Broadcaster: How to use effectively use OBS?

Start broadcasting your games and show the public what you can do on the battlefield! I downloaded Open Broadcaster Software, its free, so it was my first choice. However, using the software free and not straightforward to learn. Therefore, be ready a few tutorials and then start streaming.

Setup to be a Broadcaster

The stream is unique to the setting of your game, so don’t go maxing out all your settings and expect to get 1080p video. According to my sources, you should keep the kbps to 80% of your total upload bandwidth. However, mind you that Twitch and YouTube cap your top at 3000-6000 kbps. One not so obvious thing to most is that each game eats up your GPU and CPU resources. Don’t expect to get a lag-free stream if you plan on playing on maximum game graphic settings. For example, I recorded when creating my phoenix drawing. I would recommend setting your resolution to at least 1080 width and whatever height.

Streaming Networks

Then all you’re in-game graphics to medium or low. Just experiment and see how the stream does. Also, OBS has a status bar on the bottom that shows you your stream frame rate and your transfer rate. Plus, watch those and adjust your settings accordingly to get the best stream result. I started streaming with Twitch because they have a huge gaming community and decent video editing tools. Then I moved to YouTube, and I was pleased to find that it had similar if not better setup. I did have a lot of trouble keeping my games from lagging or my stream from losing frames on both platforms. I’ve looked around, and most of my findings were just about network problems.

In-game graphics to medium

Moving away from the network, I started to think its something on my end. I tweaked my resolution and upload speed, but I wasn’t able to get the result I wanted. I ended up reducing my in-game graphics to medium, and to my surprise, I was able to maintain good FPS and continue gaming with no problem. It turns out that my graphics card was not able to stream and render my game with my high setting. If you want to maintain a high-quality stream, then I would recommend getting a video capture card for that.

Final Thoughts

Thank you for joining me for how to use open broadcaster software. I hope it was useful and informative. If it was helpful, please let me know what it was and if something didn’t make sense, let me know in the comments below. That’s pretty much it. Good luck on your adventure!

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