OBS Studio has lots of tools and features to produce high-quality live streams. Quite reasonably, this comes with a whole bunch of settings that have to be optimized for the smoothest performance. Although streaming platforms have different optimal settings for top-notch broadcasts, there are some general recommendations suitable for live streaming on every platform. Let’s go through the key points of attention.

The best OBS settings for streaming

Arguably the most important for any streamer is the upload speed. This parameter allows you to continuously send your video content over to streaming platforms. The more upload speed you have, the smoother your live streams will be. However, the general recommendation for the upload speed is around 5 Mbps. You can learn more about the best upload speed for live streaming in our blog.

With that being said, let’s look at the main settings you need to adjust in OBS:

  1. Open your OBS Studio and click Settings on the bottom-right of your screen. Select the Output tab on the left.
  2. If you want pixel-perfect live streams, change the Video Bitrate to 4000 Kbps. This is the optimal video bitrate for live streaming in Full HD (1080p) at 30 FPS.
  3. The next step is to increase the Audio Bitrate value to 320 Kbps. Audio quality is essential for any kind of live streams, so changing the bitrate to the highest will provide the best sound for your audiences. However, if you have a non-music stream, 160 Kbps is recommended for most of the platforms.
  4. Another important parameter we recommend you adjust is the Keyframe Interval. To find this parameter, select Advanced in the Output Mode drop-down box. We suggest changing the value of the Keyframe Interval to 2, meaning every two seconds, a frame with a higher amount of data is sent, which acts as a base for small changes of the upcoming frames.
  5. The last parameter to pay your attention to is the CPU Usage Preset. The slower this parameter, the better the quality. This, however, comes with more strain on your hardware. Speed up this parameter if you feel like your device isn’t powerful enough to maintain smooth broadcasts.
The best OBS settings for streaming

The best OBS settings for Twitch

When it comes to gaming, the quality of live streams plays the key part in a successful career. Therefore, it is mandatory to make sure your OBS settings are optimized to provide the best broadcasts. Let’s go through the most important OBS settings for Twitch.

  1. Open your OBS Studio and click Settings on the bottom right of your screen. Select the Output tab on the left.
  2. Make sure to change the Output Mode to Advanced to see more options.
  3. One of the most important settings in OBS for streaming on Twitch is the Encoder. The choice of the encoder is based on your hardware. If you have an NVIDIA GPU, select the NVENC encoder. For AMD GPU, select the AMF encoder. If you don’t have those encoders available, or you want the highest possible quality at the expense of an increased load on your CPU, select the x264 one.
  4. The next important parameters are Rate Control and Bitrate. Make sure the rate control is set to CBR. As for the bitrate, the optimal value depends on your upload speed and hardware. If you want to stream in 1080p 60 FPS on Twitch, set the bitrate to 6000 Kbps. In case of lower resolutions and frames per second, the Twitch guideline recommends a bitrate of around 4500 Kbps.
  5. For the best quality live streams on Twitch, we recommend setting the following parameters: Framerate: 60 or 50 fps; Keyframe Interval: 2 seconds; Preset: Quality; B-frames: 2. These settings work best with the 1080p resolution and 60 FPS.

👉 Pro tip:

With Restream Studio, you don’t have to worry about the streaming settings for different platforms. We automatically optimize the settings for your comfort and provide the best live streaming experience!