OBS Settings for Twitch – 2/7

Get your general settings right the first time! Learn about setting your bitrate, buffer size, resolution and more. These settings will help you decide if you should stream at 480p, 720p, or 1080p.

Get OBS https://obsproject.com/

More about bitrate and OBS settings http://bit.ly/1kRxDgC

Speedtest.net http://speedtest.net

OBS Estimator https://obsproject.com/estimator

Twitch Dashboard http://twitch.tv/broadcast/dashboard

OBS Microphone Noise Gate http://bit.ly/1v498Uz

Videos in this series:
1. Introduction http://youtu.be/bOi4c2ppFio
2. General settings in OBS for Twitch http://youtu.be/Hz4lZt7Ns0I
3. Installing plugins, global sources, and setting up scenes http://youtu.be/T8gpAwimvcg
4. Adding music scrollers and donation, subscriber, and follower notifications http://youtu.be/7wXQFnjyQFo
5. Tnotifier and adding animations to notifications http://youtu.be/_NzsfKrk9pY
6. Setting up your Twitch account before you stream http://youtu.be/HMqMkbg0OwA
7. Going live and improvements to make afterwards http://youtu.be/i8UKT6-Y3zY

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Alright so in this video we are going to go ahead and talk about the general settings I use and would recommend for OBS using Twitch’s streaming service. After you download OBS from obsproject.com install it and then launch it. For this tutorial we are going to use the 64bit version of OBS. Some people use the 32bit version of OBS because it’s compatible with a couple more plugins, so make sure to keep that in mind. Now that we have OBS open, let’s go ahead and open the settings panel. Under the general tab the first thing I’m going to do is set up a general profile. I’m going to go ahead and name this Test Profile and hit add. I think it’s important to set up a profile from the beginning because you might stream under a different name sometime, use a different account or you know you might just want to play around with a different profile and try out some things you were thinking of adding to your stream. So it’s good to set it up at the start to avoid confusion later.

So know lets go into the coding tab. We are going to make sure that our encoder is selected at x264, that we have Use CPR checked, and enable CBR padding checked as well, but we are going to leave Use Custom Buffer Size unchecked. It’s recommended by Twitch to leave this unchecked unless you really know what you are doing; by leaving this unchecked you are going to make your max bit rate and your buffer size the same which will give you the optimal settings that you will need. Ok so I actually wanted to stop here for a couple of minutes and talk about the next two settings, your maximum bitrate and your buffer size. I actually think that these are the two most important settings we are going to be covering during this tutorial and two that are quite misunderstood. So first what is bitrate? Well bitrate is actually the number of bits per second that can be transferred along a digital network. So what does this mean?



  • NerdOrDie 2 years ago

    I highly recommend checking out my NEW and UPDATED version of this tutorial series for OBS Studio: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLT3Ure7_kYHwj8oT3AV-pZ4_r7yp6mDg-

  • MobbyAshPlayz 2 years ago

    My upload is 63.19 Mbps but my kbps is 63190?

  • Builder Bros 2 years ago


  • Baked beans 2 years ago

    beyond uselss

  • Cameron Farrie 2 years ago

    well idk what i should do about this speed, http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/6164055852

  • Barberman 2 years ago

    What happen if you have 65000 kbps upload and set the Max Bitrate to 3000 and downscale to 1.5 of 1920;1080. should i lower the Max Bitrate to 1800-2500?

  • Lindaru 2 years ago

    Thanks for making these OBS guides, they're really helpful and easy to understand. :3

  • Brawzer Op 2 years ago

    Thank you!

  • Sharune 2 years ago

    i downloaded obs and cannot even find settings its so different

  • Tomytom3 2 years ago

    My monitor is 1440 900 ;-; What do I do?

  • Jern Bean 2 years ago

    helped me

  • w0lf Gaming&Other 2 years ago


  • Sumthing Wikked 2 years ago

    why is mine way more different than yours???

    I don't have encoding on my settings tab or any of that shit and it's pissing me the fuck off!!!

  • Nikkewoot 2 years ago

    I have 4880 kbps, so which one should i use

  • freak gamer 2 years ago

    Could you update this to the lastest version, now it asks you for your key, but when you stream the screen is black, the one from the boracast softweare and the stream

  • Axoolotl Smurf 2 years ago

    Hi i dont know if you still check this vidoe, but im struggleing with the encodeing CPU ( i get a kind of error and my obs crashes. i Recently bought EVGA gtx 1070 and i have an i5 processor plus i have farely good internet 98Mb download 75Mb upload. what settings should i use?? Res, encoding, downscale fps? plz respond 😀
    Sorry if i spell something wrong.

  • Jinny 2 years ago

    I keep being ask to lower my keyframe to 2, twitch saying it is set at 8.something, but I have ti at 2 and it still saying the same and I am on the settings where you see the words: keyframe interval (can't get more keyframe then this) think you can help me out please?

  • ImmortalMachine 2 years ago

    you say not to exceed 3300 bitrate but my upload speed is 9000kbps and the settings are telling me to use 3500 bitrate. I'm confused now.

  • Martin Chau 8B Rosengårdskolen 2 years ago

    Thansk dude you help me alott

  • skylar danzy 2 years ago

    what do i do than if my download is 85123 kbps and my uplaod is 97516kbps or 84mbps or 94 mbps you said to you the kbps

  • Vaughn Doyle 2 years ago

    when you spent months trying to figure out why your stream was choppy. and you find out your fms url is 2500 miles away. FEELSBADMAN

  • C&C 2 years ago

    "It's important not to show anyone your stream key"
    Shows 100,000 people stream key on YouTube.

  • C&C 2 years ago

    For my final result I got 4800 as my bit rate, so should I set it to 3500?

  • RigorousCrane 56 2 years ago

    I cant disable aero! help

  • Ricky D 2 years ago

    whats the quality at 8 mean or should i set mine to 10 ?

  • DerPolacke 2 years ago

    Speedtest.net says that i have
    94mb download and 39mb upload and ping 9.
    What should i set in bitrate ?

  • LightningDude88 2 years ago

    SO my download speed is 87 mbps that means around 11 000 bit rate ?

  • Connarhea 2 years ago

    Anyone know of videos like this for OBS studio?

  • art0007i 2 years ago

    it told me to have 850 bit rate and 510 buffer size so i enabled the custom buffer thing

  • Smugler Brandave 2 years ago

    Thanks for the tutorial! Best explanation and details I have seen :3

  • ne_skaju 2 years ago

    Why that speedtest site says I have 27.49 mbps? How much bitrate do I need for that?

  • The Vazula 2 years ago

    I simply can NOT get OBS to fit into twitch even though I followed these, and other, directions.
    My upload is 6.06 MBps and no matter what resolution I put in, or resolution downscale I put in, my game just doesn't fit into Twitch. 🙁

  • Igge 2 years ago

    OK so can someone help please as fast as possibel My stream keeps buffering all the time ?

  • Denis Baraniak 2 years ago

    Why did you set your bit rate to 1800 if estimator recommended you 2125? thanks

  • Ninja Overlord 2 years ago

    wait what if your internet is to fast? like mine was 816Mbps which is 816000Kbps

  • Kevin Arnold 2 years ago

    Nice, so right off that bat, first step, my general tab does not have the same options as his and no profile option.

  • wulfanger 2 years ago

    Thanks for the tutorial, made setting things up super easy.

  • The Dangling Gamer 2 years ago

    Nice tutorial man, very clear!

  • Oversalt 2 years ago

    nice video. missed the part about not exceding 3300 so i set my bitrate to 78 000, (80% of my upbitrate)

  • Duncan Kimmett 2 years ago

    thanks dude very helpful just starting to stream and this help me alot

  • Pacific Craftworks 2 years ago

    what program can i use to rotate different screens/appliances/program to display on a TV?

  • Peter Bond 2 years ago

    Thought you were Cryaotic at the start holy shit

  • Brulyov Play 2 years ago

    Hi, man, can you help me please?
    I have very good internet connection, good pc, but my stream always lagging.
    People say, that my stream loading every 10 seconds.
    I have 29733 kbps Download speed, 119833 Upload speed.
    What bitrate I must take? Buffer size?

  • Kris Van Pelt 2 years ago

    Keyframe interval needs to be set to 2 under Advanced settings for Twitch. Twitch is really particular about this. You have this but forgot to mention it. ^_^ Thanks for this tut!

  • Jeagle 2 years ago

    thanks dude now my computer my cpu or gpu running like hell and drag down my fps. thanks;)

  • Whispr - Justin 2 years ago

    What bitrate should i do if I have 5430kbps??

  • Lestrego 2 years ago

    I got 34.66 mbps.. and 12 ping ms. is that good? what should I set the bit rate setting as? thx for any help

  • TheNeonCloud 2 years ago

    My mbps is only 0.91 aka 910 kbps is that good for streaming?

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