I shared this little guide earlier to help out new starting out streamers at /r/Twitch and thought you would be interested about it also. There is about 3 new threads started every day on this subject at /r/Twitch witch is 1095 posts per year. Witch usually means 1095 different answers also. So why not make this part easier?
Problem with “Best OBS Studio settings” guides is that they don’t work for every case. You may already have seen or tried out couple earlier articles that are here in my blog also for 720p and 60FPS streaming.
They work really good for others but not so good for others. Getting the best settings for your stream is going to require some test streams. Where you test and figure out solo or with a friend when the stream starts to buffer and you can still play games.
This guide is going to help you in this process so you can get to streaming faster! 🙂 I’ll let you know some really common mistakes and suggestions that usually happens for everyone when starting out. So you can avoid them and get to the good part faster.
Common mistake 1: Trying to stream at 60FPS
If you don’t have a i7 or equivelant for that. Your most likely not going to be able to stream and play well. Your stream will buffer and drop frames and the stream looks like a slideshow. Or your game starts to lag. Starting out 30FPS is usually really good.
Common mistake 2: Bitrate over 3500+
Twitch suggested bitrate is 3000-6000. But what you need to know about this is that most people with phones and lower end computers can’t watch that kind of stream. It lags, it buffers.. It’s just overall unpleasant experience.
Starting out streamers don’t usually get transcoders either so you won’t get the benefit from streaming at higher bitrates. Even if your internet speed allows it.
I would suggest streaming maximum at 720p / 30FPS and 2500 bitrate. This way more people can watch your stream without buffering. 🙂 You can increase the bitrate when you have followers an audience that can watch stream at higher bitrates.
Common mistake 3: Streaming on Wireless
If it’s just possible it’s best to use wired connection when streaming. Streaming requires a constant flow of data that usually isn’t steady when being on wireless connection. More information about this at OBS Forums. If you are suddenly dropping frames try out a lower bitrate and see if it helps.
Let’s get started -- With the Best OBS Settings
Okay, phew.. We got those spots sorted out really fast. So let’s go on the good part! I’m going to let Gaming Careers do the talking where Pete show you awesome tools to use while figuring out the best settings for you streams. I’ll also link the tools your going to use under those video so you can get the settings sorted out.
Tools to use for figuring out the best settings:
Additional testing tips
Friend or viewer: It’s good to have a friend or a viewer watching your stream while you test these settings out. Many times the streamer has a better connection than the viewer and of source your aim is to make the stream enjoyable for the viewer. This way you can sort out the buffering issues faster.
Setup a ballpark and increase: If you want to go higher than 2500 or test out the 60FPS. It is good to first find the “lag and buffer free” spot first. Then you can increase +100 or more to find the spot that starts to lag. Stream Settings Estimator should give a pretty good estimate for you already.
- Bitrate, Resolutions & Quality -- A guide to setting bitrate and resolutions correctly to get the best stream quality.
- Encoding -- A guide that explains the basics of encoding.
- Intro for Advanced OBS settings -- Keyframe interval, Cpu preset and Donwscale filter.
Still having problems?
Folks over at Reddit are awesome and really helpful! But we need certain things to help you out even faster. For example we need your PC specs, Your OBS settings and Your internet download / upload speed. You can use this template if you are having problems. This will make the troubleshooting way faster 🙂