30 for better
performance if your computer is struggling to stream, but for a recording this would
not look very good. 30FPS is easier to stream and record, and
will look much better for lower bitrates while streaming. 60FPS looks a lot smoother for most games
and is often preferred by viewers, but takes a more powerful PC to stream. Next go over to the Output settings tab. Here we will adjust your bitrates for streaming
and recording, and tweak a couple advanced settings. At the top of this window, Click the dropdown
where it says “Output Mode” and change it from “Simple” to “Advanced.” “Simple” mode may look easier to manage,
but the settings don’t always work the best and I never mess with it. Advanced mode makes sure you can set everything
perfectly. Ready to follow along? If you set your base resolution to 1080p,
you’ll want to check “Rescale output” and choose “1280×720” or “854×480.” The lower resolution you choose, the better
your video can look for lower bitrates. Think of image quality like filling a bowl
with water. The width of the bowl is your resolution,
the height of the water is your image quality per your bit rate. The smaller of a bowl you put your water into,
the higher water and image quality is. However, if you play games with a lot of text,
you may want to focus on 1280×720 or 1920×1080 if you can push higher bit rates, as that
will make text sharper. I stream at 1280×720. For “Rate Control” – choose CBR. This is a requirement for Twitch. YouTube Gaming and other services don’t
require CBR, but it’s still easier to stream. CBR means that no matter how much action is
happening on-screen, OBS is pushing the same bitrate. The other option, VBR, stands for Variable
Bit Rate. This means that if your stream moves to a
still image or less action scene, it will lower the bit rate to match. This might seem like a good idea, but on Twitch
it can cause issues for some viewers to keep loading the stream. Make sure “Keyframe Interval” is set to
2 seconds. This is a requirement of both Twitch and YouTube. I recommend setting the CPU Usage Preset to
“Faster.” This setting can affect your image quality. The higher you set this, the less CPU usage
will be required for the streaming process, but the worse your image quality will get. Lowering this setting will improve image quality,
but put a lot more strain on your computer. “Profile” should be set to “Main”
and Tune should be set to “None”. Leave VFR unchecked and leave “x264 Options”
empty. Let’s go back up to your “Bitrate.” Twitch has recently update their broadcast
requirements to allow streamers to stream up to a full 6 megabits per second. However, not all viewers can view such a high
bitrate. There’s a lot of controversy about claims
that not everyone can watch high-bitrate streams, but I personally have had plenty of people
complain about stream buffering for high bitrates. If you are not a Twitch partner, or do not
have transcoding enabled on your streams, I recommend setting the bitrate around 2000
or 2500. This is generally viewable by everyone. If you have transcoding for your stream – the
option to change from Source quality to High, Medium, Low, and so on – then you can stream
the full 6000 bitrate and viewers can select a lower quality to match their internet speeds. Not all streamers get transcoding. Transcoding is guaranteed for partners, but
only allocated to non-partnered streamers based on availability of Twitch’s servers. It’s also worth noting that not all viewers
know about the quality selection menu and thus even a high-bitrate stream with transcoding
may inadvertently turn some viewers away. I stream at a bitrate of 5750, as I regularly
have transcoding enabled on my streams. If you’re streaming to YouTube, you can
push virtually as high of a bitrate as your connection will allow. Obviously, you need to keep your internet
upload speed in mind. Go to speedtest.net or openspeedtest.com and
run a speed test to find out your connection’s upload speeds. Keep in mind that this is the available upload
speed for your entire home, so you cannot push the full upload speed of your connection
for a stream. Generally you want your stream bitrate to
be less than 70% of your total upload speed. You will also want to make sure that your
streaming rig is on a wired ethernet connection to your router, and that nothing else on your
network is doing any serious uploading while you stream. Click the Audio tab. Twitch supports a max audio bit rate of 160. Set your streaming audio track (typically
track 1, and assigned in the Streaming tab) to 160. If you’re streaming to other platforms and
can support higher bitrates, change this to whatever you like. I have my main mix track for streaming set
to 160, and the other tracks for recording set to the full 320. If you also want to record while you stream,
or are just recording in the first place, click the Recording tab. Set your recording destination – preferably
a secondary hard drive or SSD inside your computer, though the normal C: drive is okay. For “Recording format” choose MKV. This will work the same as MP4 recording,
but prevent the file from getting corrupted if something goes wrong during the stream. You can convert it to MP4 with OBS later by
going to File and “Remux Recordings.” If you just want to record the exact copy
of things that you live streamed, for “Encoder”, choose “(Use stream encoder)” and this
will allow you to record an exact copy. If you want to record a higher-quality copy,
however, proceed with the video. Most people will want to leave the “Encoder”
alone. X264 is the default and most widely-supported. However, if you have a dedicated Nvidia or
AMD graphics card in your system, then you will likely be able to change x264 to either
“NVENC H.264” for Nvidia or “AMD Video Coding Engine H.264” for AMD. This will utilize the built-in video encoder
on your graphics card to allow you to record a full-quality recording without using up
system resources. It’s really neat. For “Rate Control” I use VBR. However, if you’re recording on a low-end
computer that is having hiccups with VBR, record CBR with a low bitrate and it should
go much better. Again, Keyframe interval should be set to
0. When it comes to recording, the world is yours
depending on your hardware configuration. For my Stream VODs, I use the Nvidia encoder
recorded to a bitrate of 30000. This is about the quality of the original
Elgato Game Capture HD and provides a good balance of high quality and lower file size
for me. For my normal recording sessions, I use a
bitrate of 250000 or higher. However, I have a dedicated SSD specifically
for just recording. If you’re just recording to your C: drive, you will have limitations on how high
of a bitrate you can record to, especially on a laptop. Absolutely make sure you do recording tests
and figure out what works for you before jumping in a full let’s play and realizing the whole
recording is trash. That never feels good. And that’s the gist of it. Recording and streaming settings hopefully
made a little easier. Again, if you’re confused about anything,
check my full OBS Studio education course, linked in the video description, for more
in-depth videos. I hope this episode of my OBS Studio tutorial
course has been helpful for you. If it was, drop-kick that like button and
subscribe for awesome tech videos. If you like game streaming, come follow me
on Twitch and drop a message in chat. Until next time, I’m EposVox, Happy Streaming! Thanks for watching this episode of my OBS
Studio tutorial course. More videos like this and a full master class
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Danny Hutson

100 thoughts on “OBS Studio 142 – How to get the BEST Possible Settings for Streaming & Recording (OBS Guide)

  1. So I’m having some serious issues with OBS. The game drops frames during some games HORRIBLY. I just bought a $5000 gaming/editing pc. My friend has the same specs and his has been running fine but my is giving me a host of problems. I can’t stream siege because the drop is practically 1 frame a second and today playing sea of thieves there were times frames were dropping and I have no idea what to do.

  2. I have a question, do the video settings that are chosen in the Video tab of OBS Studio overlap on both the settings in the Output tab for both recording and streaming? I'm asking this because i have always not been sure so i keep separate profiles for streaming and recording, however I don't know if this is necessary. I just want to make sure if i merge the two profiles, my recordings won't scaled from 1080p to 720p. If this is so, what resolution settings should I use in the Video tab if I want a 720p rescaled stream and a 1080p recording quality?

  3. Hey would this help me from lagging cause I been watching videos and setting my OBS and I just be lagging yes I’m hardline in and still get lag

  4. What do I do when I get laggy gameplay when streaming? Somehow I all of a sudden get it playing certain games. So the game lags when playing. Not the stream. Cpu usage is about 30%.

  5. I was hoping two pass encoding and B-frames would of been covered in this video. Thanks for these videos. I've been going crazy trying to figure out this stuff.

  6. Hey man i've got a 75hz monitor and when I record, the game is smooth but the video ends up not 60fps. It only works when my monitor is 60hz but it doesn't feel as smooth. What can I do?

  7. Since I am a dummy dum dum.
    What do you think is the best options for someone with a GTX 1050TI + Ryzen 3 1200 + 8GB of ram? I am bad with whatever you did. xD

  8. I want record Pokemon TCGO smoothly, but when I do it's laggy. I use 1280×720, x264, CBR 20,000, Key Frame 2, 60 FPS. (Not streaming)

    I'm not sure if these settings are correct. Any chance you could help?

  9. What kind of computer do u have, i have an alienware aurora and im trying to figure out the best settings for this computer (and if u need to know i plan on recording fortnite)

  10. Ive been having a problem recently streaming to twitch where the game I'm playing (fortnite) keeps a good frame rate (about 200) but when streaming on OBS where it says frames dropped (at the bottom of tab) the number of frames dropped keeps going up. How do I fix it?

  11. I’ve been trying to learn OBS all weekend lol this video helped out so much with understanding and messing with my settings. My streams look much better! Thank you so much.

  12. Dude… I CAN'T thank you enough! I was just about to give up on this new computer I got, and return it to Best Buy, until you showed the advanced settings, and CHANGING the encoder, in my case AMD! Works like a dream dude, thaaaank youuuuuuuuu!

  13. Hey EposVox, I hope you can get to this I have 2 questions. I saw that you keep your Base resolution at default in your video settings but, in output you rescale it down to 1280×720 do you only do that because when you record you want to make sure the video resolution stays at default and not 720 or does it make a better stream quality. you have a wonderful day and thank you in advance.

  14. I have a system with Ryzen 5-1400 16gb (8gb x2 ram)@ 2400mhz and 6gb gtx 1060
    And i can stream at 6Mbps using Nvenc encoder
    What resolution and framerate do you recommend for streaming for as low noise as possible in video?

    Please reply

  15. this guide is great. plus remember if you're using a condenser mic like the blue yeti you can reduce background noise using obs filters.

  16. Hi, I have a 4k monitor, obs studio in base resolution should i put 3840×2160? At output resolution , I put 1536×864, thanks

  17. Bro I have a good pc, 1080 etc, but my stream in YouTube lags , something like a ping, and my max resolution in YouTube is somehow only 360. Help plz

  18. Been using Mixer on and off and recently gotten more serious about the stream. Am currently troubleshooting / performing trial and error with different settings. Whether Its better to just stream off my XBOX X with Mixer without running it through the xbox app and capture it with OBS. I stream on both XBOX and PC. I most definitively want to run Skyrim SE on both PC and xbox but there is a definite lag with pixelation? other times color mesh. Im aware of trying different settings as well as taking internet into factor. Looking for any advice if not help or guidance. especially in terms of bitrate. Also if someone is savy in knowing what the settings really do on xbox itself.
    Specs: 3.50 Ghz
    GTX 980 Ti
    15.93 GB Ram
    1920×1080 Monitor

    thank you!

  19. I just experienced what you said towards the end about uploading and finding out your video looks like crap with my latest uplaod. Live and learn.
    Thank you so much for what you do here.

  20. Thank you for this guide. I've been struggling what the settings mean and finally a video to explain it. Thanks, I subbed

  21. Hi Epos, thank you for the great video, it helped me optimize my settings. I have one problem that may be specific to me and I would really appreciate any suggestions you might have (if any). I have a laptop with really good specs, and I can even stream 1080p 60 FPS no problem. OBS has some issues running on it because it has 2 separate GPUs (Intel and NVIDIA) and it utilizes Intel about twice as much as NVIDIA. I think OBS prefers 1 GPU only. Anyway, as I said earlier, I can stream just fine right now, but I have animated overlays I would like to use. These are basically short videos on a loop, the thing is they're about 1.85 GB in size each (about 5.55 GB total). For each overlay added to my scene, CPU utilization increases by about 10%-20%, and it reaches 100% frequently when all of them are on, which causes audio lag and other issues. Any solutions to this problem? I was trying to find a way to increase NVIDIA utilization because it doesn't seem to get to 40% but I couldn't find anything (I don't know if that would solve this issue anyway).

  22. Why does my 1080p 60fps stream look like a 720p 60fps stream ? I stream League of Legends. I thought that 1080p will look really crisp

  23. I have 300mb upload so my bitrate can be what ever i need, my question is should i use my cpu to stream or my gfx card 7700k or 1070? Im not gaming on the streaming pc so its only job is to run the stream. oh and its to youtube not twitch. Any help would be great 🙂

  24. Hey man, Great video. That being said still have questions that haven't really been answered?

    1. How did you figure out the bit-rate for recording? I want to record while streaming, Plan to stream to facebook with X264 @ 3k to 4k bit-rate. I have a webcam with green screen with a chroma key filter. I plan to record while streaming, but not sure what recording bitrate to set because there wasn't information about how to find this out in the video above…I'm sure everyone can use 250k recording bitrate?

    2. Also, is it possible to set the streaming fps to 30 and then recording fps to 60? I only see 1 fps option in OBS….I was thinking i set the fps to 30 and then limit my ingame fps to 70fps and hopefully the recording using 60 fps, but im not sure that would work…..worst case, would have to use shadow play/fraps to record and OBS to stream.

    3. If i stream 720p 30fps does my webcam fps have to match the stream fps?

  25. Your likes and subs should be waay higher! you have really good videos, and you socred a like/sub from me. keep up the good work!

  26. interesting, non of OBS streaming tutorial doesnt cover the problem of Google Chrom, OBS with Google Chrom doesnt dock in some computers. Firefox better for streaming.

  27. My Download speed is 700-740mbps and my upload speed is 42mbps. what should my bitrate be? i usually put it to 3000 to 5000.

  28. I am using my laptop to try to record a game. Runes of magic. But when I press record and start playing the game I stop recording and it says it's encoded overloaded? I am hoping to learn something to get the settings correct so that does not happen.

  29. Thank you so much! Please share a new video for this configuration for the new version of OBS! many of the configuration options are not in there anymore, they must be in other menus 🙁

  30. So my video after recording goes way to fast. i tend to record my commentary Audio separate and it's really noticable that even when I synced both the Video would just outspeed and it's not even the game play. It started from being 39 minutes and it cut it down to 25 Minutes. Could anyone help.

  31. Thanks for your tutorial video. I have a problem with image quality. I use Blackmagic's Intensity device. Please see the image under the link I attached. Can you help me solve this error? Thank you very much

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1I_JaUGXmqtE3M6JW4pivdEvP2N65aoxb/view?usp=shaming

  32. Why is that if I want to run OBS in background and it works but when I switch windows profile, stream freezes?

  33. Why is that if I want to run OBS in background and it works but when I switch windows profile, stream freezes?

  34. twitch has too many problems on the 2010's they need transcode to everyone to spend money on.

  35. Why when I try to record at 1080p 60fps my game is capped at 60 fps and that happens at all games i tried
    Example : Fortnite, Cs:Go, Minecraft
    And i have a decent pc with 1060 6gb
    an i7 7700k with 16gb ram at 3000mhz
    Please somebody give my an answer

  36. is there a option to change the 60 fps to 144? because i plan to get a 144hz monitor and the game i play to record isn't that demanding.

  37. I was looking for this explanation everywhere thank you! I only have one question. You skipped over the output on recording. Does the recording and streaming output resolution have to match or can you record at a higher resolution than you're streaming depending on hardware?

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