One of the best things you can do for your stream is to improve your audio quality. You might not have a professional, studio-grade mic. In that case, you can use audio filters to improve the quality of the audio. The noise suppression filter blocks out unwanted background noise. We recommend adding the suppression filter as a default setting for your setup. Other useful filters are the Noise Gate and the Gain Filter. Both can improve your audio significantly if used correctly.
You can also use filters in OBS to improve your video feed. It is common for streamers to use color correction and grading filters to improve the esthetic of the image.
If your setup has several overlays, you could use a tool like stream elements to combine them into one single browser source. This improves performance as your CPU now only has to load a single browser source. You also have the added benefit of keeping your OBS layout cleaner and more organized.
If you find your stream’s performance suffering, you might want to downscale the resolution. For example, you can choose to downscale the resolution from 1080p to 720p. A lower resolution means your CPU has to do less work by encoding fewer pixels. To change the resolution of your stream, go to Settings > Video. You also have the option to choose what downscaling filter you want to use to lower the resolution. We recommend selecting Bilinear if you are streaming on a less powerful device.
For most people, when it comes to what frame rate to stream in, the choice usually falls between 30 fps and 60 fps. If you are dealing with limited resources on your computer, you need to find the right balance between frame rate and resolution, and which one to prioritize. What framerate you decide to go with will depend on what you are streaming; A fast-paced action shooter might really need those 60fps compared to an open-world single-player where you might get away with 30 fps.
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To make the streaming process simpler, make use of the hotkeys feature in OBS. You can access the hotkey settings in the general settings menu. From there, you can assign different hotkeys for different actions or tools you want to use. You can create hotkeys for switching scenes, transitions, video sources, and many other tools and features.
A simple and yet very important tip; Make sure to always test your streaming setup in OBS Studio before going live. Mistakes still can and probably will happen, but you do not want to be caught unprepared. Before going live, make a habit of checking that all the gear is running correctly.
There is, of course, a lot more to learn about OBS. Fortunately, you do not need to be an expert to get started with streaming. A simple setup will do in the beginning, and as you go, you can improve and tweak the settings with time. If you want a more in-depth tutorial on setting up and using OBS Studio, we recommend you check out this article: OBS Studio Tutorial for Beginners
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