So you’re looking to start recording your gameplay footage to upload to youtube or other social platforms but you don’t have the greatest PC in the world. In this guide we are going to break down the best recording settings for recording with Streamlabs OBS.
Let’s jump in and take a look.
Streamlabs OBS Low End Recording Settings
Settings – Video
The first thing we want to adjust is our Base Canvas Resolution. As this guide is for a lower end PC I would recommend setting this to 1280×720 as this will take less resources on your computer.
This means that your base canvas will be in 720p however it will definitely reduce resources used while recording allowing you to play your game and record at the same time. You can downscale your game capture to fit in the canvas.
If you find that everything is running fine you can adjust upwards to 1080p and test if your PC can handle it.
Next up is the Output Scaled Resolution. Set this to 1280×720 as well. This means that your output recording will be in 720p.
For Downscale Filter select Bilinear if you’re not scaling between resolutions. If you do have a 1080p base canvas and an output resolution of 720p you should select Bicubic for this setting.
FPS Type should be left at common FPS Values and set common FPS values to 60.
Settings – Output
Now we want to head over to Output settings and set up our recording settings. Make sure to select the recording tab otherwise you will be editing Streaming Settings.
Under the recording tab set your Type to Standard and select a recording path for your recordings. This is where your streamlabs recordings will go.
For Recording Format select mp4. This is the easiest format for you to store and edit the videos later down the line.
For the next part we have two options. If you have an Nvidia graphics card you can select NVENC recording (Hardware NVENC (new)) and if you don’t you will want to select software x264.
If You Selected Nvenc
If you selected Nvenc you can use the settings above.
Set your Rate Control to CBR. Set your bitrate to 15,000 and your Keyframe interval to 0.
For the next section I recommend first testing with Preset set to Quality. If you find that things are running slow then change this to performance for a smoother experience.
Set Profile to high, select Psycho visual tuning, GPU to 0 and Max B-frames to 2.
This should be you all set up to record if you are using NVENC.
If You Selected Software x264
If you selected software x264 the settings are slightly different. You will still want to set Rate Control to CBR and Bitrate to 15,000.
Keyframe interval should be set to 0. CPU usage Preset should be set to Veryfast . The rest of the options can be left as default.
You are now set up and ready to record on your low end PC. These settings should allow you to record without any lag or latency in Streamlabs OBS.
How To Improve Recording Performance On A Low End PC
Close Out Of Any Unnecessary Apps When Recording
If you have any other apps open on your computer such as chrome, spotify or editing software make sure to shut these down before going live. Even thought these apps might not be doing much in the background they can still take up a considerable amount of your computers resources. Especially Google chrome that thing eats RAM like crazy.
Use A Simple Overlay
If you have an animated overlay on your stream this will take up a huge amount of resources on your computer. I would recommend just using a static overlay when starting out. You may not even need to use an overlay at all other than your camera if you use one.
Lower The Settings On The Games Your Playing
When streaming you’ll likely have to play your games on lower settings than you would when you’re not streaming. Knock down your settings a little bit in the game you’re playing and you’ll see a nice performance boost.
Remove Animated Alerts From Your Stream
If your alerts for followers or donations are animated you may want to move to a static option. You may find that when you get an alert through your game has a massive lag spike. This is because these alerts take up more resources than you would expect.
You should now be able to go out there and crush it while recording your gameplay. Best of luck with kick starting your Youtube channel or just showing your friends some of you sickest clips!
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