Best Way to Stream YouTube & Twitch with OBS Studio (x264 vs NVENC)


Best Way to Stream YouTube & Twitch with OBS Studio (x264 vs NVENC)

Streaming to YouTube & Twitch with OBS Studio requires an understanding of the various encoder options from x264 to NVENC h.264 and Intel’s Quick Sync H.264 codecs. In this video I will compare the different encoders while playing GTA V and share my optimal settings for performance and quality. I will also cover the basics of how to use OBS Studio for 2016/2017.

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Table of Contents:
0:00 – Introduction
0:41 – The Problem: Why I Made This Video
1:27 – OBS Studio Basics
3:00 – The Different Encoders (NVENC H.264, x264, QuickSync H.264)
4:11 – When to Use x264 Flowchart (PC Gaming vs Console Gaming)
5:24 – Streaming Settings: CBR vs VBR & Understanding Bitrate
6:23 – Keyframe Interval, Presets, & Profile (Main vs High)
7:05 – x264’s CPU Usage Preset (ultrafast, veryfast, etc.)
9:02 – Side by Side Comparison: x264 vs NVENC on Grand Theft Auto V
11:17 – Benchmarks CPU Usage, GPU Usage, and Framerate
13:23 – What about Quick Sync Video? QuickSync H.264 vs x264 side by side & benchmarks
14:48 – My Optimal Settings Fullscreen & My Hardware (NVENC)
16:10 – NVENC Preset Comparison (Default vs High Quality vs Bluray vs Low Latency)
17:05 – Settings Recap: My Current Favourite Setup
18:04 – Conclusion & the Future

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2 thoughts on “Best Way to Stream YouTube & Twitch with OBS Studio (x264 vs NVENC)

    • Gerald A. Dinkel

      GTX 970. That was essentially my point was that these days NVENC quality is better than previously given credit for. I don’t see much purpose for x264 other than decreased file size in certain applications.