What Should You Set Your Bitrate At When Streaming to TwitchTV? (Twitch Bitrate Guide)



Figure out what your bitrate should be when streaming to Twitch can be a very difficult process full of trial and error. That is until you watch our complete guide to figuring out your bitrate for TwitchTV! This video goes over everything from how to figure out your bitrate for Twitch to how to see if your internet can livestream to Twitch; we cover it all!

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About this video: So you are wanting to stream to TwitchTV, but it is very confusing to figure out how much bitrate you should use, what quality you should stream out, and even how good of internet you need to make your stream watchable. Well, in today’s video, I’m going to show you exactly how to figure out the best bitrate for your stream’s quality, your own internet connection, and Twitch in general.

Twitch actually has a guide on encoding settings that you can check out linked below. This is very helpful, but I’m going to going over this in-depth and tell you some other general tips that I have picked along the way from streaming myself.

First things first though, most stream software has auto-configuration and bitrate settings that look at your computer’s hardware and your internet speed to set your stream’s quality and bitrate. I would recommend doing this if you can, and unless you run into any issues, stream with the settings your streaming software sets itself. If you are having issues, let’s go ahead and start by figuring out your internet’s upload speed.

You see most internet service providers market download speed. For Twitch streaming though, we need to look at upload speed. In some areas, it isn’t uncommon to have 30MB download with only 3MB upload. How can you figure out your internet’s upload speed? It’s pretty simple. Go to the speed test link in the description and run a speed test. It will give you your upload speed and download speed. Once you have your upload speed, you need to convert it to kilobytes. You can do this by moving the decimal 3 places. Thus, a 3.5MB upload speed would be 3,500KB. An 8MB upload speed would end up being 8,000KB speed.

Once you figure out your upload speed, we can start looking at the max bitrate you can stream at. I wouldn’t recommend streaming at a bitrate any higher than two thirds your upload speed. For example, if you have a 3,000KBs upload speed, you will need to stream at a no more than a 2,000KBs bitrate.

So, now that we have all of that figured out, what is the recommended bitrate for 1080P 60FPS streaming on Twitch? Well, anywhere between 4,500 and 6,000 will work perfectly. 720P 60FPS is 3,500 to 5,000. If you are want to stream at 30FPS, Twitch recommends 3,500 to 5,000 for 1080P and 2,500 to 4,000 for 720P.

Overall, you will need at least A 3.5 to 4MB per second upload speed to stream to Twitch at a reasonable quality. And with that, you now know how to find the perfect bitrate for you when streaming on Twitch. if you have any questions, please let me know if the comment down below, and give the video a thumbs up and subscribe if you haven’t already. Thank you very, very much in advance! It really does help us out.

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35 comments

  • Drew Gaming 7 months ago

    Lol I have 0.94 upload speed so what bitrate should I use

  • EXPEDITION 7 months ago

    Guys, how does this work when I have really insane internet? I used to stream on 2500 bitrate but now I upgraded to 915 mbps (915600 kbps). 2/3 of that is 610400. That obviously seems to high so what would any of you recommend?

  • Frankie Selback 7 months ago

    Bruh my upload is 36.41 mbps!!!! That’s good right?!?

  • BoostedEfSi 7 months ago

    I have around 995 down and 250 up would 6000 be ok?

  • X-UK- GAMER-X 7 months ago

    my upload speed is 37 mega up so what would be a good bitrate for that

  • Justin Carpenter 7 months ago

    1) bits not bytes

    2) in your graphic at 3:17 you put Mpbs instead of Mbps

    I hate that I notice this stuff but I have to do peer reviews for my job 🙁

  • Wjllo 7 months ago

    How do I get 50,000 birate?

  • Hazen Clay 7 months ago

    I wish he was my math teacher

  • FNCS qwxz 7 months ago

    Jesus died on the cross for your sins Jesus loves you turn from sin and ask for forgivness for your sins Jesus is king

  • josh cathey 7 months ago

    sooo what if i have 500mgb upload? im pretty much safe at any bitrate? lol

  • Sparks 7 months ago

    My upload keeps going from 10 to 5 every time I test

  • PickleToonz 7 months ago

    how do i stream with a bitrate above 6000 without getting the error 1000 thing?

  • BlazeX_Slayer 7 months ago

    My upload is 17.9 so that would be 17,900 so what bit would i put it out

  • qwar tyu 7 months ago

    Omg! I thank the streaming gods for bringing me here! Thank you!!! My stream is SO much better now!😃

  • Etc Hosts 7 months ago

    My upload speed is 28 mpbs/28000kbps Using your formula this doesnt make sense i still get lag when I upload. I have it set at 6500

  • Luke Sellers 7 months ago

    Thanks helped a lot

  • GetinBlowd 24 7 7 months ago

    Need help so like this?
    6.50 Mbps = 6,500.0

  • Jay holloway II 7 months ago

    i am trying to get my bitrate under control what numbers do i need for 16mbps down and 1.5up i can normaly stream on the ps4 at 540p and i am trying to get the same 540p number for streamlabs obs if anyone can help me thank you verymuch

  • BoostedEfSi 7 months ago

    LOL @4:45

  • HA Y N RUDEBOY 7 months ago

    What bitrate if I have a 10300 kb upload speed?

  • Yum Yum Yum 7 months ago

    I'm streaming with my bitrate set at 6k. Upload is 12Mbps. It's been working well a week ago. Now my streams are showing up as multiple videos in Twitch. Even monitored it and it periodically shows me as going offline then back again. No FPS drops. Just keeps restarting in SLOBS. Any ideas?

  • Dobo 7 months ago

    Well I have 600 mega bytes per second of upload so I think I’m fine

  • 357Kev 7 months ago

    megabitsssss fookin n00b

  • Joakim Gulbrandsen 7 months ago

    I have 202,8mbps in Speedtest, but yet Twitch say I can stream 5900kbps. I9 9900k too, so my hardware should not suffer much. 🙂

  • Destroyer 101 7 months ago

    500kb….

  • soLogiki 7 months ago

    Should i just not stream on my xbox it has a 1.82mbps

  • JuneAyayaTop 7 months ago

    i got 95 download and 95 up load so what should be my bit rate is it 94000?

  • poison path 7 months ago

    i don't know JACK SH*T about computers, but this was easy to understand, a very helpful video, thank you!

  • Ryan Heath 7 months ago

    10.11 and 29 mbps what do I choose

  • James Mastered 7 months ago

    I can play fortnite max graphics even though I don't but I get 1 upload speed and 17 download..

  • Zeraゼラ 7 months ago

    Btw, download and upload speeds are measured by Megabits not megabytes*

  • Spaghetti TV 7 months ago

    major help

  • Mass Daddi3 7 months ago

    lay off the Coffee… thanks for the tips lol

  • Dygit 7 months ago

    MEGABIT VS MEGABYTE IS A BIG DIFFERENCE!

  • T3CHN0 7 months ago

    i have PING ms

    8

    DOWNLOAD Mbps

    88.15

    UPLOAD Mbps

    15.91
    What bitrate should I do for 1080p 60fps? right now it is at 5500 but my stream dosent look the best, what should I do?

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