This post belongs to a two-part series:
- Best Settings in OBS Studio for Live Streaming Events 📍 You are here
- How to Fix Your OBS Problems While Live Streaming Events
Live streaming events can feel a little overwhelming when you start using encoders like OBS Studio. Since nobody wants to watch a stuttering or laggy video, getting the settings right should be your top priority.
With the right guidance, configuring OBS Studio settings should be fairly simple.
The first thing you need to verify is your Internet connection. If you want to have a beautiful HD or Full HD stream, you will need at least a stable upload speed of, ideally, 3Mbps.
You can check your internet connection using one of the following websites:
Choosing the best settings for live streaming events in OBS Studio
To start configuring the software encoder, let’s open OBS and head to Settings > Output tab.
Your screen should look something like this:
There are a lot of options to tweak in here to modify your live stream, but we’ll focus on the ones that matter the most.
- First of all, set the Output Mode to Advanced. This will give you more options to tune the performance.
- Next, on the Encoder, choose x264 unless your computer has a dedicated graphics card. In that case, you'd want to choose Hardware encoder instead.
- Head over to the Bitrate field, and type 2000-3000 Kbps (or more). This is the ideal bitrate for EventLive if your upload speed is above this number (2-3 Mbps).
- Settings these parameters will ensure that your stream won’t lag and stutter, giving your internet connection a chance to keep up.
- Next, on the field that reads Keyframe Intervals, you want to set it to 2.