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In this video I’m going to show you exactly
how I set up my live stream for 2017. So, you know I’m using OBS for my live streams
and this is a video I wanted to create for a long time. And now finally I’m going to share all the
updates I did to my setup in OBS since my video came out about 1 year ago on how to
set up your livestream using OBS. This is basically how my OBS overlay looks
right now. And that’s the one I’m using when I go live
four times a week. You see I have many profiles. Basically every time I add something new or
I want to try something I create a new profile. So there is many different profiles that I
use. This is basically the technical setup. This is what I’m going to show you in this
video. And then of course I have also many scene
selections. That’s basically how the overlay looks. That’s in the scenes collection. If you want to see the basics on how to set
up the OBS for live streaming then also check out those older videos here about how to do
that. And I’m sorry, the quality in those videos
wasn’t that great at that time. Now to see my settings, you have to go to
settings. What this does, it opens this screen right
here. On the general tab there is not that much
information. You can see that I checked the “automatically
check for updates on startup”. The source alignment snapping. That’s basically just for editing. All that stuff that you check there. And that’s basically it. Nothing really interesting. In Advanced, that is basically just all the
default stuff. I haven’t changed anything there. Also in the “Hotkeys” it’s all blank. I don’t use that. Now coming to the more interesting stuff. We’re going to start with video. That’s basically how the canvas looks like
and you see it here, I have it set to 1080p which is 1920×1080 resolution.I’m using 30
frames per second for my livestreams, not 60 frames per second. I did use 60 frames per second for a while
when I was just streaming on Youtube. And especially when I was streaming very active
very fast pc games. that was really cool. but there is a big drawback to using 60 frames
per second. Many viewers will have trouble watching your
stream. And when I started streaming on Twitch again,
you know I stream on Twitch and Youtube usually at the same time right now. And many people on Twitch had trouble to watch
the streams because it was very laggy for them with 60 frames per second. Now this was just the base layout. What is more important is actually what do
I output to the viewers. And that’s what is on this tab. On the Output tab. Big change to my setup in my previous video
is that I switched to hardware encoder. And you see that here. I used to have the x264 encoder. This uses a lot of pc resources, a lot of
system resources. And it can also lead to dropped frames and
lag. So if you have a graphics card encoder that
performs well, use it. I’m using this right here. It’s also on the graphics card on my pc. So I switched this to hardware encoding. And that saves a lot of resources on my computer. Then I just left the enforce streaming server
encoder settings checked. And here’s the big interesting point you have
to pay attention, I rescale the output to 720p. So my base canvas, that’s where I design my
overlay is still 1080p but I rescale this for the output to 720p which is 1280×720 pixels. Why do I do that? It’s basically the reason why I lowered the
framerate. It makes the picture a bit smaller but more
viewers can enjoy the livestream. Especially if they have a low bandwidth it’s
really a problem for them on twitch where they cannot enjoy your livestream with a higher
resolution. It will be laggy. Why do I still leave the base canvas in the
high resolution. The basic reason for that is when I do recordings
I will sometimes record 60 frames per second and that high resolution. And we’ll see that when we get to the Recording
tab. Then, always leave the rate on CBR (Constant
Bitrate). It’s this here, CBR. For streaming I highly recommend you use CBR
because many streaming platforms may have trouble receiving variable bitrate, which
would be the second option here. Leave that on CBR. Then my bitrate is currently set to 3500. My experience was that especially for pc games
it’s just less laggy to have that. If I only stream mobile games, like Clash
of Clans, you can leave that on 3000. Also if you experience lag and trouble you
can leave it on 3000. I actually had it on 3000 for a long time. And I just switched it to 3500 when I started
playing those fast graphics PC games to have a better picture in those games. And I think 3500 is kind of a sweet spot where
the picture still looks great. Very important, the keyframe. Set that to 2. Especially when you stream on Youtube it’s
very important not to have auto there, because Youtube will constantly complain that the
keyframe interval is too big. So make that 2 for youtube. And that will actually, what it is, it gives
a signal every time, every two seconds to youtube, so that youtube knows where the sync
points are in your video. And so that the video doesn’t start to lag
behind because it may play to slow or something like that. So those keyframe intervals are really important. then, since I have enough CPU my preset is
on high quality and my profile is on high. I really want a high quality picture. The level is on auto. And I also use 2 pass encoding. Just because I have enough CPU anyways. So that’s basically how the livestream looks
that I’m sending out. Now, if you go to the recording tab, you basically
see one small difference here. I’m using nowadays the stream encoder. I used to make it different like having a
higher bitrate for recording and stuff. But as I said, 3500 feels like the sweet spot
where it still works. Sometimes if i’m on a special profile, just
for recording, I may increase it to 4500, especially when it’s 60 frames per second. But for 3500 as a bitrate and 30 frames per
second you can just use that stream encoder. And big difference here is I don’t rescale
the output. It’s not 720p. It’s 1080p. So whenever I record a video locally it will
have a higher resolution. A better picture. That means whenever I want to make a youtube
video later on, I record it locally and create a video for that because it has a better quality
than the video I stream. Then also notice the audio tracks. I’ve 3 audio track. basically number 1 is everything is sent in
terms of audio is recorded on that track. number two is the desktop audio. and number
three is the microphone. I separate the microphone and the desktop
audio. that is very cool because then you can actually
turn off noises that may be in the background. just have the voice. or make the voice louder compared to the game
sound. stuff like that in the editing. so that’s really basically for editing that
helps a lot. and then in the audio I have all those audio set to 192 in the bitrate. going to the audio. I basically use two input channels here, the
desktop audio for all the desktop audio and the game sound. and my microphone which is a yet stereo microphone.
and that’s basically all that is setup here. that’s it for the technical setup of OBS,
how I use it. Now one special addition to that. If you go to the mixer you will see where
I configured those channels. So basically you see there, my microphone
and my desktop audio is on 100%. I’m recording both of those tracks on track
number 1. I have the microphone on track number 2 and
the desktop audio on track number 3. I said it different before. that’s how it is and that’s how I have those
on different tracks when I’m recording. now you may wonder where I regulate the audio
volumes compared to each other. basically the voice compared to the game sound. and there is two options to do that. on this screen here you can change the dB
of the desktop audio and the microphone. so they won’t be 0 anymore. I’m not going to do this. And then you can play with that and make one
louder than the other or less loud than the other. You can also add, like if you want to boost
it, you go here on that little wheel and you could add a gain filter and add some gain
to one of the tracks if you like. that’s not the way I’m doing it. You may have noticed I’m on both of those
audio channels on 0. and that’s because I’m using windows to do it. so what I’m doing, I’m using the Windows Audio
Mixer basically and that’s where I can switch the loudness of OBS compared to the other
audio input channels. That’s what I’m using to mix the sound and
in OBS I have both inputs on zero right now. Then what may be also interesting for you
guys, is my microphone settings. If you go to this view here you will see the
close and open threshold. That’s basically the noise filter and also
how fast it will react to any noises to make a really clear voice. And if there is any background noise it is
filtered out. that’s basically the settings you want to
have here. that works really well for me. I think I showed you how my OBS setup currently
is. That’s the real setup I’m going live with.So
you know more than before. And I hope that really helps you set up your
live stream. For more details on how this different parameters
affect your live stream go watch the other two videos that I already did about that topic. And if you want more advice on how to build
your gaming channel, consider to subscribe to my channel. there will be more.

Robin Kshlerin



  1. Vanilla Sky Gaming Posted on May 18, 2017 at 6:31 pm


  2. Jack Posted on May 18, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    Nice video, Avalon. 👌

  3. Henri Ask Posted on May 18, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    thanks for that video,i sind already Always woderd how you do that… brillant

  4. Divesh98 Posted on May 18, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    Hey avalon! sorry I did not tune in the last two or three streams. generally busy with exams right now. was also doing a video/deck guide on the wizard challenge yesterday with a weird hog tornado deck but it was pretty effective against some deadly decks inclusive of the dreaded 3 muskie heal combo 😲
    anyways thank you for uploading this as I have obs but I barely know how to use it and would love to learn how to stream with it!

  5. ChiefAvalon eSports and Gaming Posted on May 18, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    Here it is, a video I've promised for a long time, showing my OBS settings. Hope you enjoy. If you have any questions, just put it into the comments.

  6. Muji Haider Posted on May 18, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    Nice tutorial video Avalon ❤

  7. Dave Posted on May 18, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    This will help a lot of people Avalon, i was waiting for a OBS vid too 🙂 #AvaFam #AvaFan

  8. Jungle Naps Posted on May 27, 2017 at 6:41 am

    This was one of the best OBS setting videos that I've watched. You really took the time to describe things properly.

  9. Dagobert DaB Posted on May 29, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    Cool Channel!Where are you from?

  10. Shefa Rahman Posted on June 4, 2017 at 11:31 am

    Can you make recording settings?

  11. OsminU21 Posted on August 12, 2017 at 5:50 am

    A little long, but very helpful