OBS Studio Best Settings!

Everything I discuss in this video is to help you improve your knowledge and skill set as a streamer.

I encourage you to follow along in a new profile and new a new scene collection, so you don't break your current setup.

Warning! If you change these settings in your base profile and scene collection it will change layout of every scene you have built.


#1 Video:

Base canvas size:
Pixels used to "paint" your stream.

More pixels means more CPU.
Down-scaling means more CPU.

In every case, single or dual PC streaming setup freeing up CPU power is good. You can either benefit from the less power consumption of your computer, or free up your CPU for new tasks to improve your stream engagement.

#2 Output:

Best Encoder Settings

Output mode: Simple

Video Bit-rate: 3000-6000 Depends on your internet upload speed and consistency - dropped frames. The bit-rate directly impacts the amount of detail per frame that is shown. Each frame of your is encoded like a single picture, the lower the bit-rate the lower the quality of each frame.

Encoder: Hardware AMD or NVENC (nVidia) Using the x264 encoder requires less bit-rate to produce a clean image, but it uses your CPU for all the encoding which is hard on your system. New graphics cards like the 1050 - 1080 series and AMD r9 series have dedicated encoders that will take the load off your GPU and CPU and will help OBS have less of an impact on your game.

Bit-rate: 160 - Stay at 160 <3

Check the Box for "Enable Advanced Encoder Settings"


Check the box for "Enforce streaming service bit-rate limits"

Encoder Preset: High Quality (NVENC) / Quality (AMD)
There's some freedom to play with these settings, but your goal should be to get this preset running on the Highest quality setting possible. Changing this setting will degrade the quality quite a lot with minimal gains on GPU encoding. Only change this if your system is struggling.

#3 Advanced


Processor Priority: High. Setting this to anything lower than High will make OBS, your stream, less of a priority when choosing what to do with your CPU time. My personal belief is that OBS, as it is producing the entertainment visuals and audio that your entire audience is there to enjoy, should always take the highest priority in getting the best quality to your audience. I wouldn't sacrifice OBS performance and your audiences experience for a higher frame-rate in your gaming experience.



Make sure Enable Browser Source Acceleration is checked as well!

That's it for this week! Our next video will be a c920 Camera Optimization Discussion.

<3 Sunny

This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. DaBesJared

    Having less understanding of hardware than your average streamer this was extremely helpful for me. The advanced streaming techniques I use are demanding for my pc and I didn’t realize a handful of settings mentioned here were being more taxing on my system than they needed to be. THANK YOU!

  2. thetechoftacos

    Thanks for this!

    1. TheSunnyMachine

      Thank you Tacos!

  3. TheReluctantHermit

    This is briliant. Echos what my buddy taught me when we were building a streaming business during the pandemic for local bands and venues. Spot on captain!

  4. MattGoode

    I’m revisiting this video again after watching it a few months ago. I made a few changes after watching it then, and I made a few more changes after watching it a second time now that I better understand OBS’s settings and what my setup is capable of. Super helpful stuff between this video and 7imberwolf’s CPU optimization video.

    With regard to the settings in Advanced > Network, I think OBS may have changed their options a bit. I don’t see the same checkboxes as your video. I see options for dynamically changing bitrate, enabling network optimizations, and enabling TCP pacing. All 3 of these are unchecked for me by default. Any insight on whether these should be checked or not?

    1. TheSunnyMachine

      I will update the information in the post with these new settings.

      1. MattGoode

        Got it, thanks Sunny!

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